Double delights from London LDWA! (Playground of Kings 6/4 & 950 year clebration 9/4)


Double delights from London LDWA! (Playground of Kings 6/4 & 950 year clebration 9/4)
Double delights from London LDWA! (Playground of Kings 6/4 & 950 year clebration 9/4)

Happy Monday, everyone!

 

Well now that we're well into spring and the last equinoctal storm has been despatched before we reached the end of the alphabet, we're starting to get back into our two-walks-a-week rhythm.  

So this week we've got two great walks lined up - of which more details below -  and the twice a week schedule continues right through most of the summer now.   In fact, eagle-eyed watchers of the LDWA London website will have noticed that one of the few remaining gaps in the programme has been filled by a pop-up walk on the evening of Tuesday 19 April (more details by clicking here).  So time to awaken the boots from their winter hibernation and get walking.

 

Turning to this week's events..

 

First of all, on the evening of Wednesday (6 April), Dick will be leading us on what promises to be a rather exotic journey through the "Playground of Kings" which, rather conveniently for us, happens to be located just next to the Docklands light Railway.   To join in this royal romp (hmmm... that does sound rather like a Daily Mail headline), just join Dick at Island Gardens DLR at 6pm on Wednesday evening.   There are a couple of photos below of sights along the way, just to whet your appetites: 

Any relation?

Getting ready for Adele's next excursion?

 

Any relation?

Has our Treasurer been here before us? 

 

Then, next weekend, on Saturday (9 April), Jerome will be following on the royal theme with a Sussex sojourn from Robertsbridge to Battle, tracing out Harold's journey, 950 years ago, to meet his fate at Hastings.   If you'd like to follow in the footsteps of Harold's army, just get to Robertsbridge station for 09.52 on Saturday morning.   You probably won't need fully body armour, but a cagoule might come in handy just in case the forecasters change their minds and Lawrence is indeed waiting hot on the heels of Katie...
[NOTE the new train times compared to "Strider" - slightly later]

 

Well after that riot of royal rambling, it's time to sign off.   Have a great week, and don't forget to check out all the details of this week's walks which, as ever, are set out below.

 

Adam

 

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Playground of Kings

Wed 6th Apr 2016

 

Event Details:

 
Event Details Updated
Updated 30/3 with more details of route and corrected mobile phone number
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
7ml.
 
Start Time
18.00
 
Route
Meet Island Gardens DLR. (DLR - frequent service) The full Isle of Dogs (TDGT) excursion is nine miles, taking us up the little-explored East Coast, through the East India Dock Basin nature reserve and along the optimistically-named Orchard Place to London's only lighthouse (now repurposed as an arts studio/venue).  We then return across the financial wastelands via Crossrail Gardens before a moonlit stroll down the West Bank viewing the Great Eastern slipway, with optional end-of-walk refreshments in the Ferry House pub.

Depending on the weather, the drawbridge, and the will of the group there are numerous dropout points.  We're also in the hands of gatekeepers, so departure is going to be promptly at six.

No mud and no stiles, but we do negotiate a mechanical hill.  Sadly, the King's hunting dog kennels are long gone.
 
General Notes
No dogs
 
Contact
Dick Bowman Telephone number 020 8520 6334 (0747 434 2329 on the day)
 
Start and Finish
TQ382784
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'950 years Commemoration'

Sat 9th Apr 2016

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
Updated 21/12/2015 with distance Updated 4/4/2016 with slightly later train times
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
20ml.
 
Start Time
09.52
 
Route
Meet Robertsbridge station (London Bridge 08.23) and finish at Battle station around 17.30   A 20ml walk using Explorer 124 following Harold's army through typical High Weald scenery and visiting the battle site
 
General Notes
Buy return train ticket to Battle
 
Contact
Jerome Ripp Telephone number 020 8546 2830 M: 07470 196 890
 
 
Start
TQ734235
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Finish
TQ754156
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