Lots of exciting stuff from London LDWA! (Kathy LoRaso memorial evening walk Wed 8 AND Downe South Sat 11 June)


Lots of exciting stuff from London LDWA! (Kathy LoRaso memorial evening walk Wed 8 AND Downe South Sat 11 June)
Lots of exciting stuff from London LDWA! (Kathy LoRaso memorial evening walk Wed 8 AND Downe South Sat 11 June)

Dear all

There's lots of exciting stuff in this week's update, even though I say so myself.   So pop out to Starbucks for your morning latte, sneak off somehere that your boss can't find (or where you can pretend to be reading the CEO's latest missive explaining why it really would be a good idea for you to work harder and get paid less) and settle down to a good read..

 

First of all,
I'm delighted to bring you news of Weymouth, from where Susanne has posted this inspiring missive about LDWA London's intrepid band of volunteers, who were supporting that even more intrepid band of participants in this year's national LDWA "100" [mile] challenge:

London LDWA Dorset 100 Volunteers Weekend.   

An inspiring weekend

A group of 16 London Volunteers went down to help out at headquarters near Weymouth.

The weather was superb and as well as serving tea and sympathy to hundreds of exhausted walkers, there was time for us all to enjoy a 20 mile walk and some even managed an extra 10 mile walk (See report of walk on the "reports" page of the website) and of course a meal in Weymouth.

There wasn’t much time to sleep but there was a great buzz as we watched walker after walker arrive back.

As one of our volunteers put it

"A really inspiring weekend which was great to be a small part of".

You can read a fuller report of the weekend by clicking here (you need to scroll down the page a bit)

 

 

The photo below, taken at about 1am on Sunday morning, illustrates just how much fun it really is at one of these events:

LDWA London volunteers

Our lovely "Tea Ladies..." in Weymouth

Photo courtesy of Janet Chapman

 

So what have we got going on closer to home this week?   Well read on...
...as usual we've got two walks to brighten your week in a way that even the thrills and spills of the euro referendum cannot.

  • So first - on Wednesday, Godfrey is going to be leading a walk from West Hampstead through Regent's Park, visiting some of the favourite places of Kathy LoRaso, a stalwart LDWA London member who sadly passed away last year.   It's hard to imagine a nicer interlude to the working week, and if you'd like to be there, please just make your way to Blackburn Road (take the tube to West Hampstead station and turn right) for 6:30 pm on Wednesday, where Godfrey will meet you.

  • And then - on Saturday, Peter will be taking a linear sojourn "Downe South" from Chislehirst to the environs of Croydon.   On the way you'll pass by Darwin's home where the famous naturalist developed some of his greatest theories.   So to avoid being stuck in an evolutionary dead end, just get to Chislehurst by 9:30 on Saturday morning to meet up with Peter.   Note that you'll have the opportunity also to enjoy the leisurely benefits of a bus replacement service en route, too, so the walk will start a little later than adverised in "Strider".

 

Now while I've got your attention...
...eagle eyed aficionados of the LDWA London Website may have noticed a few new features have been added recently, which you might want to check out:

  • Firstly, we've added a new interactive map of our forthcoming events, which you can view by clicking here
  • Secondly, there is a new "email archive" menu option (click here to view) which has a record of all the bulk emails we've sent out (including these weekly updates), in case you ever need to go back and check anything.   This will eventually replace the email archive currently found on the news section of the website
  • And thirdly, you might have noticed that a new "Facebook" icon has appeared at the right hand side of our home page (see here) which if you click on it will take you straight through to our facebook page.

Finally, you might not have noticed that on the main LDWA website, you can read "Strider" on-line.   Anyway, just click on this link to take you straight through to this useful electronic facility (note that you'll need to enter your membership number and password, and also it won't work on mobile phones)

 

Well that's all for me for this week.   All the details of our up-coming walks are below..

Enjoy the spring sunshine and start the countdown to Wimbledon!

 

Adam

 

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Evening walk commemorating Kathy LoRaso (Linear)

Wed 8th Jun 2016

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
7ml.
 
Start Time
18.30
 
Route
Meet Blackburn Road, West Hampstead (first right out of Jubilee Line Stn), finishing at Regents Park Station A linear walk visiting a few places that Kathy liked to “roam” around - Hampstead Village, Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill, Regents Park
 
General Notes
***Members of CLOG (Central London Outdoor Group) have been invited.  ***Registered Assistance Dogs only
 
Contact
Godfrey O'Callaghan Telephone number 07712 341677
 
Start
TQ256847
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Finish
TQ286821
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Downe South (Linear) ***NOTE CHANGED START AND TRAVEL***

Sat 11th Jun 2016

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
NOTE LATER START TIME (because of rail replacement service) and also extra lunch option at café DETAILS: We'll stay on the 0836 from Charing Cross / 0839 from Waterloo East but alight at Grove Park (0901). Here, catch the rail replacement bus service (0910) which gets to Chislehurst station 0925. We'll now start the walk at 0930 instead of 0905
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
20ml.
 
Start Time
09.30 (NOT 09.05)
 
Route
Meet Chislehurst stn (depart Charing Cross 08.36 or Waterloo East 0839, WITH RAIL REPLACEMENT SERVICE - see below), finish New Addington tram stop, frequent trams back to East Croydon stn Passes Darwin's home Down House and several sites where the great naturalist found evidence for the theory of evolution
 
General Notes
Lunch Downe village (choice of pubs or a café). The first of four walks in three weeks based on the leader's forthcoming Cicerone guide to London. Registered assistance dogs only
 
Contact
Peter Aylmer Telephone number 07884 235784
 
Start
TQ432693
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Finish
TQ381622
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