A welcome alternative from London LDWA! (Happy Valley Wed 22 AND Essex Sat 25 June)


A welcome alternative from London LDWA! (Happy Valley Wed 22 AND Essex Sat 25 June)
A welcome alternative from London LDWA! (Happy Valley Wed 22 AND Essex Sat 25 June)

Hello everybody!

Well if you're enjoying the heady mix of football and politics that's filling our airwaves and screens as much as I am at the moment, you're probably thinking of emigating to the moon.   But if that's not a realistic proposition - and let's face it unless you're Tim Peake, it probably isn't - then luckily LDWA London can present an alternative.

Yes - just switch off the TV, throw away the papers and don't look at social media until your FaceBook feed is filled once again with pictures of people you hardly know enjoying their summer holidays and family pets performing improbable acrobatic feats.  

Instead, pack your rucksack, don your boots and head for the hills with London LDWA!   Oh and given that midsummer has arrived this morning with a squelch rather than a blaze, you might also want to add Gore-tex to your packing list.

So this week we've got two excellent walks on offer, to help lighten the mood.   And the photo below, taken a couple of weeks ago on Godfrey's evening walk - shows just how good it can be:

 

Parliament Hill

Enjoying the view from the top of Parliament Hill a couple of weeks ago on the Kathy Loraso memorial walk.   A lovely evening outing, showing London at its best.   The perfect antidote to politcs (and football!)

 

So first up, on Wednesday evening, Peter is leading an evening figure-of-eight downland hike from Coulsdon.    As some of you might now, Peter is a regular contributor to the "Cicerone" guide series, so this outing is actually a recce for a walk which will be featuring in one of his up-coming books.   So to be a small but special part of history, just make your way to Coulsdon station (regular trains from Victoria or London Bridge) and join Peter there at 6:30pm

 

And if that's not enough, for "TOWIE" fans (and yes I only just worked out what that means), on SaturdayDick will be leading a really interesting-sounding linear exploration of the Essex hinterland between Epping and Bishop's Stortford.   Dick has been good enough to share some advance information about the route, which you can download by clicking here.   There's a more detailed route description, a GPX file, and some photos which you might want to peruse befre you set out.   So if you'd like to go, make your way to the coffee van by Epping station for 09.00 on Saturday morning, and meet Dick there.

 

Finally - before I go - just a reminder that on Saturday 8 October we will be holding our
annual "Founders" challenge hike from Peaslake
in Surrey.  

Our website is up and running now and the event is open to entries.   And this year it's a bit special as it will be the twentieth anniversary of the hike.

Just click here to find out all you need to know about entering and - equally important - volunteering to help.  

If you'd like to volunteer, Gordon Parker would love to hear from you - and the sooner the better, please!   You can contact him at

founderschallenge@ldwa.org.uk

or by phone at:

07891 196930

Also, this year we are going to be trialling a new electronic Events Management System.   If you've got an interest in things technological and would like to help develop this new system, which will eventually be made available to all LDWA, please could you drop me (Adam Dawson) a note just by replying to this email.

 

 

Well - do your best to stay sane and dry this week, and redouble your efforts to get out and enjoy the country which is sure to be green and glorious!

Adam

 

 

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Happy Valley

Wed 22nd Jun 2016

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
7ml.
 
Start Time
18.30
 
Route
Start and finish Coulsdon South stn (depart Victoria 17.49 or 17.59 London Bridge).   Return trains half-hourly, pace will be timed to coincide! Figure-of-eight walk around chalk downland rich in wild flowers. Also includes Chaldon church
 
General Notes
The third 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 and Finish
TQ298590
View on StreetMap
 

The Other Way in Essex (linear)

Sat 25th Jun 2016

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
NOTE: * Expanded route details compared to "Strider" * Importance of bringing packed lunch, in the interests of time, given that this is already quite a long walk * Photos and a GPX can be downloaded from: https://goo.gl/2WExl5
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
26ml.
 
Start Time
09.00
 
Route
Start from Epping Station (meet at the coffee van by the car park entrance).  Central Line trains every 10-15 minutes. Finish at Bishops Stortford Station probably between 19:00 and 19:30.  Trains to London every 10-15 minutes. Route taking us through Gernon Bushes, along(ish) the Essex Way through Toot Hill bypassing Chipping Ongar to a first b-y-o refreshment stop at Shelley churchyard (approx 9 miles). Then via Clatterford End to meet up with the Three Forests Way and a second b-y-o refreshment stop at Abbess Roding (approx 14 miles). Continue along the Three Forests Way (approximately) to the first opportunity for purchased food/drink in White Roding (approx 16.5 miles); onward again mostly along the Three Forests Way to the second food/drink option at the Cock Inn in Hatfield Broad Oak (approx 20 miles). Final leg branches off and we traverse the lower part of Hatfield Forest before crossing the fields into Bishops Stortford.
 
General Notes
This is (apart from the first 50 feet) a completely different route from Dave's Bishops Stortford to Epping walk of February. Fairly level and open terrain - as of 9 June - mostly quite dry. The geography and hollowed-out nature of the Roding villages mean that we really do need to bring packed lunches - Bretts Farm Shop in White Roding offers a fair variety, including ice creams (eta 15:00).  the Cock Inn does an extensive and unpretentious menu all day, but we are not likely to arrive there much before 16:45. There is a Plan B in the event of inclement weather (less distance, more roads, but with a pub lunch stop).
 
Contact
Dick Bowman Telephone number ON DAY ONLY 0747 434 2329 (email preferred)
 
Start
TL462015
View on StreetMap
 
 
Finish
TL491208
View on StreetMap

 

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