Lots to learn with London LDWA! (Five Important Notices AND South Downs Sat 29 Oct)

Lots to learn with London LDWA! (Five Important Notices AND South Downs Sat 29 Oct)
Lots to learn with London LDWA! (Five Important Notices AND South Downs Sat 29 Oct)

Hello everyone and welcome to the last week of October!

As usual there is a lot going on in London LDWA at the moment, including a great walk on Saturday which will help us squeeze the very most out of that last hour of British Summer Time.   This week there is absolutely masses (a technical term) of interesting stuff in this email, even though I say so myself.   So you might want to bunk off with a coffee behind the photocopier to read it all.   But believe me, it is worth reading!   If you don't you're likely to miss out on some Very Important Stuff.


A thank you!

First - a word of thanks from Sue.   As you'll remember, she marked a major birthday a couple of weeks ago and in her honour, LDWA London laid on a special celebratory walk.   She has asked me to pass on the following message of thanks to everyone who was involved:

"A huge thank you to everyone who remembered my birthday, Especially all the members from London and Surrey walking club who joined the festivities on Thursday and at the end of the Founders. Both cakes are just delicious and my cards I will treasure for ever. So much kindness and so many happy memories."

The photo below gives you some idea of the evening's proceedings! 

LDWA cake

Looks too good to eat!
(Photo: Helen Franklin)

And before we get into the detail of next weekend's walk, no less than four more important "Parish" notices: 



1) Founder's Challenge 2016 and 2017

Gordon has written an excellent review of the 2016 Founder's Challenge, held earlier this month.   You can read it by clicking here

And as a date for your diaries - the next (21st) Founders will be on Saturday 14 October 2017.   Click here for more details. 

2) Capital Challenge 2017

Background and info:

Readers of Strider will have seen on page 6 of the August issue Peter Aylmer’s article announcing the new Capital Challenge event that the 2016 AGM in February agreed should be developed.

The inaugural event will take place on 1st April 2017.

Details of the route and how to enter are almost 100% finalised and we want to bring it to the attention of London members before entries open on 14th November. You may want to enter or you may want to help make it a success by marshalling.

Entering the event:

All you need to know about the route and entering can be found on the LDWA London website at Capital Challenge 2017 . Only online entries at SIEntries will be accepted (no postal entries nor On The Days). To ensure that we manage this first event successfully we are limiting participation to 100 walkers with priority given to LDWA members. If more than 100 entries are received a ballot will be held immediately after entries close on 19th February.


We will need at least 20 marshals at

  • the start (the café at BFI on the South Bank),
  • checkpoints
    • Paddington station
    • Jack Straw car park, Hampstead Heath
    • Finsbury Park café
    • Nature’s Throne aka Hackney Henge, Middlesex Filter Beds Nature Reserve on the River Lea
    • the finish at the View Tube café in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Some marshals may be asked to travel between these points.

There will be a Marshals Walk on Saturday 4th March 2017.

If you’d like to help please contact Gordon at capitalchallenge@ldwa.org.uk .

3) "Silk River" 2017

This is a bit of a departure from the norm for London LDWA.   It's a walking based-celebration set along the banks of the river Thames, over ten days starting Friday 15 September 2017, and London LDWA has agreed to partner it.

It's a really interesting joint project with a community in India - and if your curiosity is suitably piqued, you can find out more by clicking this link.

4) LDWA London Chairman in "The Great Outdoors" ("TGO") magazine

Peter, our Chair, has written a piece for November's TGO magazine on "A Long Walk to Berwick".  You can get a taster by clicking this link, but to read the whole thing you'll need to pick up a copy at your local newsagent


So, thanks for persevering so far!   But I'm sure you'll agree it was a worthwhile read.  

Just to finish off the info-download, though, don't forget that on Saturday, Peter will be getting out into the South Downs, where the Autumn colours will be starting to come into their best.  He's offering a linear nineteen-miler with a pub lunch in Berwick.   I'm pretty sure that this isn't the same Berwick that Peter is describing in his essay - rather its namesake some 400 miles further south.   But if you'd like to be sure, the only way to find out is join Peter at Polegate station at 09.36 on Saturday morning.   You might want to check the train timetable beforehand, to make sure that timings aren't affected by leaves, strikes or any of the various clamities that have befallen Southern recently.


Well, that's all for now.   Time to crawl out from behind the photocopier and get back to work!

All the best




The South Downs (Linear)

Sat 29th Oct 2016


Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Meet Polegate station (Victoria 08.17 / Clap Jct 08.23 / E Croydon 08.32).   Finish Glynde station (Hourly trains to Victoria via Brighton) Polegate to Glynde with lunch midway
General Notes
Lunch most likely at the Cricketers in Berwick
Peter Buchwald Telephone number 07983 577101
View on StreetMap
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London LDWA - http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London