A pre-Christmas cornucopia from london LDWA! (Parks by night Wed 7 AND Shaw's Corner Sat 10 Dec)


A pre-Christmas cornucopia from london LDWA! (Parks by night Wed 7 AND Shaw's Corner Sat 10 Dec)
A pre-Christmas cornucopia from london LDWA! (Parks by night Wed 7 AND Shaw's Corner Sat 10 Dec)
Dear all
 
Well what a bumper edition we'ge got in store today!   So much of interest this week, in fact, that it's almost impossible to know where to start.
 
So let's begin with a couple of (well three) parish notices...
 

LDWA London's Parish noticeboard!

1) "Christmas" party

This year, after detailed consideration, London LDWA took the strategic decision to hold its annual party in January.   Obviously this was done deliberately to prolong the festive season and to avoid the December crowds and wasn't anything to do with the fact that we actually forgot to book it till last week. Anyway, you'll have seen Douglas' email a few days ago, advising that this once-in-a-year unmissable event will be held on
Wednesday 11 January, 18:30 onwards, at the Knights Templar, Chancery Lane
Please just reply to this email to let us know you're coming

 

2) Photo Competition

The knock on effect of the delay to the party is that I have unilaterally decided
to extend the photo competition until the end of December
So - go back through all the fabulous photos you've taken on LDWA London events during 2016 (NB the photographer must be an LDWA London primary or associate member), pick out up to five of your favourites, and submit them by attaching them to an email reply to this weekly update.   Voting will be during the first week of January and prizes will be awarded at the party.   You can see full rules and regulations, and all the entries to date, by clicking here

 

3) First Aid (First Responders) course 2017

Well after all these excitements, we may all be in need of a bit of first aid .   So if you'd like to know how to do it properly, Keith has arranged for a top-notch training course to be held in a couple of months' time.   It's free for LDWA London members.   Here are the details:

Have you ever wondered what you would do if, on a walk, some one was injured or taken ill?  No idea? Then this course is for you.

The FREE training we are holding is on the 11th February 2017 at Wimbledon and starts at 14:00 for three hours.  It will be centered on a serious incident happening and Barry the trainer will give us vital hands-on information to help us cope until the experts arrive.

Barry led the first aid course in 2015 and the feedback was very positive.  At the end of the course you will receive a certificate.

There are only 6 places still available so if you are interested please don't delay.  To secure your place, contact Keith Lane at keithlane@outlook.com. 

 
But what about this week's walks?   Well in fact, we've got no less than two in store, turning the season to our advantage and showing off the best of our wintry city and countryscapes.
 
First of all, on Wednesday, Jane is leading us on a leisurely exploration of the parks we know and love - but only usually see in full daylight.   If you'd like to join her on this nocturnal adventure, meet outside Charing Cross mainline station at 18.00.   Oddly enough, the walk seems to finish in a Wetherspoons - the ideal spot to put back the calories you've just burned off...
 
Then on Saturday, Rod is headling slightly further afield, to Harpenden, to lead us on an intriguingly-named "Shaws Corner" walk.   This 19 mile hike meets at Harpenden station at 09.05 and promises fine scenery (see photo below, taken on a recce last week), historic interest, and lots of dining options for lunch.   The walk details have been extended comprehensively since publication in "Strider" (though basic route, start time and location are the same) so check out our website, or the details below, for the latest position.
 
Note: For both of this week's walks, torches would be useful.
 

Lone tree near Harpenden

On the trail of the lonesome tree
The Oak of Harpenden, said to rival Joseph of Arimathea's thorn at Glastonbury in both fame and stature
(Photo Roderick Smith)

 

Phew!

What a lot to digest.   Time to go and lie down with a mince pie I think.

Have a great week!

Adam

 

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London parks by night

Wed 7th Dec 2016

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
7ml.
 
Start Time
18.00
 
Route
Meet outside Charing Cross mainline rail station A circular walk taking in the royal Parks at night and also the Xmas lights
 
General Notes
Leisurely pace with time to admire the sculpture in the parks.  You may even need a torch at times as not all paths in the parks are lit!  To end at Wetherspoons near Trafalgar Square
 
Contact
Jane Bates Telephone number 07930 999377
 
Start and Finish
TQ301805
View on StreetMap

 

Shaw's Cornered - LINEAR

Sat 10th Dec 2016

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
Updated 5/10 with new leader Updated 3/12 with fuller walk details including note about needing torches
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
19.5ml.
 
Start Time
09.05
 
Route
Meet Harpenden station (0705 Brighton, 0756 East Croydon, 0822 Blackfriars, 08.33 St Pancras); finish St Albans City station before 1800; buy return to Harpenden Linear walk – leave from Harpenden Station, Platform 4 toilets & exit, with morning coffee and toilets at The Brocket Arms, passing George Bernard Shaw's home at Ayot St Lawrence (why does this tiny parish have two CofE churches?)
 
General Notes
Lunch in Wheathampstead at The Swan or choice of cafes or eat own sandwiches in the churchyard.  Interesting church and local history in Wheathampstead.  Hourly bus service from Wheathampstead to St Albans.  Afternoon via Devils Dyke, Coleman Green, Sandridge, & Smallford Station.   Low, rolling open countryside with some fine views; no steep hills, and little mud or water when recce’d in frosty weather in 5’20” on Tuesday 29 November. Route uses old railway line which ran from Luton to Hertford, and Herts Way in the morning, and returns along the former railway line between Hatfield and St Albans.   Note this last section has a good surface but is shared with cyclists and unlit – please bring torches. Registered assistance dogs only
 
Contact
Roderick Smith Telephone number 07905 125820
 
Start
TL137141
View on StreetMap
 
Finish
TL155070
View on StreetMap

 

 

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