Kick off the New Year in style with London LDWA! (South London Extravaganza Sat 7 Jan)

Kick off the New Year in style with London LDWA! (South London Extravaganza Sat 7 Jan)
Kick off the New Year in style with London LDWA! (South London Extravaganza Sat 7 Jan)

Dear All

Happy 2017.   Hope you're having a good start to the year.   At least the sun is shining today, after yesterday's rather damp squib (sorry, Susanne...)

Well - here's a quick test of your London knowledge... Who knows where London's Grand Canyon is?   Well - the answer will be revealed later in the email, but first here are few Very Important Notices


Parish Notices

Before you are allowed to read on, there are no less than five(!) Important Notices that you have to read and digest first!

1. Don't forget to vote in the 2016 Photo competition!
Click here to vote! 
* Click here to see the competition details and full size photos!
* The photos are also attached to the end of this note

2. Volunteer to lead an evening walk in Summer 2017!
There are still a few spare slots in the Summer 2017 evening walks programme.   Please could you reply to this email to let me know if you'd be willing to lead a walk on one of the following four dates:
* Wed 17 May 2017
* Wed 24 May 2017
* Wed 28 Jun 2017
* Wed 23 Aug 2017
(Could be the Tuesday or Thursday either side of these dates)
Just reply to this email to let me know if you'd be prepared to step in.   You can view the full 2017 walks programme by clicking here

3. Put the annual LDWA London party in your diaries!
Our party this year is on Wednesday 11 January.   Click this link to see the details.   Please just reply to this note to let us know if you'd like to come (if you haven't already)

4. Update on the "Capital Challenge"
The inaugural "Capital Challenge hike on 1 April is fully subscribed now.   Gordon is in the process of contacting participants to check whether there are any drop-outs.   If there are, we'll re-open subscriptions and let everyone know.   In the meantime, we're always on the look out for Marshals for the walk, and there will be a Marshals' Walk over the route on Sat 4 March, for anyone who will be helping at the event itself.   Email if you'd like to volunteer or just generally to learn more.  Click here for more details of the event.

5. London Countryway??
Dick, one of our stalwart leaders, is considering a circumlondon navigation along the "London Countryway" - a 200-mile route round the perimeter of London, outside the M25.   The walk would be spread out over the summer of 2017.   At the moment, it's a just the germ of an idea but if you'd be interested, please click this link to find out more.  



Whew!   Hope I haven't given you indigestion.

So - on to this week's walk.   Well, on Saturday, Christopher will be leading a rather fabulous-sounding "South London Extravaganza" walk which promises to explore the hidden village life of inner London.   If you would like to go, please be at Deptford Bridge DLR at 09.30.   Possibly the most exciting aspect of this hike will be the opportunity it affords to explore no less than London's "Grand Canyon" (which sadly is only visible when the tide is out).  

So that's the answer to the question - London's Grand Canyon is actually Deptford Creek - or at least that's what the Creekside Education Trust (click here) would have us believe.   Oh and they also promise lashings of "good, clean, muddy fun!".... 

Deptford Creek

Deptford Creek from the air
London's Grand Canyon!


So - that's all for now.   I hope you have a great week, and don't forget to vote!




South London Extravaganza

Sat 7th Jan 2017


Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Meet Deptford Bridge DLR.  Train leaves Bank at 0905. Bus 47, 53, 177, 453 Experience the vibrancy and, pace of change and history of village life in Inner London.  Walk from Deptford Creek to the exuberance of Brixton via Deptford High Street, New Cross, Telegraph Hill, Nunhead, Peckham, Camberwell, Stockwell and Clapham
General Notes
Lunch tba
Christopher Hedley Telephone number 07941 685449
Start and Finish
View on StreetMap

Photo Competition

Here are the 2016 photo competition entries (go to the main website to see them full size):

Link to voting page: CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!!

Happy voting! 

2016 photo competition 001

"Caught on the hop?"
Susanne Waldschmidt

2016 photo competition 001

"Possibly the most unusual
seat in the Downs?
Gordon Parker

2016 photo competition 001

"Two great smiles -
Paul Lawrence and
Dolores Rice
Godfrey O'Callaghan

2016 photo competition 001

"Chris Dent does a
summit dance
Godfrey O'Callaghan

2016 photo competition 001

"The sky welcoming us to
the City and the
Keith Lane

2016 photo competition 001

"A typical starting point 
for a group walk:
Berrylands station
Steve Garnsey

2016 photo competition 001

"Chateau Denbies
anyone? A hint of the 
wine to come, via a
vine-eye view of Dorking
and Tower Hill behind it
Steve Garnsey

2016 photo competition 001

"Meet the Neighbours"
Keith Lane

2016 photo competition 001

"The TFL glass building
turns into copper at
Isabel Sanchez

2016 photo competition 001

"Emulating Harold on
Senlac Hill:  Chris Dent
and Paul Lawrence
wonder whether leaving
the high ground in search
of a Wetherspoon's is safe
Isabel Sanchez

2016 photo competition 001

"I look this way, you look
that way: 3 walkers
scan the landscape for a
Wetherspoon's in Derby
and a 4th decides to
google it
Isabel Sanchez

2016 photo competition 001

"Between the grass and the
sky in Derbyshire
Isabel Sanchez


2016 photo competition 001

"Striding out in Derbyshire"
Isabel Sanchez





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