A flagship week for London LDWA! (Crystal Palace Wed 29 AND Pop Up Fri 31 Mar AND Capital Challenge Sat 1 Apr)


A flagship week for London LDWA! (Crystal Palace Wed 29 AND Pop Up Fri 31 Mar AND Capital Challenge Sat 1 Apr)
A flagship week for London LDWA! (Crystal Palace Wed 29 AND Pop Up Fri 31 Mar AND Capital Challenge Sat 1 Apr)

Hello everyone

Yes it seems barely possible that it could be Monday already.  

But this week is an extra special one for London LDWA, as on Saturday it brings us our first ever Capital Challenge hike.  

 

This is a brand new challenge hike for London LDWA, and those with a keen memory might recall that it was first suggested to us by our membership at the 2016 AGM.   So over the last year and a bit, Gordon, Susanne, Douglas, Roderick and others too numerous to mention (and to whom I apologise if I have forgotten) have worked tirelessly to bring turn this germ of an idea into the magnificent blossoming creation we will witness on Saturday.  

So, bright on early on April Fools Day morning (yes, really), 100 pioneering hikers will set off from underneath Waterloo Bridge on a 27 mile clockwise loop visiting some of London's finest sights.   There are checkpoints at the start at BFI (Waterloo), then at Paddington Station, Jack Straw's Castle, Finsbury Park and Hackney Henge and then finally at the finish at the View Tube (Stratford).   You can see more details by clicking here.  

The effort that LDWA London has had to put into preparing for the Challenge means there is no social walk next weekend (though we do have a midweek Wednesday evening excursion AND a Friday Pop Up - see below).   But instead, if you're not on the event itself, you might like to situate yourself somewhere along the route and in true London marathon style, cheer the participants as they pass by.

Cap Chall map

The route of the 2017 Capital Challenge, showing milepoints
Come along and cheer - participants start between 8 and 9 am and finish between 2 and 7 pm

 

But we haven't abandoned our social walk agenda completely this week, as on Wednesday evening, Peter will be leading us on an evening hike from Crystal Place to Nunhead.   He'll be taking the opportunity to explore part of the Green Chain Walk - one of London's numerous long distance paths - and if you're not familiar with this fascinating route, this will be an excellent opportunity to become acquainted.

So if you'd like to join Peter for this excellent original outing, just make your way to Crystal Palace Station for 18.00 on Wednesday evening.

 

And - in a late entry to our programme, by popular demand, Ron has kindly offered to lead another "pop up" walk on Friday (daytime), which covers a later (12 mile) section of the Capital Challenge route itself.  All the details are at the bottom of this note, but if you'd like to do a bit more recce-ing of the route, and have got a free day on Friday, just rock up at Golders Green tube station for 11:15 on Friday morning (though get there at 10:30 if you fancy a coffee in Caffe Nero beforehand).

 

Well - that's enough for now, especially as you are probably still struggling to think clearly having suffered a 60 minute time-warp over the weekend in the interests of making our evenings a bit lighter (a worthwhile sacrifice, though, surely).

Have a great week and don't forget to cheer loudly on Saturday!

Adam

 

 

 

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Crystal Palace to Nunhead (linear)

Wed 29th Mar 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
5ml.
 
Start Time
18.00
 
Route
Meet Crystal Palace Station (17:24 Canada Water); finish at The Ivy House Nunhead (station 0.75 mile) A section of the Green Chain Walk
 
Contact
Peter Buchwald Telephone number 07983 577101
 
 
Start
TQ340706
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Finish
TQ353750
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<<< POP UP! Golders Green to Stoke Newington

Fri 31st Mar 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
12ml.
 
Start Time
11.15
 
Route
Meet Golders Green Tube Station; finish Stoke Newington Station Largely following route of the latter stages of Saturday's Capital Challenge.
 
General Notes
A very late recce or warm up for some of the later stages of the Capital Challenge or just an excuse for a good walk. Refreshments in Highgate Woods and at Wetherspoons near to finish. If early meet in Café Nero (Turn right at main road) for pre walk coffee after 10:30.
 
Contact
Ron Williamson Telephone number T:01702 587128 M:07810 044299 on day
 
Start
TQ252874
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Finish
TQ336869
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London LDWA - http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London