Super springtime with London LDWA! (Wickford daytime Wed 26 AND South Downs Sat 29 April)


Super springtime with London LDWA! (Wickford daytime Wed 26 AND South Downs Sat 29 April)
Super springtime with London LDWA! (Wickford daytime Wed 26 AND South Downs Sat 29 April)

Hello everyone!

Here we go again - another week ahead of us, but lots to look forward to from London LDWA.   And with the prolonged dry spell, the ground underfoot is becoming mud-free and the walking is excellent.

So we've got a fabulous couple of walks laid on this week, to help lure you out into the spring sunshine (and the countryside is looking truly lovely at the moment).  
But first, as is becoming the norm nowadays, an Important Message which needs your attention (and I promise it won't take long):

Masterchefs - your chance for glory!

You will probably recall that every October, LDWA London runs a highly successful "Founders'" Challenge hike.   One of the stand-out features of the event is the excellence of the catering which we offer to lucky participants.  

For 2017, we're looking for someone (or perhaps a couple of people) to take on responsibility for co-ordinating our catering activites, and thus helping to maintain our culinary reputation.

Note - we will be seeking checkpoint marshals and marshals to assist in general catering duties later in the year.   At this stage what we're looking for is one or perhaps 2 people to take on the overall catering co-ordination role.

This role is responsible for:

  • planning a menu for the meal at the end (typically soup, a ploughman's and a pie & custard dessert.   Yum :-) )
  • organising checkpoint snacks
  • doing the food shopping
  • directing the catering team on the day

Founders 2015 catering

Founders' 2015
Stylish sandwiches put Pret to shame!

 

If you think you would like to help out, please either email the Founders' Co-ordinator by clicking here or just reply to this email.

There is plenty of experience and information available to help anyone who's interested, and experts such as Chris K. will be on hand will be able to offer practical advice.   So please don't hold back, and do get in touch!

 

Right, so let's get down to business now.   Yes - this week's walks.

Now we're into the season of longer days, we're in the routine of offering two walks per week, and this week we've got a couple of good ones lined up for you.

Our first excursion is on Wednesday  when our renowned escapologist Ron will be leading a 13 mile daytime walk promising to "escape" from Wickford to Billericay via 13 miles of beautiful rural Essex countryside.   Although Ron threatens mud along the route, I think there is every chance it may be at least semi-solid by now, so potentially not too hazardous for your new gore-tex boots.   If you'd like to join Ron on his journey, and are lucky enough to have got the day off, make your way to Wickford station for 10:35 on Wednesday morning.

Then, rounding off the week nicely, on Saturday, Andy will be taking us on a leg-stretching 20 mile circular hike across the South Downs from the delightfully Miss Marple-ish Plumpton to visit key sights along the South Downs Way, including the equally delightful-sounding Jack and Jill windmill, Wolstonbury Hill and Black Cap.   If you'd like to go, then meet Andy at Plumpton station at 09.16 on Saturday morning.   Please note the important reminder to meet on the station platform and not outside the station.   Some further walk notes have recently been added to the website and are reproduced below.

 

Well that's it for now.   Have a great week, and let's hope the dry weather lasts (unless you're a gardener of course in which case let's somewhat incompatibly hope for persistent heavy rain).

All the best!

Adam

 

 

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Escape from Wickford (MIDWEEK DAYTIME) (Linear)

Wed 26th Apr 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
UPDATED 3/1/17: Catch 9:55 From Liverpool Street
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
13ml.
 
Start Time
10.35
 
Route
Meet Wickford station (Catch 9:55 From Liverpool Street), finish Billericay station A surprisingly rural walk through  the fields and woods of suburban Essex in early Spring . But do not be surprised to find some excellent Essex mud.
 
General Notes
Refreshments en route and at 'The Blue Boar'
 
Contact
Ron Williamson Telephone number T:01702 587128 M:07810 044299 on day
 
 
Start
TQ745936
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Finish
TQ674949
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South Downs from Plumpton

Sat 29th Apr 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
Updated 23/4 with more walk details:
  • Note this is a CIRCULAR walk
  • Train times correct for 2017
  • Southern Rail holding talks Mon 24/Tue 25: if strike action on Sat. results, check this website for updated travel arrangements
  • A few ups and downs in the morning, late lunch (around 13.30), a climb back on to the downs immediately after, then easy rolling.
  • Lunch stop is 1.5 miles straightforward walk to Hassocks station if anyone wants to bale out or jump in then.
  • Amiable dogs welcome but remember there may be lambs about.
  • Return trains from Plumpton are hourly, 18.24 would do it comfortably
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
20ml.
 
Start Time
09.16
 
Route
Start Plumpton Stn 9.16. Depart Victoria 08.17 (Clapham Jct. 08.23) by this year's timetable.
Walk starts from the platform, please don't wait outside the station
Probably via Streat, Stanmer Down, Wolstonbury Hill, then SDW to Black Cap
 
General Notes
Pub lunch Jack and Jill at Clayton (http://www.thejackandjillinn.co.uk/) or picnic in churchyard
 
Contact
Andy Davies Telephone number 07948 361177
 
Start and Finish
TQ364161
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London LDWA - http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London