Summer starts here with London LDWA! (W. London parks Thu 4 AND Countryway Sat 6 May)


Summer starts here with London LDWA! (W. London parks Thu 4 AND Countryway Sat 6 May)
Summer starts here with London LDWA! (W. London parks Thu 4 AND Countryway Sat 6 May)

Hello everyone

Happy Bank Holiday!

Well although meteorologists and calendarians may disagree, according to the definitive LDWA annual walks programme, 1 May officially marks the start of the summer season.   So we can confidently (if recklessly) adandon our waterproofs and thermals and don our shorts instead, and head out into the hills.

So if hill-heading is how you'd like to mark the start of the new season, we've got a couple of great outings lined up for you this week.   All the details follow below, but first, I bring you another of those Important Notices which crave your attention: 

The Action Challenge - any volunteers?

London LDWA has received an approach from Action Challenge, a challenge events company who set up mass-participation long distance walking events.

They are seeking people who would be willing to volunteer to walk around 25 to 50 km on the night stages of two forthcoming events:

  • the London to Brighton hike on 27-28 May ( click here ) and
  • a Thames hike from Fulham to Henley on 9-10 September ( click here ).

Each event is expecting several thousand walkers, with proceeds to charity; the role of the volunteers is to support the walkers, who may not be used to long-distance walking, especially at night.

The LDWA London committee agreed that we would put this out for interest to our members, with anyone interested to contact not the LDWA but Action Challenge via Tom Walker on 020 7609 6695 or tom.walker@actionchallenge.com  

 

 

THE YORKSHIRE "100"

Note that the London to Brighton walk falls on the same weekend as the LDWA's national "100" challenge hike in North Yorkshire, and we're still on the look out for volunteers to help out up there.   If you'd like to do your bit on this vital LDWA flagship event, please click this link to find out more.

 

So - now let's move on to the week's activities.

 

First on the schedule, on Thursday, Jerome is taking us on a tour of three parks in West London.   His evening walk visits Crane, Fulwell and Bushy Parks (at least two of which are less well known hidden gems located along the course of the equally well hidden River Crane) which must surely merit an evening's exploration.   If you'd like to go, just make your way to Twickenham station for 18.00 on Thursday evening and take it from there.   Please note the point about dogs on this walk.

And then on Saturday, Dave will be leading the first in what may become a series of walks linking up over the summer to form a complete circumnavigation of London via the London Countryway.   This is a fascinating less well known alternative to the Capital Ring and the London LOOP circuits, and on Saturday, Dave will be exploring the clockwise section from Gravesend to Borough Green.   To join this pioneering jouney, take the train on Saturday morning to Gravesend station where Dave will meet you at the southern entrance at 09.25.

London Countryway

A bit of background to the Countryway
From this website, where you can find out more

 

So - that's it for now.   Enjoy the rest of your day off, and prepare to bare those lardy legs to the rest of the world!

All the best

Adam

 

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West London Parkland (Linear)

Thu 4th May 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
9ml.
Start Time
18.00
Route
Meet Twickenham station (17.28 from Waterloo); finish Kingston station approx. 21.00, 4 trains per hour return Traversing Crane, Fulwell and Bushy parks
General Notes
Dogs only allowed by prior agreement with leader and must be under control at all times
Contact
Jerome Ripp Telephone number 07470 196890
Start
TQ161736
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Finish
TQ182696
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London Countryway Starter - Gravesend to Borough Green

Sat 6th May 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
Updated 9/4 Dave Williams replacing Dick Bowman as walk leader
Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
17.5ml.
Start Time
09.25
Route
Meet at main (Southern) entrance to Gravesend Station (08:31 from London Bridge).  Check trains closer to date. Finish: Borough Green Station (2 trains/hour to London Victoria) The first stage of a proposed complete circuit of the London Countryway; out through Jeskyns Country Park to Sole Street (joining the Wealdway) via Coldrum Long Barrow; pass near to Harvel, Addington and Wrotham Heath villages.  Approximate route described in some detail at http://desdemoor.blogspot.co.uk/p/london-countryway.html (sections 1 and 2)
General Notes
Several pubs and cafes near to the route; probably stopping at the Amazon&Tiger in Harvel - but strongly advised to bring your own food in case of unexpected closure
Contact
Dave Williams replacing Dick Bowman Telephone number 07505 757557
Start
TQ645740
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Finish
TQ609574
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