Strength and Stability from London LDWA! (Regent's Canal Wed 14 AND Underneath Arches Sat 17 June)


Strength and Stability from London LDWA! (Regent's Canal Wed 14 AND Underneath Arches Sat 17 June)
Strength and Stability from London LDWA! (Regent's Canal Wed 14 AND Underneath Arches Sat 17 June)

Hello everyone

Well what a fabulous week London LDWA has got lined up for you - with lots more to look forward to beyond as well.   And not a hint of coalition or chaos in our programme either!

But before we can get into the details, I can proudly reveal our manifesto of three Important Notices which you will want to study carefully before making any life-changing decisions.

So here we go..

Important Notices!

Here are three Important Things that you need to know about this week:

  1. Changes to walks on Sat 24 June:
    Unfortunately, we have had to CANCEL the "Vikings and UFOs" walk which was due to be held on Sat 24 June.   BUT: we are offering no fewer than TWO exciting replacement "pop up" walks that day instead:

    * A very novel "Midsummer sunrise to sunset 'challenge' walk" - a 40-miler being led by Colin and heading west along the Thames Path starting at 4:30am (yes really) from the O2 Dome (click here for details) 
    * A slightly more conventional "Tring Ring" from Tring, with Jerome at the helm and completing a 20 mile loop around the canals, hills and ancient paths of the Chilterns (click here for details)


  2. Travel arrangements for "Seaside" walk on Sat 8 July:
    If you are thinking ahead and considering going on Dave's walk on 8 July, you can save a lot of money on travel by buying your rail tickets NOW.  
    See the walk details on our website (click here) for details of what to do


  3. LDWA "Hundred" challenge event, 27th – 29th May 2017:
    As many of you may know, a band of worthy LDWA London hikers participated in this amazing event.   And an equally worthy band of volunteers spent the weekend up in Yorkshire manning "Checkpoint ten" all through the night, and ensuring that weary walkers were fed, watered and generally encouraged as they faced the remaining 38 miles of their epic journey.
    Susanne has written an superb report of the weekend's developments, which you can read on the website (click here)

 

So now let's move forward boldy to meet the challenges of the week.   Well - what do we have in store for you?

 

First of all, on Wednesday evening, Charles is taking us on a canalside walk from Limehouse right back to the centre of London, offering the chance to view London from a perspective sometimes not appreciated at street-level.   To join this walk - which will also have the benefit of being relatively flat - join Charles at Limehouse DLR at 18.00.   Just don't be seduced by the easy of the going underfoot as you travel the towpath.   If you allow yourself to drift off into a reverie as you trundle along, you are likely to walk into the canal by mistake, which would be neither a strong nor a particularly stable thing to do.
NOTE: This walk has been shortened slightly and will end at Chalk Farm, rather than Baker St. as advertised in "Strider"

 

Then, hot on Charles' heels, so to speak, on Saturday, Keith will be taking a trip to visit - among other things - the Ouse Valley viaduct - which is said to be one of the country's most elegant (though aficionados of Ribblehead might have something to say about that!).   If you'd like to join this 20 mile journey, please be at Balcombe station for 09.17 on Saturday morning.
NOTE: Note the train travel arrangements to get to Balcombe for the start of this walk have changed slightly compared to "Strider".   See below, or website, for details 

Easter eggs in grass

The unusual Ouse Valley Viaduct - one of the many intereting sights to be spotted on Saturday's walk
Photo: Keith Lane

 

Well at this point, I think it's time to stop.

So - have a great week, and make the most of those long summer days.

Adam

 

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Regents Canal Limehouse to Baker Street

Wed 14th Jun 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
Update 6/6: End point changed to CHALK FARM (as Baker St would have made the walk too long comfortably to complete in the evening)
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
8ml.
 
Start Time
18.00
 
Route
Meet at street level at Limehouse Station (DLR).   Finish CHALK FARM (NOT Baker St) Tube Follow the Regents Canal to Regent Park and finish at Baker Street Tube
 
General Notes
Cafes and pubs available
 
Contact
Charles O'Toole Telephone number 07973 126648
 
 
Start
TQ287841
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Finish
TQ280821
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Underneath the Arches with the Crazy Gang (Linear)

Sat 17th Jun 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
UPDATE 9/6 The recent change to the National Rail timetable has affected the train times in the original walk description. The train now leaves Blackfriars (not London Bridge) at 08:22 and East Croydon at 08:50 arriving at Balcombe at 09:17.
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
20ml.
 
Start Time
09.17 NOT 09.22
 
Route
*** NEW TRAIN TIMES: train now leaves Blackfriars (not London Bridge) at 08:22 and East Croydon at 08:50 arriving at Balcombe at 09:17.
(*** NOT: Meet Balcombe station 09:22 (London Bridge 08:42.  East Croydon 08:55)
Finish Haywards Heath station The route takes us via Balcombe Village and across rolling Sussex countryside to West Hoathly and on to Horsted Keynes for lunch.  After lunch we head for Arlington Reservoir and under the Ouse Valley Viaduct
 
General Notes
Choice of pubs &/or picnic at Horsted Keynes (9 miles).  Tea stop at the Cafe Ardingley Reservoir (13 miles).   The Viaduct has been described as probably the most elegant in Britain.  It is a marvel of Victorian engineering, completed in 1842 it comprises 37 arches and 11 million bricks.  Sightings of steam trains on the Bluebell Railway probable but not guaranteed
 
Contact
Keith Lane Telephone number 07843 020525
 
Start
TQ306300
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Finish
TQ330245
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