Parks and rivers with London LDWA! (Hampstead Wed 2 AND Otford linear Sat 5 Aug)


Parks and rivers with London LDWA! (Hampstead Wed 2 AND Otford linear Sat 5 Aug)
Parks and rivers with London LDWA! (Hampstead Wed 2 AND Otford linear Sat 5 Aug)

Hello everyone!

Yes, - hard to believe but it's true.   It's Monday again.  Always incredible that it can come round so fast, but not to worry, we have, as ever, an excellent programme of walks laid on for you this week.

But before we get too carried away, let's have one of those Important Notices first:

 

The Silk River Project and London LDWA

In the Strider you received recently you will hopefully have enjoyed and perhaps been intrigued by our Chair Peter Aylmer's article on the "Silk River" project on page 5.  This is a community based project, with London and India partnering to organise a series of riverside walks in mid-September.

You will find details of the walks along the Thames at http://www.silkriver.co.uk/uk-walks/; information about the walks in India is on the same website.

The walks listed there are aimed at the general public rather than the experienced walkers that are reading this email. If you would like to take part in rather longer walks and help to carry the brightly painted 6 metre flags (on 7 metre fishing rods) then the full schedule is on our London LDWA website at https://www.ldwa.org.uk/London/W/4662/2017.html

If joining one or more of these walks appeals to you then please contact Gordon Parker at silkriver@ldwa.org.uk. If you do that there is no need to book for each of the local walks: Gordon can make a block booking on your behalf.

Finally, to find out the background to the project and to whet your appetite, have a look at this inspiring 36 minute film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX4yfDhJjmE .

 

Thames Hoogly maps

The Silk River Project
The routes - in more colour than an OS map!

 

So now let's move on to this week's events.

On Wednesday evening, we will be making a return visit to Hampstead Heath, this time led by Charles.   Although Susanne was frequenting similar parts last week, the Heath is a big place, so I'm sure there will be lots of new sights and routes along the way.   To join Charles' expedition, just be at Hampstead Tube (Northern Line, Edgware Branch), Heath Street Entrance, at 18.00 on Wednesday.

Then on Saturday, Neil is laying on a 23-miler, taking us from that lovely shopping megalopolis at Bluewater, to the even lovelier bucolic surroundings of Otford, in Kent.   His route takes us along the Thames Path, and then down the Darenth Valley, with at least two refreshment stops along the way.   This promises to be an absolute belter of a walk, and especially since, as I am sure you all know, Otford houses the largest model of the solar system in the world (yes, really - click here ).   So if you'd like to join this walk exploring two rivers and nine planets (or is it eight now?), be at Greenhithe station at 10.00 on Saturday.

 

Well, that's pretty much all for now.   Except for one small point - last week's photo competition.   Well I obviously stunned you all into silence, since I got only one response - and that was from someone who had inside information(!).   So the vast and glorious prize will yet again go un-won.   Which is a bit of a relief actually as I hadn't quite decided what it was going to be.  Yes - the location of last week's photo was in fact the gorgeous Herbert's Hole, just outside Chesham.   Well worth a visit one day! 

Herberts Hole location

More attractive than it sounds
Herbert's Hole - the location of last week's photo competition (faint yellow arrow at the left)

So have a great week!

Adam

 

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Hampstead Heath Again

Wed 2nd Aug 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
8ml.
 
Start Time
18.00
 
Route
Meet Hampstead Tube (Northern Line, Edgware Branch) Heath Street Entrance A circular walk and talk round the Heath
 
General Notes
Cafes and pubs available
 
Contact
Charles O'Toole Telephone number 07973 126648
 
Start and Finish
TQ264858
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Bluewater to Otford (LINEAR)

Sat 5th Aug 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
23ml.
 
Start Time
10.00
 
Route
Meet Greenhithe station.   Finish Otford station Follow Thames Path to and then Darent Valley
 
General Notes
Lunch in Horton Kirby either Pack Lunch or pub. Possible coffee break/ Ice cream in Dartford and afternoon break in N.T Centre
 
Contact
Neil Cook Telephone number 01689 819980 / 07592 444891
 
Start
TQ585748
View on StreetMap
 
Finish
TQ532594
View on StreetMap

 

London LDWA - http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London