Sunny Summer with London LDWA! (Joyden's Wood Tue 8 AND South Downs Sat 12 Aug)


Sunny Summer with London LDWA! (Joyden's Wood Tue 8 AND South Downs Sat 12 Aug)
Sunny Summer with London LDWA! (Joyden's Wood Tue 8 AND South Downs Sat 12 Aug)

Hello everyone!

You can always tell when the school holidays have started - the heavens open, the temperature plummets and the sun disappears.   But even in the gloomiest of conditions, the landscape continues to entice.   Here's the view from Parliament Hill on Charles' walk last Wedneday - and yes, it really is August and not November!

 

Blazing summer

Summer was on a Wednesday this year I think..
..unfortunately not last Wednesday - this was the view from the top of Parliament Hill on Charles' splendid tour of Hampstead Heath. Here's hoping for improving weather for our walks this week!

 

Anyway, things can only get better, as our politicians like to remind us, and this week we'll be out and about again on two splendid walks which are sure to shine, no matter what the weather throws at us.

 

First on our agenda this week, on Tuesday evening, Peter will be taking the opportunity to explore some of Kent's unusual mediaeval "anti gentrification" defensive ditches, down in Joyden's Wood near Bexley.   This sounds like a live episode of the Time Team with a six mile walk thrown in - and what better way could there be to spend what will undoubtedly be a balmy (and definitely not barmy) August evening?   If you'd like to join, take the train down to Bexley Station and meet Peter there at 18.00 on TUESDAY evening.

And second, on Saturday, Neil will be out and about again, this time leading us on a 23 mile traverse of the South Downs.  His route follows the South Downs Way from Lewes to Eastbourne and, rather horrifyingly, offers the prospect of a swim in the sea at the end.   Somewhat less intimidating will be the refreshment stops at Alfriston and Birling Gap along the way.   If all this sounds too good to miss, then get a quick workout to refine the beach body and make your way to Lewes station for 10.00 on Saturday.

 

So, leaving that interesting but unusual thought in your minds, I will sign off for now.

Have a great week, and enjoy it whatever the weather brings!

Adam

 

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Joyden's Wood and the River Cray

Tue 8th Aug 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
Update 31/7 with historic background: In Joyden's Wood we'll see a remnant of the Faesten Dic (sic), a defensive ditch dug to keep Londoners (who had been displaced after the Romans left) out of Saxon Kent - a sort of early anti-gentrification fortification, it would seem.
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
6ml.
 
Start Time
18.00
 
Route
Meet Bexley station (1716 Charing Cross, 1719 Waterloo East, 1725 London Bridge or 1721 Cannon Street) Through ancient woodland with a surviving Saxon earthwork before heading down to the water-meadows of the River Cray
 
Contact
Peter Aylmer Telephone number 07884 235784
 
Start and Finish
TQ493734
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Across the South Downs (LINEAR)

Sat 12th Aug 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
23ml.
 
Start Time
10.00
 
Route
Start Lewes, finish Eastbourne We follow the South downs path to Eastbourne
 
General Notes
Lunch in Alfriston and afternoon tea at Birling Gap. Possible swim at Eastbourne
 
Contact
Neil Cook Telephone number 01689 819980 / 07592 444891
 
Start
TQ416098
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Finish
TV609991
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