Eclipse the clock with London LDWA! (Greenwich Wed 23 AND Sevenoaks Sat 26 Aug)


Eclipse the clock with London LDWA! (Greenwich Wed 23 AND Sevenoaks Sat 26 Aug)
Eclipse the clock with London LDWA! (Greenwich Wed 23 AND Sevenoaks Sat 26 Aug)

Well, welcome to Monday!

And what a momentous Monday it is.   With Big Ben switching off (probably) at lunchtime today, and a partial solar eclipse (albeit a rather unspectacular one) this evening to emphasise the sense of occasion, it truly promises to be a week to remember.

So although LDWA London always has an exciting walk programme on offer, fittingly given today's auspicious start, this week's seems to be especially interesting.   All the details are below, so read on!

 

First of all, on Wednesday evening, Paul will be encouraging us to "walk the line".   This rather mysterious zero-degree outing links up a series of artistic installations in the Greenwich - to Stratford area.   There's even a cable-car ride and (amazingly) a Wetherspoons thrown in!!   So this is a walk that you can't possibly want to miss - in which case, to join the full walk, meet at North Greenwich tube at 16.30 or just to do the second stretch, be at Royal Victoria DLR at 18.30 on Wednedsay.  

Then on Saturday, we are being encouraged by Dave, in true Buzz Lightyear-ish fashion, to travel to the Sevenoaks Weald and Beyond!   So discover what life is like at the end of the universe (well Tonbridge), and to explore the delights of Penshurst castle and much, much, more along the way, just get to Sevenoaks station for 09.45 on Saturday.   Wow!

 

Now, before I sign off, here's a question for the horticulturalists among you.  

On last Thursday's evening walk, we encountered a fine stand of trees decorating a roadside in Chelsea.   These anonymous aborous architectural adornments were laden with the bizarre spiky fruit pictured below which nobody on the walk was able to identify.  

So - the question which is so simple to pose, but possibly so hard to answer is - what are they?  

Sadly, no prizes are on offer this week, but I will try and publish the identity of the fruit in next week's Update

Peculia Fruit!

Collected from a roadside tree in Chelsea on Gail's evening walk last Thursday
But what is this fabulous fruit?

 

That's all for now.   Have a great week and don't forget the Ray-Bans if gazing skywards at around half past seven on Monday evening!

Adam

 

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'Walk the line' (Linear) (in 2 parts)

Wed 23rd Aug 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
9 or 7ml.
 
Start Time
16.30/18.30
 
Route
First part: Meet North Greenwich tube station at 16.30.   Second part; Join at Royal Victoria DLR station (TQ401808) at 18.30.   Note Custom House DLR by Excel will be closed, but trains run.
The Line is London's first dedicated contemporary art walk featuring a dozen works by Gormley, Hirst, Wilson and others, between The O2 and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, spread along waterways and the line of the Meridian. This walk is in two parts with a cable-car ride and a tea stop between
 
General Notes
First Part: Circuit of The O2 followed by cable-car (charge/Oyster) over the Thames and tea stop (Costa in the Excel). Second part: visiting the new City Island, Leamouth Ecology Park, Cody Dock, Three Mills and the Olympic Park. Finish in Wetherspoons Goldengrove in Stratford
 
Contact
Paul Lawrence Telephone number 07768 585657
 
Start
TQ391798
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Finish
TQ390846
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Sevenoaks weald and beyond!

Sat 26th Aug 2017

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
21ml.
 
Start Time
09.45
 
Route
Meet at Sevenoaks railway stn entrance, finish Tonbridge rail Takes in the delights of the Weald,  Hever Castle and Penshurst Gardens
 
General Notes
Lunch will be in the King Hendry Pub in Hever and there will be a brief stop at Haysden country park near the finish to enjoy some well earned ice cream!
 
Contact
David Strachan Telephone number 07725 083712
 
Start
TQ522553
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Finish
TQ587459
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