Books, Markets, Hills and Democracy with London LDWA! (East London Thu 23 daytime AND Leith Hill Sat 25 Nov)

Books, Markets, Hills and Democracy with London LDWA! (East London Thu 23 daytime AND Leith Hill Sat 25 Nov)
Books, Markets, Hills and Democracy with London LDWA! (East London Thu 23 daytime AND Leith Hill Sat 25 Nov)

Dear all


Today's Update is a bit of a blockbuster.   So adopt a perplexed-but-busy expression, prepare to alt-tab hastily in case your boss unexpectedly appears over your shoulder, and brace yourself as LDWA London's very own Oumuamua beams its way into your inbox from interstellar space.

So after that ambitious introduction, what do we have in store for you this week?   Well - no less than a reminder, a vote and two great walks.


First, though, and just in case you had forgotten, here's a reminder of a Not-To-Be-Missed date for your diary:

Wednesday 29 November

LDWA gets literary:
Two LDWA authors for the price of one!

You may not know it, but LDWA London counts no fewer than two top walking authors among its membership - and both of them have just launched new books centered on our Capital.

So - to celebrate this happy dual event, we're all invited to join them at an exclusive evening event in IN JUST NINE DAYS TIME, where they'll be telling us a bit more about their latest masterpieces, and also signing copies, should you wish to purchase your very own copies.

To learn more, just read on..

Book covers

LDWA London's very own Booker Prize candidates!
Come along on Wed 29 November to hear more about their latest literary masterpieces


Come and meet our very own LDWA authors, Peter Aylmer and Colin Saunders, at this free London LDWA event.  Get the details in your diaries now!

  • Wednesday 29 November
  • 6.30pm for 7pm, The Cambria, 40 Kemerton Rd, Camberwell SE5 9AR
  • Nearest rail: Loughborough Junction (250m)
  • Nearest tube: Brixton (1km)

Peter's guide for Cicerone Press, Walking in London: Park, heath and waterside walks, brings together 25 walks in green spaces across the capital. Members might remember that Peter cunningly got London LDWA to check the draft route descriptions for him over several of his recent walk leads.

Colin's Aurum Press guide to the London Loop is a complete re-survey of this 150-mile route around outer London, which often features in London LDWA walks. Colin includes some optional variations to the original route where better alternatives have emerged since the Loop was launched more than 20 years ago.

Both books were published this autumn and are essentials for the library of any self-respecting London walker. With Christmas coming up, this is a great opportunity to make an early start on your Christmas present list - Peter and Colin will be only too happy to sign copies for friends and family, or even you!



So - what happened to that Caption Competition, announced with such a fanfare last week?

Well, I thought the entries were so good that they should be shared with all our membership, at the same time giving everyone a hand in choosing a winner.   To learn all about this unique experiment in democracy, just scan down to the box below and read on!

Democracy in action!

Caption Competition - choosing the winners

In a novel development with wide-ranging consequences, London LDWA has decided to embrace democracy and have a vote.   And to make things easy, all you have to do is to to choose your preference from just sixteen possible alternatives.   What could be simpler!

Here's a reminder of the problematic picture in need of a caption:

Easter eggs in grass

In a farmyard just outside Goring
Seen better days?

And here's your choice of the sixteen entries we received:


I knew that old banger couldn’t bash those brambles down, but it was good of Jeremy Clarkson to try!


General Lee has seen better days!


One careful lady owner


Has anyone seen my the last 10 years?


Should've gone to SpecSavers


Mind the barn when parking dear


Oh dear, a 100 miles!!, a drive too far


Heritage vehicle for sale. Definitely in need of a PICK me UP!!!


I don't think I've got another 100 miles in me


Reckon we can do the 100 in this


At CP2 there was a minor incident…


Runner tries (unsuccessfully) to find an alternative means of going between check points


Angry navigator (using the OS map): “I told you 5 miles back this was the wrong way to the CP”.  Driver:   (calm condescending voice) “Yes, dear but the GPS told me to go THIS way”


Why don’t we just ask somebody for directions, as I said half an hour ago ?


Son to father...” Dad, I want a car...”;
Dad to son...” sure son, fix   it, you can have it”


You tell the youngsters what the checkpoints were like in the early 100s - and they don't believe you


Simply decide which is your favourite, and reply to this bulletin quoting the number of the caption you prefer in your email.   The winner will be the one that gets the most votes.   What could possibly go wrong?

Oh - and by the way, the prize will be a curry night for two at a Wetherspoons of your choice.   All the winner will have to do is send the invoice afterwards and we will arrange reimbursement.


And as if all this wasn't enough to have your eyes popping out, we have no fewer than two excellent walks laid on for you this week..


The first outing comes on Thursday, when Christopher will be organising a daytime midweek walk around the markets of Walthamstow and its environs.   This ten-miler kicks off from Walthamstow Central Station at 10.15 on Thursday morning, so if you want to hone your bartering skills this will surely be an opportunity not to be missed.

Then to round off the week, on Saturday, Nigel will be taking us on a wander round Leith Hill.   It promises to be a fantastic walk in some of the finest countryside that the Surrey has to offer as well as featuring an ascent of the second-highest hill in the South East (although I suppose that to a certain extent depends on what you define the South East as).   If you'd like to have the opportunity to spot 13 counties in 360 degrees, then you just need to join Nigel at Dorking Main Station at 09.13 on Saturday morning.  


Phew!   Well even if you're not exhausted by now, then I am, so I'll sign off for today.   Have a great week, and enjoy the last 33 shopping days till Christmas.





Don’t splash the cash! East London street markets

Thu 23rd Nov 2017


Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Meet at Walthamstow Central Station, finish Aldgate Following a tour of old Walthamstow, a look at 6 street markets (not all of them open on a Thursday) with all their history and character:  Walthamstow High Street, Broadway, Columbia Road, Brick Lane/Cheshire St, Old Spitalfields and Petticoat Lane. Also features Lea Valley, Hackney and London Fields
General Notes
This is a DAYTIME MIDWEEK walk.   Lunch and hostelry stops tba.
Christopher Hedley Telephone number 07941 685449
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Leith Hill Wander

Sat 25th Nov 2017


Event Details:

Event Details Updated
UPDATE 18/11 Note train arrives 2 minutes later than advertised, i.e. at 09.13 rather than 09.11 Also note distance is limited to 18 miles max to minimise need to walk in the dark Possible change in lunch pub to King's Head
Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Dorking Main Station. Catch 08.24 from Waterloo A circular walk visiting The Nower, Leith Hill, Holmbury St. Mary, Abinger Common, North Downs Way
General Notes
Lunch at Holmbury St. Mary (PROBABLY King's Head rather than Royal Oak pub advertised in "Strider", or picnic)
Nigel Heys Telephone number 07952 631719
Start and Finish
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