Christmas comes early to London LDWA! (Rickmansworth pop-up daytime Thu 1 AND Chilterns Sat 3 Mar)


Christmas comes early to London LDWA! (Rickmansworth pop-up daytime Thu 1 AND Chilterns Sat 3 Mar)
Christmas comes early to London LDWA! (Rickmansworth pop-up daytime Thu 1 AND Chilterns Sat 3 Mar)

Dear all

Well as temperatures take a nosedive, and snow once again threatens to clothe our green and pleasant land, it does indeed feel that perhaps Christmas isn't that far away after all.

But no - before we head off to deck the halls with boughs of holly, we have a rather more immediate - but very Christmassy - event in store for your enjoyment this week.   And - in a particularly radical departure for the London Group, we are going on a bus journey in pursuit of our yuletide adventure. 

So, with your excitement suitably piqued, let's have a quick look at our walks programme for the coming week..

 

First up, on Thursday, Godfrey, who is clearly vying to snatch the title of king of the pop ups from Ron, is going to be leading us on the second part of his trailblazing expedition to Rickmansworth. This time, on Thursday, he will be seeing in March in style and rendezvousing (is that actually a word?) at Northwood Hills station at 10.25 on Thursday morning.   It's sure to be a good walk, so if you have the day off, do make every effort to get there.   And there's even the possibility that a major pub chain might feature in the itinerary (but not in Pennsylvania..).

 

Now let's move on to the weekend and that heavily-trailed bus journey.. 

Road sign

A bus
Your transport to the Christmas Common walk on Saturday.
Remember to get off at the right spot - and to look out for Red Kites overhead

Yes, on Saturday , Peter will be leading the charge from Victoria Coach station and heading off into the wilds of Oxfordshire to explore the Ridgeway and the deep Chiltern hills around Christmas Common.   If you'd like to go on this really interesting new type of trip, you need to meet at bus stop on the B4009 immediately to the west of the M40, (not in the village of Lewknor itself) at 09.40 on Saturday morning.   Assuming you will be travelling by bus, all the details of the coach station etc. are in the walk summary below - please see especially the walk update (in red), so please take a few minutes to read them carefully.

 

So that's all for now.   Have a great week, and don't forget to get our AGM on Thursday 8 March in your diaries (click here and here).

Adam

 

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!!! POPUP !!! Midweek day: Northwood Hills To Rickmansworth

Thu 1st Mar 2018

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
NOTE: arrangements for this walk are as shown in these details and are confirmed now
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
11ml.
 
Start Time
10.25
 
Route
Meet Northwood Hills station ticket office (Met. line).   Watford or Amersham train from Aldgate Station 09.39, Baker Street 09.50 arr. Northwood Hills Station 10.25,.   Finish Rickmansworth The walk follows the Hillingdon Trail and then the Grand Union Canal and lakes as far as Rickmansworth
 
General Notes
NOTES:  * This is day 2 of two-day walk to Rickmansworth (day 1 on 22 Feb).    * Could be muddy in places.    * Bring own lunch or alternatively snacks and late lunch at finish.   * Finish at Pennsylvanian (Wetherspoons)
 
Contact
Godfrey O’Callaghan Tel: 0771 234 1677
 
Start
TQ102902
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Finish
TQ057946
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Christmas in the Chilterns

Sat 3rd Mar 2018

 

Event Details:

Event Details Updated
UPDATED 23/2 WITH WALK AND TRANSPORT DETAILS:
  • Approx 2600ft of climbing across the heart of the Chiltern Hills.
  • Please make sure you only catch an 'Oxford Tube' coach - there are other motorway coaches from London to Oxford but they don't stop at Lewknor.
  • At Marble Arch (the stop which the leader will be using), use Stop 14, which is adjacent to the NE corner of Hyde Park, immediately south of the Marble Arch itself.
  • The fare is £18 day return from any London stop, or £14 for over 60s with ID. Bus passes don't count! Tickets can be bought either from the driver or in advance via the Oxford Tube website www.oxfordtube.com
  • Walkers from west London can also catch the Heathrow to Oxford coach called 'the airline' from Heathrow Central Bus Station at 0820; there's a half-hourly return service.
  • If you are joining by car at the start of the walk, we will be arriving at the bus stop on the B4009 immediately to the west of the M40, not in the village of Lewknor itself. There is some informal parking here, often taken by early commuters - but possibly easier on Saturdays.
 
Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
19ml.
 
Start Time
09.40
 
Route
Lewknor on B4009 at northbound coach stop.   Catch Oxford Tube coach from Victoria coach station 08.25, Marble Arch stop 14 08.35, Hillingdon Barnards Lodge 09.10 - for other stops check www.oxfordtube.com  A circular walk via Swyncombe and Stokenchurch deep in the Chiltern Hills, using stretches of the Ridgeway and Chiltern Way
 
General Notes
Lunchtime pub at Christmas Common. Registered assistance dogs only
 
Contact
Peter Aylmer Telephone number 07884 235784
 
 
Start and Finish
SU717974
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