Horsham and beyond - this week and a bit of next with London LDWA

Horsham and beyond - this week and a bit of next with London LDWA
Horsham and beyond - this week and a bit of next with London LDWA

Two walks to tell you about this week. One, our weekend walk, is on Saturday, with Ian leading a circular based in Horsham. The second is a pop-up scheduled for the following Tuesday and features one of Ron's mystery tours, this one south of the river. All the details below.


Last call for walk leaders

There are still a few gaps left in our summer walks programme. Who wants to fill them? Available dates are:

25th / 26th May 2019

27th / 28th July 2019

24th / 25th August 2019

All the most up to date information is on the website: https://www.ldwa.org.uk/London/E/0/walks-prog.html

Deadline for walk details to Marie, our Walks Secretary, is the 20th Jan.


Your LDWA needs you for the Hadrian 100

Friday 24th May to Monday 27th May

  Volunteers needed for Headquarters


As usual our volunteer weekend will involve  a subtle blend of walking, waitressing, Wetherspoon’s and of course a wall.  London Group will be helping out at headquarters and there will also be time for a Social Walk.

Headquarters where the event starts and finishes is at the Queen Elizabeth High School Hexham, less than a mile from the Railway Station.  It is about a 4 hour Railway journey from Kings Cross (via Newcastle).


Hexham is a market town in Northumberland with a very atmospheric ruined abbey just South of Hadrian’s Wall.  Border walls seem to be all the rage in 2019 so what better way to spend our free Saturday than to walk part of the wall and explore 1 or 2 of the Roman sites.  There will also be time for a short walk on Monday.


This will be a very tough 100 involving a challenging section of the Pennine Way.  Much of the terrain is inhospitable.  (Hadrian didn’t care too much for it either).  It is however stunningly beautiful.  We can expect walkers to be blistered, exhausted, deluded and in need of plenty of TLC.


We will need volunteers to help out before the start of the event from 7am to 10am on the Saturday mainly with making sandwiches and pouring tea.  We will be free the rest of the day for a Social Walk.

London Group will then be on duty from 10am Sunday morning to 10am Monday morning. This period will be split into 3 shifts so volunteers can catch some sleep. 

Our duties will involve greeting and supporting returners, helping serve food, clearing tables, emptying rubbish, monitoring loos and showers etc.  Our multi-skilled forces have faced many challenges in the past and I am sure our legendary grace and humour will be a great asset.  What better way to finish the 100 than to be meeted and greeted by our Luverley London Group.

Now the practical stuff. 


OPTION 1   The cheap option.

There will be a room set aside at headquarters for volunteers, which will be available from Friday 8pm until the finish of the 100.  You will need sleeping bags and mats. 

OPTION 2   The comfort option

Some hotels and B&Bs in Hexham.  However remember that those doing the 100 will also want accommodation on Friday and Sunday night but not Saturday night.  Maybe a chance to do a Time Share with one of the walkers.  If anyone is interested I will try and co-ordinate this.

If you want to arrive earlier or stay later there is a Youth Hostel at Once Brewed right next to the wall.


Cheap train tickets usually come available 3 months in advance.  I will provide information nearer the time.  If you are travelling by car and have places available that would be great.


There will be a chance for a Full Social Walk on Saturday and the beautiful Northumberland countryside will make a nice change from the Capital Ring.


Friday 24th May

7pm                             London group meet up for meal in Hexham (tba)

Saturday 25th May

7am to 10am               Help out at Headquarters      

10am                           Watch start of 100

10am onwards             SOCIAL WALK  Hadrian’s Wall


Saturday night will be free for sleeping


Sunday 26th May                    Shift 1    10am to 6pm

Sunday/Monday                     Shift 2    6pm to 2am

Monday 27th May                   Shift 3    2am to 10am

(There can be a little flexibility depending on how many of us there is)


Monday 27th May

Short social walk (tba).


In spite of overnight duties on Sunday/Monday this should be a great weekend away in a very beautiful area with a chance to support our London group champions.

Can you resist the call?

Do fill in the enclosed application form/questionnaire ASAP and return to






Gavin Jerome Chilterns

The Two Hams Walk (12th January)
Jerome's walk in the Chilterns. Photo by Gavin



Horsham Circular

Sat 19th Jan 2019


Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Horsham Railway Station - Meet at the Main [West] entrance to Horsham railway station A circular walk around the rural environs of Horsham
General Notes
There will be an option for a pub lunch, or you can bring your own packed lunch. Bring a head torch in case we run out of daylight
Ian Fairweather Tel: 07774 246920


POP UP!! South of the River

Tue 22nd Jan 2019


Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Fenchurch St station main entrance ground floor. Finish: Warterloo Station A mystery tour mainly South of the Thames
General Notes
Refreshment stop on route. Route to be decided on the day so be prepared for the unexpected, mileage is estimated
Ron Williamson Tel: 07810 044299


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