Latest weekly update: Tuesday 18th January 2022

Barry's Blather - This week with London LDWA


1)  Marshals Needed for the 6th Capital Challenge Saturday 2nd April 2022

Jean O'Reilly is looking for a few more marshals to help out at this year's Capital Challenge ( We need about 6 marshals for the start and finish points and 3 for each of the 3 checkpoints. The job is pretty easy but very important:  put on a fluorescent vest, stand with a few other marshals in a designated area (most are outdoors, but with nearby shelter, toilets, and sources of sustenance), attract the attention of 200 walkers as they periodically pass by, scan their identity cards, and keep track of them on a paper roster.  Hand out food to those who are running low.  Cheer those who are getting tired. 

If you think you can help out, please contact Jean at for more details.  No commitment assumed until you say you're on board. 

Marshals are invited to walk the Capital Challenge route together on Saturday 26 March

More details here:

2)  The London Loop and Capital Ring are firm favourites amongst group members, if you have noticed any issues which require a repair please let Kate Conto at   Deadline 31 January 2022

3)  The 45th Sevenoaks Circular  a message from our lovely neighbours in the Surrey group:  

Sunday 20 March

From The New School at West Heath, Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1SR (GR TQ526529)

Start: all 32ml at 08:00; all 22ml & 17ml at 10:00.
All to finish by 19:30.

Entry fees (£1 of which is donated to the School) includes tea/coffee at start, simple food & drinks at all CPs and at finish, certificate for in-time finishers.

17 & 22 mile route - £9 LDWA member

32 mile route  - £12 LDWA member

Badge available at finish.
No dogs due to lambing season.
All entrants to carry their own mug/receptacle, none provided.
Route descriptions and gpx files will be available from the Kent Group website a few days in advance. Please enter online - via SiEntries

4) New Members it is a pleasure to welcome 1 new primary member David Powers, and 1 associate member Vicky Nolan.  A shout out too for Jasper Nieboer and John Shortt, new members who attended our walks last week on Thursday and Saturday respectively. 


Forthcoming Walks  (details are also on the website)  here

MBFYB                                                       Saturday 22nd Jan 2022

Event Type
Group Walk
Region / Area
Southern England / Reading
Local Group
Start Time

Thames path, Chiltern hills, woodlands, villages and more. The walk is based on previous walks that I have led but there has not been a recent recce; there may be some surprises!

General Notes
Bring food and drink, 1 picnic stop only. Please text leader to register and for precise travel details. Maximum group of 12
Contact  Jerome Ripp Tel: 07470196890

Recent LDWA London Group Walks

Ron's description of Sun, Sea and Sand definitely lived up to its billing.


Easter eggs in grass

Ice Creams galore!
Photo: Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

Interesting horizon
Photo:Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

Striding forward
Photo:Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

Ruins in the sunshine
Photo:Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

Cathy off for a paddle!
Photo:Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

Glorious sunset
Photo:Gavin Fuller


This set of photos are from Lonica's Greenwich parks and river circular. 

Easter eggs in grass

At the barrier
Photo: Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

Severndroog Castle

Photo: Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

No what? 
Photo: Gavin Fuller

Easter eggs in grass

Thames Barrier
Photo: Gavin Fuller





Property of the Week

Slightly challenging to find a suitable property of the week,  Not wanting to emulate Emily Thornbury's error Charlton House was a suitable choice. 

Easter eggs in grass

Charlton House
Photo: Gavin Fuller








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