1908 Olympics Walk

Wed 3rd Aug 2016

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
8ml.
Start Time
18.15
Route
Meet White City stn (Central Line)

Just prior to the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony, visit sites used in the 1908 and 2012 London Olympic Games

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1908 Olympics Walk, Wednesday 3rd August 2016
14 walkers, 8 miles - leader Rob Myers
After leading this walk in 2012 I decided to repeat it a few days before the opening ceremony in Rio. 14 of us gathered at White City where I gave a 10 minute talk on the 1908 games before we visited the site of the White City Stadium which was demolished in 1985. After a short walk through Westfield and the Royal Crescent we did a circuit of Holland Park and then proceeded to Kensington Gardens where I pointed out the location in 2012 of the African Village and Russian Pavilion. We crossed into Hyde Park to reach the Serpentine site of the 2012 Triathlon and 10K Open Water Swim events. We followed the route of the Triathlon cycle course through the Queen Mother Gate and Wellington Arch to reach Buckingham Palace before crossing into St James's Park which together with Horseguards Parade formed the 2012 Beach Volleyball venue. Finally most of the group completed an enjoyable evening with a couple of pints in Wetherspoons.
Photographs by Keith Lane

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