London parks by night

Wed 7th Dec 2016

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
7ml.
Start Time
18.00
Route
Meet outside Charing Cross mainline rail station

A circular walk taking in the royal Parks at night and also the Xmas lights

General Notes
Leisurely pace with time to admire the sculpture in the parks. You may even need a torch at times as not all paths in the parks are lit! To end at Wetherspoons near Trafalgar Square
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Walk Report

London's Parks by Night and Xmas Lights, Wednesday 7th December 2016
14 walkers, 7.3 miles - leader Jane Bates
14 of us met at Charing Cross, but I almost lost 2 within 100 yards of start - a record even for me. Once reunited we went down Whitehall past Women in War memorial and Cenotaph, then through St James Park, Green Park and Hyde Park before exiting by the Animals in War memorial at Park Lane. On the way we visited many other war memorials including the Canadian one, the New Zealand one and a Holocaust memorial amongst others. In stark contrast to all the memorials our walk around Hyde Park had the constant backdrop of the Winter Wonderland rather extreme attractions. Once we exited the parks we then visited all the famous and not so famous Xmas lights; Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street as well as Carnaby Street, Burlington Arcade, some Xmas shop window displays and tiny little Xmas light bedecked areas such as Kingsley Court where we had to squeeze between tables. We eventually wandered back to Trafalgar Square where the famous, but not very impressive, Norwegian Xmas tree was placed. Finished just before 9 at Wetherspoons on Whitehall where eventually our booked table appeared and a few beers and usual Wetherspoon fare was partaken. Weather dry and mild for time of year. Miles - just over 7 miles, start 6 pm, finished 8.45pm.
Photographs by Jane Bates and Paul Lawrence

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