NEW START: An Ecclesiastical Odyssey - MIDWEEK DAYTIME WALK

Wed 8th Nov 2017

Walk Details:

Event Details Updated
UPDATE 18/8: 1) Note NEW START POINT (Barbican station, NOT Moorgate) 2) Please download and print off detailed joining instructions and list of churches from this link: [NB you have to cut and paste this link - unfortunately it's not click-able from within this page] UPDATE 30/10 Updated downloadable joining instructions and churches list
Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Meet BARBICAN (NOT Moorgate) station; Finish at Holborn Penderel's Oak

An attempt to visit, without deviation or repetition all 48 churches and 10 towers as listed in The Visitor's Guide to the City of London Churches (Tony Tucker). NB some hesitation allowed

General Notes
Light refreshment stop on route, Wetherspoons at finish

Entry Details:


Walk Report

An Ecclesiastical Odyssey, Wednesday 8th November 2017
22 walkers, 11 miles - leader Ron Williamson
Start: 11:05 Finish: 17:00
A large turnout of members gathered outside Barbican station with a challenge to follow the idiosyncrasies of an aged walker. Some 6 hours later most had completed the task but probably not too certain as to where their roving had taken them. Thanks to discipline and dogged determination, however, the group had managed to visit all 58 sites listed in The Friends of London Churches literature and explored in greater depth 10 of the churches.
Once again London had revealed more of its wonderful treasures, and left us determined to make time to return and explore more fully.
We may have successfully negotiated the twists and turns of our route, but our electronic gadgets could not agree on how many miles had been completed with readings between 10 and 14 miles.
The distance quoted is, therefore, based on Ron's law of thumb.
Some stats. For those interested in such things
Sites passed 58 (100%)
Of which extended visit (average 4 mins.) 10
Named thoroughfares used 179
Significant changes of direction (intentional) 223
Significant changes of direction (unintentional) 2
Walkers lost and never found 0
Walkers sloping off 3
Challenge completed by 19
Finally look out for next year's challenge when we seek to balance the spiritual and secular worlds by visiting 57 varieties of London watering holes. I am not sure what to recommend as a training syllabus but have been overwhelmed by those volunteering to join any free initiation programmes.
Photographs by Keith Lane; more by Chris Dent and Sue Kahn on the group Facebook page



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