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Wed 1st Aug 2018

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Meet by the river at the back of Southwark Cathedral (by the Sir Walter Raleigh quote on the embankment wall "There are two things scarce matched in the universe the sun in heaven and the Thames on earth..."). Finish Lewisham

An 8 mile walk following the St. Alfege Trail across 1000 years of history and past some stunning cityscapes to Greenwich and beyond

General Notes
Finish at Lewisham's Wetherspoon's for those who are up for the final frontier

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Walk Report

Two Things Scarce Matched in the Universe, Wednesday 1st August 2018
15 walkers, 8 miles - leader Aysen Bekir
On a glorious summer's evening we set off from Southwark Cathedral to trace the last journey of St. Alfege, from his capture by Vikings, to his martyrdom at their hands in Greenwich. St Alfege was an 11th century Saxon Archbishop of Canterbury who was killed because he would not allow his congregation to pay the substantial ransom demanded by his captors.
The walk took us eastwards along the Thames, following a combination of the Thames Path and Cycle Network Route 4. Along the way, we enjoyed the varied and stunning cityscapes that London offers, passing a number of places of historical interest: the Jacob's Island of Dickens' Oliver Twist, Edward III's falconry mansion, the Salter family statues, the Mayflower pub and Brunel museum, Peter the Great's Mulberry Tree and Statue, and finally St. Alfege Church at the end of the trail.
We then went up Greenwich Park to enjoy the view across London by the Wolfe memorial, across Blackheath Common and down into Lewisham to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow aka the Wetherspoons Watch House.
Photographs by Keith Lane



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