POP UP! The Winter Solstice Challenge Walk

Fri 21st Dec 2018

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
14ml.
Start Time
08:00
Route
Start at Trafalgar Square (At the top of the steps outside The National Gallery). Finish at The Liberty Bounds, Tower Hill

After meeting at Trafalgar Square to witness sunrise we promptly retire to The Lord Moon of the Mall for breakfast! From there the walk will start at 09:30 and will proceed through Covent Garden, Temple, the St Paul’s Conservation Area, and the Monument to the riverside and along the Thames to Canary Wharf where we will stop for coffee at The Ledger, Canary Wharf! Then onwards for a Christmas lunch at The Clockhouse Greenwich, before heading for Stave Hill where we will witness the sun setting on the shortest day of the year before heading for and partaking of a valedictory drink at The Liberty Bounds, Tower Hill

General Notes
But can you stomach visiting 4 Wetherspoons in a day? The challenge is on!
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Walk Report

Winter Solstice Challenge Walk, Friday 21st December 2018
16 walkers, 14 miles – leader Keith Lane
In the deep mid-winter 10 diehard walkers stood at Trafalgar Square to welcome Dawn. Unfortunately Dawn did not show up so we witnessed sunrise (08:03 actually) and more importantly the opening of The Lord Moon of the Mall (08:00 actually) upon which we descended for breakfast.
During the course of our meal 6 other walkers joined us and so it was that 16 walkers departed at 09:30 to walk through Covent Garden past the Law Courts and into the Temple to pause at Temple Church and the spot where the Great Fire of London was finally extinguished.
Using a route of Medieval alleyways we partook of the St Pauls conservation area and past the Monument to the Riverside and thence to Canary Wharf. The Second Wetherspoons was mobbed by de-mobbed Builders and a democratic decision was made to abort the coffee stop and stoically march on to Greenwich which was greatly aided by gale force winds in the Millwall area
The Clock House at Greenwich, thankfully had a couple of spare tables which afforded a pleasant, inexpensive and labour saving (using the App by some) Christmas lunch
Following the south bank of the Thames the tide had ebbed, the wind had dropped and, the clouds diminished to provide an unseasonal mild and partially sunny afternoon.
We ascended Stave Hill well before sunset and continued pausing at the appointed time (15:53 actually) to mark the end of the shortest of days and looked forward to the evenings lengthening and to the Spring.
At Tower Bridge, another democratic decision took place and instead of the appointed Wetherspoons, Liberty Bounds, Tower Hill we headed for the closer Pommelers Rest which also had the advantage to the Leader of being within a short distance of London Bridge station
Unfortunately by not using all the appointed Wetherspoons the Challenge Walk was not successful. Oh well, maybe next year?
Photographs by Keith Lane; more by Bola Baruwa, Ian Fairweather and Charlotte Minchell on the group Facebook site

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