The Easy walk group did a 4 mile walk round Rotherhithe peninsula on a sunny Thursday – an area little known by the group and with a history of commercial dock basins. The docks are mainly covered over now with parks and woodland apart from Greenland dock, now a residential area including a community of permanent barges. The route started from Surrey Quays, along Albion Channel, on the Thames river path to Canada Wharf, before going back through the old dock area.
John and Liz were also on the walk but aren’t in the photo record. The walk ended with a drink outside a pub (!) – the Moby Dick by Greenland Dock and some of the group completed the walk around the dock afterwards. The day was a pleasant get together and chance to explore a new area; and we managed to return on public transport well before the evening rush hour.
A large group gathered for the walk and to help celebrate Humphrey’s birthday, socially distanced, of course. We divided into two groups, one led by Humphrey, the other by Helen.
From Falconwood station the first part of the walk was through the ancient Oxleas Wood and Oxleas Meadow, going towards the summit of Shooters Hill. We left Oxleas near the top of the hill, following part of the Green Chain walk on-street until we entered Shrewsbury Park, where we stopped for our picnic. This is a little-known but surprisingly large park occupying a big part of the northern slopes of Shooters Hill, with fine views across the Thames — so a good location for a socially-distanced picnic and the two groups met up for our sandwiches followed by strawberries and cream and fizz supplied by Humphrey.
Helen then led her group back to Falconwood station on the circular walk, while the others continued to Lesnes Abbey.
From the bottom of Shrewsbury Park there was a short section on-street to Plumstead Common, which leads onto Bostall Woods, another ancient deciduous woodland with the afternoon sun creating perfect walking conditions.
We continued along the Green Chain across Plumstead Common to Lesnes Abbey.
Happily a cafe was open for ice creams then we continued to Abbey Wood station for the return home.
Using the overground – S Acton and returning from Gunnersbury. Passing the Mosaic House, covered in socialist slogans; to Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve, sandwiched between the railway lines; to Sainsbury for the only loo stop; to the river and along Strand on the Green, returning from Gunnersbury station.
Led by Pam.
Friday July 10th 2020 Circular walk from Chingford through Epping Forest
This is an easy circular walk from Chingford Station, past Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge, through open ground to an attractive lake called Connaught Water then Willow Trail through Epping Forest. 3½ to 4 miles. Bring sandwiches. I don’t think there will be toilets but plenty of ‘green loos’ as they call them.
At the recent Zoom London Committee meeting it was agreed to try out leading a walk this Sunday following the government guidelines that 6 people can gather, socially distanced.
The walk started at the main gates to Greenwich Park on Charlton Way.
We’ll then walked for about 2.5 – 3 miles before stopping in Greenwich Park for packed lunch about 12.30. There was then the option to walk for a further 2 miles through the park.
We’ll be walking in groups of six or less and if there are more than six of us both Humphrey and Damien have offered to lead similar length walks starting from the same meeting place. We’ll be practicing social distancing and mainly walking on open areas of grassland.
The other group today trespassed the byways of the rich of Blackheath with Dermot giving housing advice on squatters rights and whether RR Could acquire a Blackheath mansion through such rights, then we picnicked in Greenwich Park.
We will meet at Hayes train station at 11.15 to do a circular walk via Hayes Common, Kestin ponds to Leaves Green where we will eat our lunch before visiting the pub. There are buses from here to Bromley south train station. We will return to Hayes via Nash. The length of the walk is approximately 8 miles. We did this walk previously on 15/09/2019 . See https://redropelondon.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/15th-sept-2019-hayes-kent-circular/ There is one large field which is likely to be hard going.
Woodie will probably not be coming as he has some arthritis. The café that we stopped at before has now closed. Bring packed lunch as usual.
In view of the corona virus we need to practice social distancing on the walk and on the journey to and from the walk.