17th Feb 2019 Circular from Tring

Start up towards Ivinghoe Beacon , dropping down through fields, a little road walking, past old windmill to canal. Afternoon tea at BlueBell Tearooms, continue along canal back to Tring Station.

May be muddy.

Led by Jean Duggleby 

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Friday 15th Feb Holland Park short walk

Fukushima Japanese garden

‘This month’s short walk was a sunny stroll through some of London’s central parks, starting at Hyde Park corner and ending at Holland Park. Pam organised the walk and nine people took part.

It was a relaxed day including tea and cakes at the Serpentine café and lunch inHolland Park.

The final garden was the Fukushima Japanese garden in Holland Park, built to commemorate the ‘heartfelt gratitude’ of the Japanese people for British support following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster due to the tsunami. An unknown corner of the park to most of us.’

Crocus in the sun.
Peacock enjoying the weather,

Photos by Liz Kingston-Smith

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Sunday 10th February – Wormwood Scrubs to Hampstead Heath and Kenwood (7.5 miles)

Wormwood Scrubs to Hampstead Heath and Kenwood (7.5 miles)(via Scrubs, the Grand Union Canal, Regents Park and Primrose Hill)

A pleasant walk which improves as it goes on. Regents Park is lovely.

Led by Don

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3rd Feb 2019 Woolwich to Abbey Wood

Woolwich to Abbey Wood, around 6 miles.
The walk was through Woolwich Arsenal, along the Thames to Crossness Pumping Station (the Sewerage Cathedral, it’s been closed for some time because of asbestos, the first open day is 31 March), then over the marshes to Southmere Lake and Thamesmead (of Clockwork Orange Fame), through a bit of Abbey Wood, then back from Abbey Wood Station.

led by Helen Yuill

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27th Jan 2019 Crystal Palace to Forest Hill

Crystal Palace to Forest Hill. 8 miles, 3-4 Hours. This slightly modified version of an SWC walk is sometimes a hilly route that takes us through parkland and woodland interspersed with attractive urban housing. The route takes us through Crystal Palace, Sydenham Wells Park, Dulwich Woods (a bit muddy), Dulwich (a suggested pub stop at Crown and Greyhound), Dulwich Park, Hornimans Park then Forest Hill Station. 

Led by Damien Connor

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20th Jan 2019 Otford Circular Walk

Top walk yesterday on a crisp and sunny Sunday with Red Rope. Stomped around Oxted, Shoreham and Lullingstone. Spotted many fields of lavender waiting to blossom, all good stuff.

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Sunday 2 December 2018: South Croydon Circular Walk

This walk, taken from a 1982 “Discovering …” series book, took us through back alleys from South Croydon Station to reach the wide space of Lloyd Park, sloping up towards the southern rim of London at Shirley. After asking a local resident we decided not to march across Shirley Golf Course (as recommended by our book) but took a lane south to reach well-wooded Addington Hill. A trudge up its stony paths was rewarded at the summit with views as far as Wembley and Walthamstow.  By now we had joined the London Loop, familiar to some of us, taking us through woods and across the tram line to the borough’s Heathfield House.  Here the local ecology centre was offering tea and cakes at bargain prices to supplement a picnic lunch in calm weather. Although cloudy, we escaped nearby showers and had a few sunlit vistas back towards the North Downs. Walking N through more hilly woodland at Littleheath, we turned into the home stretch: an unmade road with homesteader style houses and a last mile on the main road back to South Croydon Station. This excursion within the London boundary offered wooded hills, fine views and a restful lunch stop. Merit points for being charming to visiting families: Woody; for helpful navigation: also Woody, with help from Dermot; general knowledge quiz maestro: Mike.        (Steve Butters)

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