Eleven of us met up at Stratford station on a brilliant sunny morning for a circular walk from Stratford. We broke into 2 groups and set off through the Olympic Park: down the river Lea passing the new sculpture on The Line, ‘Reaching Out’ by Thomas J.Price.
We walked along the River Lea passing Mill House and several nesting water birds including a couple of cormorants, to the Limehouse Cut.
We then walked up the Regent’s Canal into Mile End Park, then a very busy Victoria Park where we stopped for lunch and the two groups met up, socially distanced.
We then re entered the Olympic Park and finished the walk back at Stratford Station.
Thursday walkers did this section of the Thames Path two years ago and liked the views across the river. At the end there are options for exploring Greenwich Park and Blackheath. The embankment at Rotherhithe is suitable for a picnic stop. At Deptford we have to strike inland through a council estate and onto the main road for half a mile. There is no avoiding this detour. In addition to Cutty Sark DLR station, Greenwich has a mainline station and various bus services; Blackheath has a station.
On meeting at Waterloo Station we will check numbers (please email Steve if you plan to come) and form two groups if more than six. The OS Explorer 161 map is useful but the path is well signed. Steve has the Thames Path in London guide.
Easter Sunday 4th April 2021 Faversham to Whitstable
A group of 6 red ropers and a dog met up on Easter Sunday at Faversham train to celebrate the partial easing of lockdown by walking to Whitstable. The route goes through historic Faversham, a working Creekside, before following Faversham Creekside to the South Bank of Swale Nature reserve with views over to the Isle of Sheppey. We saw oyster catchers with various types of ducks and waders. No seals were seen on this occasion. The Government has approved a huge solar farm on the marshes here, much to local opposition.
Patti who is lives in Whitstable made arrangements on the walk for some of us to look after Rosco her dog while she hopes to visit Mexico.
We arrived in Whitstable in bright sunshine: there were many out on the seafront enjoying the benefits of their beach huts. We stopped for a cup of tea before catching the train back to Faversham. This is a great walk.
For the first sunday walk post 2nd lockdown, Hugh led a socially distanced walk from Reigate to Merstham, via Reigate Park and Reigate Hill (basically a combination of Greensands and North Downs Ways).
The walk was from west humble train station . The route was via Denbies vineyard, Ranmore common, past Tanners Hatch YHA, Polesden Lacey, Fletcham Downs to the pub at Mickleham and back along the river to the train station. The distance is 10.5 miles. The relevant map is Landranger 187 Dorking and Reigate.