Central London Outdoor Group

Canary Wharf Winter Lights walk

Dear all, Canary Wharf are running their Winter Lights festival again this year, so please join me on Thursday 17th January for a chance to explore the installations. The route covers the area around the centre of Canary Wharf , so you could cut loose any time as we'll never be far from Jubilee line or DLR stations.   Meet just outside the barriers  at the  west entrance of  Canary Wharf  Jubilee line  station at 6.30pm.  This is called Jubilee Place and you should see the first installation, called Prismatica, in front of you.  We'll  then head off to explore the  20 plus projections and installations .   Afterwards, we'll meet at The Ledger Building,  4 Mackenzie Walk E14 4PH for a drink ( by 8pm, if not before, just along from Docklands Museum) ,  if anyone wants to meet us there, or loses us on the way.  It's a Weatherspoons pub , so you could grab a bite to eat as well, depending how busy it is.   Check out the website which has a map of their locations.  The event runs from 15th to 26th January and is free.

Thursday Jan 17, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Friday walk over Epsom Downs

A 6 mile walk over Epsom Downs and Banstead Heath. Pub lunch stop. A clear day forecast but cold. MEET. Get the 10.39 train from Victoria to Purley. Change to 11.18 for Tattenham Corner. (11.42) Zone 6.Freedom Card.   JOHN CHURCHILL

Friday Jan 18

Elmbridge Commons Walk

 

Dear Fellow Walkers 

You are welcome to join me on this lovely walk. 

The walk takes us through three adjacent commons Esher, west End and Oxshott Heath, collectively known as Elmbridge Commons. These commons are remnants of the extensive heathlands that used to cover much of Western Surrey. In the past such areas were regarded with horror by travellers, but now they are seen as rare examples of rural wilderness that needs to be zealously preserved. This is a figure 8 walk. 

It is likely to be muddy/slippery in places  

Length of Walk:-Approximately 9.5miles 

Meeting Point:- Oxshott Railway station 10.37 

Travel arrangements - take the 10.03 train from London Waterloo, which arrives in Oxshott at 10:37

Trains back to London half hourly, aiming for 16.30hrs/17.00hrs

Car drivers – free car park near the station. 

Lunch: Esher –there are a choice of pubs and cafes in this area/picnic lunch if preferred 

Regards 

Helen E

 

 

Saturday Jan 19

River Thames Urban Walk: Vauxhall to North Greenwich - Sunday 20th January

Discover where the Thames goes as it flows eastwards through Central London with lots to see and different views at every turn ...

Meeting Point: Vauxhall station (outside South Western ticket hall - opposite 'ski-slope' roofed bus & tube station on South Lambeth Place) at 10.15 am, moving off shortly after. If you just miss us, then follow Albert Embankment and the Thames Path signs

Distance: 10.5 miles

Dropping Out: 4.5 miles to Rotherhithe, 8 miles to Greenwich

Getting There: Vauxhall is on the Victoria line and suburban line from London Waterloo

Getting Back: Aiming to finish at North Greenwich station by 4.30 pmish (frequent Jubilee line services back to Central London)

Lunch: Stopping at Rotherhithe, either bring packed lunch or get something at the 'Salt Quay' PH (Rotherhithe Street, 10 mins walk from Rotherhithe overground station). Aiming to be there by 12.30 pm, moving off by 1.30 pm latest (or even drop in for the 6 mile afternoon stretch)

Route: Leaving Vauxhall Cross by way of Vauxhall Bridge, we'll join the River Thames following the Albert Embankment up to Lambeth Bridge; the classic view of the Houses of Parliament then appearing all the way to Westminster Bridge. Past the London Eye, Jubilee Gardens and the Royal Festival Hall, under Waterloo Bridge and along the South Bank via the riverside promenade, passing Gabriel's Wharf to Blackfriars Bridge. And past the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe with views towards St Paul's Cathedral, passing the Golden Hind and under London Bridge, following the tourist trail to Hays Galleria, HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge. The trail then passes Shad Thames and Butler's Wharf, heading over St Saviour's Dock into the former 19th C. slums of Jacob's Island and Bermondsey Wall. And past Angel Wharf and King's Stairs to historic Rotherhithe and 18th C. St Mary's church - the riverside terrace then opening onto Cumberland Wharf and further redevelopment overlooking the Thames as it slowly bends round with views of Limehouse and Canary Wharf across the river. The Thames Path weaves its course around Nelson Dock, taking us through Surrey Docks Farm before returning to the river and crossing the entrance to Greenland Dock. And onwards along Deptford Strand where old buildings mark the once huge medieval naval dockyard before threading our way through back streets and returning to the Thames, crossing Deptford Creek into historic Greenwich. After passing the Cutty Sark and Old Royal Naval College, there are the contrasting buildings of Trinity Hospital and neighbouring power station leading to Ballast Quay. Now it starts to get more industrial despite recent redevelopment on the re-opened Thames Path up to Morden Wharf, past forgotten wharves, jetties and barges in various stages of decay. And past Blackwall Reach, bending around the horseshoe of the Greenwich Peninsula dominated by the O2 Dome. And a final view of the Thames in the approaching twilight, with glowing red lights and cable cars overhead before heading to the nearby tube station

Cheers, Nick

Sunday Jan 20

Making a splash at Kings Cross Wed 23rd January

 
 We will be swimming and relaxing at London's newest pool with optional visit to the steam room, sauna and jacuzzi
'visit our serene 25 metre swimming pool, and enjoy our relaxing jacuzzi with accompanying sauna and steam rooms.'
 
 
After our swim, we can chill out in the 30 degree learner pool.  The learner pool contains 'water cannons, finger sprays and jets. Not only this, but the pool also holds a bubble pool that is accessible to all'
 
Then there is the optional visit to the sauna and steam room
 
Meet at 11:00am at reception at St Pancras Square Leisure Centre 'just moments away from Kings Cross/St Pancras station.
 
Prices:  
It may be possible to get in free using:  https://www.better.org.uk/guestpasses/new?guestpass%5Bvenue_id%5D=222.  (I've not yet tried it.)
 
Otherwise the full price for swimming is £6.05 and the full price of the spa is £11.45 but cheaper if you are a resident, Better Pay and Play member etc etc.  Over 60's Camden Better Pay and Play members can swim for free in mornings in any of the Camden Leisure Centre pools.  The cost of Camden Better Play and Pay membership for over 55s is £34.60 per year for non-residents or £5.40 per year for over 55s who are residents - more expensive if you are under 55 unless you qualify for concessions for other reason.
 
 

 

Wednesday Jan 23

London Mime Festival Southbank Centre


London Southbank Centre

 

I am going to see the New Zealand born circus artist "Thomas Monckton", with his new show at the South Bank Centre on Friday, 25th January 2019 at 7.45pm.   More details and ticket information please see website below,  (I am seated in D10 for £18 plus £3 transaction fee).    https://mimelondon.com/thomas-monckton-circo-aereo-the-artist-2019/   If you would like to join me,  please let me know nearer the time, so we can arrange to meet for a drink beforehand.   Would be good to see some of you.   Sonja

Friday Jan 25, 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Cycle ride Bedfordshire: 3 interesting coffee stops


catch 8.46 train from kings cross

This ride will take us from Arlesey train station north through the lovely village of Old Warden to Shuttleworth aerodrome cafe for a coffee stop (about 8 miles). From there, it's about 10 miles to the Spoke 'n' Wheel at Roxton for lunch, which I've never been to but have heard very good reports about so am keen to check out. After Roxton, we start back southwards, another journey of about 10 miles to our 3rd stop, the Cock at Broom, which is famous for being a pub with no bar. (If anyone has tired of cycling at this point, we can make a detour between Roxton and the Cock, to Sandy station for trains to London.) After visiting the Cock it's a relatively short hop (5/6 miles) back to Arlesey station for the return trains to London.   Cycling speed will be an average of 10-11 miles per hour so that we stay within daylight and have enough time for the stops.   Catch the 8.46 train from Kings Cross to arrive Arlesey station at 9.25, where I'll meet the group.   If you think you may wish to drop out early, buy a return to Sandy (which is only about £1 more).    My number if needed on the day is 07967 121554.   Angie 

 

 

Saturday Jan 26

King Charles I memorial walk: 11am Sunday 27th January 2019: Green Park station - Ritz side exit


Green Park Station

King Charles I was the first and only English King tried by Parliament, convicted of treason and executed.

This was one of the most infamous and dramatic events of English history - an example of judicial murder.

Every year the English Civil War Society (ECWS) commemorates this event with an assembly and parade. This follows the route taken by Charles I from St James Palace on the Mall to the place of his untimely death at the Banqueting House in Whitehall on 30 January 1649.

Find out more at http://www.ecws.org.uk/28th-january-2018-commemoration-of-the-execution-of-charles-ist/

Join me to witness the gathering, march, service and parade, and then an approx 4 mile walk passing other locations linked to King Charles and the English civil wars of the 1640s. The walk will end at Tower Hill.

Lunch will be at the Southbank food market. Lots of opportunities to drop out if you just want to come to the event, or don't want to do the full walk.

 

Julie

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Sunday Jan 27, 11 am - 3 pm

Lazy Tuesday: Lost Railway walk 5 miles

A walk from Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace with two lost railways, overgrown platforms, disused stations, and abandoned Tunnels plus Highgate Woods.

 It follows a green corridor on the course of old railway lines that once ran from Finsbury Park through Stroud Green, Crouch End, Highgate, and Muswell Hill to AllyPally.  

 This is London's longest Local Nature Reserve complete with bats, squirrels, wildflowers, butterflies, and even the occasional muntjac deer.

We will have a late lunch/afternoon tea at AllyPally before catching the train home

http://www.alexandrapalace.com/bar-and-kitchen/

Tuesday Jan 29

WOKING AND THE WEY NAVIGATION

A circular walk from Woking may not sound inspiring, but this flat, 9.5 mile walk is full of interest. We start along the Hoe Stream to Old Woking, picking up the Wey Navigation towpath downstream, past the remains of a priory which Henry VIII destroyed with cannon fire. We continue past Pyrford Place, then return to Woking via Pyrford Common. Finally, there is an optional visit to the Shah Jahan Mosque (Britain’s first) in Woking.

Lunch is at The Seven Stars near Ripley, approx. 12:15 – 1:45: ploughmans £8.95, main courses about £11, or bring your own.

Travel: at Waterloo, buy a return ticket to Woking and catch the 10:20 fast train bound for EXETER, alighting at Woking at 10:45, where I will meet you. (Do NOT catch the 10:20 stopping train to Woking.)

There are numerous return trains from Woking to Waterloo; the earliest you might catch is the 16:29, arriving Waterloo 17:05, if not visiting the mosque.

Saturday Feb 2

Richmond Park/Petersham circular Walk

You are welcome to join me on this short circular walk through Richmond Park and Petersham Meadows. 

This walk starts from Richmond Rail Station. Soon after passing Richmond Bridge the walk take us through Petersham Meadows. From her we re-enter Richmond Park passing Henry the V111’s Mound, Pembroke Lodge, Penn Ponds and alongside Sidmouth Wood. 

Before the end of the walk we will take a slight diversion back to visit Pembroke Lodge for late lunch. 

The walk takes place in all weathers. 

Length of Walk: 5.5 miles 

Meeting Point:- Richmond Rail Station at 12.00hrs 

Refreshments: Pembroke Lodge for lunch/packed lunch  if preferred 

Regards 

Helen E

 

Tuesday Feb 5

The Grand Expedition

FULL Waiting LIst in operation
 
'The Grand Expedition will take budding aeronauts on a journey, beyond the clouds and back, for 5 fantastical courses, at a top-secret, long forgotten location, somewhere on the Victoria Line...A fusion of live animation, dance display, flavoursome delights and exquisite set design....Part dance spectacle, part multi-media simulation, part poetical dream-scape, this experience is designed for adventurous people who want an unconventional, unforgettable, once in a lifetime dining adventure...The Grand Expedition will be a five course set menu design by Gingerline's Flavourology team.'
 
For more information see:  https://www.thegrandexpedition.co.uk
 

Tuesday Feb 12

Dodo Walk (Dover to Dorking). Stage 2. Hawkinge to Westenhanger

This stage of the Dodo walk (from Dover to Dorking) will be on Saturday 23 February. This stage is from Hawkinge to Westenhanger.

It goes through the hilly countryside which is typical of the North Downs. There are some excellent and very varied views. We will go through some very quiet and deserted places starting with the challenge of finding the right way out of a cemetery (the only way is up!)  You should expect stiles and bring a packed lunch. The walk is about 10 miles with no drop-out points. There is a pub at the end next to the station.

Take the 8.33am train from Victoria to Folkestone Central arriving at 10.21am. This train calls at Bromley South. Alternatively take the 9.09am High Speed train from St Pancras and change at Ashford for Folkestone. This train calls at Stratford International. Buy a return to Folkestone Central. 

We get a connecting bus from Folkestone to Hawkinge (bus 16 or 73, every 10 mins, takes 15 mins, fare £3.20, cash or Contactless accepted). 

Return trains to Victoria are hourly at 19 mins past the hour (change at Ashford for High Speed trains to St Pancras) and there's a pub near the station.

Bob

Saturday Feb 23

Cycling Catalonia Greenways and Coast

Cycling trip to Catalonia Greenways and Coast early March, Brush those winter blues away and come cycling on the Spanish Vies Verdes (Greenways) in March!

The Vies Verdes are cycle paths on created on the route of old narrow gauge railways. http://www.viesverdes.cat

Monday Mar 4

Cycling Catalonia Greenways and Coast

Cycling trip to Catalonia Greenways and Coast early March, Brush those winter blues away and come cycling on the Spanish Vies Verdes (Greenways) in March!

The Vies Verdes are cycle paths on created on the route of old narrow gauge railways. http://www.viesverdes.cat

Tuesday Mar 5

Cheese walk - London Bridge to Blackfriars evening walk

An easy cheesy walk from London Bridge to Blackfriars.

Bring some cheese – we need a selection of Cheddar, Babybels, Stilton, Wensleydale, Cheshire and Stinking Bishop if anyone can find some.

There is a branch of M&S on the station and a branch of Neal’s Yard Dairy in nearby Park Street if you wish to stock up.

This walk will include stops to consume cheese, tell some cheesy stories and interpret some dreams and nightmares.

The walk will end at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub in Wine Office Court. They serve cheese and wine – as well as beer and other food!

Meet 6.30pm London Bridge Mainline Station Lower Concourse ticket office.

Bob

 

 

Tuesday Mar 5

Cycling Catalonia Greenways and Coast

Cycling trip to Catalonia Greenways and Coast early March, Brush those winter blues away and come cycling on the Spanish Vies Verdes (Greenways) in March!

The Vies Verdes are cycle paths on created on the route of old narrow gauge railways. http://www.viesverdes.cat

Wednesday Mar 6

Cycling Catalonia Greenways and Coast

Cycling trip to Catalonia Greenways and Coast early March, Brush those winter blues away and come cycling on the Spanish Vies Verdes (Greenways) in March!

The Vies Verdes are cycle paths on created on the route of old narrow gauge railways. http://www.viesverdes.cat

Thursday Mar 7

Cycling Catalonia Greenways and Coast

Cycling trip to Catalonia Greenways and Coast early March, Brush those winter blues away and come cycling on the Spanish Vies Verdes (Greenways) in March!

The Vies Verdes are cycle paths on created on the route of old narrow gauge railways. http://www.viesverdes.cat

Friday Mar 8

Cycling Catalonia Greenways and Coast

Cycling trip to Catalonia Greenways and Coast early March, Brush those winter blues away and come cycling on the Spanish Vies Verdes (Greenways) in March!

The Vies Verdes are cycle paths on created on the route of old narrow gauge railways. http://www.viesverdes.cat

Saturday Mar 9

Cycling Catalonia Greenways and Coast

Cycling trip to Catalonia Greenways and Coast early March, Brush those winter blues away and come cycling on the Spanish Vies Verdes (Greenways) in March!

The Vies Verdes are cycle paths on created on the route of old narrow gauge railways. http://www.viesverdes.cat

Sunday Mar 10

Cycling Catalonia Greenways and Coast

Cycling trip to Catalonia Greenways and Coast early March, Brush those winter blues away and come cycling on the Spanish Vies Verdes (Greenways) in March!

The Vies Verdes are cycle paths on created on the route of old narrow gauge railways. http://www.viesverdes.cat

Monday Mar 11

Here Be Dragons - Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them - Westminster to London Bridge evening walk

Put your safari hat on and potter through London looking for mythical monsters

We will ignore the Red Herring and end in another pub near London Bridge

Meet 6.30pm Westminster tube ticket hall.

Bob

 

Tuesday Mar 12
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