Central London Outdoor Group

Last of the summer wine cycle ride No 2: Circular ride from Whittlesford 24 miles this Saturday 16th October

Last of the summer wine cycle ride No 2: Circular ride from Whittlesford 24 miles this Saturday 16th October


Lovely villages, beautiful scenery and wide skies

This is a great ride for new members as we will be stopping in several places and the distance is only about 24  miles. All members are welcome!


The weather won't be quite as warm as last year but still pretty mild and hopefully it will be sunny again.  

This time we will be exploring the beautiful Herts countryside.  We cycle out of Whittlesford Parkway, through Duxford where we could stop for a quick cup of coffee and cake there in the Graystones coffee shop with the nice garden https://www.facebook.com/Graystones-184378925682465/  then on through Fowlmere to Melbourn where we stop for lunch at the Dolphin https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/hertfordshire/dolphin/
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After lunch we cycle through Medreth, Barrington, Haslingfield where we can stop for a drink or coffee at the Little Rose pub https://www.littlerosehaslingfield.com, then Harston, Newton and back to Whittlesford Parkway where we take the train home.

See email sent to members for how to book

Saturday Oct 16

Isle of Harty walk

Isle of Harty

Date: Saturday 16 October

Distance: 10 miles. Circular walk from Leysdown-on-Sea

Drop-out points: none.

Terrain: flat. Good paths all the way. Part is a quiet cycle track and part is along a sea wall and dykes. There are no loos after the start and not many bushes!

Description: a figure-of-8 walk exploring the Isle of Harty which is an attractive but remote part of the Isle of Sheppey. Features the old church at Harty, Shellness hamlet and the resort of Leysdown-on-Sea. Views of Whitstable, Herne Bay and old forts in the Thames Estuary. We also walk through the middle of a nudist beach. Also a chance of seeing pigs, llamas and rheas. Bring binoculars if you have them as we walk through an RSPB reserve.

Refreshments: bring a packed lunch and plenty of water. Lots of benches in Harty churchyard for lunch, some with a view over the Swale towards Faversham. Stall selling country jam and eggs (bring cash). Faint chance of an ice cream at the end.

Travel details will be circulated to members by email.
 
Bob

Saturday Oct 16

Water'n'Woods. 9 mile walk from Slade Green to Plumstead. Sunday 17th

We follow the London Loop along the River Darent to the Thames,(passing en route Howbury Grange...an ancient moated manor). An area of SSSI protected  salt marshes of Erith Marsh....and then the town itself.

We can walk along the Pier,popular with locals,(an old coaling jetty, with great views of the 'rubbish hills' of Rainham),and then head for the pub! 'The Ship' in West Street. For the remainder of the walk we will be following the Green Chain Walk over the high wooded hills of Frank's Park,Lesnes Abbey Woods,and Bostall Woods.

All very up and down woods with views above the ruins of Lesnes Abbey,once a 12thC Augustinian monastory. The delightfully flat area of Plumstead Common takes us close to the station,for the return home. No limit on numbers.

No engineering works.  10.42 Dartford train from Charing X to Slade Green.    London Bridge 10.57  Woolwich Arsenal 11.14.  Arrives 11.30.   Oyster Card\Freedom Card friendly. Return on the same line from Plumstead. Plenty of 'escape' routes on the walk. Never far from a bus stop!  Bring lunch. We have a choice of two pubs close by in Erith....'The Ship' and 'Running Horses'.       

                                                          JOHN CHURCHILL

Sunday Oct 17

Water'n'Woods Walk

Slade Green to Plumpstead. 9 Miles. See members email for details.

Sunday Oct 17

City and Slavery walk

To mark Black History month, 3 re-runs of my popular 'City and Slavery' walk, starting at 3pm from Cannon Street station, finishing at 4.30 pm with optional visit to nearby bar or cafe. Numbers limited to around 12 people per walk. See June Events calendar for further details. See Clog email for joining instructions. Hazel

Sunday Oct 17, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

Guildford Circular walk in Surrey (about 8-9 miles)

This will be a circular walk from Guildford in Surrey on Saturday 23rd October. The total length will be about 8-9 miles.

From Guildford Station we will follow a route on the west side of the River Wey before joining the North Downs Way and heading east. The route will pass through wildflower meadows and Shalford Park, followed by a little road walking, to take us to Chantries Wood. Our route along the north side of the woods provides glimpses of Pewley Down before we make the gentle climb up St. Martha's Hill. From the ancient St. Martha's church at the top we should have spectacular and wide-ranging views south to the Weald and the distant South Downs. We will have our picnic lunch around here - remember to bring sandwiches and something to drink.

After lunch we continue to join the Downs Link to make a gentle descent and continue past a vineyard and on to field paths south of Chantries Wood - with some variants possible - before re-joining the earlier part of the walk to take us back to the River Wey and on to Guildford Station.

The walk will be limited to twelve people (leader plus eleven).

If you would like to attend please book by email. See the email sent to Clog members on 11th October at 11.16am.

Saturday Oct 23

City and Slavery walk

To mark Black History month, 3 re-runs of my popular 'City and Slavery' walk, starting at 3pm from Cannon Street station, finishing at 4.30 pm with optional visit to nearby bar or cafe. Numbers limited to around 12 people per walk. See June Events calendar for further details. See Clog email for joining instructions. Hazel

Sunday Oct 24, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

Gaslit Ghosts of The Temple evening walk

Gaslit Ghosts of The Temple walk - Friday evening 29 October

To celebrate Halloween, I will be leading an evening walk on Friday 29 October on the theme of Gaslit Ghosts of The Temple. It will explore the enchanting Middle Temple and Inner Temple plus some sinister alleyways off Fleet Street. There will be 13 ghost stories along the way - unlucky for some!

At night the Temple area is lit exclusively by gaslight, and the deserted courtyards, lined by 18th- and 19th-century buildings, are eerie and magical. Fleet Street is a busy thoroughfare, yet a sequence of menacing alleyways and courtyards running off it spirit you back to the days of Dickensian London, and it comes as little surprise to learn that you are wandering  through the grisly realm of Sweeney Todd. 

About 3 miles/2 hours. There's a pub at the end.

Meeting time and place will be emailed to members.

Based on a walk by Richard Jones.

Bob

 

Friday Oct 29

Stairway to Heaven walk

Stairway to Heaven walk – Saturday 30 October

About 12 miles figure-of-8 from Leigh. There are no drop-out points.

A long scenic figure-of 8 walk that starts with some beautiful buildings in the chocolate box village of Leigh. It then goes around Haysden Country Park and Barden Lake before ascending to the lofty heights of the village of Bidborough perched on a ridge. It descends again to the country park to explore the history of the River Medway’s “Straight Mile”. Finally it goes around the sailing lake at Haysden Water back to the station of Leigh.

Sadly, there are no stairs or even steps; just a long slow climb up to the ridge and down again. The closest we get to heaven is the lych gate of the church in Bidborough.

Interesting buildings include:

  • Hall Place, the local grand house and the wall of its deer park
  • The Fleur de Lis pub and where the name comes from
  • The Gothic chapel which became the village halls
  • Tudor-style cottages for estate workers
  • A 16th century smugglers’ house
  • The Christian reading room
  • An old Victorian pumping station
  • Bidborough windmill
  • A duck house
  • An old mission church

Interesting stories include:

  • connections with Dulwich, Regent’s Park and Kew Gardens
  • a haunted manor house (it is Halloween!)
  • the gunpowder mills
  • wild swimming in The Shallows
  • a canal that was never used
  • Dasha, Bertie, Percy and Wilson
  • The Medway Flood Barrier, the A21 flyover and the Six Arches railway bridge

Bring a packed lunch and water if climbing makes you thirsty.

Travel details will be circulated to members by email.

This walk has been inspired by the Walk Tonbridge website.

Bob

 

Saturday Oct 30

City and Slavery walk

To mark Black History month, 3 re-runs of my popular 'City and Slavery' walk, starting at 3pm from Cannon Street station, finishing at 4.30 pm with optional visit to nearby bar or cafe. Numbers limited to around 12 people per walk. See June Events calendar for further details. See Clog email for joining instructions. Hazel

Sunday Oct 31, 3 pm - 4:30 pm

Halloween - Gone Wrong


Chiswick

 

Information will be emailed to Clog Members.

Sunday Oct 31, 5 pm - 7 pm

Rolling Stones walk Sat 6 Nov

  Walk from Dartford station along Darent Valley Path to the Thames, with lunch stop at Dartford Clay Pigeon Shooting Club (bar snacks and toilets), or bring a packed lunch. We will follow the flood defence banks beside the Thames with views of Queen Elizabeth II Bridge and across the river to Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve, Purfleet and Tilbury docks. We then circle back through The Bridge housing development near Dartford crossing, where the streets have Rolling Stones-inspired names including Ruby Tuesday Drive, Stones Avenue, Cloud Close, Sympathy Vale, Tumbling Dice Mews and Silver Train Gardens. Finish about 4pm, taking bus back to Dartford station if wished for the last two miles. Hazel

Saturday Nov 6, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Tom's Marlow Circular

 

Please join me on this walk starting and finishing in Marlow, by the Thames.

14 or 15 miles - please note this is a long walk.  Hilly in the morning, flat after lunch.  Early start.

Please see the email sent to members on 15 October for full details.

Sunday Nov 7

The Drovers walk

A glorious circular walk from Sevenoaks via Knole, St Julian’s, Underriver, Shipbourne, Ightham Mote and One Tree Hill. A classic walk - with added commentary on the places we see.

Length: 12 miles circular from Sevenoaks

Grade: A little challenging. Very muddy after rain.

Good for: Historic houses, beautiful views, and stunning woodland

Travel details will be circulated to members by email.

Inspired by the Walk Tonbridge website

Saturday Nov 13

A Trinity of Churches walk

About 12 miles circular from Paddock Wood.

A long but beautiful circular walk taking in a trio of unique churches. There’s a variety of incredible scenery, including woodland, meadows, orchards and epic views.

Travel details will be circulated to members by email.

Inspired by the Walk Tonbridge website.

Saturday Nov 27
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