Central London Outdoor Group

Re-run, Swanley, Lullingstone and Eynsford cycle ride (EVENT FULL)

 

Starting at Swanley station (within Freedom pass zone), we will visit Swanley park (cafe, toilets, boating lake, miniature railway), for coffee/lunch, then head off on a circular ride round the North Downs and Darent valley - Crockenhill, Well Hill, Lullingstone (toilets and cafe at the visitor centre) and Eynsford, before climbing back up to Crockenhill, finishing at Swanley station. About 20 miles total, undulating countryside. 6 max, following Covid-safe regulations, socially distanced. Hazel.

 

Saturday Apr 24, 11 am - 5 pm

Walk Greenwich to London Eye 8-9 miles

A walk along the Thames Tow Path from Geeenwich to the London Eye.

 

Details sent to members on email..

Saturday Apr 24, 11 pm - 3 pm

Easy Herts lanes, wide skies, ancient villages and churches cycle ride 20 miles

 

We cycle out of Sawbridgeworth through Little Hallibury, Takeley, Bamber Green, Molehill Green, Henham to Elsenham where we take the train home.  
 
Possible afternoon tea stop towards the end if we can get in - fingers crossed!.    Bring own food and drink!

Sunday Apr 25

Manningtree to Wrabness 11 miles Sunday 25th April

I am leading a linear walk from Manningtree to Wrabness of around 11 miles on Sunday 25th April, train from Stratford 9:38. This will pass  A House for Essex, designed by Grayson Perry. You may like to read about it in advance. We will only be able to see it from the outside. The route is through fields and woods, along rivers and quiet lanes.   There will be 14 places on the walk, and allocation will NOT be first come, first served; names will be picked out of a hat. 

Sunday Apr 25

Hampton Court and Bushy Park circular #2 (repeat)

Hampton Court and Bushy Park circular #2 . This is a repeat of Wednesday's walk.

Group of 6,   8 miles

Details and how to book in email to members one week beforehand.

Please note this walk has been rescheduled from 18/4/21 to Sunday 25th April due to continuing engineering works affecting the original date..

Sunday Apr 25

WOLDINGHAM CIRCULAR WALK – 7.5 MILES

If you missed out on Katherine’s walk from Woldingham, you have a second chance to see this spectacular part of Surrey. (I have been walking in Southeast England for only 35 years, so I am still finding areas new to me, which this is.) In addition to the rolling countryside, there should be bluebells and other wild flowers, and the wonderful Tudor-style house forming the core of Woldingham school. We finish with a loop around Woldingham village and Woldingham Garden Village. Woldingham is on the line out of Victoria.

This walk (7.5 miles with hills!) is for 11 attendees (plus myself). Please see email then reply with a telephone number for Track and Trace purposes. The lucky 11 will be notified by email with the joining instructions. A packed lunch will be required.

Tuesday Apr 27

Zoom meeting for all members

Annual reports

Tuesday Apr 27, 7 pm - 10 pm

Watford loop cycling about 25 miles

Here is the chance to witness wolves flamingos and llamas on a 25 mile cycle ride starting and ending at Watford met line station.

This is a repeat of the ride I did on 08/04/21 So if you missed out or you were so amazed that you want to do it again. Check the details sent in email of 21/04/21

Chris

Thursday Apr 29

Four works by Ernest Hemingway (re-run)

Hemingway borrowed his titles from the Bible ('The Sun Also Rises'), a 16th century poet ('A Farewell to Arms') and a 15th century clergyman ('For whom the bell tolls'). He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1952. This illustrated talk looks at some of his best known works and the films adapted from them. (Repeat of talk of Wednesday 21 April). Joining instructions on Clog email. Hazel.

Thursday Apr 29, 7 pm - 8 pm

Medway Valley walk

 
Medway Valley walk
 
Saturday 1 May

This is the second in a monthly series of walks exploring the lands which belonged to Tonbridge Castle inspired by the Tonbridge Walks website.

Description: It's a scenic figure-of-8 walk from Paddock Wood through nature that includes rivers, lakes, locks, orchards (hopefully in May blossom) and spacious water meadows.

Distance: 12-13 miles but may feel longer. If you haven’t walked this sort of distance for a while, make sure you feel fit enough as it is remote from public transport

Drop-out points: none

Terrain: can get waterlogged

Refreshments: bring a packed lunch and water.

If interested, email me to express interest.

Bob

Saturday May 1

Re-run City churches cycle ride (EVENT FULL)

30 City Churches cycle ride Sat 10 April A guided tour by bike of 30 City churches, including 20 by Christopher Wren, many destroyed or damaged in the second world war and rebuilt, some famous like St Bride's and St Bartholomew's, some hidden away and less well known like St Andrew by the Wardrobe and St Michael Paternoster Royal. We will stop for a maximum of 5 minutes at each. Socially distanced, following Covid safe regulations, max 6 participants. Hazel. 

Saturday May 1, 11 am - 2 pm

Cycle ride to Naphill around 25 miles

Cycling loop starting and finishing at Amersham station.

Plenty of hills but no off-road. This will be a slow bike ride to take in the countryside there are some hills but I will be pushing my bike up some.

Wonderful views a picnic lunch at Naphill also a possible stop at a great pub.

Details in email sent 20/04/21

Chris

Sunday May 2

Rayners Lane to Richmond approx 18 mile linear bike ride Monday 3rd May

Hi Cloggies

This is an easy almost flat linear bike ride at a leisurely pace at approx 7miles an hour. 

The cycle ride takes us from Rayners Lane, along a cycle path to Northolt, then through a park to the canal and onto Perivale.

From Perivale we cycle along a path towards Ealing and minor roads to South Ealing and Gunnersbury Park.

We then cycle through Gunnersbury Park to Kew then minor roads to Richmond.

There is then the option to cycle to the Isabella Plantation at Richmond Park. There should be plenty of spring flowers in bloom so a good time to visit.

The ride is approx 18 miles from Rayners Lane to Richmond including the Richmond Park extension.

Please bring a picnic lunch and we may stop at Gunnersbury Park or Richmond Green for lunch.

We may stop at a pub along the way for a drink if they are not too busy.

Starting time, exact location and booking on details included in the email sent to members 21/04/21 as this is a members only event.

Melissa



Monday May 3

Trips Team via Zoom

A meeting for Trips Team members via Zoom. Link will be sent. 

Wednesday May 5, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

21 City Gardens cycle ride

This ride takes in 21 of the gardens tucked away in the City. This is a perfect time of year for admiring garden gems in the City such as tree peonies, foxglove tree, handkerchief tree and Judas tree. The ride can be done in about 2 hours but depending on time spent looking at the gardens, may take up to 3 or 4 hours. We will follow Covid-safe regulations, max 6 in group. Joining instructions via Clog email. Hazel.

Saturday May 8, 11 am - 3 pm

Greensand Ridge walk

Saturday 15 May.

13-14 miles circular walk from Pluckley.

May blossom walk on the Greensand Ridge in countryside where the 'Darling Buds of May' TV series was filmed. Includes England's most haunted village but in broad daylight!

Walk for up to 15 people.

Expressions of interest open 1 May.

Some priority will be given to people who did not get a chance to go on one of my walks last year but anyone is welcome to apply. Details will be advertised at least 2 weeks in advance by email to give people a chance to express interest and those securing places will be told at least a week beforehand.

Details to follow.

Bob

Saturday May 15

Great Expectations walk

Saturday 29 May

North Kent marshes.

11 miles circular walk from Higham.

Distance: 11 miles. If you have not walked this sort of distance before then it would make more sense to do a shorter walk first.

Drop-out points: none.

Terrain: flat. Wear boots as may be a bit wet and muddy underfoot. This area is very exposed and can get very cold, wet or windy. Be prepared!

Description: this is a circular walk based on a book called “On the Marshes” by Carol Donaldson. The marshes are not obviously beautiful. They have a rough edge; a world full of derelict industry which nature has reclaimed, broken barges and wide bays of mud. Although they are a protected wetland they are threatened by the proposed Lower Thames Crossing motorways and bridges. This walk is more-or-less a repeat of one Katharine did in August and Dan did in September. It explores the north side of the Hoo Peninsula looking across the River Thames towards the container port and the Estuary.

Refreshments: bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.

Walk for up to 15 people.

Expressions of interest open 8 May

Some priority will be given to people who did not get a chance to go on one of my walks last year but anyone is welcome to apply. Details will be advertised at least 2 weeks in advance by email to give people a chance to express interest and those securing places will be told at least a week beforehand.

Details to follow.

Bob

Saturday May 29

Cycle ride: St Albans to Chesthunt 25 miles.

Cycle ride: St Albans to Chesthunt 25 miles. 

Cycle ride: St Albans to Chesthunt 25 miles. Cycle routes, towpaths and disused railway lines. 

We are cycling from St Albans on a disused railway cycle path to Hatfield where we pick up a second disused railway cycle path to Hertford.  From Hertford we pedal along the River Lee Towpath to Ware, St Margarets, Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Enfield Lock or wherever we choose to finish.
 
A perfect ride for those who love old railway lines and cycle paths.  As added bonus, the ride is very gently downhill all the way!   There are plenty of options for lunch and possibly also morning and afternoon tea.
 
How do I get there?
 
Get on the Thameslink that gets to St Albans at xxxam.  I plan to join the train at West Hampstead Thameslink at xxx as I will be using the overground to get from Stratford to West Hampstead but just join the right train at whatever station that works for you.  Cost £xxxx with discount card from West Hampstead Thameslink.
 
 

Saturday Jun 5

Peak District Week-End - Buxton

 This is a book your own accommodation week-end .  As many of you will know Buxton is an attractive spa town with lots of restaurants, pubs, tea shops and other attractions. Unfortunately there are no hostels in the area but there is a Premier Inn (where I plan to stay) and other reasonably priced B&Bs and apartments. It is an ideal base for exploring the White Peak area. I will be leading full day walks on the Saturday through the Goyt Valley to the north-west and around the Monsal Dale area to the south on the Sunday. If there is sufficient demand I will also lead short walks on the Friday afternoon and on Monday morning. Buxton is easy to get to by train - take the Manchester train from Euston and change at Stockport for the hourly service there. Expressions of interest are requested, without obligation of course. Please e-mail me directly or text me. I will then send you further details nearer the time. John Edwards   

Friday Jun 11

Peak District Week-End - Buxton

 This is a book your own accommodation week-end .  As many of you will know Buxton is an attractive spa town with lots of restaurants, pubs, tea shops and other attractions. Unfortunately there are no hostels in the area but there is a Premier Inn (where I plan to stay) and other reasonably priced B&Bs and apartments. It is an ideal base for exploring the White Peak area. I will be leading full day walks on the Saturday through the Goyt Valley to the north-west and around the Monsal Dale area to the south on the Sunday. If there is sufficient demand I will also lead short walks on the Friday afternoon and on Monday morning. Buxton is easy to get to by train - take the Manchester train from Euston and change at Stockport for the hourly service there. Expressions of interest are requested, without obligation of course. Please e-mail me directly or text me. I will then send you further details nearer the time. John Edwards   

Saturday Jun 12

Peak District Week-End - Buxton

 This is a book your own accommodation week-end .  As many of you will know Buxton is an attractive spa town with lots of restaurants, pubs, tea shops and other attractions. Unfortunately there are no hostels in the area but there is a Premier Inn (where I plan to stay) and other reasonably priced B&Bs and apartments. It is an ideal base for exploring the White Peak area. I will be leading full day walks on the Saturday through the Goyt Valley to the north-west and around the Monsal Dale area to the south on the Sunday. If there is sufficient demand I will also lead short walks on the Friday afternoon and on Monday morning. Buxton is easy to get to by train - take the Manchester train from Euston and change at Stockport for the hourly service there. Expressions of interest are requested, without obligation of course. Please e-mail me directly or text me. I will then send you further details nearer the time. John Edwards   

Sunday Jun 13

Peak District Week-End - Buxton

 This is a book your own accommodation week-end .  As many of you will know Buxton is an attractive spa town with lots of restaurants, pubs, tea shops and other attractions. Unfortunately there are no hostels in the area but there is a Premier Inn (where I plan to stay) and other reasonably priced B&Bs and apartments. It is an ideal base for exploring the White Peak area. I will be leading full day walks on the Saturday through the Goyt Valley to the north-west and around the Monsal Dale area to the south on the Sunday. If there is sufficient demand I will also lead short walks on the Friday afternoon and on Monday morning. Buxton is easy to get to by train - take the Manchester train from Euston and change at Stockport for the hourly service there. Expressions of interest are requested, without obligation of course. Please e-mail me directly or text me. I will then send you further details nearer the time. John Edwards   

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