Central London Outdoor Group

Chelsea and Battersea Park Walk

Dear Cloggies,

You are welcome to join me on this circular walk. We start the walk from Sloane Square through the grounds and the parklands surrounding the Royal Hospital at Chelsea leading down to the Thames and Chelsea embankment. Then follows an exploration of the delightful area around Cheyne Walk, before crossing Albert Bridge for a tour of part of Battersea Park on the South side of the river. We will find a pub close to the end of the walk, before returning to Sloane Square.

For members only. 

See original email for meeting time.

 

 

Tuesday Jul 5

The Can-Can. Stage 5. Faversham to Chartham

Can-Can (Canterbury Canter)

Stage 5 Faversham to Chartham

Saturday 9 July

10 ½ miles over the North Downs. Hilly (total ascent about 730 feet). No drop-out points.

There are no refreshment stops so bring a packed lunch, snacks and water.

The walk explores Blean Woods and the North Downs. Look out for blackcurrant and apple orchards, vineyards, hop gardens and oast houses.

We leave Faversham past St Catherine’s Church (probably closed). We go past Brenley Farm (2 miles) and after 3 miles we reach St Peter & Paul’s church at Boughton-under-Blean which is mentioned in Canterbury Tales. This church is probably also closed but if not, it has a stamp for pilgrims.

We go through the hamlet of South Street (4 miles) and stop for lunch with a sea view (well, the Swale Estuary). We will try to make some time to talk about Chick Lit - another one of the Canterbury Tales (see below).

After lunch we climb up through Winterbourne Woods (5 miles) which is part of the ancient woodland of Blean. We then descend out of the woods (6 miles) through the wonderfully-named village of Old Wives Leas (7 miles) to the Stour Valley (8 miles).

We go past Chilham Lakes through the hamlet of Shalmsford Street (9 miles)

We will go in Chartham Church if it’s open before finishing at Chartham Station (10 ½ miles). There’s a pub if you fancy a drink or there’s time before the train.

Travel and meeting details have been sent to members.

Bob

Saturday Jul 9

Awaiting Confirmation. Check later. Evening Walk 1924 British Empire Exhibition


See above

British Empire Exhibition Wembley 1924-25

 

This is a 3-4 mile walk including the exhibition site, rescheduled due to the train strikes.

 Very few walks offer such a contrast between the remains of a rural river, light industry from the 1930s and beyond, and the recently emerged city-scale development at Wembley. The British Empire Exhibition was a post-WW I flourish on former pleasure grounds, with a wide range of exhibition buildings representing the colonies of the time, and a funfair as well. Wembley Stadium was built in the same period, and only rebuilt recently. 

 This walk will approach the site via the River Brent and Wealdstone Brook, trace its way through the industrial estate and cross the long abandoned railway route, to visit the stadium, see its Olympic remains, and try to grasp the scale of the contemporary developments surrounding the stadium. Apart from a corbel from one of the pavilions, very little of the Exhibition remains on site; the legacy can be occasionally seen in the place names. For art deco lovers we will pass the former Empire Pool. 

 Meet at Stonebridge Park tube entrance at 18.45

Wednesday Jul 13, 6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Wells Next the Sea

Friday Jul 15

Wells Next the Sea

Saturday Jul 16

Wells Next the Sea

Sunday Jul 17

Wells Next the Sea

Monday Jul 18

Wells Next the Sea

Tuesday Jul 19

Three Spires Way

Three Spires Way – Saturday 23 July

16 miles. Hilly. No drop-out points.

I can’t remember if I’ve led this walk for CLOG before so here it is.

This is a challenge for the more adventurous walker. Not suitable for slow walkers; we will need to maintain a steady pace. People who have been on previous long walks with me should be fine. If in doubt, please ask; I will be happy to advise.

A circular walk from Penshurst station at Chiddingstone Causeway.

It links the three churches at Four Elms, Hever and Markbeech taking in Bough Beech Reservoir and Chiddingstone Village along the way. Bring a packed lunch, snacks and water.

Quick water stops at:

  • Chiddingstone Castle (about 11.15am after 2 miles).
  • Markbeech Churchyard (about 12.45pm after 5 miles)

Late lunch at Hever recreation ground (about 1.30pm after 6 ½ miles).

Quick water stops at:

  • Four Elms Churchyard (about 4pm after 11 miles)
  • Bough Beech Reservoir (about 5pm after 13 miles)

Saturday Jul 23

The Can-Can. Stage 6. Chartham to Sturry

The Can-Can. The Canterbury Canter is a linear walk in 8 stages from Strood to Broadstairs tracing the route of St Augustine when he was sent to convert Kent to Christianity. You can join for one or all stages.

  • April 2. Stage 1. 10 miles linear from Strood to Aylesford via Rochester Cathedral and The Friars priory.
  • April 30. Stage 2. 12 miles linear from Maidstone to Bearsted via Aylesford and Tyland Barn.
  • May 28. Stage 3. 13 miles linear from Bearsted to Doddington via Hucking and Bredgar.
  • June 11. Stage 4. 8 miles linear from Doddington to Faversham including a visit to St Jude's Shrine and tour of Faversham.
  • July 9. Stage 5. 10 miles linear from Faversham to Chartham via Blean Woods and the North Downs.
  • August 6. Stage 6. 9 miles linear from Chartham to Sturry including a long stop in Canterbury.
  • September 3. Stage 7. 14 miles linear from Sturry to Minster via Stodmarsh and Grove Ferry.
  • October 15. Stage 8. 8 miles linear from Minster to Broadstairs including a tour of Minster Abbey by Sister Benedict and visit to St Augustine's Shrine.

Details to follow

Bob

Saturday Aug 6

Lake District Mountain walking Trip

Summer Lake District Mountain walking trip.  Staying 5 nights. Members Only. Please look out for the booking email with details of how to book. Please do not book your own accommodation, as we need to limit the numbers as we have very few walk leaders.  Organiser: Ralph

Thursday Aug 18

Lake District Mountain walking Trip

Summer Lake District Mountain walking trip.  Staying 5 nights. Members Only. Please look out for the booking email with details of how to book. Please do not book your own accommodation, as we need to limit the numbers as we have very few walk leaders.  Organiser: Ralph

Friday Aug 19

Lake District Mountain walking Trip

Summer Lake District Mountain walking trip.  Staying 5 nights. Members Only. Please look out for the booking email with details of how to book. Please do not book your own accommodation, as we need to limit the numbers as we have very few walk leaders.  Organiser: Ralph

Saturday Aug 20

North Downs

11 miles linear from Halling to New Hythe via Hanging Hill rope climb, the lost village of Dode and Leybourne Lakes. 

Details to follow

Saturday Aug 20

Lake District Mountain walking Trip

Summer Lake District Mountain walking trip.  Staying 5 nights. Members Only. Please look out for the booking email with details of how to book. Please do not book your own accommodation, as we need to limit the numbers as we have very few walk leaders.  Organiser: Ralph

Sunday Aug 21

Lake District Mountain walking Trip

Summer Lake District Mountain walking trip.  Staying 5 nights. Members Only. Please look out for the booking email with details of how to book. Please do not book your own accommodation, as we need to limit the numbers as we have very few walk leaders.  Organiser: Ralph

Monday Aug 22

Cycle ride: 5 forts, 1 cycle ferry, 2 castles and several pretty villages 30 miles

5 forts (Tilbury, Coalhouse, New Tavern, Shornemead and Upnor), 2 castles (Cooling and Upnor) plus a ferry ride across the Thames and visits to some pretty villages.

We start at East Tilbury station and head towards our first fort, Coalhouse Fort http://coalhousefortpark.org.uk where we may stop for coffee, then we pedal by the river past a WW2 radar tower and other WW2 defences until we get to Tilbury Fort http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tilbury-fort/.  We will probably only look at the outside of Tilbury Fort and then we hop on a little ferry with our bikes to cross the Thames to Gravesend.  https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/ferry-services/tilbury-to-gravesend-ferry-service

We cycle out of Gravesend past New Tavern fort in Fort Gardens, along the river and then into the Shorne marshes where we visit the remains of Shornemead fort.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shornemead_Fort

Lunch is planned for the Six Bells pub at Cliffe, then we cycle past Cooling Castle and then south to the beautiful village of Upnor where we may stop for coffee and have a peak at Upnor Castle (which is actually a fort).

From Upnor it is a short ride to Strood where the ride finishes.

 Meeting up

 Be on the train that leaves Stratford at 10:24 getting into East Tilbury at 11:01

http://trains.im/schedule/F44619/2017/09/30/

Cost single:  £5.70 with discount card or £5.90 super off peak return with discount card (more if you don't have a discount card).

Other costs:

The ferry seems to cost £3 return if we are off peak (which I assume Saturday is but it isn't clear from the website) or £4 anytime single.

https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/ferry-services/tilbury-to-gravesend-ferry-service

Getting back from Strood.

Either get the Highspeed train from Strood to Stratford International but that costs £13:00 with discount card 

or

Get a single from Strood to Gravesend £3.35 with discount card, catch the ferry back to Tilbury and catch the train from Tilbury Town to Stratford (covered by the ticket you bought in the morning if you get a return which is almost the same price as a single.

If you use the latter, the total travel costs should be:  £5.90 (return Stratford to Tilbury East) if you have a discount card +£3 for off-peak return on ferry (assuming they count Saturday as off-peak)+£3.35.

If you use the HS train to get back, the total travel costs should be £5.70+£3+£13

 

 

Monday Aug 22

Lake District Mountain walking Trip

Summer Lake District Mountain walking trip.  Staying 5 nights. Members Only. Please look out for the booking email with details of how to book. Please do not book your own accommodation, as we need to limit the numbers as we have very few walk leaders.  Organiser: Ralph

Tuesday Aug 23
 Show All
Cycling
kayaking
Other
Social events
Spare
Trips away
Walks
 
RSS feed iCalendar feed
Online Calendar powered by localendar.com