Central London Outdoor Group

Cycle ride: 5 forts, 1 cycle ferry, 2 castles and several pretty villages 27 miles

Cycle ride: 5 forts, 1 cycle ferry, 2 castles and several pretty villages 27 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 West Ham at 09:33 getting into East Tilbury at 10.09 http://trains.im/schedule/L61414/2019/09/21/ Cost: £6 super off peak return with discount card (more if you don't have a discount card). Other costs: The ferry seems to cost £4 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 about £13 with discount card  or Get a single from Strood to Gravesend around £4 with discount card, catch the ferry back to Tilbury and catch the train from Tilbury Town to West Ham (covered by the ticket you bought in the morning).

Saturday Sep 21

Dodo Walk (Dover to Dorking). Stage 9. Edenbridge to South Godstone

The next stage of the Dodo Walk (Dover to Dorking) will be on Saturday 21 September. This stage is from Edenbridge to Godstone.

It is about 10 miles. This should be an enjoyable walk through pleasant countryside. It takes in an interesting church with an ancient yew tree that has been dated to be about 4000 years old. Apparently that makes it one of the top 50 British trees. There may be some robust moments as the paths are not always easy to find. There is the usual lack of waymarks across a golf course and confusing paths in woodland. We may take some time to find the correct path so that we can proceed in an orderly fashion. We will also be going through cattle country. Where there are cows there may be mud so we may need to take a few diversions away from the path to keep to the highest, driest ground.

Bring a packed lunch. We will stop for a drink halfway at The Grumpy Mole (formerly Royal Oak) and there may be a basic cafe in a garden centre near the station at the end.

Meet 9.45am at Edenbridge Town station exit. Buy a return to Edenbridge (all stations) as this will cover both journeys. Take the 9.07am train from London Bridge to Edenbridge Town. This train calls at East Croydon 9.22am. 

Connections as follows. 8.55 am from Victoria, calls Clapham Junction 9.02am and change at East Croydon. Or 8.48am from Charing X, calls Waterloo East 8.51 and change at London Bridge. You may also be able to get a Thameslink train and change at London Bridge

Return buses from Godstone station to Redhill at 08 mins past each hour connect with trains to Victoria and London Bridge.

Bob

Saturday Sep 21

Wimbledon Park to Richmond

Dear All

I shall be leading a walk from Wimbledon Park to Richmond this Sunday 22nd of September. It is 7 miles and on fairly level terrain. Lunch at a cafe on Wimbledon Common and possible tea stop. We will meet outside Wimbledon Park tube station(District Line) at 11.30. 

Sunday Sep 22, 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Tuesday Sep 24

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Wednesday Sep 25

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Thursday Sep 26

September Social: Hidden Rivers evening walk and pub

The CLOG social event for September will be an evening walk following the route of the long gone Neckinger River, ending at the Angel pub by the Thames in Rotherhithe (3 1/2 miles).

This is an urban walk tracing the route of the former Neckinger River from Lambeth to Bermondsey with snippets of history found along the way. Our route will go through the formerly marshland area of Lambeth, passing  the Imperial War Museum, a Tibetan Peace garden, a substation disguised as a memorial, the site of an abbey and remnants of previously prosperous factories and mills. 

The river ends at St Saviour's dock where the unsavoury Jacob's Island became a notorious slum and the setting for Bill Sykes pad in Oliver Twist. We'll then follow the riverside path to the Angel pub, 101 Bermondsey Wall SE16 4NB, expecting to reach there by 8pm for those who might want to order food.

Feel free to skip the walk and meet us there. The nearest stations to the Angel are Bermondsey tube or Rotherhithe overground station. The pub serves food till 8.30pm, but it may be busy.

My thanks to "London's Hidden Rivers" by David Fathers for the route.

Please meet by 6.00pm just outside the main exit of Lambeth North underground station (Northern line between Waterloo and Elephant and Castle) as we'll set off promptly. 

See you there....Helen R

Thursday Sep 26, 6 pm - 8 pm

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Friday Sep 27

Birthday crawl, Surrey Hills: Saturday 28 September


To be confirmed

Crawl in the Surrey Hills. Please see emails for details.

Saturday Sep 28

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Saturday Sep 28

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Sunday Sep 29

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Monday Sep 30

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Tuesday Oct 1

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Wednesday Oct 2

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Thursday Oct 3

Dolomites to Venice cycling trip

This is an easy cycle touring trip, suitable for those who have been on cycling trips with me before.  Despite the fact that that you will be spending the first part cycling through the dolomites there are no steep ascents or descents as we will be cycling on the Ciclabile delle Dolomiti  (Cycleway of the Dolomites) following the route of the train line that once linked Austria and Italy, one of Europe’s most scenic cycleways.
These videos give you an idea: See:  https://vimeo.com/152164534 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygLS-FnW_Jc 
 
 
For more information and how to book, see email sent to members
 
 
 

Friday Oct 4

North Downs walk : Reigate to Merstham, 10 miles

 back to London

  Day walk from Reigate to Merstham 10 miles, Saturday 5th October.   Please join me for this 10 mile loop of the North Downs with fine views. We'll head west out of Reigate to join the Pilgrims Way / North Downs Way, initially following the foot of the Downs then climbing up to the top of the ridge with a reward of fine views. We'll  walk back along the ridge of the Downs before striking North to  cross over the M25. Our lunch stop will be at the Sportsman pub in Mogador, which is on the edge of Banstead Heath . We'll definitely stop here for people to have lunch, but feel free to bring a picnic lunch and then join us for a drink. Our route in the afternoon rejoins the North Downs Way , heading East with more great views from Reigate Hill.  There's a possible drop out point here, following the main road back into Reigate and the station. Then we continue another 2 1/2 miles through Gatton Park to Merstham station for the train back to London (4 an hour - 2 to Victoria and 2 to London Bridge).    Meet at the main exit of Reigate station at 9.53 The recommended train is the 9.09  from Victoria mainline station, also stopping at  Clapham Junction  (9.16) and East Croydon (9.27),  getting into Reigate  at  9.53am. It looks like there's also a 9.00 from London Bridge which will get you to Redhill to change and join our train. Please buy a day return to Reigate. The walk will finish at Merstham, two stops further up the line towards London.   Look forward to seeing you there,  Helen R 

Saturday Oct 5

Cheddar trip

Details will follow

Friday Oct 11

Cheddar trip

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Saturday Oct 12

Cheddar trip

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Sunday Oct 13

WILLIAM BLAKE AT TATE BRITAIN


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Attention Cloggie art lovers,

A date for your diary: some of us are booked to see the William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain: over 300 original works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints; the largest show of his work for almost 20 years. From the Tate website: “Inside the exhibition will be an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. In another room, Blake’s dream of showing his works at enormous scale will be made reality using digital technology”.

Full price is £18, concessions £17, Art Pass £9. I suggest booking a ticket for the 14:00 slot at

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/william-blake-artist

Meet either in the White Swan, 14, Vauxhall Bridge Road, for lunch or a drink from 12:45 to 13:50, or at the Gallery (side entrance in Atterbury Street, off Millbank) at 13:55. We can have tea at the gallery later. The nearest tube is Pimlico, or overground at Vauxhall.

Saturday Oct 19

Walk and visit to Henry Moore's studios at Perry Green

I've  always wanted to visit Henry Moore's studios and museum at Perry Green,  so this is a walk that will give us time to explore it. There's still 10 miles of walking so it could  be a long day out,  though the walking is easy and pretty level. We walk across country to Perry Green. Our lunch stop will be there at the Hoops pub, which is by the entrance to the studios. We'll definitely stop there for  drink but I would suggest bringing a picnic lunch, if you plan to go into the studios and museum, to save time. Admission includes his sculpures displayed around the gardens, his studios and an exhibition which is currently "The Art of Seeing", focusing on his drawings. Admission is £12.70 (Concessions only for over 65s and students) ** If you don't want to visit Henry Moore's studios and sculpture gardens, then there isn't much else there except to chill out in the Hoops pub or bring a map so you can find your own way to Bishop Stortford or retrace your steps to Sawbridgeworth. Our route in the afternoon takes us along the Herts Way and the river Stort to Bishop Stortford, where there'll be a selection of refreshment places to end the day, or you can head straight to the station for the choice of 4 trains an hour back to London. Meet at the main exit of Sawbridgeworth station at 10.04am. The recommended train is the 9.28am  from Liverpool Street station (destination Cambridge), also stopping at Tottenham Hale  (9.40 ) and getting into Sawbridgeworth at   10.04am. Please buy a return to Bishop Stortford, where the walk will finish, one stop further up the line. Look forward to seeing you there,  Helen R 

Sunday Oct 20

Walk and visit to Alfred Munnings' studios at Dedham

Another arty walk, this time in the classic  Dedham Vale countryside of Constable, with a  visit to Alfred Munnings' former home and studio, Castle House, just outside Dedham. 9 miles in total, making use of the last day before the clocks go back. Our circular walk will take us through classic Constable landscape along the Stour, via Flatford Mill in the morning.   We'll have lunch in Dedham with its choice of pubs, tea shops and picnic spots, so feel free to bring a picnic lunch. After lunch, we'll head to Castle House, which is about a mile south of Dedham. If you don't wish to look around the museum it says " Walkers and cyclists are welcome to explore the grounds" and there's a cafe, with entry to both free. Or you could bring a map (SWC website has directions) and continue on back to Manningtree station.  Admission to the Art museum includes the gallery/ museum, studio and the  current exhibition of his work as a WW1 war artist for the Canadian cavalry.  Adults, including seniors,  £8  or 50% off with National Art Pass. Tea options could be at the cafe at Castle House or the well-rated station buffet at Manningtree.   Meet by the main exit of Manningtree station at 10.31 Get the  9.30 train from Liverpool Street station ( calling at Stratford at 9.38), arriving at Manningtree at 10.31. Buy a day return to Manningtree.  Direct return trains are 2 an hour.    Hope you can join me. Helen R   

Saturday Oct 26

First aid training

Funded by CLOG

Booking email to be sent out in due course

Saturday Oct 26

'Last of the summer wine' cycle ride over the Chilterns from Oxford to Reading

Sunday 27 October - cycle ride over the Chilterns from Oxford to Reading, about 40 miles, upward climbs after Didcot and Wallingford, then a long descent into Reading. If you would rather do a shorter, flatter ride, there is the option of turning back after 10 miles, around Abingdon or Didcot. This ride is a farewell to summer and the 'last of the summer wine', with (weather permitting) beautiful autumn colours in the Chilterns beech woods. We will stop at cafe(s) and pub(s) as wished but please bring food and drink to keep you going. The clocks go back on the night of 26 October, so we have an extra hour on Sunday 27th; however sunset is at 4.48 pm. Meet at Oxford station at 11 am (NB this would be 12 noon old time); return from Reading station around 5 pm. The 9.50am train from Paddington gets to Oxford at 10.49, advance fare £7.60 with railcard (at time of writing). Single 'anytime' fare from Reading to London, £13.60 with railcard. The 17.34 from Reading gets to Paddington at 18.01. Please bring spare inner tube, repair kit and lights, and ensure your bike is in good working order. Hazel

Sunday Oct 27, 11 am - 5 pm

Ghost Hunt at Charlton House

Details to follow

Friday Nov 1

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.
 
 

Tuesday Nov 5
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