Central London Outdoor Group

Cycling Hadrian's Way Cycle Route

Cycle excursion following Hadrian's Way cycle route (174 miles) from Ravenglass to South Shields from 1st - 8th August, staying at AirB&Bs or similar for 7 nights en route. This will be a Clog Do-it-Yourself event. Joining instructions on Clog email. Hazel 

Tuesday Aug 3

Leeds city break

Long weekend away with mix of walking and outings.

Tuesday Aug 3

Cycling Hadrian's Way Cycle Route

Cycle excursion following Hadrian's Way cycle route (174 miles) from Ravenglass to South Shields from 1st - 8th August, staying at AirB&Bs or similar for 7 nights en route. This will be a Clog Do-it-Yourself event. Joining instructions on Clog email. Hazel 

Wednesday Aug 4

Wednesday Wander: Kings Cross to Canary Wharf - Wed 4th August

After last Wednesday's rather soggy walk (!), let's hope for better weather as we follow the Regent's Canal through North London and down to the Thames at Limehouse - with an epilogue to Canary Wharf ...

Date: Wednesday 4th August
Distance: 6.5 miles (5.5 miles to Limehouse for DLR)
Pace: Laid back
Terrain: Flat, on tarmac & pavement
 
Route:
From Kings Cross station, its a short walk to join the Regent's Canal and past Battlesbridge Basin before the 960 yard Islington Tunnel diverts us up and over through the maze of Islington streets to return us to the canal. And then going eastwards through Hoxton and Haggerston, some parts up and coming, other parts sadly neglected before skirting past Victoria Park and slowly turning south through Globe Town and Mile End Park with the occasional lock to mark the steady progress down to the River Thames at Limehouse Basin. The final leg follows the Thames around the bend of Limehouse Reach with stunning views towards the towers at Canary Wharf ...
 
Booking: Just turn up !
Meeting Point: Kings Cross station at 2 pm (outside main entrance on Euston Road, below the clock tower on Kings Cross Square)
Note that the tube strike is set to end at 12 noon !!
So, use those lovely journey planner tools from TfL
 
Getting Back: Aiming to get to Canary Wharf by 6 pm latest for Jubilee line / DLR
 
Cheers,
Nick

Wednesday Aug 4, 2 pm - 6 pm

Cycling Hadrian's Way Cycle Route

Cycle excursion following Hadrian's Way cycle route (174 miles) from Ravenglass to South Shields from 1st - 8th August, staying at AirB&Bs or similar for 7 nights en route. This will be a Clog Do-it-Yourself event. Joining instructions on Clog email. Hazel 

Thursday Aug 5

Cycling Hadrian's Way Cycle Route

Cycle excursion following Hadrian's Way cycle route (174 miles) from Ravenglass to South Shields from 1st - 8th August, staying at AirB&Bs or similar for 7 nights en route. This will be a Clog Do-it-Yourself event. Joining instructions on Clog email. Hazel 

Friday Aug 6

Cycling Hadrian's Way Cycle Route

Cycle excursion following Hadrian's Way cycle route (174 miles) from Ravenglass to South Shields from 1st - 8th August, staying at AirB&Bs or similar for 7 nights en route. This will be a Clog Do-it-Yourself event. Joining instructions on Clog email. Hazel 

Saturday Aug 7

Broadwater Warren & the Sandstone Rocks walk

Broadwater Warren and the Sandstone Rocks Walk

Saturday 7 August

This walk was postponed from last December due to lockdown.

  • Refreshments: bring a packed lunch, water and maybe some snacks to keep you going. Lunch about halfway; bring something to sit on as grass likely to be wet.
  • Distance: 10 mile circular walk but may feel longer
  • Drop-out points: none.
  • Terrain: hilly in parts. Could be very muddy and slippery in some places. No loos but plenty of trees!

The Pantiles

Tunbridge Wells Common

Spa Valley Railway 

High Rocks 

Broadwater Forest

Broadwater Warren

Eridge Rocks

Happy Valley

Rusthall Common 

Tunbridge Wells Common

Travel arrangements will be circulated to members nearer the date.

There will be no need to book. 

Bob

Saturday Aug 7

Cycling Hadrian's Way Cycle Route

Cycle excursion following Hadrian's Way cycle route (174 miles) from Ravenglass to South Shields from 1st - 8th August, staying at AirB&Bs or similar for 7 nights en route. This will be a Clog Do-it-Yourself event. Joining instructions on Clog email. Hazel 

Sunday Aug 8

Christ's Hospital to Shoreham by sea cycle ride

A repeat of Peny's ride from Christ's Hospital to Shoreham by sea

30km on the Downs link to Shoreham  

Sunday Aug 8

Trips Team Meeting

Meeting of Trips Team.

Zoom invite will be sent via email. 

Monday Aug 9, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Art Deco evening walk - hotels, department stores and bachelor flats

 
My first Art Deco evening walk will be on Wednesday 11 August. You are welcome to come along for one or both walks (the second is on Thu 19 Aug).
 
It will explore the theme of hotels, department stores and bachelor flats.
 
These walks are taken from a walk by Andrew Reid in 2003 and I will talk about the buildings we look at and people, both real and fictional, associated with them. He said:
 
'London in the Art Deco period was a city undergoing strong currents of change and trauma. It was an era of both hope and great anxiety. It was marked by political strife and some social progress. It was a time of obscene inequality and class war as well the occasion of the first ever Labour cabinet. Imperialism and racism were the mainstay of politics. Whilst most of the Deco architecture, such as the hotels and offices, was built for the rich, over a million Britons continued to live in appalling Victorian slums. Some of the new building was more egalitarian however, and included public works, notably in transport with the founding of London Transport.'

'The Deco era spans two decades; the twenties and the thirties, a sandwich between one horrific, devastating war and another. It was an era which saw the end of British rule in Southern Ireland, the General Strike, the Wall Street Crash, the Jarrow Marches, the rise of Oswald Mosley and his gang of British Fascists, the abdication of Edward the Eighth and his subsequent marriage to Wallis Simpson. It was an age that went from the jubilant degradation of Germany to the appeasement of Hitler by a British government. It was also a time of cultural flowering. It was the time when Hollywood was the centre of a glamorous imaginary world of beauty and riches; Greta Garbo, Laurel and Hardy, and Marlene Dietrich graced the new silver screen. In literature London was home to the Bloomsbury set, PG Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh. In fashion, the 'flapper' became a symbol of hip, with pearls, tight helmet like hats and daringly high skirts. In music, Jazz flourished, as did the songs of Noel Coward.'
 
The first walk - which takes a very roundabout route from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus - will look at Palladium House, the Crazy Gang, the Pantheon Building (Marks & Spencer), Broadcasting House (the BBC), the former DH Evans/House of Fraser, the former HMV, Selfridges, Claridge's Hotel, Dorchester Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Lord Peter Wimsey's home, Bertie Wooster's flat, Ritz Hotel, the former Wolseley car showroom, Waterstone's and Piccadilly Circus tube station.
 
Bob

Wednesday Aug 11

Lake District Mountain Walking Trip


Lake District, Cumbria UK

A summer Mountain walking trip in the Lake District.

Open to CLOG members only. 

A certain degree of fitness is required as walks over the mountains can be on very rough paths including walking up 3000 feet.

Booking will not open until after Easter 2021

Organiser: Ralph.

Thursday Aug 12

Lake District Mountain Walking Trip


Lake District, Cumbria UK

A summer Mountain walking trip in the Lake District.

Open to CLOG members only. 

A certain degree of fitness is required as walks over the mountains can be on very rough paths including walking up 3000 feet.

Booking will not open until after Easter 2021

Organiser: Ralph.

Friday Aug 13

Lake District Mountain Walking Trip


Lake District, Cumbria UK

A summer Mountain walking trip in the Lake District.

Open to CLOG members only. 

A certain degree of fitness is required as walks over the mountains can be on very rough paths including walking up 3000 feet.

Booking will not open until after Easter 2021

Organiser: Ralph.

Saturday Aug 14

South Downs Way by bike - Section 2, Petersfield to Amberley

Section 2 of South Downs Way by bike, from Petersfield to Amberley (about 30 miles). Some sections are steep and rough - not for the fainthearted! Meet at Petersfield station, finish at Amberley station. Bring provisions to last the day, although we will also stop at suitable pubs /cafes. Hazel 

Saturday Aug 14, 10 am - 6 pm

(Another) Goring-on-Thames circular walk

12 miles approx. 

We head west out of the Thames Valley, along the Ridgeway onto the North Wessex Downs, with sweeping views in all directions.

Picnic lunch in the village of Blewbery, then heading to the Thames Path at Moulsford with its riverside pub, and returning to Goring.

Apart from a long climb at the start, fairly easy walking.

10 places, pre-booking required.

Saturday Aug 14, 7 pm - 8 pm

Lost Sussex Railways Cycle ride: Three Bridges to Tunbridge Wells

 
Lost Sussex Railways cycle ride:  Three Bridges to Tunbridge Wells 23 miles Sunday 15th August  8 places available (including me)

We cycle out of Three Bridges along the Worth Way https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/media/2202/ws3028_worth_way_leaflet_august_2014.pdf to East Grinstead  then along Forest Way which is within the High Weald AONB https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/discover-east-sussex/countryside-sites/forestway/ to Groombridge -  both cycle paths follow the lost railway that once ran between Crawley and Tonbridge Wells -  and then on NCN 18 through High Rocks (where we will stop for afternoon tea) to Tunbridge Wells where the ride finishes and we take the train back to London.

See email to members for how to book

 

Sunday Aug 15

Lake District Mountain Walking Trip


Lake District, Cumbria UK

A summer Mountain walking trip in the Lake District.

Open to CLOG members only. 

A certain degree of fitness is required as walks over the mountains can be on very rough paths including walking up 3000 feet.

Booking will not open until after Easter 2021

Organiser: Ralph.

Sunday Aug 15

Lake District Mountain Walking Trip


Lake District, Cumbria UK

A summer Mountain walking trip in the Lake District.

Open to CLOG members only. 

A certain degree of fitness is required as walks over the mountains can be on very rough paths including walking up 3000 feet.

Booking will not open until after Easter 2021

Organiser: Ralph.

Monday Aug 16

Lake District Trip 2

A mountain walking trip in the Lake District.  This is a second chance to go to the mountains. This trip is a 6 day extension of the original trip we had planned. Travelling up on the Tuesday 17th, coming home on the Mon 23rd August. We believe there will be sufficient interest to fill places on both trips. This trip is open to CLOG members only.  Location Buttermere. Organiser: Ralph.

Tuesday Aug 17

Lake District Mountain Walking Trip


Lake District, Cumbria UK

A summer Mountain walking trip in the Lake District.

Open to CLOG members only. 

A certain degree of fitness is required as walks over the mountains can be on very rough paths including walking up 3000 feet.

Booking will not open until after Easter 2021

Organiser: Ralph.

Tuesday Aug 17

Lake District Trip 2

A mountain walking trip in the Lake District.  This is a second chance to go to the mountains. This trip is a 6 day extension of the original trip we had planned. Travelling up on the Tuesday 17th, coming home on the Mon 23rd August. We believe there will be sufficient interest to fill places on both trips. This trip is open to CLOG members only.  Location Buttermere. Organiser: Ralph.

Wednesday Aug 18

Lake District Trip 2

A mountain walking trip in the Lake District.  This is a second chance to go to the mountains. This trip is a 6 day extension of the original trip we had planned. Travelling up on the Tuesday 17th, coming home on the Mon 23rd August. We believe there will be sufficient interest to fill places on both trips. This trip is open to CLOG members only.  Location Buttermere. Organiser: Ralph.

Thursday Aug 19

Art Deco evening walk - theatres, cinemas and newspapers

 
My second Art Deco evening walk will be on Thursday 19 August. You are welcome to come along for one or both walks (the first one will be on Wed 11 Aug)
 
It will explore the theme of theatres, cinemas and newspapers.
 
These walks are taken from a walk by Andrew Reid in 2003 and I will talk about the buildings we look at and people, both real and fictional, associated with them. He said:
 
'London in the Art Deco period was a city undergoing strong currents of change and trauma. It was an era of both hope and great anxiety. It was marked by political strife and some social progress. It was a time of obscene inequality and class war as well the occasion of the first ever Labour cabinet. Imperialism and racism were the mainstay of politics. Whilst most of the Deco architecture, such as the hotels and offices, was built for the rich, over a million Britons continued to live in appalling Victorian slums. Some of the new building was more egalitarian however, and included public works, notably in transport with the founding of London Transport.'

'The Deco era spans two decades; the twenties and the thirties, a sandwich between one horrific, devastating war and another. It was an era which saw the end of British rule in Southern Ireland, the General Strike, the Wall Street Crash, the Jarrow Marches, the rise of Oswald Mosley and his gang of British Fascists, the abdication of Edward the Eighth and his subsequent marriage to Wallis Simpson. It was an age that went from the jubilant degradation of Germany to the appeasement of Hitler by a British government. It was also a time of cultural flowering. It was the time when Hollywood was the centre of a glamorous imaginary world of beauty and riches; Greta Garbo, Laurel and Hardy, and Marlene Dietrich graced the new silver screen. In literature London was home to the Bloomsbury set, PG Wodehouse and Evelyn Waugh. In fashion, the 'flapper' became a symbol of hip, with pearls, tight helmet like hats and daringly high skirts. In music, Jazz flourished, as did the songs of Noel Coward.'
 
The second walk which takes a very roundabout route from Piccadilly Circus to Charing Cross - will look at the former Swan & Edgar, Prince of Wales Theatre, Leicester Square Odeon, Warner Cinema, Patisserie Valerie, Cafe Italia, Prince Edward Theatre, St Martin's School of Art, Phoenix Theatre, Leicester Square tube station, Garrick Club, London Transport Museum, Strand Palace Hotel, Adelphi Theatre, Adelphi Building, Savoy Hotel & Theatre, Oxo Tower, Unilever House, former Daily Express building and former Daily Telegraph building.
 
Bob

Thursday Aug 19

Lake District Trip 2

A mountain walking trip in the Lake District.  This is a second chance to go to the mountains. This trip is a 6 day extension of the original trip we had planned. Travelling up on the Tuesday 17th, coming home on the Mon 23rd August. We believe there will be sufficient interest to fill places on both trips. This trip is open to CLOG members only.  Location Buttermere. Organiser: Ralph.

Friday Aug 20

Tudeley and the Somerhill Estate

Date: Saturday 21 August

Distance: about 13 miles but may feel longer.

Drop-out points: none.

Terrain: hilly.

Description: a circular walk from Tonbridge around Tudeley and the Somerhill estate.

A hilly morning starts with some dark secrets of Tonbridge and forgotten ghosts of its past before making its way through some beautiful countryside with woodland trails and big views including a tucked-away railway viaduct.

The afternoon takes in the grandeur of Somerhill House, the famous Chagall stained glass windows at Tudeley Church and some gorgeous orchards before returning back along the river and through some industrial history to Tonbridge.

Inspired by the Walk Tonbridge website.

Refreshments: bring a packed lunch, food for snacks and plenty of water.

Travel arrangements will be circulated to members nearer the date.

There will be no need to book. 

Bob

 

Saturday Aug 21

Lake District Trip 2

A mountain walking trip in the Lake District.  This is a second chance to go to the mountains. This trip is a 6 day extension of the original trip we had planned. Travelling up on the Tuesday 17th, coming home on the Mon 23rd August. We believe there will be sufficient interest to fill places on both trips. This trip is open to CLOG members only.  Location Buttermere. Organiser: Ralph.

Saturday Aug 21

Lake District Trip 2

A mountain walking trip in the Lake District.  This is a second chance to go to the mountains. This trip is a 6 day extension of the original trip we had planned. Travelling up on the Tuesday 17th, coming home on the Mon 23rd August. We believe there will be sufficient interest to fill places on both trips. This trip is open to CLOG members only.  Location Buttermere. Organiser: Ralph.

Sunday Aug 22

Lake District Trip 2

A mountain walking trip in the Lake District.  This is a second chance to go to the mountains. This trip is a 6 day extension of the original trip we had planned. Travelling up on the Tuesday 17th, coming home on the Mon 23rd August. We believe there will be sufficient interest to fill places on both trips. This trip is open to CLOG members only.  Location Buttermere. Organiser: Ralph.

Monday Aug 23

South Downs Way by bike - Amberley to Truleigh Hill and Truleigh Hill to Southease

 

Sat 28 August - South Downs Way by bike, Amberley to Truleigh Hill Youth Hostel. Book your own overnight accommodation if joining in the Sunday ride. Sun 29 August - South Downs Way by bike, Truleigh HIll to Southease (option to complete remainder of South Downs Way to Eastbourne, another 20 miles, if wished).  We will be covering around 20 - 30 miles each day, mainly off-road, some sections steep and stony. Hazel

Saturday Aug 28, 9 am - 6 pm

Pilgrims' Way

Pilgrims' Way day walk

Southwark to Bostall Wood

10 miles

Details to be announced nearer the time.

Sunday Aug 29

South Downs Way by bike - Amberley to Truleigh Hill and Truleigh Hill to Southease

 

Sat 28 August - South Downs Way by bike, Amberley to Truleigh Hill Youth Hostel. Book your own overnight accommodation if joining in the Sunday ride. Sun 29 August - South Downs Way by bike, Truleigh HIll to Southease (option to complete remainder of South Downs Way to Eastbourne, another 20 miles, if wished).  We will be covering around 20 - 30 miles each day, mainly off-road, some sections steep and stony. Hazel

Sunday Aug 29, 9 am - 6 pm

Pilgrims' Way

Pilgrims' Way day walks

Bostall Wood to Dartford

11 miles

Details to be announced nearer the time.

Monday Aug 30

Cycling South Downs Way Southease YH to Eastbourne

Final leg of South Downs Way by bike, following overnight stay at South Downs YH, Southease. About 20 miles, off-road, some sections steep and stony. Hazel 

Monday Aug 30, 10 am - 4 pm

Pilgrims' Way

Pilgrims' Way day walks

Dartford to Otford

12 miles

Details to be announced nearer the time.

Tuesday Aug 31

Pilgrims' Way

Pilgrims' Way day walks

Otford to Snodland

13 miles

Details to be announced nearer the time.

Wednesday Sep 1

Pilgrims' Way

Pilgrims' Way day walks

Snodland to Hollingbourne

11 miles

Details to be announced nearer the time.

Thursday Sep 2

Pilgrims' Way

Pilgrims' Way day walks

Hollingbourne to Charing

11 miles

Details to be announced nearer the time.

Friday Sep 3

Pilgrims' Way

Pilgrims' Way day walks

Charing to Chilham

11 miles

Details to be announced nearer the time.

Saturday Sep 4

Pilgrims' Way

Pilgrims' Way day walks

Chilham to Canterbury

8 miles

Details to be announced nearer the time.

Sunday Sep 5

South Coast Cycling Trip Havant to Wool

 
This multi-day cycling trip follows National Cycle Route 2 from Havant to Wool and includes: ferries, islands, peninsulas, ports, coasts, bearches, the New Forest, towns and country parks.

 

Monday Sep 13

South Coast Cycling Trip Havant to Wool

 
This multi-day cycling trip follows National Cycle Route 2 from Havant to Wool and includes: ferries, islands, peninsulas, ports, coasts, bearches, the New Forest, towns and country parks.

 

Tuesday Sep 14

South Coast Cycling Trip Havant to Wool

 
This multi-day cycling trip follows National Cycle Route 2 from Havant to Wool and includes: ferries, islands, peninsulas, ports, coasts, bearches, the New Forest, towns and country parks.

 

Wednesday Sep 15

South Coast Cycling Trip Havant to Wool

 
This multi-day cycling trip follows National Cycle Route 2 from Havant to Wool and includes: ferries, islands, peninsulas, ports, coasts, bearches, the New Forest, towns and country parks.

 

Thursday Sep 16

South Coast Cycling Trip Havant to Wool

 
This multi-day cycling trip follows National Cycle Route 2 from Havant to Wool and includes: ferries, islands, peninsulas, ports, coasts, bearches, the New Forest, towns and country parks.

 

Friday Sep 17
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