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Maggot

The Cake of Liberty
We haven't had a walk since October, and I was wondering if any veterans are interested in sorting one out. We could even revive the research bit too!

For the uninitiated, London walks start in a pub, then a bit of a walk (usually about 2-3 miles), with a pub en route and finish in a pub. Sometimes the organiser will do some research on the area which we are walking through, or even allocate bits to other people.
 

editor

hiraethified
Eme had a really ambitious Brighton one which included an open top bus trip over the Downs, but maybe that would be better for the summer? Or if we're feeling 'all weather' enough, a coastal walk taking in the old Brighton pier and a shuffle up to Hove could be fun. And there's lots of lovely pubs in Brighton!

What about a Thames side walk west from Putney - maybe taking in Richmond Park and Kew Gardens?

I could show y'all the site of the Battles of Brentford (1016/1642!)
 

Top Dog

Well-Known Member
editor said:
Eme had a really ambitious Brighton one which included an open top bus trip over the Downs, but maybe that would be better for the summer?
Is that the one going to Devils Dyke and then back along towards the Town over the south downs? Id recommend that one, great scenery, different kinds of terrain (but not too strenuous for the faint hearted), and then back to town and a well deserved pint or 3. I dont think the open top bus runs in the winter months though - there's only one route going out that way - poss. restarting Apr or May.

There's a couple of walking groups that some activist-y types have started doing in the last couple of years, one in london and one in brighton. For Brighton types they could call in at the Cowley Club and find out or if you're london based and interested PM me. There's a walk this Sunday going out into Hertfordshire :)
 

Maggot

The Cake of Liberty
editor said:
Eme had a really ambitious Brighton one which included an open top bus trip over the Downs, but maybe that would be better for the summer? Or if we're feeling 'all weather' enough, a coastal walk taking in the old Brighton pier and a shuffle up to Hove could be fun. And there's lots of lovely pubs in Brighton!

What about a Thames side walk west from Putney - maybe taking in Richmond Park and Kew Gardens?
They both sound good, even if Brighton isn't in London. ;)
 

Cloo

Surfeit of lampreys
I'm up for doing something - not sure what yet. Maybe a Barbican High Walk safari (poss including a Museum of London visit), but I'll need to do more investigation during my lunch hour!
:)
 
What about a walk from London to Brighton?

Its 40 miles, which would take about 10 hours, so if you started at 10am you could make it down there by 8pm in time to wearily repair to the pub...
 

liberty

Secret Smile
RenegadeDog said:
What about a walk from London to Brighton?

Its 40 miles, which would take about 10 hours, so if you started at 10am you could make it down there by 8pm in time to wearily repair to the pub...

Would not be able to.. Think the pup would wear down its legs :(

I would be impressed if anyone did it :D
 

Hollis

Bloody furious
I'm always up for doing one.. there's always the Capital Ring waiting to be done aswell.. or my new book "Walking the Blitz". :cool: :D
 

Cloo

Surfeit of lampreys
Or maybe an Iain Sinclair-themed psychogeographic walk around obscure parts of East London! :eek:
 

Top Dog

Well-Known Member
Cloo said:
Or maybe an Iain Sinclair-themed psychogeographic walk around obscure parts of East London! :eek:
hey now yer talking! Id love to do a Hawksmoor walk (Wren's sidekick: routed along the sites of the gothic churches he designed). Done a bit but didnt complete it ages ago. Not sure about Sinclair's London Orbital route tho :eek:
 

citydreams

on the road again
Can we have a list of walks done so far please?

I might be making these up..
1. Waltham Abbey
2. Epping Forrest - always popular :)
3. Grand Union Canal
4. Sloane Square to a pub
5. Notting Hill through Holland Park
6. Dulwich hamlets
 

Maggot

The Cake of Liberty
citydreams said:
Can we have a list of walks done so far please?
There's a list of them up to last April at the bottom of this page.

The only one I can think of not included in either list is Liberty's one around Portobello and Ladbroke Grove.
 

liberty

Secret Smile
citydreams said:
Can we have a list of walks done so far please?

I might be making these up..
1. Waltham Abbey
2. Epping Forrest - always popular :)
3. Grand Union Canal
4. Sloane Square to a pub
5. Notting Hill through Holland Park
6. Dulwich hamlets
And my very short Shoreditch City Farm one ... It was freezing :D
 

citydreams

on the road again
Hi,

I've unearthed a 1947 copy of "The Lost Treasures Of London" - William Kent

We've got a choice of:

Strand to the Elephant & Castle
Queen Victoria Street to Cripplegate
Newgate Street to Tottenham Court Road
Victoria Embankment to Whitechapel
London Wall to Bishopsgate
Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace
Whitehall to Langham Place

Each walk is about two hours and the book contains detailed history, photo's, quotations and comments
 

Maggot

The Cake of Liberty
Lots of great ideas here! With the right organisation, we should be able to sort out the next few months walks with all the suggestions we've had. Watch this space. Or rather \/ that space.



liberty said:
Kew is beautiful.. Can you take a pup?

(trying not to get too obsessed with the idea)
You're already obssessed :p
 

editor

hiraethified
OK.. shall I put my thinking cap on and prepare a Westside Thames walk (Putney -> Richmond/Kew)?

How about Saturday, 22nd Jan for a suggested date?
 

beergut100

New Member
A very good walk can be had from Kew Bridge, along the north side of the Thames, to where the River Brent joins the Thames. Then follow the Brent up towards Ealing.

You can start by getting a tube to Kew Bridge, and at the end walk or get a bus to Ealing Broadway tube.

There's a lot of interest along the way. The working boatyard at the mouth of the Brent, the walk along the Thames itself, and a variety of neglected industrial and rural-looking landscapes along the Brent.

There are some good pubs at intervals along the route. Also, you'll encounter very few other people.

Of course, if you're all hardcore endurance freaks, then you can follow the Brent all the way to Brent Cross, where it turns into the Dollis Stream, and then follow that to where it rises on a hill near Scratchwood motorway services!
 

liberty

Secret Smile
editor said:
OK.. shall I put my thinking cap on and prepare a Westside Thames walk (Putney -> Richmond/Kew)?

How about Saturday, 22nd Jan for a suggested date?
Sounds good then there are no pup restrictions :D
 

Maggot

The Cake of Liberty
editor said:
OK.. shall I put my thinking cap on and prepare a Westside Thames walk (Putney -> Richmond/Kew)?

How about Saturday, 22nd Jan for a suggested date?
Sounds good to me.

How about starting a new thread for the January walk? whilst I use this one to try and organise some future ones.
 

Cloo

Surfeit of lampreys
Actually, for ages I've been meaning to go on this boat trip my bro found out about. Apparently there's some geezer with a boat, you phone him and for a small fee he takes you out in his boat to Gravesend, so you pass through the Thames Barrier, under the QEII bridge and on to Gravesend, seeing a lot interesting (and industrial) East Thames. Could do a Gravesend walk or summat.
 
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