LDWA Games 100 Inspire Free Public Short Walks Programme
Covering the period in the run up the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, commencing just after the start of the LDWA's 40th Anniversary celebrations, a programme of free public walks relates to the route of the LDWA Games 100 and Olympic history, as part of the LDWA project that has gained a LOCOG Inspire accreditation. The first two walks link between London 2012 Games venues in east and south London and are:
10 March 2012, Saturday. Olympic Park to Greenwich. 9 miles with shorter options. Start 10am Hackney Wick station (TQ370846), linear to Greenwich, Cutty Sark station (TQ382778). London 2012 'Olympic Games zone', in parks, and on watersides. Leader: Lonica Vanclay, 020 8980 4077. More information and gallery here.
15 April 2012, Sunday. Greenwich to Woolwich - 2012 Games sites. 9 miles. Start 10am Greenwich, Cutty Sark station (TQ382778), linear to Woolwich Arsenal station (TQ437788), linking three 2012 Games venues at Greenwich Park, The 02 (North Greenwich Arena) and the Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich. Includes Thames Flood Barrier and Maryon Wilson Park. Leader: Paul Lawrence. More information and gallery here.
Further walks planned are:
19 May 2012, Saturday. Windsor Great Park walk. 8 miles. Start 11.10am in Windsor Great Park at The Post Office, The Village (GR SU953723). The White Bus service leaves from Peascod Street/Charles Street, Windsor at 10.55am. No return bus available - but possible car share or walk back to Windsor. Car drivers park in free official car park at Cranbourne Gate, off the A322 (SU947728) and walk to The Village. Route includes The Long Walk, Copper Horse, Valley Gardens, Totem Pole. Just before the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and with Valley Gardens floral displays. The Great Park was used for the 1948 Olympic Road Cycle Race, part of which is included. Leader: Linda Ashwell. More information and gallery here.
16 June 2012, Saturday. Surrey Hills Walk. Start/finish: Box Hill and West Humble station (TQ167518) 10.30am Up to 10 miles with shorter option, hilly. Viewpoints to the Olympic Road Cycle Race route across Box Hill and linking to two of the sites near Ranmore associated with the Founders of the LDWA. Picnic lunch option, byo. Leaders: John and Gail Elrick. More information and gallery here.
14 July 2012, Saturday. Woolwich Heritage Walk. Start/finish: Woolwich Arsenal station (TQ437788) 10am. 8 miles with shorter options. Including Royal Artillery Barracks 2012 Games shooting venue views, Woolwich Common and Academy, Thames waterfront, Thames Barrier, Maryon Park, Oxleas Woods. Good public transport links enable many shorter options. Leader: Paul Lawrence, tel: 07768585657. More information and gallery here..
These walks are aimed to appeal especially to potential new members inspired by the Games and will include commentary on landmarks, and be at a slower pace with exit options, most being well linked by public transport. Members are welcome, and are encouraged to bring relatives and friends that do not (yet!) do 20-mile walks. Further details of start times and routes will be online here along with later walks in this series. Pre-registration may be needed online - if so details will be online here, and please check online for any updates.