Oranges and Lemon: - Sunday 1st September 2019

Oranges and Lemons
A circular walk visiting the churches mentioned in several versions of the Oranges and Lemons rhyme.

We walked this on Sunday 23 December 2018  and will be walking it again on Sunday 1st September 2019

This is the information circulated when we did the walk in December.  It will be updated as needed for the coming walk in September.

9.30am meet between The Gilbert Scott restaurant entrance and vehicle ramp to the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel (at St Pancras International Station), Euston Road, London. Grid Ref TQ301828, OS Land Ranger Maps: 176 and 177. See picture:

Meeting place

Getting there
Please check the online train journey planners carefully. It looks like there are planned engineering works on the Peterborough - London line; journey planners are showing bus replacements on some services between Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City.  If you’re travelling into Euston Station allow enough time to get to the start point.

The walk is approx 17 miles if you start and finish at St Pancras

It‘s possible to leave the walk at several places – most conveniently at:

  • approx 11.5 miles just after St Pauls Cathedral, from St Pauls Tube station.
  • approx 13 miles, just after St Sepulchre, from Farringdon using the Tube or the northbound Thameslink. (Note: City Thameslink station is closed on Sundays). 
  • approx 14.5 miles, just after St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, the last church of the walk, from Leicester Square Tube or Charing Cross station.

Information about the nursery rhyme and all the churches we will be visiting is here Information Sheet

A map of the route is here Map

Other things

Because of the way the route pans out we are planning to have two longish breaks (30 – 40 minutes); think of it as ‘first’ lunch and ‘second’ lunch or early tea! The first stop will be Stepney after about 5 miles at around 11.15 / 11.30am; the second is at St Pauls Cathedral, about 10.75 miles, at around 1.50 – 2.05pm.

Please note - public loos are few and far between, especially in the morning; please make sure you are comfortable before we set off – there aren’t any suitable woods or bushes on the route!

In between our two long breaks (where loos are available), we can have a 10 minute loo stop, if needed, at the Tower of London – you’ll need 50p here.

There won’t be time for stops to buy food and drink on the way; please make sure you bring enough to keep you going. On the way back to the station we are hoping to stop for a drink (and possibly food) in the Wetherspoon’s pub - the Montagu Pyke - in Charing Cross Road. This is a short way after St Martin in the Fields, the last church on our Oranges and Lemons trail. This is optional and may not prove to be possible if the pub is very busy, it’s not a particularly large Wetherspoon’s.

After the pub we will work our way back toward Euston Road for Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross Stations. If you are leaving the group before the pub, or going to another station, you’ll have to make your own way back. A route note will be available to these 3 stations; bear in mind it will be dark by then and a London street map may be useful if you aren’t familiar with the area.