The Great Plaques of London, and a Kent double - this week with London LDWA

The Great Plaques of London, and a Kent double - this week with London LDWA
The Long Distance Walkers Association

Well done London LDWA. The Capital Challenge was a huge success once again and how good it was to hear entrants' enthusiastic comments about not just the route but the route description itself. London Group was delighted to welcome Phoebe Smith, the new LDWA President, who took part with a posse from South Wales (in their trademark green T-shirts), and LDWA Chair David Morgan who, temporarily Off Games, kindly helped out at the finish. A special thumbs up goes to Wendell and his team at the ViewTube cafe. It had actually been closed for refurbishment, but its new owner agreed to open up just for the day so the finish could be staged in its usual location, and we were exceptionally well looked after.

A big thank you to all the marshals who gave up their time to make sure this was once again a fantastic experience for those taking part, especially our unflappable organiser, Jean O'Reilly. And yes, we do know 'It's not a race', but congratulations to Zoltan Fodor, fastest finisher every year but never quite this quick, to our very own Walks Secretary Marie Heracleous, who zoomed home in the second fastest time, and to Daniel Nash, the quickest walker by a country mile. Results are online at https://www.ldwa.org.uk/results/full_results.php?event_id=173&results_type=R

So, on to what's coming up this week... and it could be a walking long weekend if you're so inclined. On Friday Ron leads a riveting-sounding attempt to visit at least 100 of the city's commemorative plaques. You can access a list of all the plaques en route at https://www.ldwa.org.uk/lgt/downloads/London/City_plaques_100.pdf . On Saturday there's Andy's pop-up tour of the HIgh Weald and Sunday brings Part 5 of Peter's Timeball & Telegraph Trail, this one taking us from Chilham to Deal. It's a joint walk with Kent Group. Scroll down for all the details.

 

Red tape reminder

The terms of the LDWA's insurance policy dictate that the presence of everyone taking part in a group social walk has to be recorded, so please help your leader out by having to hand your LDWA membership number or e.g. your email address if a non-member.

 

 

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2019 Capital Challenge, 6th April
Above and below: Panoramic views of our capital taken by Mike Phelan en route

 

capital challenge wetlands

 

 

capital challenge finish


A rare quiet moment at the ViewTube finish in the Olympic Park. From left: Gordon Parker, Julie Welch and LDWA Chair David Morgan. You can see more of Mike Phelan's photos on the LDWA (national) Facebook

 

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The City Plaques 100

Fri 12th Apr 2019

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
14ml.
 
Start Time
10:35
 
Route
Start Liverpool Street Station (by information boards at platform 10) Finish 17:30 A collage of the history of London as we attempt to visit at least 100 of the city’s commemorative plaques Circular walk
 
General Notes
Light refreshment stops on route, suitable for picnics. Wetherspoons at finish
 
Contact
Ron Williamson Tel: 01702 587128 Mobile: 07810 044299
 
Web Site
 
 

High Weald Drifter - Pop Up!

Sat 13th Apr 2019

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
20ml.
 
Start Time
9:20
 
Route
Start East Grinstead Station (Train: 8.17 from London Bridge change East Croydon 8.39) Mostly High Weald Landscape Trail to Horsted Keynes, lunch at Green Man or Crown, also village shop and Grass Verge.
Returning to East Grinstead on Sussex Border Path
 
General Notes
There should be steam trains on the Bluebell Railway which we will cross a couple of times. Amiable dogs welcome. Note on the Victoria route there is engineering works and bus replacement between Balham and East Croydon making it a bit slower
 
Contact
Andy Davies Tel: 07948 361177 Email
 
 

Timeball & Telegraph Trail Pt 5 Chilham to Deal LINEAR

Sun 14th Apr 2019

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
27ml.
 
Start Time
09.39
 
Route
Meet Chilham rail station. Finish near Deal rail station This is the fifth of five walks which, in total, cover a 97ml route between the Timeballs at Greenwich & Deal, going over 9 hills on which the relay stations of the predecessor mechanical telegraph stood. JOINT WITH KENT
 
General Notes
Pub lunch
 
Contact
Peter Jull Tel: 0134 363649 Mobile: 07540 792669 Email peterjull@yahoo.com
 
Start
TR078536
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Finish
TR378524
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