London Walks - 2004


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LITTLE VENICE
JUNE - The day dawned fine and sunny and members got together to participate in a London Walk arranged by Convenor Rosemary Morris. The walk took the group around the Little Venice area during the morning and after lunch, taken in a moored barge cafe, while others dined in a local pub, members  boarded a waterbus which took them from Little Venice to Camden Lock on the Regents Canal. The 45-minute trip took passengers past Regents Park, home of London Zoo and through the narrow, 272 yards long, Maida Hill Tunnel which boatmen used to "leg" their way through. Just before reaching Paddington Basin the group encountered an enormous civil engineering job. The canal had been completely stopped off with a lock-like structure and further on, the other end had been blocked off in a similar way, a little like the parting of the Red Sea! Work was underway between the two "locks" putting in footings (members thought it might possibly be for a bridge). In all the group completed a two-mile walk in this very pleasant and secluded area. (Photos: Ron Taber)

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A tranquil scene greeted the walkers. Little Vence is a favourite of those who enjoy "messing about in boats", and the boat owners are very proud of the spirit of community. 

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After lunch the group made its way to the dock in time for the mini cruise on one of the London Waterbus Company boats. 

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The group is pictured beneath the West Way which carries the A40(M). Around this area they encountered many larger than life statues. 

 

GOLDERS GREEN 

JULY - No report or pictures were available for this walk.
 
GOSPEL OAK
AUGUST - Twelve members of the walking group met on Stratford station in August and transferred to the Silver Link line en route for Gospel Oak. Bob and Annette were leading the walk and introduced us to a delightful area of North London. The streets had a real village feel and Bob showed us that many of the houses had not had plumbing installed originally and this showed on the outside pipework. A coffee stop was made on Parliament Hill before we continued the walk over Hampstead Heath, passing the bathing ponds to the "Flask" in Highgate for lunch. A very interesting old pub. After lunch we meandered down through Highgate passing the monument to Richard Whittington, complete with cat, and finished at Archway for the tube back to Liverpool Street. Bob’s knowledge of the area had contributed to a very successful walk and we were blessed with lovely sunny weather. A great day out. Unfortunately no pictures were available. (Report: Ann Franey)
 
  KNIGHTSBRIDGE & CHELSEA
SEPTEMBER - Members enjoyed the final walk of the year when they visited the fashionable parts of Knightsbridge and Chelsea. The route took them to Sloane Square, the Kings Road, Cheyney Walk and Chelsea Embankment, where along the way the walkers found a shop that sold shoes with a starting price of more £1,000! Our Chairman became increasingly agitated as he discovered that the pubs in the area had been converted into trendy art house style restaurants, finally finding comfort in McDonalds! In spite of a forecast that issued warnings of heavy rain, the weather was perfect for strolling around this part of west London, with continuous warm autumnal sunshine, until that is, the walk had ended at which time the heavens opened and it continued to rain for the rest of the day. Having completed the walk nobody really cared.

The group is pictured on the Chelsea Embankment beside the statue of the painter and poet
Dante Gabriel Rosetti who lived nearby for some time ~ see below.  (Photo Rosemary Morris)

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