The December weather might not always be inspiring to walk outdoors but there is so much to see and do, so many lovely people to meet this Advent season!
If you are new to London and are looking for new friends to celebrate this Christmas season, there is no better time to socialize than now. For those crazy about photography, London is definitely a place to be. And even if you are not a camera enthusiast or aren't looking to meet new people, just come and get some exercise while exploring different parts of London:-) We all know that the tasty Christmas food combined with the amazing choice of TV programs might make us feel lazy very soon,so let's get out there and get some fresh air before the feast commences! A walk with a bunch of friendly people night do you some good:-)
We will meet outside the Tower hill station (Circle and District lines,DLR Tower Gateway 2min walk) at 10:00,to have plenty of time to take photos and still finish the walk during the daylight hours.Please check your journey planner to be on time, be fair to others.Please text me if you are running late more than 10min:-)
We will start our walk just behind the Tower of London, and you will have a chance to get into a Christmas mood right away walking past the lovely ice rink. After we get enough of snapshots of this world's famous historical site (and possibly had a peek into the St Katherine's dock too to check if the Queen's boat is still there), we will get up on and across the wonderfully shiny Tower Bridge (thanks,London 2012:-), walk across the cobble stones of Shad Thames past many restaurants and the Design museum, and then head towards the Rotherhithe peninsula.The sights along the path include many lovely views of London landmarks and riverside, the Brunel museum, a few famous pubs.
Roughly half way,we will make a stop in Old Salt Quay pub around lunchtime to warm up. We will then leave the riverside for a bit and walk though a small ecological park at the peninsula. We might get some lovely panoramic views of London from Stave hill if the weather allows. We will then re-join the Thames path near Greenland dock and follow the riverside towards Deptford park, and continue further towards Greenwich. There is a lot of variety on this walk - historical buildings, views of London landmarks, mixed with some nature, riverside, docks and especially towards the end of the walk older council flat buildings contrasting with the modern and expensive accommodation along the Depford creek. We will finish our walk in the beautiful historical town center of Greenwich, hopefully having enough daylight to photograph the newly rebuilt Cutty Sark, the University of Greenwich,the Greenwich market etc. There is a good choice of local pubs where we can end our walk.
The end of the walk is in Greenwich, zone 2, the nearest station is DLR Cutty Sark or Greenwich railstation
Length of the walk: The length of this walk is around 7 miles, we will stop half way and at the end for some refreshments.
What to bring:
- good walking shoes - HIGH HEELS AND FLIP FLOPS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE (and you will NOT be joining us on the walk!) (Trainers are fine,we will walk on the paved surface most of the time)
- comfortable clothing appropriate for walking (think of hats,gloves,umbrellas, it is December:-))
- drinking water, money for food/snacks in the pub
- camera if you have one
- good mood and smiles as usual :-)
By taking part in this walk you agree to be responsible for your own safety, health and well-being during the walk and by any means avoid doing anything that can put the rest of the group at risk.
Please be aware that any outdoor activity presents risk of personal injury or even death. By RSVPing YES to attend these trips you confirm that you accept these risks and that you agree to abide with the above rules.