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✨ Welcome to London Nature Walks and Socials (previously London Relaxing Events )✨

Feeling stressed out from the week and need to let the steam off? Join us for a walk in London's green spots with a good social at the end.

Below are a few facts about stress:

🔸How Stress is Formed

Feedback from the environment is received through your senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and touch. Let's say, intuition is your sixth sense. The brain processes the information received through feelings and emotions or stressors. Inside the brain, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland is activated. Cortisol and Adrenaline are produced. These are boosters to move the body into action.

🔸The Flight or Fight Response

We need stress to keep us moving. It's a basic matter of survival. Inside the primary brain or reptilian brain the amygdala controls the release of adrenaline. This part of the brain hasn't evolved since our earlier ancestors had to escape from the claws of predators.

The problem is that this brain doesn't make the difference between genuine and perceived danger. Today, an angry spouse or a demanding boss may also be perceived as threatening and you're stressed. Acute stress (fight or flight response) is normal and healthy. Chronic stress (when the fight or flight response mechanism remains on) isn't. It only weakens the immune system and the overproduction of cortisol creates anxiety.

🔸Stress is Today's First Indirect Killer

Do a Google search for the statistics on stress and you'll find that over 12 million working days were lost in the U.K. in 2016. Chronic stress is responsible for many heart diseases and cancers, resulting in premature deaths.

Don't let this happen to you! As a unique person, your life is priceless.

🔸Join Us Today to Get Extra Support

Nature walks are also the opportunity to meet like-minded people and share your concerns in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.

Looking forward to meeting you...

Upcoming events (4)

Brunel, Docks, Nature and Cutty Sark: Surrey Quays to Greenwich - Walk/Hike 7 mi

Surrey Quays Overground Station

£4.00

Join us for a stroll from Surrey Quays (Overground) to Greenwich Cutty Sark (DLR). We shall visit a part of Rotherhithe, see former warehouses reconverted into flats and look at the outside of Brunel's Engine House. We shall walk towards Surrey Water and cross a swing bridge, move on to Stave Hill ecological park and enjoy a great view of the Thames on the way. Walk length 6.8 miles/11 km approx. linear. The ground is overall flat. The end time may vary, depending on pace and weather. Key points of the walk: SOUTHWARK PARK It was opened to the public in 1869. A pretty park, it is located next to Surrey Quays station and has toilets and coffee shop facilities. BRUNEL'S ENGINE HOUSE The tunnel shaft and pumping house for Marc Brunel's tunnel were constructed between 1825 and 1843. This was the first pathway under a navigable river in the world. SURREY WATER AND SWING BRIDGES There are two Scherzer bascule bridges painted in red, one on Greenland Dock and the other crosses the Surrey basin entrance lock. None of them is functional now but they are landmarks in Rotherhithe. The bridges were built to a design by William Donald Scherzer of Chicago, who patented the design in 1893. (Source: http://www.russiadock.blogspot.com) STAVE HILL ECOLOGICAL PARK After walking through the woodland, we shall climb to the top of Stave Hill, a human-made mound that overlooks the area. It has a viewing platform with a sculpture-map representing the docks while in activity over fifty years ago. Russia dock is made up of a series of ponds which include Globe and Joe's pond, named after a former resident who enjoyed walking there. Globe pond was one of the old Surrey docks ponds until the late 1970s when finally the docks were closed and filled in. The ponds were used to float soft timber planks from Russia and Scandinavia to stop them drying out and splitting and warping. (Source: Southwark Council) CUTTY SARK Built in 1869, the Cutty Sark is an iconic 19th century tea clipper. It survived to devastating fires, in 2007 and 2012. For years, the ship was left on drydeck and conservators noticed that the structure was collapsing as she wasn't supported by water anymore. Around 2003, a £25 million restoration project was launched to encase the ship in a supportive structure. At the end of the walk, there will be optional drinks at the Gate Clock pub next to Cutty Sark DLR station. Comfortable walking shoes and bottled water are recommended. Weather Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Management-Hub/pages/24873720/Weather_Policy/) -Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Management-Hub/pages/24873713/Walking_Policy/) My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost: £ 3 payable on the day. This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London

Colne Valley and the Grand Union Canal to Uxbridge - Nature Walk

West Drayton Station

£4.00

Join us for a walk through the Colne Valley nature reserve and alongside the Grand Union Canal to Uxbridge. The main canal line starts in London and ends in Birmingham, stretching for 137 miles (220 km) with 166 locks. Walk length 8 miles (13 km) approx., linear. The ground is flat, though you must be able to walk easily at a normal pace. The end time may vary, depending on the pace and weather. There will be a stop midway at the General Eliott pub near the canal for a toilet break and quick drink. THE GRAND UNION CANAL, as it is today, was formed in 1929 from linking several canals together. From 1857 to 1927, the original company Regent's Canal acquired the Hertford Union Canal, the Warwick and Birmingham Canal, the Old Grand Union Canal and the Junction Canal. The network was further expanded in the early twentieth century when the Grand Union company was formed. This consolidation and modernisation of network was part of an effort to face the growing competition from the railways. Several rivers (Colne, Fray...) are also part of the waterways in Uxbridge and there are some pretty river views to photograph. We start the walk from West Drayton Station (zone 6 for Oyster), West London near Heathrow and finish in Uxbridge, the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Hillingdon, fifteen miles (24.1 km) west-northwest of Charing Cross. It has been a significant commercial centre from an early age and some historical events took place there. From London Paddington Station, the 13:15 pm GWR train to Didcot Parkway, platform 3, stops at Ealing Broadway, platform 3, 13:23 pm, and arrives at West Drayton Station 13:37 pm. The time is accurate at the time of printing. Please check train and time before you travel. https://www.traintime.uk At the end of the walk, we'll stop for optional drinks at The Good Yarn, a pub next to Uxbridge Station. Meetup cost: £4 payable cash on the day. Comfortable walking shoes and bottled water are recommended. Weather Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Management-Hub/pages/24873720/Weather_Policy/) - Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Management-Hub/pages/24873713/Walking_Policy/) My number is - Beatrice[masked] Please, change your RSVP if you cannot attend. Otherwise, looking forward to meeting you there. This walk is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London --------------------------------- SOCIAL MEDIA: Connect with me on Linkedin - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Follow me on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/beatricesetze Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001

Crystal Palace Park, Museum and Dinosaurs, some History and Walk to Forest Hill

Crystal Palace Train Station

£3.00

Join us for a stroll in Crystal Palace Park, famous for its now lost Palace. Walk length 4miles/6.4 km approx. linear. This walk finishes at Forest Hill (Overground) The end time may vary, depending on the weather and pace. The ground is undulated with some gentle slopes. The pace is relaxed, though you need to be able to walk easily. CRYSTAL PALACE MUSEUM We shall start with a visit to the small Crystal Palace Museum near the park. No one else could give you a better picture of what the palace looked like. There are photos, memorabilia and objects that survived the fire. It's run by volunteers and they welcome donations to help keep this fascinating museum open. CRYSTAL PALACE SITE A glass and iron structure, Crystal Palace was primarily built in 1851 for the Great Exhibition which was held in Hyde Park, London. The palace reflected Victorian industrial and technological achievements. The project of an exhibition was initiated by Prince Albert who was head of the Society of Arts. The palace was expensive to maintain and faced financial hardship. It was declared bankrupt in 1911, neglected and eventually burnt to the ground in 1936. The site was used in the 1970s for car racing. DINOSAURS Crystal Palace and its surrounding grounds were aimed at both entertaining and educating visitors. The growing interest in natural history with the discovery of dinosaur fossils thirty years earlier inspired the creation of dinosaur sculptures. Though contemporary science debates their accuracy, these dinosaurs still fascinate. They are now Grade I listed. We shall walk through Sydenham Wells Park to Forest Hill where this walk finishes. At the end of the walk, we'll use the Capitol pub near Forest Hill station for optional drinks and socialising. The Capitol is a former cinema and later bingo, beautiful and very affordable. Meetup cost: £3 payable cash on the day. The pace is gentle but you need to be able to walk with ease. Comfortable walking shoes and bottled water are recommended. Weather Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Management-Hub/pages/24873720/Weather_Policy/) - Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Management-Hub/pages/24873713/Walking_Policy/) My number is - Beatrice[masked] Please, change your RSVP if you cannot attend. Otherwise, looking forward to meeting you there. This walk is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London --------------------------------- SOCIAL MEDIA: Connect with me on Linkedin - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Follow me on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/beatricesetze Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001

Bluebells and Deer in Richmond Park - Walk/Hike 7 miles

Richmond Station

£4.00

Come along to explore Richmond Park and see bluebells in Isabella Plantation, a beautiful garden. This is also the opportunity to encounter the famous deer. Walk length 7miles/11 km approx., circular. The ground is relatively flat, though you need to be reasonably fit and be able to walk at a normal pace. We'll stop inside the park for tea/coffee and a toilet break. At the end of the walk, there will be optional drinks at a pub next to Richmond station (District and Overground lines). Comfortable walking shoes, preferably with ankle support, and bottled water are recommended. Weather Policy (http://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/20970392/Weather_Policy/) - Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social/pages/21683392/Walking_Policy/) My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost: £4 payable cash on the day. Weather Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Management-Hub/pages/24873720/Weather_Policy/) - Walking Policy (https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Management-Hub/pages/24873713/Walking_Policy/) My number is - Beatrice[masked] Please, change your RSVP if you cannot attend. Otherwise, looking forward to meeting you there. This walk is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London --------------------------------- SOCIAL MEDIA: Connect with me on Linkedin - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Follow me on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/beatricesetze Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001

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