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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)

River Walk from Kew Gardens to Putney Bridge and Battersea Park - 6 or 8 miles

Join us for this classic river stroll from Kew Gardens to Putney with the option to carry on to Battersea Park. We'll walk from Kew Gardens Station (District line, Overground) to Putney Bridge. There will be a stop there at the Rocket, a riverside pub, for a quick drink and toilet break. We'll then walk to Battersea Park and visit the tropical gardens. The walk finishes at the Asparagus, near Clapham Junction station. Walk length is 6 miles/9.5km approx., linear. form Kew Gardens to Putney Bridge or 8 miles/13 km approx. to Battersea. This is a relaxed walk, though you need to be able to walk at a normal pace. The end time may be earlier or later in function of the weather and pace. On our way, we'll see the following: MORTLAKE BREWERY Built on the site of two former smaller breweries in 1869, this eight-storey high brewery closed in 2015. It belonged to Courage and was sold, shortly before its closure. In the 1960s, Mortlake Brewery employed around 1,400 people. There are now proposals for the redevelopment of the Mortlake Brewery site, strongly opposed by local residents and small businesses They formed the Mortlake Brewery Community Group (MBCG) https://www.mbcg.org.uk LEG O' MUTTON (LONSDALE ROAD RESERVOIR) Built in 1838 for Thames Water, this reservoir provided water locally until 1960 and became disused. Housing was planned on the site, but local residents fiercely opposed it. The Council purchased the site in 1970 and it became a local Nature Reserve in 1990, now Grade 1 importance for nature conservation. http://www.barnes-ca.org/leg-o-mutton-reservoir/ At the end of the walk, we'll have optional drinks at The Asparagus, near Clapham Junction station (8 min. walk approx.), bus 345 (2 min. walk) takes you to Clapham Common Underground (Northern) or South Kensington (District, Piccadilly). BATTERSEA PARK SUB-TROPICAL GARDENS In the age of Darwin and exploration of the natural world, weird and colourful exotic plants became a must-have and in 1863, Battersea sub-tropical gardens were created. John Gibson, Battersea Park's first superintendent had been sent earlier to India in 1835 by the Duke of Devonshire who wanted wild orchids. The gardens were destroyed during WW2, to provide allotments to feed the population. In 2004, a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund helped restore the gardens to their former glory. Plants are covered with fleece and straw, and flowers kept in greenhouses during the winter. https://www.batterseapark.org If you wish to drop off in Putney, the Rocket pub is near East Putney station (District line, 6 min. walk), bus 337 from East Putney to Clapham Junction Station. At the end of the walk, we'll have optional drinks at The Asparagus, near Clapham Junction station (8 min. walk approx.), bus 345 (2 min. walk) takes you to Clapham Common Underground (Northern) or South Kensington (District, Piccadilly). Comfortable walking shoes with ankle protection 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: £4 payable cash on the day. This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London

Hampstead Heath, Pergola and Golders Hill Park - Walk/Hike 7.5 mi (12 km)

Hampstead Heath Rail Station

£4.00

Join us for a walk in two of London's finest parks, Hampstead Heath Park and Golders Hill Park. There are managed by the City of London Corporation. We'll walk through Hampstead Heath and head to Golders Green Park. There is a small zoo (free to visit) in Golders Hill Park with fallow deer, rheas, ring-tailed lemurs, eagle-owls... Walk length 7.5 miles (12 km) approx. linear. We start at Hampstead Heath Station (Overground) and finish at Cricklewood, and not far Cricklewood Station (trains to Sutton via St Pancras Intl.) and from Kilburn (Jubilee line, 11 min). Please note that you need to be fit and able to walk at a normal pace. There are gentle slopes. The ending time and walking distance are approximative, depending on the pace and weather. The Hill Garden with Pergola is one of London best-kept treasures and is even known as the 'secret garden'. Wedding parties are hosted nearby. Built in 1904 by Lord Leverhulme, the Pergola is a large raised walkway which is an elegant building surrounded by a delightful garden. Its decaying appearance and melancholy would have appealed to the nineteenth-century Romantics. It is an eerie place. The Pergola is a fine example of Edwardian extravaganza. After visiting the Pergola, we'll head to Golders Hill Park where we'll stop, to visit the free zoo and gardens, and a toilets break before following the road to Cricklewood. We'll have optional drinks at The Beaten Docket pub, Cricklewood, at the end of the walk. The nearest stations are Cricklewood (for St Pancras Intl, Blackfriars and Sutton), Kilburn (Jubilee) and Brondesbury (Overground), approx. 8, 11 and 13 min. walk respectively. 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: £ 4 payable on the day. This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London

Around Ealing, River Brent, Greenery and a Viaduct - Walk/Hike 8 miles

Come along for this walk/hike around Ealing Broadway. We shall walk through Pitshanger Park and follow the River Brent. We will see Lammas Park and Walpole Park while returning to our starting point. Walk length: 8 miles (13 km) approx. circular - The path is smooth with gentle slopes. The pace is relaxed though you need to be fit. The end time may vary, depending on the pace and weather. PLEASE NOTE: This is a long walk. Only RSVP if you're comfortable with walking long distances. There is a 40-minute break planned midway at the Viaduct Pub, for a toilet break and a quick drink. We shall then continue through the Brent River Park in Hanwell, and walk under the viaduct. WHARNCLIFFE VIADUCT, HANWELL The Wharncliffe viaduct was built in[masked]. It was completed the year Victoria became queen. It carries the Great Western Railway (GWR) across the Brent Valley, between Hanwell and Southall, at 66 feet (20 m) high. Its length is 70 feet (21 m). The viaduct was constructed for the opening of the GWR, the first railway built in Britain. (Wikipedia) At the end of the walk, there will be optional drinks at the Sir Michael Balcon pub, 5 min. away from Ealing Broadway Station. In the event you need to drop out the walk, please let a member of the group know so we are reassured you're well. 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. Meetup cost: £ 4 payable cash on the day. This walk is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London --------------------------------- SOCIAL MEDIA: Linkedin - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/beatricesetze Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001

Sydenham Hill Wood, Dulwich Park and Horniman - Nature Walk & Free Museum Visit

Join us for a short walk in Forest Hill. We'll stroll through one of London's finest nature reserves, Sydenham Hill Wood. This is a remaining patch of the old Great North Wood which stretched from Deptford to Selhurst. Walk length: 4 miles (6 kms) approx., circular. We'll then visit Dulwich Park and its small wetland and the Horniman Museum. There is a stop at the garden of the Horniman Museum for the view of central London, before visiting the museum. The museum opened in 1901. The main collection is free to visit. Dulwich park was opened in 1890. In[masked], the park was restored to its original Victorian layout. In December 2011, a sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, Two Forms (Divided Circle) was stolen. Suspected scrap metal thieves cut it from its plinth. At the end of the walk, we'll use the Capitol pub near Forest Hill Station. This is a former late 1920s cinema converted into a beautiful pub. Coming from central London, use the pedestrian crossing toward the exit where we meet (opposite track). 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

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