• 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 stop at the Old Bull and Bush pub for a quick drink and toilets break. Then, we'll visit Golders Hill Park where we'll stop 15 min. to see the free zoo and another 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 with ankle protection 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: £4.00 payable cash on the day. Join me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BSLifeCoaching) Follow me on Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001)

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  • 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 (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. This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London and https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials ------------------------------ SOCIAL MEDIA Join me Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/beatricesetze Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001 LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze http://www.beatricesetze.com

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  • 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. __________ SOCIAL MEDIA http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001 http://www.beatricesetze.com

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

    Crystal Palace Overground 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. Comfortable walking shoes 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: £3 payable cash on the day. This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London ____________ SOCIAL MEDIA Join me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Follow me on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001

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  • Nature Walk/Hike - Colne Valley and the Grand Union Canal to Uxbridge, 8 mi

    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. Comfortable walking shoes 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 This walk is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London

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

    Surrey Quays Overground Station

    £4.00

    Join us for a walk/hike 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 7 miles/12 km approx. linear. The ground is overall flat. The end time may vary, depending on pace and weather. There will be a stop at the Moby Dick pub, Brunswick Quay for a toilet break and a quick drink. 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 (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. This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London and https://www.meetup.com/London-Relaxing-Events ------------------------------ SOCIAL MEDIA Join me Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/beatricesetze Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001 LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze http://www.beatricesetze.com

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  • River Wandle's Snuff Mills and Nature Trail, Morden to Croydon Walk/Hike 7 mi ☘️

    Come along to walk along the River Wandle that was saved from being driven underground like other sewer rivers. Indeed, the Wandle was officially declared a sewer in the 1960s, running dye colours from the tanneries established on its banks. Now the Wandle is cleaner and protected as a nature reserve, and there is an ongoing project for a Wandle Valley Park. We shall follow the river upstream, walk near Carshalton Ponds and visit Waddon Ponds, the two spots where the Wandle rises. Walk length 7 miles/12 km approx., Linear. We start in Morden (Northern line) and finish in West Croydon (Overground and Rail). The end time may be earlier or later according to the pace and weather. The ground is relatively flat with some gentle slopes towards the end. The River Wandle flows through the London Boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth. This walk covers the Sutton and Croydon areas. The river is a fast-running chalkstream which is an ideal habitat for trout, eel, chub, roach and carp fish and it attracts egret and heron birds. The Wandle's stream provided clear water for the textiles industries that once thrived there and powered the watermills. WANDLE INDUSTRIAL PAST AND SNUFF MILLS Two hundred years ago, there were nearly 100 mills on the River Wandle. Only four survive, including Grove Mill Carshalton, the Snuff Mill and Ravensbury Mill at Morden. We shall see Morden Snuff Mills. The first one, part of Morden Cottage was built around 1750, and the second one in 1825. There are massive granit stones on display that were used to grind tobacco into snuff, a fashionable commodity in pre-Victorian and Victorian times. The Hatfeild family, the last owners of Morden Park made their fortune with snuff. There is a small display, explaining how snuff was made. The mills closed in 1922, when snuff-taking declined. The National Trust now manages the site. We shall have a 40-min stop at the Rose & Crown pub in Wallington for a quick drink and toilet break (4 miles from Morden approx.). At the end of the walk, there will be optional drinks at the Milan Bar, near East Croydon and West Croydon Stations. Comfortable walking shoes with ankle protection 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. __________ SOCIAL MEDIA Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001 Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze http://www.beatricesetze.com

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  • River Walk from Battersea Park to Putney and some Local History

    Clapham Common underground station

    £3.00

    Join us for this classic river stroll from Battersea Park to Putney. We shall walk from Clapham Common (Northern line) and visit Battersea Park before following the river to Putney. Battersea Park is the first park in the country where Sub-Tropical gardens were planted in 1863. Walk length is 6 miles/9.5 km approx., linear. 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 to Battersea Park, we'll walk near a former brewery, The Plough Brewery. It was built in 1868 and is now Grade II listed. I'll tell you about Battersea's agricultural and industrial past, and the now famous Battersea power station. The area, once filled with disused workshops and run-down estates has been recently redeveloped. Still, we can easily grasp the Victorian Past. At the end of the walk, we'll have optional drinks at a riverside pub near East Putney station (District line, 6 min. walk), bus 337 from East Putney to Clapham Junction Station. Comfortable walking shoes 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: £3 payable cash on the day. This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London and https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials ------------------------------ SOCIAL MEDIA Join me Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/beatricesetze Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001 LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze http://www.beatricesetze.com

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  • Finsbury Park to Highgate: A Former Railway & An Ancient Woodland walk/hike 8 mi

    Come along for this long walk/hike from Finsbury Park to Highgate. We shall follow a disused railway track that forms now a green corridor to Highgate Wood, an ancient woodland. Highgate Wood dates back to 1600 at least. We shall then cross Waterlow Park towards Holloway where the walk finishes. Walk length: 8 miles (13 km) approx. linear - The path is smooth with slopes in Highgate. We are in Central London so you can always drop out and catch up with us at the pub if you wish to do so. We shall stop at The Flask in Highgate for a quick drink before continuing to Waterlow Park. PARKLAND WALK AND THE FORMER RAILWAY LINE Stretching from Finsbury Park to Highgate, Parkland Walk has been a nature reserve since 1990. The rare muntjac deer was spotted grazing there. The platforms of the now demolished Crouch End station still remain. The railway was constructed by the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway in the 1860s. The line opened in 1867, and closed in 1957 for passengers. It remained open for freight traffic until 1964 and to transfer tube stock between lines until 1970. The line was lifted in 1972. http://www.disused-stations.org.uk A ghostly man haunting the place has inspired Stephen King's short story 'Crouch End'. At the end of the walk, there will be optional drinks at the Coronet, a former 1940s cinema and now a Wetherspoon pub. The nearest underground station is Holloway Road (Piccadilly) at approx. 8 min. Comfortable walking shoes 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. This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London and https://www.meetup.com/london-nature-walks-and-socials ------------------------------ SOCIAL MEDIA Join me Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/beatricesetze Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001 LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze http://www.beatricesetze.com

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  • Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common, Windmill and Woodland - Walk/Hike 7 miles

    Come along for a walk through Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common. We shall walk from Putney Rail Station and finish at Wimbledon Rail Station (District line). From East Putney Station (District line), exit right and walk to Putney Station at approximately 6 minutes. Walk length 7 miles/11km approx., Linear. The end time may be earlier or later, depending on the pace and weather. The ground is relatively flat with some gentle slopes. You need to be reasonably fit and be able to walk at a normal pace. Wimbledon Common is the setting for The Wombles, pointy-nosed and furry creatures created by Elisabeth Beresford and appearing in a series of children's novels between 1968 and 1976. Songs were also made on the theme, and a British Pop band named themselves 'The Wombles'. The Womble motto is "Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish". This environmentally-friendly message was a reflection of the growing environmental movement of the 1970s. (Source: Wikipedia) In the 16th century, the inhabitants of Wimbledon were practising archery on the common. Two centuries later, the common was a favoured spot for highwaymen and duellists. We shall visit Wimbledon Windmill on the common. This well-preserved mill is now a museum run by volunteers. The entrance is free though they welcome donations. The building dates from 1817 and was created to serve local people who were still growing their own wheat. In 1864 the mill ceased working and became accommodation for six families. One room is preserved as it would have appeared in 1870. (Source: Wimbledon Windmill Museum) At the end of the walk, there will be optional drinks at the Wibbas Down Inn pub, 8 min. from Wimbledon Station (District line and trains to Clapham Junction, Victoria and Waterloo). Comfortable walking shoes 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: £3 payable cash on the day. __________ SOCIAL MEDIA Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/beatrice_s001 Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BS.Stress.Relief.Coaching LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/beatrice-setze http://www.beatricesetze.com

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