- Revisit Woodberry Wetlands with London Naturally Photo Group
We will meet at Manor House Station at 10:30am and take a short walk along the New River to the entrance to the reservoirs. We will then explore this compact oasis aiming to complete the walk about by 13:00 followed by optional lunch (at your own cost) at the Coal House Café on site with free time to explore the remainder of the site after the walk. The Woodberry Wetlands is an operating reservoir originally constructed in 1833 and closed to public access ever since. Working closely with Thames Water, London Wildlife Trust created an urban wetland oasis rich in wildlife. We will take a leisurely walk along paths around the reservoirs, stopping at various points. Birds we are likely to see include grey herons, geese (and goslings), grebes, many species of duck and smaller birds such as dunnock, tits and chaffinches. Kestrels, reed warblers and kingfishers have also been sighted. In addition to the birds, the site is home to invertebrates such as damselflies and dragonflies, as well as amphibians and plant life Most of the walk will be on surfaced or gravel paths, including a few steps, but is uneven in places so please make sure you wear appropriate footwear. Also please remember to bring a drink to keep you hydrated.
- A stroll along the Grand Union Canal to Hanwell Locks with London Naturally
This month the London Naturally Photo Group will take a Sunday morning stroll along the Grand Union Canal from Osterley Lock to the Hanwell Flight of locks. We meet at Boston Manor Station and take a short walk to join the canal just before Osterley Lock. Despite the proximity of the M4 motorway, there's a very rural feel to this section of the canal. We are likely to encounter moorhens, ducks and swans along the way and will pass several picturesque canalside cottages. We will then reach the Hanwell Flight – a series of seven locks built to enable the canal to drop a distance of about 53 feet in around a third of a mile. We will end the walk at Brunel's Three Bridges, a masterpiece of engineering enabling the road to cross the canal which crosses the railway. From here we will catch a bus back to Boston Manor Station. At the end of the walk there is the option of a pub lunch (at your own expense). Most of the walk will be on surfaced or gravel paths, including a few steps, but is uneven in places so please make sure you wear appropriate footwear. Also please remember to bring a drink to keep you hydrated.
- Visit Fulham Palace Gardens
This month the London Naturally Group will visit Fulham Palace and its historic gardens. This is a circular walk starting and finishing at Putney Bridge Station. After a wander through the Palace gardens we will return to the station via Bishops Park and the Thames Path. We meet at Putney Bridge Station for the short walk to Fulham Palace. Here we will take a walk around the gardens which include a lovely walled garden and many rare trees. We will then walk back to the station via Bishops Park and the Thames Path, taking in a Farmers' Market along the way. At the end of the walk there is the option of a pub lunch (at your own expense). Most of the walk will be on surfaced paths but it may be muddy in places in the Palace gardens so please make sure you wear appropriate footwear. Also please remember to bring a drink to keep you hydrated.
- Visit Crane Park
This month the London Naturally Group will visit Crane Park which stretches either side of the River Crane and incorporates Crane Park Island Nature Reserve. The walk will start and finish at Whitton Station (South Western Railway). We will meet at Whitton Station and then wander along Percy Rd to enter the Park at the Hospital Bridge Road entrance a 15-minute walk. We then follow the route of the river through the Park down one side of the river and returning on the other side of the river to complete our circular route. We will past the Shot Tower on route also take a wander around the Crane Park Island Nature Reserve within the park, which is managed by London Wildlife Trust. There's the option of a pub lunch (at your own expense) on route back to the station to finish the walk. Most of the walk will be on unsurfaced paths and may be muddy so please make sure you wear appropriate footwear. Also please remember to bring a drink to keep you hydrated. For further information about the Park and Nature Reserve do visit the website https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/reserves/crane-park-island. There is also a useful PDF map on the site that you may wish to download.
- Visit Northala Fields
This month the London Naturally Group will visit the hills of Northala Fields with their panoramic views across London. The walk will start and finish at Northolt Underground Station (Central Line). From Northolt Station a short walk through the village, with its fourteenth century church, and along the Grand Union Canal will bring us to the artificial hills of Northala Fields, created from the rubble of the old Wembley Stadium. We'll climb to the top of one (or more!) of these for panoramic views across London and also take a wander around the lake before returning to Northolt. There's the option of a pub lunch (at your own expense) to finish the walk. (The pub often gets crowded on a Sunday so it would be helpful if you could let the organisers know if you plan to stay for lunch as we can then book a table.) Much of the walk will be on unsurfaced paths and may be muddy so please make sure you wear appropriate footwear. Also please remember to bring a drink to keep you hydrated.
- Visit West Norwood Cemetery
The London Naturally Group presents a Sunday morning visit to West Norwood Cemetery. We meet at West Norwood Station at 10:30 for a short walk to the cemetery where we will spend a couple of hours exploring and photographing. West Norwood Cemetery http://www.fownc.org is the second of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ great commercial cemeteries and the first cemetery ever designed throughout in Gothic style. It’s 40 acres now forms the core of the West Norwood Conservation area with 69 listed monuments and structures reflecting the eminent Victorian buried here along side the local wildlife which also resided here. We’ll spend a couple of hours wandering through and photographing it before (optionally) retiring to a local pub for lunch. Paths may be uneven and wet so please wear appropriate footwear and bring a drink to keep you hydrated. We meet at West Norwood Station which is served by Southern and lies in Travelcard Zone 3.
- Grand Union Canal Paddington to Kensal Green Cemetery
The London Naturally Group presents an informal Sunday morning walk along the fascinating Grand Union Canal to the historic Cemetery at Kensal Green. We will take a leisurely walk along the Paddington Branch of the Grand Union canal from it’s start at newly renovated Paddington Basin with it’s modern 21st century architecture following the canal along the towpath under the Westway winding our way along past Trellick Tower to Ladbroke Grove where we’ll exit the canal and head for the historic splendour of Kensal Green Cemetery. One of the Magnificent Seven, Kensal Green dates from 1830 making it one of the oldest public burial grounds in the UK. The site boasts numerous listed building and monuments and is the final resting place for many famous individuals as well as hosting an array of wildflowers, birds and wildlife amongst it mature trees and shrubs. We will meet on the towpath by Exit 3 of Paddington Station at 10:00am. This exit is between the Taxi rank and the Circle & District line entrance and exits on to Paddington Basin towpath. The group walk along the canal towpath will finish about around 12:00 at Ladbroke Grove, it is then a short walk to the Main gate of Kensal Green Cemetery were the group will be free to explore the diversity of this fascinating historic site. I suggest we enter via the Cemetery Main Gate and exit at the Top Gate, which is a short walk from Kensal Green Underground station. Refreshment facilities are available at Paddington Basin and Ladbroke Grove. Please dress appropriately for the weather on the day with sturdy footwear and a drink to keep you hydrated. Do bear in mind that some paths in the cemetery can become muddy if we have had rain. You can also book via the RPS website http://www.rps.org/regions-and-chapters/regions/london/events
- Explore Sydenham and Dulwich Woods with London Naturally
The London Naturally Group presents a Sunday morning stroll through Dulwich Wood to explore Sydenham Hill Woods. We meet at Sydenham Hill Wood station – a short walk to Dulwich Woods. It’s autumn so an ideal time for a walk in the woods. We’ll be taking in two on this walk. We meet at Sydenham Hill station (College Road exit) from here it’s a short walk to Dulwich Woods which we will explore on route to Sydenham Hill Wood our focus of this walk. Sydenham Hill Wood is a local nature reserve managed by the London Wildlife Trust and home to more than 200 species of trees and plants. We will use the Autumn Nature Trail as the basis for the walk http://data.wildlifetrusts.org/sites/live.data.wt.precedenthost.co.uk/files/Autumn%20trail.pdf Some of the walk will be on uneven unmade paths, steep gradients and steps. So please wear appropriate footwear bearing in mind that paths may be muddy if we have had rain, also bring a drink to keep you hydrated. There are no facilities available in the reserve itself, however The Wood House pub is at the southern end of Crescent Wood Road a short walk from the reserve and we will aim to complete the walk by 12:30 followed by optional lunch (at your own cost) at The Wood House Pub.
- Discover Boston Manor Park
This month the London Naturally Group will discover the surprising variety of Boston Manor Park and Nature Trail. The walk will start and finish at Boston Manor Station (Piccadilly Line). A walk full of delights and surprises with something for everyone! After a short walk from Boston Manor Station we start our circular tour with a stroll through the park past the lake to the nature trail. We follow the trail taking in woodland, a river and a canal as well as passing under a dramatic motorway flyover. We then cross the canal back into the park with its herbaceous borders and splendid trees. At the end of the walk we reach the Grade I listed Jacobean Manor House which should be open for an optional visit. It’s worth taking the opportunity to do this as the house will shortly be closed for two years for refurbishment. Options for refreshment at the end of the walk are a small café (fairly basic) in the Park or a Harvester pub/restaurant just beyond the station. There are toilets in the station (20p) but remember you’ll need to use them before exiting through the ticket barrier. There are also toilets in the café at the end of the walk. There’s a nice little coffee shop adjacent to the station which should be open at the start of the walk. Somewhere to pop into if you arrive early! There is a car park in the Park for anyone who wants to come by car. Please let us know if you’re doing this so we won’t be waiting for you at the station. From the car park you’ll need to take a short walk through the park, past the house to meet us at the entrance by the lake (shown in the photo). We should be there by about 10:40. Paths are uneven in places (and possibly muddy if we have had rain) so please wear suitable footwear. Also make sure you bring a drink to keep you hydrated.
- Walk from Rainham to Purfleet
The London Naturally Group presents its customary July day-long event with a walk from Rainham to Purfleet; a five mile walk along the Thames following the final section of the London Loop path. The walk includes an optional visit to the RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve. We meet at Rainham Station at 10:30 am. From here it’s a short walk to the Thames. We then follow the riverside path to Purfleet; total distance about 5 miles. Along the way we’ll have some great views across the river and see the abandoned World War II concrete barges and an ancient ferry crossing point. We aim to arrive at Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve, where there is a café for refreshments, by about 2pm. There is then the option of visiting the reserve (entry £6, free to RSPB members). From here it’s about a 20-minute walk to Purfleet Station with the option of a celebratory drink to conclude the walk before heading home. Paths may be uneven (and possibly muddy if we have had rain) in places so please wear suitable footwear. Also make sure you bring a drink to keep you hydrated and possibly also a snack as there are no refreshment points or shops until we reach the RSPB reserve.