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A historical 6 mile walk from Kew to Turnham Green via the Thames Path and Chiswick House. We meet at Kew Gardens station (at the Tap) and follow footpath to the National Archives on the riverside. The Public Records Office is free to visit with exhibitions and a shop. After our visit we will continue along the Thames Path to Mortlake. We will visit the medieval church and the unique Mausoleum to Sir Richard Burton. Built in the form of a Bedouin tent it pays homage to the famous Victorian explorer and Arabist. The walk follows the Thames to Barnes riverside with its line of impressive mansions along the terrace. We cross to Dukes Meadows and then Chiswick House. This Palladian villa is seated in landscaped gardens designed by Kent. We can have late lunch at the award winning tea shop here before the short walk to Turnham Green for trains back.
An 8 mile linear walk starting from Baker Street station and ending at Finchley Road station. The walk heads north through Regents Park and then onto Primrose Hill (fantastic views). From Primrose Hill we will make our way through the back streets of Hampstead and Belsize Park, eventually to Highgate (fantastic views). The final leg of the walk takes us through Hampstead Heath and up to Parliament Hill (fantastic views). There will be fantastic views and lots of historical interest. Most of the route is on solid ground, however Hampstead Heath can have muddy areas when wet, check the weather forecast and wear appropriate footwear.
22 mile ride featuring canal paths, Sustrans cycle route and quiet lanes. Starting from Ruislip Manor site we head west to the Grand Union Canal at Harefield. We follow the towpath north via Colne Valley to the Aquadrome at Rickmansworth. Lunch stop at Batchworth Canal café. We then join the Ebury Way, Sustrans Route 6, via a converted railway track. From Bushey we head south on private roads and tracks via Oxhey Woods to have late afternoon teas at Pinner Hill House (Georgian country house) with great views over London. Ride suitable for off road or hybrid bikes.
We have booked dorms at YHA Boswinger on the Cornish coast for the Easter break. Boswinger is on the South West Coast Path and is just 3 miles from the stunning Cornish fishing village of Mevagissey. The coastal path takes in miles of beautiful coastline with many hidden beaches and colourful gardens to explore. Friday Arrival at hostel. We plan an easy walk to go to Dodman Point and Pentewan Sands. We can arrange kayaking at the beach centre. In the evening we have meal back at hostel with Nick's home-made chilli. Saturday We start on our 10 mile walk along the South West Coast Path to Mevagissey via Port Mellon Cove. We will then track back via Galowras Mill to Gorran Church. Option for detours on way to the beaches weather-dependent. Barbecue option back at hostel. Sunday A 10 mile walk is planned to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and back via Caerhays Castle. We will explore Porthlune Cove and other villages on route. Also option for bike ride on Sustrans route 3 (cycle hire at Pentewan). Monday On the way back we plan a walk around the famous Charlestown Harbour, an unspoilt original listed Cornish harbour. Used for the filming of Poldark it has also featured in Doctor Who and many other films. Option to visit the Eden Project as only 2 miles away.