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This group was primarily for short guided walks and it used to be led by London guide Rob Smith. While you can read about London history in books and online, nothing beats visiting historic locations and hearing stories at the places they actually happened. Victorian London was a place of amazing change, with people overcoming great challenges - the walks tell these stories. They last 1-2 hours and usually take place on evenings and weekends. They're really a social experience, there are lots of opportunities to talk and debate ideas with the event host and the other walkers.

As this group is now taken over, longer walks will be introduced in addition to the successful guided walks that will go on. These new walks will appeal to anyone who prefers more walking and less talking, and anyone else who wants to keep fit and enjoy a good social. Most walks take place in Victorian Parks such as 'Vicky' Park in Hackney, Crystal Palace... or in areas with a Victorian heritage.

Upcoming events (4)

Around Ealing - Wharncliffe Viaduct, River Brent & Greenery - Walk/Hike 8 miles

Come along for this walk/hike around Ealing Broadway. We shall walk through Pitshanger Park, follow the River Brent and view a Victorian viaduct, Lammas Park and Walpole Park before 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 that this is a long walk. Only RSVP if you're comfortable with walking long distances. There is a 35-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*** The walk might be cancelled the day before or shortened on the day if bad weather is forecast. BBC weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather Other unforeseen circumstances might also force us to cancel at short notice. We apologise for the inconvenience it might cause. ***WALKING POLICY*** Personal Safety: The organizer will ensure that you are comfortable during the activity (e.g. toilet break, gentle pace...). However, you are responsible for your own safety and need to be fit for the walk. You should let the organizer know if you have a medical condition. You need comfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks. Dog Walks: We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited. ------------------------------------------- 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/London-Relaxing-Events ------------------------------

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

Forest Hill Station Devonshire Road London SE23 3HB

£3.00

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. It's a fine Victorian museum that reminds strongly of Darwin's natural history. 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*** The walk might be cancelled the day before or shortened on the day if bad weather is forecast. BBC weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather Other unforeseen circumstances might also force us to cancel at short notice. We apologise for the inconvenience it might cause. ***WALKING POLICY*** Personal Safety: The organizer will ensure that you are comfortable during the activity (e.g. toilet break, gentle pace...). However, you are responsible for your own safety and need to be fit for the walk. You should let the organizer know if you have a medical condition. You need comfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks. Dog Walks: We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited. ------------------------------------------- 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/London-Stress-Relief-and-Social ------------------------------

Ruislip Lido and River Pinn - A Walk/Hike from Northwood Hills to Ickenham 7 mi

Join us for a walk from Northwood Hills (Metropolitan) to Ickenham (Metropolitan, Piccadilly lines). We shall visit Ruislip Woods, Lido and follow the River Pinn to Ickenham. Walk length 7 miles (11 km) approx. The ground is relatively flat. Please note that the ground is uneven alongside the River Pinn and walking shoes with ankle support are strongly recommended. The end time may vary in function of the pace and weather. We shall stop on the way at Ruislip Lido for a quick drink and toilets break. Ruislip Lido reservoir was dug in 1811 to feed the Grand Junction Canal and to supply water for the Paddington area of London. In the 1930s the reservoir became a lido, and a popular destination for a day-out. There is a miniature railway that was built in 1946. We may see it working. At the end of the walk, we shall have optional drinks at a pub near Ickenham Station. ***WEATHER POLICY*** The walk might be cancelled the day before or shortened on the day if bad weather is forecast. BBC weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather Other unforeseen circumstances might also force us to cancel at short notice. We apologise for the inconvenience it might cause. ***WALKING POLICY*** Personal Safety: The organizer will ensure that you are comfortable during the activity (e.g. toilet break, gentle pace...). However, you are responsible for your own safety and need to be fit for the walk. You should let the organizer know if you have a medical condition. You need comfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks. Dog Walks: We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited. ------------------------------------------- My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost: £4 payable cash on the day. Organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials ------------------------------

Chislehurst in Kent: Ancient Woodland and History - Long Walk/Hike 6.5-8.5 mi

Come along for a long walk/hike around the historical village of Chislehurst in Kent. We shall walk through an ancient woodland and see some historical landmarks on the way. There are two options for this walk: Option 1: Chislehurst loop - 6.5 miles approx. (10 km), circular. Option 2: Chislehurst to Bromley South - 8.5 miles approx. (14 km), linear. PLEASE NOTE that there are some slopes and some uneven ground. You need to be able to walk at a normal pace with ease. It's mostly a countryside walk. The end time may vary in function of the pace and weather. Historical places we shall see on the way: The Prince Imperial Monument - The son of Napoleon III who lived here in exile with his family, fought against the Zulus in South Africa and was killed there. Alan Watts's birthplace - Alan Watts was born in 1915 and died in 1973. He brought Eastern philosophy to the West. In 1938, he moved to New York and trained as a Zen master. Scadbury Park Manor - It is a moated manor in an ancient woodland dating back to the 12th century that burnt down in 1976. It is now a protected archaeological site. Please bring a lunch pack and water. We shall have stops at a pub for a quick drink and toilet break near Scadbury Park and one for lunch shortly after. The walk finishes either near Chislehurst station if you decide to drop off there as we walk nearby, or you can carry on to Bromley South. You can get a bus at Chislehurst stop B to Bromley South station (bus 61 or 162) if you wish to join us at the pub. We shall have optional drinks at the Richmal Compton pub (Wetherspoon) opposite Bromley South station. Travel from Central London: Take the DLR to Lewisham and a train from Lewisham to Chislehurst (Orpington train platform 2). You can also take the Overground to New Cross and get the Orpington train from there, stopping at Chiselhurst (£2.80 with Oyster card). The 12:05 pm train from Lewisham platform 2 (Orpington) arrives at 12:19 pm. I suggest to take the 11:26 am arriving at 11:49 am, just in case the next one is cancelled. We shall start the walk after the train from London arrives. Please check before you travel. THERE ARE NO PINK READERS SO TOUCH IN AND OUT AT EACH BARRIER. There are also trains from London Bridge, stopping at Chiselhurst: the 11:44 am on Platform 6 (Southeastern to Sevenoaks) arrives at 12:03 pm Chiselhurst, the 11:54 am on Platform 1 (Southeastern to Orpington) arrives at 12:19 pm Chiselhurst. Please double-check before you travel. With Oyster card, the travel from Central London to Chislehurst and return from Bromley South should cost between £5.80 and £9.50. For the return, you can get a train from Bromley South towards Central London (Luton, Welvyn Garden City directions), with stops at Blackfriars, Kings Cross. Meetup cost: £4 payable cash on the day. Please read the walking policy below. ***WEATHER POLICY*** The walk might be cancelled the day before or shortened on the day if bad weather is forecast. BBC weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather Other unforeseen circumstances might also force us to cancel at short notice. We apologise for the inconvenience it might cause. ***WALKING POLICY*** Personal Safety: The organizer will ensure that you are comfortable during the activity (e.g. toilet break, gentle pace...). However, you are responsible for your own safety and need to be fit for the walk. You should let the organizer know if you have a medical condition. You need comfortable walking shoes with ankle support, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks. Dog Walks: We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited. ------------------------------------------- My number is Beatrice -[masked] Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. Meetup cost: £4 payable cash on the day. Organised in conjunc. with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-Walks-and-Socials ------------------------------

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