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As this group is now taken over, longer walks will be introduced. 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 (2)

Weekday Evening River Walk from Pimlico to Battersea Park and Social - 3.5 miles

Come along for an evening walk from Pimlico station (Victoria line) to Battersea Park and Clapham Junction (trains and Overground). On the way, we'll see Battersea Power station, the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park and the beautiful Albert Bridge illuminated.

Walk length 3.5 miles (5.4 km) approx. linear.

Though the walk is short, you need to be fit and able to walk at a normal pace. The ending time may vary, depending on the pace and weather.

THE PEACE PAGODA
It was erected in 1984, following a gift from the Venerable Nichidatsu Fuji, Founder of the Japanese Buddhist movement. Following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he pledged to build pagodas worldwide as shrines to peace. (Source: timeout.com)

BATTERSEA POWER STATION
In fact, there are two twin power stations. The first was built in 1929 and it closed down in 1975. The second was build in 1945 and closed down in 1983. The building was listed Grade II in October 1980. Battersea power station has figured on a Beatles album, and more famously on Pink Floyds 'Animals'. An inflatable pig was launched over the station but the tethering broke and the balloon had to be shot down.

(Optional) We'll have drinks at The Asparagus pub at the end of the walk. The nearest station is Clapham Junction (7 min approx.) for trains to Victoria, Waterloo and Overground. There is a bus stop near the pub to catch the 345 bus to Clapham Common (Northern) or Kensington across the road. Though the area is safe at that time, I'm happy to walk with you to the station if you wish.

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 preferably with ankle support, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks.

Please let the organizer know if you need to drop off the walk, so we know you're well.

Dog Walks:
We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited.

By attending the event you accept our policy.

My number is Beatrice -[masked]

Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend.

Meetup cost per person - There are now two ways of paying:

1 - £ 5.50 with PayPal (PayPal fee included) You don't need a PayPal account. Refund is only given if the event is cancelled. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may give your spot to someone else.

2 - £ 5 payable cash on the day and before the walk starts. Please, write "I'm coming" on the event page and I'll add you to the list.

This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials

River Wandle Trail, Snuff Mills, Nature - Morden to Croydon Walk/Hike 7.5 mi

Needs a location

£5.50

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 7.5 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 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.

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 preferably with ankle support, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks.

Please let the organizer know if you need to drop off the walk, so we know you're well.

Dog Walks:
We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited.

By attending the event you accept our policy.

My number is Beatrice -[masked]

Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend.

Meetup cost per person - There are now two ways of paying:

1 - £ 5.50 with PayPal (PayPal fee included) You don't need a PayPal account. Refund is only given if the event is cancelled. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may give your spot to someone else.

## 2 - £ 5 payable cash and before the walk starts. Please, let me know you're coming on the event page and I'll add you to the list.

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This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Nature-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-Walks-and-Socials

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