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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 (3)

Autumn Deer Spotting in Richmond Park - Walk/Hike 7 miles

Richmond

£7.00

Come along to explore Richmond Park and see 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). ***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: £ 7 payable with PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account. Only if the walk is cancelled your payment will be fully refunded. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may pass on your spot to someone else if you cannot attend. __________ 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

An Evening Along the Thames from Pimlico to Battersea Park - Short Walk & Social

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. 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. ***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: £ 5 payable with PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account. Only if the walk is cancelled your payment will be fully refunded. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may pass on your spot to someone else if you cannot attend. ----------- 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

Epping Forest in the Autumn- Walk/Hike 7 miles (11 kms)

Manor Park

£7.00

Join us for this autumn walk/hike from Manor Park (TfL rail zone 3/4) to Wanstead (Central Line). The ground is relatively flat, though you need to walk easily at a normal pace. We shall have a short break in the middle of the walk. We shall walk through Wanstead Flats and Epping Forest (south). Walk length 7 miles/11 km approx. linear. The end time may vary, depending on pace and weather. Please not that this is a full nature walk with no conveniences on the way (eg. coffee shop with toilets). There are only trees and grassland. Only RSVP if you're happy with that. WANSTEAD FLATS Sheep used to graze there. The name of a pub, 'The Golden Fleece' in Manor Park reminds us of the lucrative wool trade in Victorian times and earlier. The area included a marshland where peat was dug for house heating. In 1880 the City of London bought 184 acres of Wanstead Park from Lord Cowley, which too became part of Epping Forest. https://www.wansteadwildlife.org.uk At the end of the walk, we'll have optional drinks at the George, opposite Wanstead station. It's large and beautiful Wetherspoon pub that reminds me of a Parisian grand cafe. Comfortable walking shoes, preferably with ankle support, and bottled water are recommended. ******* Meetup cost per person: £7 payable with PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account. Only if the walk is cancelled your payment will be fully refunded. Otherwise, no refund is given. You may pass on your spot to someone else if you cannot attend anymore. ***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. Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. 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 ------------------------------

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