Next walk: Sunday May 8

Details to follow

The Walking Group normally meets on the second Sunday of each month, usually at Charlton Station, at 10.00 in summertime and 10.30 during the winter; the walks are mostly within TfL travel zones. 

Our walks are mainly for ‘softies’ undertaken at a moderate pace to take into account the abilities of a range of walkers and usually less than 5 miles. Walkers are advised to bring bottled water and wear appropriate clothing for the weather – especially strong footwear. 

Walks are briefly described in the monthly emails so that walkers may decide if they are suitable for their ability and interests – this includes the travel plan, descriptions of the terrain, places of interest en route, availability of public toilets and places where take-away drinks and food may be purchased – we always end the walk at a cafe, pub or similar. 

You can check the calendar for details of future walks. If you would like to sign up to receive monthly emails or suggest some walks you know and love please contact Jill at: jillmo@btinternet.com

As some people are returning and we welcome some new walkers it’s probably a good idea to remind everyone a couple of helpful points about our walks:

– everyone is welcome but please remember you join us at your own risk as only you can decide whether a particular walk is suitable for you;
– please check the weather before setting out and be sure you have appropriate clothing for it;
– we always stop at the end, or near the end, of the walk for refreshments but you will need to bring water and any snacks you need with you;
– if you need to leave the group at any point please let Jill know, or tell someone to do so;
– there is no charge for these walks but, as members of CCRA, we’re happy to offer you this information and invite you to join too:
https://www.charltonresidents.net/?page_id=12902

 

SOME RECENT WALKS

Sunday, April 10: Hackney

Starting at Stoke Newington,  a walk to Abney Park Cemetery (https://abneypark.org/history), one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ Victorian cemeteries which, as originally laid out as an arboretum, has some wonderful trees. From there  to Clissold Park (https://hidden-london.com/gazetteer/clissold-park/) a pleasant park with a nice but busy cafe and public conveniences! Here you’ll find gardens, animals enclosures and part of the New River – not a natural river but a waterway built in 1613 to provide fresh water to London from the River Lea. We now have the option of a short walk, passing the Castle Climbing Centre (that we won’t be trying out – but it does have a vegetarian cafe) to a reservoir with outdoor swimming and boating (just taking a look here too, I’m afraid!) and a great view. The 141 bus will take us back to London Bridge and then the train home.

Sunday March 13: Lewisham

From Lewisham Station, a walk around the more pleasant routes and finding some surprises around Lewisham – including a beautiful Temple! The route includes residential streets, some tiny, green areas and larger parkland with one, short incline that can be muddy after rain, ending the walk in Ladywell Fields where there is a pleasant cafe with a good range of food.

Sunday, February 13: Battersea

Starting at one of the newest tube stations in London – Battersea Power Station on the Northern Line, named after the old Power Station which still looms large over the whole area with lots of new residential and commercial buildings as well as a small Heritage and Learning Hub. But for a good introduction to the area we’ll visit the famous park with its lake, sculptures, old trees, etc. following a route through it along mostly flat, made-up paths. There’s a popular cafe in the park with loos where we can get refreshments. Before returning home we can visit the Light Festival in the Circus area of the development which will not look as effective as it does in the dark but it’s on the route back to the tube station. There is an alternative route home for walkers who have their sea-legs as the Uber Clipper stops nearby at Battersea Pier and the boats go to all stops to North Greenwich (they run about every half hour taking 65 minutes and if you have a Freedom Pass you can get a half price ticket).

Sunday December 12: Riverside Markets

A walk along the Thames from Potters Fields near Tower Bridge towards Charing Cross, where there are many Christmas lights to enjoy – but we also have a couple of options for seeing more which includ the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree and the one near the Duke of Your’s statue in Pall Mall which, I’m told, has many more pine needles! We will decide on a stop for lunch and to warm up as we feel the need and then head off to Charing Cross and home but some of you may wish to go on to Regents/Oxford Street for more lights although they are unchanged from those of the past few years.

Sunday October 10: Hampstead Pergola

A walk up the hill through Hampstead Village, with the occasional detour to look at some quaint back streets, will bring us onto the Heath – it’s then down hill to the Pergola. After our visit we’ll head towards Golders Hill Park where there is a really good park cafe with plenty of seats inside and out with lunches and lite-bites to chose from. This is quite a special park in its own right having a large acreage, bird and animal enclosures, gardens and much more. From here it is a short distance to Golders Green tube station and home.
https://thegardenstrust.blog/2020/06/06/the-pergola-hampstead/

Sunday September 12: Brookmill Park

We’ll head off to Greenwich Station where we’ll get the DLR to Elverson Road and take a walk through Brookmill Park – a 5 acre park with a wealth of wildlife including a couple of 300 year old London plane trees. We then follow the lower course of the Ravensbourne River as it becomes tidal, but not always in sight, to the point where it enters the Thames at Deptford Creek. After a stop in Greenwich for a lunch break we can either return to Charlton on the bus or train or walk back along the Thames riverside path.

Sunday August 8: Wooded Eltham walk

The walk highlights the wooded aspects of Eltham and one which ends on Shooters Hill so a bit of an uphill route towards the end. It starts on the flat along Gravel Pit Lane which comes out into Riefield Road. With Falconwood Station over on the right a left turn takes you into Shepherdleas Woods, a little known but lovely wooded area which brings you out onto Welling / Rochester Way and then a view of the splendid Oxleas Woods Cafe. After a necessary break here, you have a number of choices:
– to stay with Joanne who will take you on an alternative return route to Bexley Road via Eltham Park North and then return to IKEA on the 132 bus.
– to walk along the lane by the side of the car park to Shooters Hill and take the 486 bus home;
– to walk through Jack Woods passing Severndroog Castle and then Castle Woods to the junction of Academy Road and Shooters Hill Road, cross Woolwich Common via the path a short way down Academy Road on the left; from here cross the Common towards Queen Elizabeth Hospital and either take the 486 bus home or walk through Charlton Park

SOME LOCAL WALKS FOR YOU TO ENJOY

You can still try out our selection of walks below, devised by CCRA members, which you can do on your own or with a smaller group:

Three local walks

Short Winter Walks

Secret Charlton Walk

I-Spy Charlton quiz walk

Westcombe Park Walk

Charlton Hidden Stories

Charlton House to Oxleas Meadows

Hornfair Park and the Pet Cemetery

Riverside Walk & Ecology Park

Green Corridors and Parks of Deptford

Tree Walks

Second World War Walk from the Valley to the White Swan

Green Chain Walk: Woolwich to Lesnes Abbey & back (video)

 

Keep walking and keep well!  There is a link below from Living Streets (see ‘About Us’ in the link for more information about this charity) with their advice on staying safe and keeping well and Greenwich Council’s most recent advice.

Click here to read about some of our previous walks

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