Free guided walks this weekend

Bluebells at Lesnes Abbey Woods

Bluebells at Lesnes Abbey Woods

Ian Bull has been in touch to let us know about two walks he is leading this weekend. Ian led the Midnight Megawalk on the Green Chain and the Best Landscape and Views in London walks mentioned in previous posts.

On Saturday 25th May, Ian is leading The Thames Path Super Walk which is a seventeen and a half mile hike. It starts  from Slade Green Railway Station, near the very end of the Thames Path,  and goes along the Thames to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. As the walk 4 life web site describes it:

… you will receive the almost magical experience of seeing the great river flow from salt water estuary to the heart of urbanity. The contrast really is exceptional for we’ll begin by Dartford Creek, famed for its birdlife and with barely a building in sight. Then the pre-esturine river, fringed by salt-loving flora and onto the post-industrial landscape of Woolwich and Charlton. Very gradually the office blocks of central London come into view with an ever improving sunset behind them. We finish besides one of the most famed examples of the built environment on the planet, Wren’s magnificent work at Greenwich.

The Super Walk starts at 10.00am and is expcted to take about eight hours. Bring food to eat on the way as there may not be time for a fixed lunch break. If anyone wants to join the Thames walk today they can call Ian on 077 998 101 78 and he’ll tell you where they are up to.

Cutty Sark Greenwich residents preview day

View from the Cutty Sark

Sunday’s walk, London’s best woodland and views – without doubt,  is not so long at a mere seven miles taking about 4 hours  and is a little closer to home. As Ian describes it in his e-mail:

The Sunday walk is much more local being from Belvedere to Shooters Hill along the Green Chain. There’ll be a little diversion at Cleanthus Road as we’ll walk down the hill to Eltham Common to regain the Green Chain at Eltham Common. This will give us a chance to see Severndroog Castle and the views on the way round to the Oxleas Wood Café where the walk will end.

On this walk hikers will pass through some stunningly beauriful ancient woodland – it includes  Lesnes Abbey, Bostall  and Oxleas woods. Perhaps there will still be some bluebells to see on the way. The walk starts at 1.00pm on Sunday 26th  at Belvedere railway station.

The  walks are part of Walk London‘s “Spring into Summer” event. Both are free and there is no need to book. The walk leader, Ian Bull, can be contacted by e-mail, ianbull@btinternet.com or phone, 020 7223 3572 for more details.

Severndroog Castle

Severndroog Castle