SHORTER WALKS

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                        Grant
The Shorter Walks Group has half-day walks of about 5 miles twice a month.


Group Coordinator: Kate Grant (click to contact)
Co-leader: Kate Wark

When
Usually the first Wednesday morning of each month and a variable mid-monthly walk on a day other than Wednesday. In winter these may vary.

Where
Some walks are fairly local, others involve some travel.

Walks can be either linear or circular. We travel by public transport usually for a maximum of 45 minutes from central London, but many of our walks are much more local. In the summer months we walk further afield with some longer country walks. During the winter we have shorter ones, and tend to keep to parks and towpaths as we try to avoid muddy paths. We always have a coffee break during our walk, and almost invariably end with an optional group lunch.

We don’t tackle any real hills, but there can be occasional fairly steep slopes or flights of steps to manage, and the odd stile, so a reasonable degree of fitness is helpful.

Shorter Walks is a very sociable, friendly group where new members are made welcome. We are happy to take up any member’s suggestions and encourage members to lead occasional walks.

To join the group, please fill in a simple form, by clicking here

Our experience of running walks has suggested a few common-sense guidelines, to ensure everyone’s enjoyment and safety on our walks. You can see them here.

Our Next Walks
Here are our future planned walk dates:

Tuesday 28 Nov
Trent Country Park and Enfield Chase
Wednesday 6 Dec
Limehouse to Angel (Christmas lunch)

Winter Pop-Up Walks:
During the winter months (late December 2017 to late February 2018) we are trying a new approach, in an attempt to avoid walking in bad weather. Instead of our usual programme, planned around dates set well in advance, we will have pop-up walks. Members will receive information, including a sign-up form, for each walk by email about a week before the walk. We hope to have at least four pop-up walks but there may well be more if the weather is good. If you’d like to lead a pop-up walk yourself please click here.
 
Sign Ups:
Please sign up below for each walk you plan to join. You can do so by clicking on the walk date when sign-up opens — about a fortnight before the walk, at which point the walk date is highlighted in blue. To drop out of a walk, please email shorterwalks.iu3a@gmail.com.

Full walk details including meeting points and times will also be available a week or two before the walk. You'll be able to see them (and print them if you like) from a link on this page. Where it says 'For further details click here', click on 'here' when it is highlighted in blue. I will send an email reminder to all who have signed up, a few days before the date of the walk, to confirm details and inform you of any change of plans.

Programme:
Tuesday 28 November (sign up here) — Trent Country Park and Enfield Chase. Details here.

Wednesday 6 December (sign up here) — Christmas social. A 5 mile walk along the canal towpath from Limehouse Basin, ending at Angel Islington for Christmas lunch at Côte brasserie. Details here.

Recent Walks
December: Limehouse to Islington —
A recordLimehousetoIslingtonDec2017 number of 28 walkers-and-lunchers had a splendid Christmas get-together even if the weather was dull (but mild and dry at least). We began our 5+ mile walk at Limehouse as we meant to go on, at the delightful Yurt Cafe, then walked past Limehouse Basin admiring the yachts and followed the Regent's Canal, pausing for (another) coffee break in Victoria Park. A further hour along the towpath, dodging increasing numbers of runners and cyclists as we approached Islington, brought us to the Angel and our lunch venue. Côte coped well with our last-minute changes and gave us an excellent lunch. A great end to another happy year of Shorter Walking.

November: Trent Park and Enfield Chase —
How lucky weTrentParkandEnfieldChase were with the weather: cold but sunny and no wind, perfect for this woodland and open country walk. All 12 walkers kept up a steady pace enjoying the views: it was a lovely morning with still enough leaves to give a golden glow to the woods, lakes and water garden. Coffee in the Animal Sanctuary was an interesting pit stop, and on leaving the park we passed an obelisk that said the gardens were started in 1706. We are indeed fortunate to be still enjoying this lovely space 300+ years on.

November: Capital Ring — Preston RoadPreston Road to Hendon Nov2017 to Hendon
— On our return on the train from Hendon to King's Cross, 13 of us all felt as if we had had a good day’s walking (6 miles) around part of the Capital Ring. The weather was mild and fine and whilst it was hazy in the far distance, it was nevertheless interesting to see London from Barn Hill and also Gotsford Hill. After some time on the pavements we arrived at Birchen Grove Garden Centre for lunch and some plant shopping. From there we set off again and walked around the Welsh Harp Reservoir — one of our group who is Welsh tried to work out why it was called the Welsh Harp, but without much success!  We saw various waterfowl consisting mainly of seagulls but agreed they probably had never seen the sea. From there it was a quick walk to the station and back to London after a most enjoyable day.


October: Hadley Wood — This was a delightful four-mileHadleyWoods walk through Monk Hadley and Hadley Wood which we managed to do in two hours. The autumn leaves were in splendid colour and there were a lot of golden leaves underfoot. It was an unknown surprise part of London for many on the walk and the magnificent homes were much admired. We passed the 18th century houses, including David Livingstone’s cottage and the fine old church (12th century) of St Mary the Virgin. There were 15 of us on a muggy grey day with some muddy patches underfoot. Most of us stayed for lunch after as always at the Cock Inn.


Colne ValleyOctober: Colne Valley
— we got off to a bad start as 'the leader' had the wrong station meeting point but luckily we found each other in time. It was a fine cool cloudy day just perfect for a seven mile walk for ten of us along the Grand Union Canal (with a few detours). The coffee stop was given a zero rating for bad coffee and no loos but we made up for that at the Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre. The canal was very quiet with very few boats moving around. We did see great crested grebe, a cormorant and a possible fleeting glimpse of a kingfisher. Lunch and the views at the Old Orchard were worth the steep climb up the hill at the end. Our bus trip back to Uxbridge even included a scenic trip to Harefield Hospital.


Previous Walks
For information and photos of our walks in 2016/17 (October to September) have a look here.

If you would like to look at our earlier walks in iU3A 2015/16 year (October to September) then the details are here.

If you would like to look at even earlier group walks for our first iU3A year then the details for 2015 (May to September) are here.


 


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