University of the Third Age in Brent

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Walking group of Brent U3A

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Parkland Walk

Our June walk was from from Finsbury Park to Alexandria Palace. Photo, right: along the Parkland Walk (© SM).

Friday 20 July 2018, Pymme’s Brook

We’re returning to our rivers of London theme and we’ll be picking up on the River Lee, following Pymme’s Brook, a tributary of the River Lee.
On Friday 20 July we’ll walk from Cockfosters to Arnos Grove, taking in the start of the Pymme’s Brook by the pretty lake in Monken Hadley Common and then following the stream as it grows through Oak Field Park – great café – and Waterfall Way to Arnos Park and Arnos Grove.
People can leave here or move on to pretty Broomfield Park – lovely walled garden. Here the New River aqueduct crosses over Pymme’s Brook. About 6 miles of gently down-hill walking, with another mile to the New River Crossing, through parks or along quiet roads.

Friday 20 July 2018 meet at Neasden Station – front of southbound train on platform – at 09.30.
Or at Cockfosters at the end of the Piccadilly Line by ticket barriers – there’s a café in the station – at 10.30.

Please let me know if you’d like to join us.

Cathy Mercer
020 8452 5239 or Cathy's email.
In case of queries on the day, my mobile number is 07943 925 224.

Tuesday 31 July 2018, River Lea walk

Do join us on this additional walk – more additional walks along the Lea, one in August and one in September.
We’ll be trailing the prettiest and most interesting part of the River Lea, looking at where it becomes a navigation in Hertford and then following the tree-lined towpath to the charming village of Ware.
People may also like to walk a couple of miles further, along the Lea towpath to St Margaret’s.
There are stations very close to the river at Ware and St Margaret’s.
31 July 2018 meet at Neasden Station – on platform by front of southbound train – at 9.30.
Or at Tottenham Hale by ticket office for mainline trains – at 10.15. You’ll need to buy a day return here from Zone 6 Boundary to Hertford East. You can also pay by Oyster but this means paying from Tottenham Hale.
From Tottenham Hale we’ll travel on the Stanstead Line to Hertford East – about 15 minutes.
From Hertford East it’s 200 yards to the Lea and we’ll walk about 4 miles east and south to Ware.
From Ware and St Margaret’s there are trains back to Tottenham Hale.


Previous walks

2018 - The Thames Path

We’ve been walking east-bound along the River Thames since December 2016. We started at Hampton Court and made it as far as the end of the official path at Woolwich in August. Since then we’ve been walking tributaries of the Thames, including Dollis Brook, the Wandle and the River Brent. We also extended our walk from Woolwich to Erith. In 2018 we plan to walk the Thames in London west-bound and take in more tributaries, including the River Lee and Pymmes Brook. All our walks are about 4-7 miles long and start and end at tube of train stations, with lots of cafes and stopping off points on the way to make for comfortable urban walking through beautiful London countryside.

2018 - The River Lee
Markfield Park Victoria Park

A lovely sunny morning for our February 2018 walk from Tottenham Hale south along the River Lee.
And a dry morning for our April walk from Hackney Wick, past Victoria Park and along the Regents Canal to Limehouse Basin. Photos, above: at Markfield Park (© Rem) and at Victoria Park (© SM).

2017 - The Dollis Valley Walk
Autumn leaves over the Dollis Brook

In November 2017 we made our start walking south from Totteridge. A scenic and rural section with a nice cafe stop. Photo above, Autumn leaves over the Dollis Brook (© SM)..

2017 - The Wandle Trail
Walking the Wandle at Foster's Way in King George's Park, Wandsworth Walking the Wandle at Merton

In August and September 2017 we walked along the River Wandle Trail, a tributary of the River Thames.

Photos above, at Wandsworth and Merton (© SM).

2016 - The Thames Path
Walking the Thames opposite Syon House Walking by the O2

In December 2016 we made our start on the London section of the Thames path. This was one of most scenic and rural sections – Hampton Court to Kingston and Teddington – about 5 miles of level riverside walking on good level paths. Photos above, at Syon House and by the O2 (© SM).

2016 - The Capital Ring
Walking the Capital Ring at Richmond Walking the Capital Ring at Richmond

Completed in 2016 we’ve walked the Capital Ring photos above, at Richmond, (© SM), London’s long-distance circular path of 84 miles that takes in canals, gardens, parks and river. We’ve been walking it since June 2015 in chunks of 4-6 miles and we usually get 6-10 walkers, with lots of stops for rest and recreation. Highlights? Lots of wonderful places we never even knew existed, including University of East London, Seven Droogs Castle and the dinosaurs of Crystal Palace. Next project, the Thames Path. Watch this space!