University of the Third Age in Brent

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Friday 16 February 2018, River Lee: Tottenham Hale to Hackney Wick
The north bank from Albert Embankment

A lovely sunny morning for our January walk, Bermondsey to Charing Cross!

Photo, right: at Tower Bridge (© SM).


Our walk this month will be along the River Lee. The River Lee (also called Lea!) flows from Luton to Limehouse via Hertford, Enfield, Tottenham and Hackney. It’s the second biggest river in London and there is a good towpath along all the London stretch. This Friday we’ll walk the easy 5-mile stretch from Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line) - Hackney Wick (Overground Station) – all very even and facilities and cafes along the way. Our walk runs through the Walthamstow and Hackney Marshes and takes in an enormous Victorian Steam Engine near the start in Tottenham in Markfield Park, with a delightful café next to it. We then head south towards the Olympic Park through old industrial areas, mostly redeveloped, passing fantastic reed-beds and marshes – walking along dry towpaths.

Friday 16 February 2018 meet at Neasden Station – front of southbound train on platform – at 9.30 OR at Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line) by ticket barriers at 10.15.

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.

Continuing - 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.

Started - 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)..

Completed - 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).

Started - 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, opposite Syon House and by the O2 (© SM).

Completed - 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!

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