In order to comply with the decisions of the CEDU3A executive committee based on government advice aimed at managing the spread of coronavirus, all the Green London Way walks are suspended until further notice. This situation will be kept under review and the walks will be resumed when it is safe to do so. At that point an amended walks programme will be published and booking will re-open.
Our walking groups are very popular, with both shorter and longer walks being consistently well-supported.
In order to meet the needs of members who would like to walk further than the 3-5 miles of the Shorter Walks Group but do not feel ready to tackle the 10-12 miles of the Longer Walks Group, Green London Wayfarers is a walking group aimed primarily at these members rather than those who regularly participate in the Longer Walks programme.
The group will follow The Green London Way, a 108 mile route designed by Bob Gilbert and the first long distance footpath in London to be created in 1991. The route links river and canal, towpath and abandoned railway line, urban footpath, park and common woodland and heath, and is a testament to the open spaces of London and to those who have struggled, over many generations, to preserve them. Using the revised edition (2012) of Bob Gilbert’s book The Green London Way as our guide we will explore London’s natural and social history and the connection between the two.
The route has been divided into 13 sections, most being around 7–8 miles long, with one exception of 11.5 miles. The walks, of which 6 are planned to take place in 2019, will be of a leisurely place, with the aim throughout being to listen, look, learn and reflect.
Breaks will be taken on each of the walks, including one for lunch around the mid-way point. All walkers will need to bring their own packed lunches and enough drinking water to last the whole day.
Whenever possible the walk leader will have received Emergency First Aid training.
Group Convener : John Hemingway
Walk leaders : Ruth Hayes, Betty McAskie, Alison Miller and Jane Miller, all of whom were involved in leading the successful 2018/2019 London Loop walks.
To help ensure that we all enjoy our walks, members of the Group are strongly advised to become acquainted with our walks etiquette, which contains common sense advice to ensure everyone’s safety. There is also advice about suitable clothing, and bringing dogs on walks.
What to wear and bring
Dogs on walks
The Group’s walks take place on the first Wednesday of every month, and normally last all day.
For practical reasons, including health and safety, each walk will be restricted to 18 members (including the walk leaders) with places allocated on a first come/first served basis.
Unfortunately the Green London Wayfarers Group is temporarily closed to applications from new members. It is hoped that the membership list can be re-opened later in the year.
To book one of the walks complete the Booking Form below the walk description.
On receipt of your booking request the Group Convener will contact you to confirm whether there is a place available.
Please note that the priority booking scheme for new members ended in November 2019.
All places are now allocated on a first come/first served basis starting from twelve noon on the day booking opens.
Given the high level of interest in the walks we are unable to entertain under any circumstances any requests for bookings to be made before the stated date and time.