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.
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.
Group Convener : John Hemingway
Walk leaders : Ruth Hayes, Betty McAskie, Alison Miller and Jane Miller, all of whom were involved in leading the successful London Loop walks.
The Group’s walks which 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.
Before booking a Green London Wayfarers walk please be aware that you must first join the Group. If you are already a member of the Longer Walks Group or the Middle Way Walkers you are automatically a member of this group. If you join this group as a new member, you are also entitled to book walks (subject to availability) organised by the Longer Walks Group and the Middle Way Walkers Group, without having to join these Groups.
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 bookings made before the stated date and time are not accepted
Until the group is established, priority will be given to bookings made by new members when allocating places if they book their places within the first five days of the booking opening.
|Streatham to Wimbledon||2 Oct 2019||Booking opens noon 9 Sep 2019|
|Wimbledon to Richmond||6 Nov 2019||Booking opens noon 7 Oct 2019|
|Richmond to Hanwell||4 Dec 2019||Booking opens noon 11 Nov 2019|
Booking forms for upcoming walks
Please note that you will not receive an email confirmation of your booking request. It may take up to a week before you receive a reply.
Wednesday 2 October 2019 : Streatham to Wimbledon
7.5 miles/12 km
Status : Booking opens mid-day 9 September 2019
Wednesday 6 November 2019 : Wimbledon to Richmond
8 miles / 12.5 km
Status : Booking opens mid-day 7 October 2019