Green London Wayfarers

Walking groups have proved to be very popular additions to the CEDU3A offer, with both shorter and longer walks being consistently well-supported. However we are very aware of a gap in the market 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. As a result we are forming a new walking group to complete a circular walk in the London area, aimed primarily at these new members rather than those who regularly participate in the Longer Walks programme.
While the group is getting established, priority will be given to bookings made by new members when allocating places.
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. This was 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.

We have divided the route into 13 sections, most being around 7–8 miles long, with one exception of 11.5 miles. The walks will take place at a leisurely pace, with the aim throughout being to listen, look, learn and reflect.
We will take breaks 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.
There will be six walks in 2019. Bob Gilbert led the first walk. Subsequent walks are being led by two of the following members (Ruth Hayes, Betty McAskie, Alison Miller and Jane Miller), all of whom were involved in leading the successful London Loop walks.

☐ Frequency : Monthly
☐ When : First Wednesday, all day
◻︎ Number of participants per walk: 18 (including the group leaders)

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 join complete the form below.

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

Wednesday 31 July 2019
Green London Way Walk 3
Greenwich to Forest Hill : 9 miles

Fully booked. Waiting list full

The walk starts from Greenwich DLR station, from where we enter the magnificent Greenwich Park, climbing to the Observatory, and appreciating the variety of trees and views. Having crossed Hyde Vale we reach the Point, where we pause to take in the panoramic view of London. Having admired the beautiful old houses of Blackheath, we descend to the housing estates of Lewisham and the River Ravensbourne. We go from Hilly Fields, (saved from development by Octavia Hill), then cross a major Victorian cemetery to Ladywell Fields. Ladywell Tower is a superb water tower linked to swimming baths that were built to use the rich mineral water from local springs. We continue to Blythe Hill fields for views over the Isle of Dogs and then on to One Tree Hill, where we will hear the story behind the intriguing name. Finally we cross Camberwell Old Cemetery to reach Horniman Gardens and Museum before ending the walk at Forest Hill Station.
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Wednesday 4 September 2019
Green London Way Walk 4
Forest Hill to Streatham : 7.5 miles
Booking opens 5 August 2019

As we set off from Forest Hill railway station, we go through the Horniman Museum Gardens, then along the railway embankment nature reserve, before entering the ancient Dulwich and Sydenham Woods. After crossing Sydenham Wells Park, laid out in 1907 with ornamental plantations and small lakes, we reach Crystal Palace Park with its exotic trees, more lakes, and the Victorian idea of dinosaurs. Gipsy Hill, Central Hill, Beulah Hill and Crown Hill, are not very challenging, though from the highest point we hope to be able to see Alexandra Park and even Epping Forest as well as the Crystal Palace Mast. We eventually cross Streatham Common before following Russell’s footpath to end our walk at Streatham station.

Wednesday 2 October 2019
Green London Way Walk 5
Streatham to Wimbledon : 7.5 miles
Booking opens 9 September 2019

From Streatham, we set off through the woodlands of Tooting Bec Common roughly following the railway line as far as Balham. From there we cross Wandsworth Common, with several ponds and a wide variety of trees, entering Wandsworth cemetery, through the grade 2 listed gates (1878). From the gates we head for the World War I memorials. A nearby school was converted into a military hospital, hence some 477 burials, including members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the oldest of whom was aged 25. We go briefly down Garratt Lane, where you will hear the story of the “Mayor of Garratt”. Entering Wandle Nature Park we follow the river before crossing a recreation ground and continuing to our final destination in Wimbledon.

▪︎ Completed Green London Way walks