To begin with the walks will take place on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on April 4, with subsequent walks on May 2 and June 6. Over the summer we aim to walk fortnightly, by also using the third Wednesday of each month.
We are dividing the walk into 14/15 sections each being between 10-14 miles in length.
The walk will start south of the Thames at Erith and finish at Purfleet near the Dartford Crossing.
We will use public transport throughout, with all the walks being within the Freedom Pass/Oyster zones.
To begin with at least, there will be a maximum group size of 12 on each walk, including the 2 group leaders (Ruth Hayes and Betty McAskie). Walkers must be Crouch End & District U3A members and will need to show their membership card on their first Loop walk.
You must also be registered with the Longer Walks Group and agree to comply with the Longer Walks Group Etiquette Document. If you would like to register with the Group please fill in the Contact Form on the About the Longer Walks page of the website.
If you have not walked with the Longer Walks Group before, please also read the section on What to wear and what to bring on the Longer Walks web-page here.
Each walk is described in the Future Longer Walks page of the Longer Walks Group section of the website.
Please read the walk descriptions carefully before booking. While many sections are ten miles or less, one or two are 13 or even 14 miles in length, and a number require train journeys south of the Thames to reach the start point.
On each walk we will take breaks, including one for lunch approximately mid-way through. This means all walkers will need to bring their own packed lunches and enough drinking water to last the whole day. There may be the possibility for further refreshment at the end of some walks.
Loop walkers will need to book a place on each walk by completing the form found below each walk description on Future Long Walks page of the web-site. A date when booking opens will be published for each leg, requests received before that time will not be considered.
Participants will also be encouraged to lead one or more of the stages. If you would like to do so please get in touch via the web-site. Guides to the Loop have been published and Transport for London has details on its website: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/loop-walk