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Event Reports from London Group


A Sussex Coastal Walk--Hastings to Rye

14 Aug 2018 | London Group

14 of us set off from Hastings Station in bright sunshine but with a pleasant cooling breeze. The morning was filled with the ups and downs of the hills around Hastings offering good views of the surrounding countryside stretching from Eastbourne to Dungeness. Tasty Blackberries on the bushes were consumed. Less tasty Sloberries were not although they are excellent for making Gin! The day was so clear that it was possible to make out the hills of France on the horizon. We passed by the (in)famous Fairlight Glen –above the nudist beach, some making a note for future visits....
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Riding the Big-One

6 Aug 2018 | East Midlands, Lincolnshire, London, North East, North Wales, Transpennine, Adventure Out, Cycling Groups

Nearly canceled, due to tide tables telling us our ferry cross the Wyre (Knott End to Fleetwood) would not sail, our annual pilgrimage to Blackpool through the Fylde villages.

Nevertheless, here we are, of varying abilities and after taking different routes, all still somehow coming together to face the Big One, Blackpool’s greatest attraction (or is that still the Tower)?

Ending all too soon at 6pm by the Duck Pond in Wrea Green; A full day of easy peddling, sleepy toll bridges, the wayside wharves ...
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GOC London evening walk - Petts Wood, Scadbury Park - 19 July 2018

23 Jul 2018 | London Group

This walk was one of a series of evening walks run by GOC London to make use of the long evening hours. 11 walkers attended and it was nice to see 2 new members among their number.

The figure-of-eight walk centred on a several square miles of open space managed by the National Trust and the London Borough of Bromley. It is surprising how rural the walk feels, consisting of woodland, meadows and even farmland, with a large flock of sheep grazing as we passed. The only signs of the huge metropolis in which we live were some distant high rise buildings and a church spire....
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Navigation Pratice in the Chilterns 29 Oct 2017

31 Oct 2017 | London Group

Eight people from London GOC met at Tring station on a fine late autumn morning for an informal navigation workshop in the Chilterns. The participants were a mixture of complete novices at navigation and those who had learned use of map and compass at some point in the past, but needed to refresh their skills.

We started with a demonstration of the use of pacing to measure distances. The nearest road junction happened to be exactly 200 metres from the station. The leader, using skills learned on a formal navigation course in Scotland, demonstrated the number of paces needed to walk 100 metres....
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