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Event Reports from London Group


Green Chains from Falconwood- Sat 10 November

12 Nov 2018 | London Group

The Green Chain Walk has several strands as it crosses outer S.E London and today 11 regular members did a total of about 9 miles through Avery Hill, Southwood Park and Fairy Hill Park (No fairies seen---or were there?!) to The Tarn Bird Sanctuary which has a delightful lake presently covered in green algae and some inquisitive Canada Geese. The smaller Egyptian variety wisely stayed in the lake. We stopped for a warming Thermos coffee then proceeded along a few roads to Marvel and Alstead Woods with delightful Autumn colours and a sandwich lunch in a convenient park with scattered benches....
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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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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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Wild Camping on Dartmoor 30th June – 2nd July 2017

8 Jul 2017 | Devon, London, Western Midlands, Adventure Out Groups

The wooden footbridge over the East Okement River was the only man-made object visible from our Friday night camping spot. Although we were only an hour’s walk from the centre of Okehampton, the steep-sided valley gave a feeling of remoteness and seclusion from the outside world. As darkness settled over the moors and pastures, the sheep fell silent and the only sound was water.

This trip, which had been long in the planning, brought together GOC members from London, the West Midlands and Devon. We were a small but select group – just four people in fact – but it was definitely a case of less being more....
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