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Event Reports from London Group


Capital Ring--East Finchley to Stoke Newington

12 Feb 2018 | London Group

17 men set off yesterday (Sunday) on a crisp morning for an 8 mile walk along a part of the orbital ring route which is mostly about 5 or 6 out from Central London. Welcome to 3 "first timers" , Brian, Simon and Alex. We really hope to see you again.

We passed through Highgate Wood which is said to date from the last Ice Age, and onto the disused rail route know as Parkland Walk which today was not too busy with joggers etc. Attached to a brick embankment is a grotesquely ugly goblin type stone figure know as a Spriggan....
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Dunton Green to Oxted, Saturday 18th November

24 Nov 2017 | London Group

12 London group walkers turned up at Dunton Green on a gloomy morning to walk west along the North Downs to Oxted.

We had some amusement near the beginning as we speculated why a pair of running shorts might have been left hanging on a tree branch.

Leaving the shorts behind we passed by Chipstead Lake, which is used by a sailing club, then had good views of a series of motorway junctions (in which some of us were actually quite interested).

I had pre-walked this section the week before when there were glorious autumn colours with the sun shining on wooded banks, but unfortunately this was not to be repeated today....
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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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Hastings to Rye - Sunday 9th July 2017

12 Jul 2017 | East Kent, London Groups

16 intrepid men set off slightly later than planned from Hastings Station due to a South Eastern train cancellation. We welcomed two men from Southend and also one more local from Lewes. Through the Old Town to the first set of many, many steps up to the East Cliff and into the 1066 Country Park. Enjoying superb views back to the town. Some of the coastal path near Fairlight Cove has slipped away and a barrier now blocks that way so a detour slightly inland was required, then on through the various glens, each time climbing up steps then down again....
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