Blazing Winter sunshine escorted us along the Wandle River, South London!!
10 Jan 2016 | London Group
Blue skies, sunshine, hard to believe after days of heavy rain and dull gloom
South London turned on its best for 49 GOCs, including 6 newbies, and a sweet collie, as we explored 8 miles of the 12 mile course of the hidden gem that is the Wandle River, in South London. The previous days were miserable and gloomy, interspersed with heavy rain, so we were all pleased as punch to have several hours of brilliant Winter sunshine to escort us on our way. Steve Forde was at the helm, we passed many parks, and woodlands, the remains of waterwheels - relics from the time this river housed 68 of then supporting the various industries here in days gone by. As is the way on our walks there was lots of good chat and this continued for a late lunch for 20 of us at the Wetherspoons pub in Wimbledon. Thanks for a good day Steve, and to our visiting Chairman, David White, for the sunshine.....I am sure he put in a good word somewhere!
The pictures tell all:
Steve Forde about to lead us down the river.....
Says it all really, note the blue sky!
Stunning Winter scene along the Wandle
Boys checking Steve's got the right route!
Hard to believe it's January! Particularly with the downpours of only hours earlier!
David White, our Chairman!
Nature confused. Crocus out in early January, a by product of a mild Nov/Dec.
GOCs not confused, just caffeine deficient.
Ponds within the Wandle River, great support for birdlife
A setting more akin to the wilds of Cumbria, only a few miles from Central London!
One of 2 waterwheels left on the Wandle, there were more than 68 during industrial times
More Morden park
Even more of Morden Park
More confused plantlife!
And yet another waterwheel, this one actually working - Merton Abbey Mills