All my Walks

Jun 7, 2015 by

SueI’ve been leading walks for two years now so thought it was about time I wrote something about what I offer, for the website.

Union Chapel

My first walk, and still a favourite is Creatives, Canons and the New River. It has two slightly different versions at the moment with a third in the planning stages. The original starts from Essex Road Station but, as that’s closed at the weekends, I also start from Highbury and Islington with a couple of different stops. Both walks stop for coffee at The Place, a lovely independent coffee shop with its own art gallery in the basement. Among the places we visit are: The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Canonbury Tower and, of course, the New River, possibly at its most beautiful section. We end at Newington Green, handy for all sorts of public transport and refreshments.

Riceyman Steps

Four Squares and a Circle starts from Angel Station and explores a quiet part of the former borough of Finsbury, finding out some more about the New River, discovering what Lenin has to do with Islington and learning about the three different groups of people who built the Georgian Squares in this part of the borough. We end in between Kings Cross and Angel Station.

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St Luke’s – A Hidden History, offers a gastronomic treat in the middle, when you have the opportunity to purchase your food from Whitecross Street Market, one of the best, and lesser known of London’s food markets. Local pub the Two Brewers invites you to eat your food there if you purchase a drink. Can’t complain at that.   As the title suggests, a lot of what I talk about is no longer visible but there is lots of interest to see and some great stories. Starting at Moorgate and finishing at Old Street.

East Ham Library

I now have two Newham walks with another planned. The first, East of the East End – Around East Ham, was the result of a challenge when I moved to the area. Not a typical tourist area, it is full of history and it was great fun looking around and choosing what would make an interesting walk, then researching all the details. Starting from East Ham Station and ending at Upton Park we learn about how the area changed from being completely rural in 1850 to becoming one of the fastest growing towns in the country after the station was built. Without spoiling things, the walk includes two stunning buildings, a beautiful park and a fantastic market.

Pleasure Gardens Gate

My second Newham walk is an ever-changing one as the area develops at a cracking pace. Dockers to Developers – A walk through Canning Town and beyond is a walk of two halves. Starting at Canning Town Station, we quickly leave the hustle and bustle to uncover some stories of the old neighbourhood, calling in at the Peacock Gym for a cuppa.  Then we head down to Royal Victoria Dock where a dramatic transformation is taking place before your eyes, with the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone. Historic Ship SS Robin, built just one mile away, is undergoing her final restoration here and as a contrast, on the north side of the dock is luxury yacht hotel Sunborn. Find out what happened to the ill fated London Pleasure Gardens before heading through award-winning Thames Barrier Park to end at the River Thames, by the barrier.

Thames Barrier

 

I run these walks for the general public regularly so, if you’d like to be added to my mailing list, please get in touch and I’ll send you my monthly email with the dates. If you’d prefer a private walk for your family or friends on a date of your choice, that can be easily arranged for a minimum of four people.

Contact me by email: sue@suesintonsmith.com
or phone: 07968 424738

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  1. Zena

    Hi Sue, thanks for the updates.
    How about ‘Creatives, Canons and the New River. Sounds really great and a lot of historical facts can be had from this walk. Speaking as an ‘Islingtonian’,this would be fab!
    May I suggest Saturday/Sunday of the seeking 21/22nd May 2016. Hope others agree with me. If not see you on another walk.

    • Hi Zena
      I’m so sorry I’m only just replying to your message now. I’ve been so busy doing other things, I’m afraid my walks and, in particular the website, have been very neglected. If you’d like me to take you around Canonbury, I’d be happy to do so. If you’d like to send me an email at suesintonsmith@hotmail.com, we can sort out a date. Best wishes. Sue

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