Discovering my City – The Capital Ring...

Jul 5, 2014 by

Walking the dog on the Greenway near my house I often see walkers purposefully striding along. I noticed the Capital Ring sign where I enter the path and decided to check it out. The Capital Ring is one of a series of walks put together by Walk London. It is 78 miles long and links green spaces, rivers and canals in a walk around London by footpaths, bridleways and, where necessary, pavements. It took me to familiar places and undiscovered delights. Places I would never have been without the impetus of walking the route. Not physically demanding, nevertheless I felt a sense of achievement when emerging from the Woolwich Foot Tunnel at the finish. Divided into fifteen sections, with directions to the nearest tube or mainline station at the end and beginning of each one, the Capital...

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What’s in a church?

Dec 29, 2013 by

Having recently moved back to London I thought it would be fun to visit some of the famous London churches and see how they compared. I looked at: the building, welcome and atmosphere. 1. Westminster Abbey   It was pouring with rain for this, my first church, so it was not great to have to wait in the rain to be let in and then have to go through security checks. Everyone was told that the Abbey was not open for visits that day, only for the service which would be two hours long. This surprised me but I think it was an attempt to put people off going in for a free viewing as it was actually only    1 1/4 hours. What did happen was that people lied and said they wanted to...

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Walking Deptford Creek

Dec 20, 2012 by

Always on the lookout for unusual places to visit in London, I quickly signed up to walk Deptford Creek at low tide. I think that was in the summer sometime. As the date (in December) approached, I began to wonder whether I’d been a little hasty. The water was bound to be freezing and we’d had snow recently. What had I been thinking? We had been advised to bring extra thick socks and I brought two pairs (and a pair of tights) to be sure. I also brought lots of layers but, as it turned out, I was being unnecessarily cautious. The extra socks were good but it wasn’t nearly as cold as I expected and, down in the Creek, you are quite sheltered. The Creekside Education Trust runs a low tide walk for...

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