All my Walks

Jun 7, 2015 by

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

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Growing and Learning

Oct 20, 2013 by

I’ve led quite a few walks now and really enjoy sharing what I’ve found out about an area. One of the best things about leading guided walks is the variety of people you meet. I’m often asked what kind of people come on my walks. The answer is ‘all kinds’. In some ways that could make it tricky. Who do you write your walks for? Where do you market them? What I am doing is writing walks that are accessible to everyone, interesting to anyone. I am able to adapt a walk ‘on the hoof’ as it were, adding more detail if I feel the audience would like it and making it more dramatic where appropriate. I am really proud to have joined the ranks of Footprints Guides. Footprints of London runs a website which...

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New Guide on the Block

Jul 13, 2013 by

Having just become the very proud recipient of a Clerkenwell and Islington Tour Guide badge, I thought it might be interesting to look back over the last few months and share some thoughts. You never know, they might help a potential guide decide to find out more about the courses on offer. I love learning, walking and meeting people. Having decided to cut down my working days in order to have more time to do some fun things, I was wondering what course I might do when I was pointed in the direction of the Clerkenwell and Islington Guiding Course at the University of Westminster with tutor John Finn and Chris Everett. I had been working in Islington for the last four years and thought I knew the area a bit so I prepared a short presentation...

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