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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Ben Uri Gallery

Jan 5, 2015 by

In my quest to check out some of the smaller museums and galleries of the capital, I was delighted to discover the Ben Uri Art Museum which is located just off Abbey Road in St John’s Wood. On two floors, the gallery is a perfect size, giving the visitor the chance to really look at the paintings, without feeling overwhelmed by the task ahead! I was the only visitor and received a very friendly welcome. The museum is free but invites donations to help it continue. The current exhibition is: Refiguring the 50s and has work from five artists; Joan Eardley, Sheila Fell, Eva Frankfurther, Josef Herman and LS Lowry. They have quite distinct styles but all the pictures on display have a common theme of working people. A book is available and the exhibition provides enough detail...

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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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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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