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#1 Ian Bull

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:50 AM

Hullo everyone,

Over the past six years I've had the privilege of meeting many of you through Walk London's guided walks. Those will hopefully return in September but in the meantime there's an unofficial yet bizarrely enjoyable walk on the Green Chain network next Friday night. All are most welcome and there's no charge or need to register.

* Friday 20th July - The 'Midnight Megawalk'

Meet outside Crystal Palace railway station at 22.30 for a leisurely yet remarkable stroll all the way to the far end of the Green Chain - overnight. It's 21 miles, but don't let that put you off, the landscape is so good that those tired feet will want to keep going.

This was suggested last year by a chap from Forest Hill. I took some persuasion but it was so memorable that a repeat is necessary.

After the first five miles we enter woodland for a pitch black stroll. Quite amazing! By the time we get to Eltham we'll see wonderful views across the whole of London at first-light - so good last year that we spent about 20 minutes watching. At 05.00, after much more dark woodland we arrive at Shooters Hill for sunrise, and there's no where better to see it as the view extends right over Essex and the estuary. The rest of the walk is almost entirely in woodland and I assure you, it does look lovely at that time of the morning. We arrive at Erith and the Thames at about 07.30 for plenty of trains home. Two excellent cafés have been identified in the London Bridge/Waterloo area for those who want to finish with a hearty breakfast. (!) Feel very free to PM or e-mail me for more details.

You should bring a torch and any supplies you might need. Note that drinking alcohol before or during this walk is a very bad idea - I speak from experience!

This walk is just for fun and is not supported by any public body. Anyone who partakes does so entirely at their own risk.

I look forward to meeting you at Crystal Palace station on 20th July at 22.30.

All the best

Ian Bull

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:19 AM

Wow! If I weren't working on a project that leaves me wrung out at the end of every day and on my knees by Friday, I'd have loved to have joined you, Ian! Next time, I hope - especially if it could be Saturday into Sunday.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:26 AM

Hullo Gill,

On Saturday 29th September there's the daytime version. Probably start at 09.30. It'll be the seventh and will be promoted by either the GCW or Walk London and always great fun. Hope that's of interest!

All the best

Ian

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:50 AM

Fantastic. In the diary!

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:18 PM

Hi Ian,

I will definitely come on the September walk.....Would love to do the night walk but off on holidays on saturday morning
Maybe you could do it again in the future...would love to be in the woods at midnight....somethig you don't do every day

#6 Ian Bull

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:46 PM

Hullo mpfg,

I expect that there will be a repeat of the night walk next year. This is a repeat 'back by popular demand'. I look forward to seeing you in September, the daytime version is always very well received.

Incidentally, the weather for Fri/Sat is looking remarkably good!

All the best

Ian

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:47 PM

Hullo everyone,

Just to say that I've just checked the weather for tomorrow's walk. The rain should be gone by 20.00 and by sunrise we may even have clear skies so, we won't get wet and it could be very pleasant. I checked part of the route today and it's muddy in places.

All the best

Ian

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:16 PM

Wow, I missed this when it was first posted. I wish wish wish I could go....sounds brilliant!

I'll aim to join next year.

#9 Ian Bull

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 01:26 AM

Never mind Ziwa. There'll be a daytime version on Saturday 29th September. I'll send details nearer the day.

All the best

Ian

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 01:15 AM

Many thanks to all those who attended this very successful walk. I appreciated the company of such a good group of people.

As you'll know, the scenery and views were splendid. They always are, yet no doubt improved by the over-night change to the weather. I think I'll find the rolling mists beneath Shooters Hill at first light to be a lasting memory.

I'll repeat this night walk next June or July. In the meantime they'll be the annual 'Green Chain Megawalk' over the same course but during the day on 29th September. I'll supply details closer to that time.

All the best

Ian Bull

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 12:52 PM

Wow, I missed this when it was first posted. I wish wish wish I could go....sounds brilliant!

I'll aim to join next year.


Me too!

#12 Ian Bull

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 01:53 AM

Hullo NickJ,

I'll keep all informed. Hopefully September will see TfL granting Walk London some more money. Then there'll be plenty more interesting walks around SE London.

All the best

Ian





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