Conference walks, 2

An update on the walks on 7 and 11 July: see here for the original post. Lists of people who have signed up already are at the end of this post, and I will keep them updated. Please give me at least a week’s notice for the Thursday walk since I need to make a lunch reservation at the Woody Nook. This is not crucial for the Sunday walk; if you decide to come at the last minute, just be at Whitechapel station at 2.30pm.

The walks will be as previously announced: a walk on the London Loop on Sunday 7 July, and a walk in the Chilterns on Thursday 11 July.

Sunday walk

Jack's Lake

Since Stepney Green station is closed on Sunday because of engineering works (you may want to be aware of this if you are arriving that day), we will start from Whitechapel station, ten minutes walk west along Mile End Road. If you are going to be using public transport in London, e.g. getting to Paddington for the Thursday walk, I suggest that you get an Oyster card. The current plan is to be there at 2.30pm; let me know if this is terribly inconvenient for you.

We will take the District and Northern lines to High Barnet, and walk to Cockfosters, returning on the Piccadilly and Victoria lines and the Overground to Whitechapel.

The walk is part of the London Loop long-distance footpath. We walked it this morning in about an hour and three quarters, station to station, stopping often to look at things. We pass King George’s Fields with views over Central London (but not very good at the moment because the trees are in leaf); a house where David Livingstone lived, and another where Anthony Trollope lived; close to the site of the Battle of Barnet (1471), where Warwick the Kingmaker was killed in battle with Edward IV (and we could make a detour if anyone is interested in the tangled history of the Wars of the Roses), and Jack’s Lake on Hadley Common (picture above). The plan is to stop for refreshments in the Cock and Dragon, Cockfosters (picture below). This pub has Doom Bar, a tasty Cornish ale, among other things; it also has reasonably-priced Thai food, starting at 6pm, and this would be an optional place to eat if you don’t want to get back to town right away.

Cock and Dragon, Cockfosters

Another option would be to continue through Trent Park, a house with a very interesting history, including as a prisoner camp for high-ranking German officers in WWII whose conversations were eavesdropped on by German refugees hidden in the basement, and from which the first news of the Holocaust reached the British government. (We won’t be able to go inside, though.)

The Thursday walk

The main business of this walk is eating and drinking at the Woody Nook in Woodcote. But we pass through attractive country on the way there and back from Goring station, and it could be extended if anyone wants a longer walk.

We will take a train reaching Goring and Streatley at 11.06. You can either catch the direct stopping train from London Paddington at 09.57, or catch a fast train at 10.15 and change at Reading. I suggest the latter. At Paddington, get a day return to Goring and Streatley.

Allow an hour to get from Stepney Green to Paddington by tube (it will probably take less), and a bit of time to buy a ticket at Paddington.

Participants

For the Sunday walk:

  • Rosemary Bailey
  • Peter Cameron
  • Marcin Krzywkowski
  • John McSorley
  • Ian Wanless
  • Mike Newman
  • Nicola Durante
  • Russ Woodroofe
  • Ben Fairbairn
  • Cristy Kazanidis
  • Colva Roney-Dougal
  • Frank De Clerck
  • Peter Borg
  • Bert Seghers + 1
  • and probably several more

For the Thursday walk:

  • Rosemary Bailey
  • Peter Cameron
  • John McSorley
  • Mike Newman
  • Nicola Durante
  • Mark Jerrum
  • Bridget Webb
  • Russ Woodroofe (?)
  • Martin Liebeck
  • Anthony and Mary Hilton
  • Jeroen Schillewaert +1
  • Ben Fairbairn
  • Adam Bohn
  • Frank De Clerck
  • Reza Tavakol + 1
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