WALKS DIARY 2018

PLEASE NOTE: We always welcome friends and family but please note only Darent Cray Association members are covered by National Trust lnsurance. Anyone not covered will walk at their own risk. All routes are walked in advance to ensure that we walk as safely as possible.

We appreciate a minimum donation of £2 per person. Your generosity will go towards the Trust's Neptune Coastline Campaign.


PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU WEAR SUITABLE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ON ALL WALKS. WE ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU CARRY AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF DRINKING WATER.

Please Note:  

All walkers planning to join one of these walks should contact Rosemary or Geoff to confirm their probable attendance at least 3 days in advance of a walk. 

This will ensure that walkers can be contacted in order to advise them of walk cancellation e.g. in the event of bad weather or insufficient support to make the walk viable.

Email:  geoff.r.webdale@googlemail.com                                                 Home Tel: 01322 442856

Rosemary’s Mobile: 07990 951588                                        Geoff’s Mobile: 07741 495243

Sunday 13th May 2018 -  A Walk Around Avery Hill and Eltham Parks

Start time: 10:45                                                                         Walk Time:  Approx 2 – 2.5 hours

Meet Angela and Richard outside New Eltham Station (London bound side) for a leisurely walk through Avery Hill and Eltham Parks. We will be stopping early in the walk to enjoy a cup of coffee in the park although unfortunately the Winter Garden (2nd largest glass house in the country after Kew) is currently closed for refurbishment.  The history of this area can be traced back to the Domesday Book. The land that is now Avery Hill Park was a series of individual farms until the early eighteen hundreds when the farms were combined to form the estate of ‘Avery Hill’. First owned by James Boyd, (a wealthy sugar refiner) and then by John Thomas North, (an importer of Nitrates). It was Colonel North who built the lovely domed Winter Garden in the late 1800’s. 

If you plan to travel by train please check the new timetable and any planned service disruptions before travelling. 

For those travelling by car, parking is available in Southwood Road coming up from Five Ways towards New Eltham Station and the side roads off Southwood Road. Most parking restrictions only apply during the week and not on Saturdays or Sundays but do check before you leave your car.


Thursday 19th June                             A walk through London’s Docklands                      (EASY WALK)    

Start Time 11:00 am                                                      Walk Distance: Approx 3.5 miles

Rosemary and Geoff will lead this walk which covers much of what used to be known as the Surrey Commercial Docks, famous for its role in importing timber. Much of this area has been redeveloped. It retains some of the area’s industrial heritage together with some unexpected wilderness areas, an ecological park and a network of river and waterside paths.

We will meet at Canada Water tube station. Pre walk refreshments and toilets are available at the Surry Quays shopping centre which is close to the station. There will also be an opportunity to stop for a pub lunch on the way round.


Sunday 29th July    A walk From Lullingstone Country Park Visitors Centre       (EASY WALK with some hills)       

Start time: 10.30 am                                                                                                Distance:  4.0 miles

Rosemary & Geoff will be leading this walk starting from the car park at the Visitors Centre (note there is a parking fee of £2.50 at weekends). The park is well signed off of the A225 a mile south of Eynsford and then down Castle lane for 0.5m. 

We start our walk beside the river Darent to Lullingstone Castle taking a circular route through the Country Park and its woodlands back to the visitor centre. The terrain is undulating with one uphill section early on in the walk.

There are toilets and refreshments before & after the walk at the Visitors Centre. 








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