WALKS DIARY 2015 / 16

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.



All walkers should contact Rosemary or Geoff to confirm their probable attendance at least 48 hours in advance of a walk. This will ensure that walkers can be contacted to advise 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  14th January 2018 A walk round Footscray Meadows

Start time: 11.00 am           Distance:  Approx. 2.5 miles

Rosemary & Geoff will be leading this easy walk to start the new year. We will meet in the car park outside Kelsey’s Farm Shop, Water Lane (off North Cray Road) DA14 5ET. This will be an easy walk (no hills) taking in Footscray Meadows and five arches bridge. The cafe at the farm shop will be open for coffee before we start and we will return to the cafe after the walk where food (including a Sunday roast) will be available. Pre booking for lunchtime will be necessary though and we will be in touch before the walk to organise this for those who are interested.

Tuesday 27th February 2018 -  A Walk around the Isle of Dogs to Mudchute City Farm 

Start time: 11:00                                                Distance:  Approx             2.5 – 3 Miles

This walk will be lead by Rosemary and Geoff. Meet outside Island Gardens DLR station for a walk taking in a section of the Thames riverside and Mudchute City Farm. On our way we will pass the spot where Brunel’s Great Eastern was launched.  We will then proceed to Mudchute City farm. This takes its name from the chutes used to carry mud and soil away when the Millwall docks were excavated and is one of a number of city farms where livestock and animals are kept in inner city locations.  We can stop here for a coffee / lunch break.  We will then walk back to the Thames riverside path and return to Island Gardens DLR station through the gardens of the same name. There is a further opportunity for refreshments in the park cafe in Island Gardens.

Sunday 18th March 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 and if open, time to visit the Winter Garden (2nd largest glass house in the country after Kew).  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. Please note start time is based on current train timetable. Any alteration will be announced nearer the time together with information on parking restrictions (if any) affecting the area.

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