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Green Chain Walk - Fri 20th - Special event
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Ian Bull


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15-07-2012 03:02 AM

Hullo everyone,

Over the past six years I've had the privilege of meeting many of you through Walk London's guided walks. They 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

ianbull at btinternet dot com

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Ian Bull


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20-07-2012 02:21 AM

For those attending this excellent if eccentric walk, the weather is looking good! Rain ended by 22.00 and the possibility of clear skies by sunrise. I checked the route today and none has been washed away, muddy in places though.

All the best - Ian

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Ian Bull


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23-07-2012 02:08 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 to be a lasting memory.

I'll repeat the 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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