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Walking group

The MapRA walking group started around 2002 with the aim of modest but interesting and social walks. They have completed the Thames walk from Thames Barrier to its source; 2010 crossed London from Pole to Pole (from Hertfordshire to Surrey). 2011/12 various sections of the Capital ring.

Now walking the Lea valley:

Notes and photos from the latest Lea Valley walk:

Tuesday 1 November 2016 The Lea Valley

Another shortish round walk to savour the contribution the Olympic Games made to regenerating the Lea Valley.  Abbey  Mills go back to Saxon times,  Bow Bridge to Queen Maud in the 12C,  the Match Girls to 1888,  Forman's to 2012.  All this and much more in a stroll along the Lea Navigation as far as Here East,  lunch at one of a clutch of lively canal side cafes,  and then back to Stratford via the Queen Elizabeth Park and the Olympic Park.


Meet: outside Willesden Green Station at 9.20 ready to leave at 9.30. Jubilee Line to Baker Street and then Hammersmith and City to Bromley by Bow. We should reach our lunch  stop at about mid day or soon after,  and be back at Stratford  by mid afternoon or even sooner.  Home by Jubilee or Overground to Brondesbury.  


Early exit possible just before or just after lunch,  from Hackney  Wick on the Overground  and we are never far from buses.


Please let John know if you would like further details of each walk:  0208 459 5419 or john.f.mann@btinternet.com 

Tuesday 4 October 2016 The Lea Valley.

A dramatic change as we switch from Bow Creek, Leamouth and Trinity Dock,  to Hertford where the Lea Navigation begins.

From its source near Luton the Lea meanders southerly to Hatfield. where it turns 90 degrees left to flow east to Hertford. There it's transformed: as it's joined by three more rivers,  the Mimram,  the Beane  and the Rib.  At one point just to the south five parallel waterways head for London. Hertford may have even more waterways per person than Venice. 

Our walkabout will take in the first English synod, the world's oldest Quaker chapel, a splendid pub and much more. 

Only 20 miles away,  Hertford is another world from London.


Getting there is a bit of a problem.  Jubilee to Green Park,  Victoria to Tottenham Hale,  rail to Hertford East.  

Trains to Hertford East are infrequent and we need to allow time for the interchanges at Green Park and Tottenham Hale. 

In theory the journey from Willesden Green to Hertford could be done in about 75 minutes.  In practice,  to arrive at Hertford at 11.01 we need to catch the 10.25 from Tottenham Hale.

To be on the safe side please meet at Willesden Green station at 9.15,  ready to leave at 9.20.  It is worth getting this right because this railway runs  along the Lea Valley and we will use it several times.

For the journey home trains leave Hertford at 09 and 39 minutes past each hour.  Subject to agreement on the day I would suggest we aim for a train no later than 3.39. This would bring us back to Willesden G by 5pm.

Oyster cards may be used for the whole journey,  Freedom passes will get you on to the platform at Tottenham Hale but are valid only as far as Enfield Lock which is about half way between Tottenham and Hertford. M and I have both Freedom passes and Oyster cards which we usually keep for visitors so we have checked in with the Oysters at Tottenham.

There are no loos on any of the trains but at Hertford there are loos at Tesco next door to the station