Kenton & District U3A

RAMBLERS GROUP

Would you like to enjoy walking in the countryside with good company along the way? Then the Kenton & District U3A Walking Group could be ideal for you. We welcome new members and you don't have to be a seasoned walker to join us, just reasonably fit!

The walk, usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month, is led by a member of the group.

NEXT WALK: Sunday January 21st: Vauxhall & Pimlico Walk


DESCRIPTION This walk takes in historic Vauxhall through to Pimlico across parks and gardens. Starting from the Oval we will go via Vauxhall Park (another site rescued by Octavia Hill) then around Bonnington Square built in the 1870s to house railway workers and now a co-op housing association with a communal garden. This is near the site of the infamous Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens which we will walk through. The walk will take us along the riverside on the south side and after crossing Vauxhall Bridge along the northside riverside walk to Pimlico gardens. Then via St Georges Square to Bessborough Gardens and Riverside Gardens. We will finish here and either walk to Pimlico Underground or take a bus to Westminster.
Distance 2.5 miles
Minimum Time 3 hours
Gradient Level
Difficulty Low/Moderate
Landscape Urban/Parks/Riverside
Parking Not Applicable
Start / Time 10:00 am Preston Road Underground Waiting Room
Finish 14:00
Refreshments Water, bring lunch if needed. Cafes en route.


Sunday February 18th Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Walk

DESCRIPTION This walk starts from London Bridge Station from where we will explore Bermondsey once one of London's most blighted areas of social deprivation but now undergoing regeneration to become the latest trendy district in the capital housing the Fashion and Textile Museum and the White Cub gallery which promoted the work of the Young British Artists such as Tracey Emin and Damian Hirst.

The first railway line in London opened in 1836 between Bermondsey and Deptford and it was later extended to connect London Bridge and Greenwich. Tommy Steele was born in Geoerge Row.

New Concordia Wharf and St Saviours Dock recall the era when London docks were booming. Once known as Jacob's Island a notorious slum this is where Bill Sykes met his end in Dicken's Oliver Twist. JMW Turner sketched what was to become the Fighting Temerairefrom Cherry Garden Pier. Edward III and Henry IV lived in a 14th century manor whose foundations can still be seen near to the Angel Pub. Rotherhithe Street is the longest street in London covering 2 miles. The Mayflower which took the pilgrims to America was based in Rotherhithe and her captain lived and died in Rotherhithe.

Distance 3.5 miles
Minimum Time 3 hours
Gradient Level
Difficulty Low/Moderate
Landscape Urban/Park/Docks/Riverside
Parking Not Applicable
Start / Time 10:00 am Preston Road Underground Waiting Room and then to London Bridge
Finish 13.30 at Canada Water or Rotherhithe if walk is curtailed
Refreshments Water, bring lunch if needed. Cafes en route.




If you would like to join the group, please email the coordinator, Kevin O'Doherty, by clicking on his name or phoning him on 07958 482843 . For dates see Diary