New Members Walk Hampstead Heath and Highgate Woods 9 Miles October 2nd

Starting and finshing at Golders Green, this is a country walk inside London. It is suitable for  existing, new and prospective members. Despite being well within  London it is over 85% on tracks and paths , passes through several ancient woodlands and visits many bodies of water. It even goes along a disused railway line. It is a good opportunity for prospective members or those just thinking about joining to meet existing members and find out more about CLOG

I will lead you past West Heath,  Parliament Hill (with one of the very best views of the City) and Highgate Ponds. Ascending Highgate Hill, we will   continue to Highgate Wood where I intend stopping  for lunch (you can buy a meal or a drink  or bring your own picnic to eat on the adjoining lawn) After going through Queens Wood we pass Highgate underground station (it is possible to leave the walk here),The Parkland Walk path is a ribbon of green woods high above the houses on  disused railway line. Crossing high above the Archway  we walk through  Waterlow Park to Highgate Village  then descend to Hampstead Heath passing Kenwood House Ken Wood itself and the strange oaks of Sandy Heath and the North End. Finally we walk down the Heath Extension before turning off to return to the start at Golders Green

There is no difficulty to the walk   but some paths are slippery and will be muddy if there is rain , there are some steep ascents and descents. Waterproof boots or shoes are recommended to protect your ankles and keep feet dry Bring waterproof clothing and be prepared  for a walk of this length.  I expect to finish at about 4.30 but this depends on the pace of the group. If necessary there are many places en routenear bus routes.

Meeting Arrangements
Golders Green tube station at 10:30am
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Next CLOG Pub Evening on Wednesday 21st September at The Anchor Bankside, Southwark, SE1 9EF

The CLOG publicity team is organising the next riverside pub evening on Wednesday 21st September to give existing, new and prospective a chance to meet up and socialise. This time we will be meeting at a well-known old pub, the Anchor Bankside in Southwark which has a terrace right beside the river. The address is 34 Park Street, SE1 9EF and it is on the south bank of the Thames between Southwark Bridge and London Bridge (right beside Cannon Street railway bridge). It was from this pub in 1666 that famous diarist Samuel Pepys witnessed the awful destruction of the fire of London – he wrote in his diary that he took refuge in ‘a little alehouse on bankside… and there watched the fire grow’.

We will be meeting from 7.00pm out on the terrace (or in one of the bars if the weather isn’t fine). The pub has a good selection of beers and a wide range of food from snacks to pub classics and also provides vegetarian options. The nearest tube station is London Bridge and the easiest way to find the Anchor is by joining the Thames path and following it along to the pub. Pease invite friends and colleagues who may be interested in CLOG. We hope to see you there!

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Cycle ride to Forbidden Foulness Island 25 miles Sunday 2nd October.

Foulness is the largest island in Essex and the fourth largest island in England. The island belongs to the MOD and was used for the testing of various missiles and torpedoes.  Around 160 local people live on the island.  There is one village, a post office and a 19th century church but alas the pub closed long ago. 

It is an island of isolated marshes and a haven for birds. Most of Foulness Island is strictly off-limits to the general public and normally only locals and their visitors and others with official business are allowed to cross the bridge to the island.  

The only other route onto the island is the ancient Broomway across Maplin Sands, where we've had walks across in previous years
The Broomway is not suitable for bicycles but it is possible for cyclists to visit the Foulness Heritage Centre on the island on the 1st Sunday of the month, between April and October.  The Heritage Centre is housed in the former school and is full of archaeological finds dating back to Roman times and local artefacts. 

The ride
Our cycle ride starts at Leigh on Sea station and we cycle along the cycle path on the sea front to Shoeburyness and Great Wakering.   The only access to Foulness Island by road is at Landwick police lodge (about a mile from Great Wakering) and we will need to explain the purpose of our visit (to visit the heritage centre) to collect passes to gain access to the island. 

 Access to the island is from 11:45pm and the Heritage Centre is open from 12pm to 4pm
We cycle about 5 miles up the spine road the island to the Heritage Centre where there is tea and homemade cakes.  After exploring the exhibits at the Heritage Centre, we cycle back the way we have come.  We are not permitted to deviate from the route to or from the Heritage Centre since that is our only business on the Island. 

After we return to the mainland, we pedal the last few miles to Shoeburyness station.

How do I get there?
Be on the 9:34 train from West Ham to Leigh on sea, getting in at 10:21am.  Get a super off peak day return day from Shoeburyness - cost is £7.85 with discount card.  This train starts from Fenchurch St.

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