New Members Walk: Windsor (Central) to Cookham via Thames Path – 11 (flat) miles, April 1st

New members walks are a great way for existing, prospective and new members to find out more about CLOG.

This walk heads away from Windsor (Central) (NOT Windsor & Eton Riverside) and it's dominating Castle out to open fields alongside the Thames. The walk follows the riverside path.

After about 6 miles of open countryside the Thames comes into Bray and on into Maidenhead, with its many large houses and its famous railway bridge.

 This bridge is thought to be the one painted by JWM Turner in his painting ‘Rain, Steam, Speed’.  We’ll try out its ‘singing arch’ before taking lunch either by the river or at Blue River CafĂ© (Main courses from £10 to £15 e.g. Roast £10.95 with lighter meal options).   Those wanting a shorter walk can depart for Maidenhead Station.

River Scene

 Beyond Maidenhead, cliffs line the North Bank of the river as the Thames Path heads briefly away from the river into the attractive village of Cookham where we’ll take Tea.

Trains:  Take the 09:50 from London Paddington to Slough (arrives 10:06 at platform 5) and change for the 10:12 (departs platform 1) to Windsor (Central) arrives 10:18.  We’ll be returning from Cookham trains at XX:21 past the hour. 

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Time for a Walk – Evening Walks for 2017

As British Summer Time approaches, it’s about time to spend some summer evenings outside.

In these brief histories of time, we will cross London in search of ways to track the passing of the days. So unwind, and spend a little time with Clog. These are walks when you won’t need to ask what the time is, because we will pass the time every now and then. Though I don’t guarantee either that all the clocks will be working or that there will be sun enough for sundials.

So expect sundials, clocks of all shapes and sizes, bells, and even a street where the night watchman used to tell the time on the hour. We will pass the randiest clock in Soho, follow a unique trail of 11 sundials, find where bells were made until this year, see Winston Churchill’s face in mid-clock, find the watchmaking district of London, and go to the home of time itself to discover why time is mean.

Some clocks do more than display the hours and minutes. The walks will be timed to take advantage. So expect bells that ring tunes, a couple of giants striking the quarter hours, and Mr Fortnum and Mr Mason doing their hourly exercise. Of course we will have to arrive on time to catch these moments.

The walks will normally begin between 6 o’clock and 7 o’clock, after the walk we may stay for a drink until a pub landlord calls ‘Time Please’.

More details for each walk, including meeting times and places, will come out a few weeks ahead of the walk, by email and on the calendar.


Provisional Timetable – dates and routes may well change:

The Times they are a-changing – newspapers over time – East from Temple Wed 5 April

Telling the time by bells and stars - Stepney Green to Liverpool St Tue 25 April

South London’s Sundial Trail – Forest Hill to Dulwich May

Time for a little luxury – Westminster to Marble Arch May

Clocks in the City – St Pauls to Tower Hill June

Station clocks and Railway time – Kings Cross area June

The home of time – Blackheath to Greenwich July

The clock and watch industry – Chancery Lane to Farringdon July

A riverside sundial sunset stroll – Richmond to Twickenham August

Imaginative timepieces – Oxford Circus to Temple August

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Canoeing/kayaking events this summer

We are hoping to organise the following events:

Evening canoeing up the Thames, from Limehouse Marina, and heading west towards the city with the last of the flooding tide, passing Hermitage moorings and a host of antique boats before passing under Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and London Bridge around:  £49 for two hours. Probably early August

Afternoon or evening canoeing (possibly both!) in one London's canals, probably the Lea.  This works out much cheaper than the Thames trip as the canals can done without professional guides. Around £25 for 3 or 4 hours. Sometime in the summer when the weather is hot!
Sea-kayaking and cycling weekend in Chichester (staying at the university). July 

A canoeing add-on/extension to the Fordwich Champing weekend Sometime this summer

Also possible a visit to the Reigate Caves.