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Ramblers in London get up to lots of activities. Check out the individual groups' sites to see what they are up to.

You can see some of what we're up to on Twitter on the side of this page and the articles, below give a bit more detail about what's been going on or is planned in Inner London Area.

The Mayor's Environment Team is running a week of activities to celebrate London's National Park City status in July.  Of the more than 230 events, 30 are walks organised by the Ramblers in London.

Find out more here - Ramblers-led walks for National Park City Week

We are disappointed by Westminster Council’s announcement on 7 June that they are dropping plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street. Please see the statement from Ramblers here.

National Gallery offer to ALL Ramblers members

 

 https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/thomas-cole-eden-to-empire

 

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

11 June – 7 October 2018

The National Gallery London

Watch empires rise and fall, and lose yourself in the vast American wilderness, in the first UK exhibition dedicated to Thomas Cole.

A self-taught artist from Bolton in England, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was the greatest American landscape artist of his generation. Known for epic vistas, dramatic natural settings, and imaginative landscapes, Thomas Cole’s work depicts nature at its most powerful and vulnerable. His paintings glory in the unique terrain of the American Northeast – largely still unspoiled in his time - while serving as a cautionary tale about the use of natural resources in an increasingly industrial age.

The development of his ideas about America as he expressed them in pictorial form—paintings that helped lead America to value not just its land but its landscapes, too. Within his work is the beginning of a nearly thirty-year process leading to the first federal preservation of a specific landscape—the establishment of Yosemite and the nearby Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias in 1864—as what we now call a national park, an idea that would spread across the United States and then the world. 

This exhibition is a rare chance to see Cole’s epic works – mostly travelling from America – including his masterpiece the ‘Oxbow’, and his awe-inspiring portrayals of Eden showing the force of nature.

Cole’s paintings are shown alongside the sublime masterpieces by Turner and Constable that inspired him.

To celebrate Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire, the National Gallery is offering 2 for 1 tickets for Ramblers members. To redeem the offer simply show a valid Ramblers Members Card at the National Gallery ticket desk.

Opening hours:

Daily 10am–6pm

Friday 10am–9pm

 

The National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

 

T&C’s

  • Offer is valid for Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire. It runs from 11 June – 7 October 2018.
  • The promoters are the National Gallery, London.
  • This offer is open to residents of and visitors to the British Isles, aged 16 years or over.
  • One adult (or child) is admitted free of charge when accompanied by one adult who pays the full adult price. In the event of a full price and concessionary ticket being purchased together, the higher price ticket must be paid for. Only one discount may be used per two people.
  • The offer is obtained upon presentation of a valid Ramblers Members Card.
  • The offer may not be used in conjunction with or in addition to any other discount voucher, offer or concession rate offered by the attractions e.g. group rates or other special offers.
  • Tickets purchased in conjunction with the offer must be used on the day of purchase and this offer is not valid with any pre-booked tickets.
  • The promoter reserves the right to withdraw, amend or replace the offer without prior notification.
  • Offer has no cash value, non-refundable, non-transferable.
  • Tickets are subject to availability.

 

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A Ramblers walk beginning in Margate and visiting the surrounding area, celebrating the work of William Turner will be held on Saturday 15 September 2018

and

A Ramblers walk beginning at Manningtree and visiting Dedham Vale, celebrating the work of John Constable will be held on Saturday 29 September 2018

Watch this space more details

 

To celebrate National Walking Month, we ran running short Tuesday after-work and Friday lunchtime walks every week in May in conjunction with the City of London and Living Streets, to highlight the Hidden City.

The lunchtime walks were all on Fridays and run from 1pm to 1.30pm starting and ending at the corner of Bucklersbury and Walbrook, outside the Bloomberg Building (Bank Exit 8).

The Tuesday evening walks started at 5.45pm from different locations.

The City of London is a great place for walking with narrow alleys, high level walkways and quiet backstreets connecting quiet gardens, world heritage buildings, modern architectural gems and The Thames Path.

We hope to run another series of short walks in the City of London later in the year - watch this space for more details.

 

Ramblers General Council (our national AGM) is this weekend (7th-8th April) in Bangor, Wales. As usual, Inner London Area is well represented. 

Since since Inner London Area makes up more than 4% of the national membership (we are the second largest area by membership), we have three delegates - Caroline, Dick and Phil, who were elected at our Area AGM in February. We're joined by two observers, Michelle and Alistair.

We'll be joining other Inner London members currently active nationally level; trustees Alex (also national Treasurer), Des (outgoing Chair), Sophie, and Teri; and Agenda Committee member Clare. 

At General Council, we'll be talking about how the Ramblers can better serve urban communities and how to grow the organisation's membership. We're already the largest campaigning organisation for walkers, nationally and in London, but members are our lifeblood. 

We'll also be saying goodbye to Alex and Des from their current roles and electing their successors, and catching up with what our friends and colleagues across the country are up to.

General Council papers

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