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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.

Inner London Area’s AGM will be on Saturday 9th February 2019 from 2pm-4pm at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church on Shaftesbury Avenue in London.

The AGM will consider the formal business of the Area – electing committee members for 2019-20, electing delegates for General Council 2019 in Manchester (April 13th & 14th) and the Annual Report and Accounts.  

The guest speaker will be Alice Stevenson, author of Ways to Walk in London and Ways to See Great Britain, both published by September (www.septemberpublishing.org). Alice Stevenson is an author, illustrator, artist, surface pattern designer and educator. A native Londoner, her travels on foot around her home city inspire her writing and artworks. Alice lives and works in South East London (www.alicestevenson.com).

 

We will also be joined by Aynsley Jardin from Ramblers' Board of Trustees who will talk to us about Ramblers nationally.

We hope as many Ramblers’ members of Inner London and our groups as possible will join us for what promises to be an interesting and enjoyable afternoon.  Tea and home-made cake will be provided. 

NB. The venue does not allow dogs, other than assistance dogs, inside.

 

We're delighted that, once again this year, some of our groups are leading morning walks, open to all, and which will end at the venue with time for lunch before the meeting:

Capital Walkers

Start: 10am Hampstead Tube Station (Northern Line Edgware Branch) - 7 miles

We head to Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill, then descend from Parliament Hill and walk via quiet side streets (Belsize Park area) to Primrose Hill. After that we join the Regent's Canal and follow it to Granary Square, Kings Cross and then head via Russell Square to Bloomsbury.

London Strollers

Start: 10.15 Bethnal Green tube station (Zone 2, Central Line). Meet outside Cambridge Heath Road east side exit - 6 miles

A walk of about six miles featuring several open spaces, parks, gardens, streets and towpath. 

South Bank

Start: 10.45 Euston tube / mainline (Zone 1) - meet in Euston Square in front of the Robert Stephenson statue - 4 miles

A walk around Fitzrovia exploring some of the artistic and industrial past of the area between Fitzroy Square and Oxford Street, stopping along the way to see some interesting, curious and bizarre features.

 

  

West London Ramblers Web Site

From the first of October 2018, the West London Ramblers' group will be part of Inner London.

While Inner London boroughs (those served by the Inner London Education Authority, for those of us old enough to remember that!) are served by the Ramblers' Inner London Area, when the present southern areas were created in 1984, the outer London boroughs were assigned to the areas which spread beyond London into the home counties. In the case of West London, which was formed in 1955, this was into the Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and West Middlesex area, where it has been until now.

Like all of the Inner London groups, the West London Ramblers - which covers the London boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow - focuses on public transport accessible walks and is subject to London's government structures and policies.  With the approval of their previous area, Inner London Area, and the Ramblers' national Board of Trustees, West London group will be transferring to Inner London from the start of October 2018.

Currently, the London boroughs covered by Inner London have not had definitive maps and, hence, public footpaths.  Ealing and Hounslow do, however, and West London group will continue their work in protecting and maintaining them. 

We welcome West London to the area, and look forward to working together to improve walking in London for everyone.

One of the Ramblers' calls on the candidates at the last Mayoral and GLA elections was to support improvements to the Thames Path and other major walking routes in London.

In June 2018, TfL invited Inner London Ramblers to join Will Norman, London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner (a post which was another one of our campaign asks!) to celebrate the opening of a new riverside stretch of the Thames Path, joining the Thames Barrier to Woolwich.  Des Garrahan, former national Chair of the Ramblers and Inner London Area member represented us.

Previously, taking the extended Thames Path past the Barrier at Charlton required an inland diversion with a long drag down the busy A206; a forbidding prospect.

Now, the path takes, (at least during the daytime) a largely traffic free-route, with much more riverside walking.  This is made possible by two pieces of new infrastructure and negotiation of access through the former Siemens factory on the Westminster Industrial Estate. 

It creates the possibility of a fine day out, walking from Greenwich North to Woolwich, taking in the sights of the Dome, the Thames Barrier, and Woolwich Arsenal in just a couple of hours of walking.  A return to central London can be made by train from Woolwich or, more spectacularly, by boat.  Soon, the Crossrail service will make it even more accessible.

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.

 

 

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

 

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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 - more details are available here.

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

You can read Walking Class Hero's blog about Eden To Empire here.

 

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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