A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
A friendly group of people from Bowes Park and Bounds Green who enjoy walking in congenial company. Weekend walks take place once a month,
You are very welcome to join us.Information: 020 8881 5195 / 07795 640464.
About the Walking Group
We are a friendly group of people living in and around Bowes Park and Bounds Green who enjoy walking in congenial company. Monthly weekend walks range from the local to central London to the rural. We aim to walk all year round – only really bad weather will stop us! New walkers always welcome - come and try us out. We also hold occasional social events.
NB: Always dress appropriately (rural walks may be muddy) and take water with you.
More information from email@example.com.
Founder member Catharine Perry talks about the Walking Group in this video
Sunday 31 August - Boston Manor to Kingston (total 9 miles - but with plenty of options to shorten).
Meet Bounds Green station at 10:00.
We catch a direct train to Boston Manor (your chance to sample the mysterious western end of the Piccadilly Line!)
We join the towpath of the Grand Union Canal for the short walk into Brentford via a magnificent 1820's cast iron bridge. Brentford was until relatively recent times an important inland port where the canal met the Thames. From Brentford we enter Syon Park to pass Syon House. Toilets should be available and possibly refreshments too. If possible we will take a short refreshment break here, but bring a drink anyway in case we can't.
Leaving Syon Park we enter historic Isleworth with its attractive waterfront. Continuing close to the Thames we will reach Richmond Lock where we will cross to the south bank to reach Richmond for a break. Plenty of opportunities for refreshments here. We will have done over 4 miles by this point so some may wish to finish here.
Those who don't can continue beside the Thames, walking past Petersham meadows and Ham House (the view of which from Richmond Hill has statutory protection). We pass Eel Pie Island and Teddington Lock. This is the limit of the tidal reach on the Thames. On one of the lock buildings is a brass plaque with a bad grammar howler...from the 1850's! We now reach Kingston where there are plenty more refreshments available.
A train can be taken from here to Vauxhall for the Victoria Line north to Finsbury Park, or possibly a bus back to Richmond or South Ealing (for the Piccadilly Line). If anyone wants to break off between Richmond and Kingston we will remain close to buses which will take you to Richmond.
Sunday 28 September Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace via Parkland Walk, Queen’s Wood and Highgate Wood
Saturday 25 October Lover’s Walk, Victoria Park, Coppett’s Wood, Bounds Green Brook
Sunday 30 November Urban walk
New Year’s Day 2015 walk Local walk
Monday 11 August - Evening walk via Oakwood and Grovelands Parks to Ye Olde Cherry Tree Pub, Southgate Green
Wednesday 16 July - Bounds Green to Stroud Green
Saturday 28 June – Wanstead to Chingford
We got to Wanstead in 50 minutes. Weather was as forecast. One heavy downpour while we had coffee and lunch, and another when leaving Wanstead Park. After that only a few light showers and wet grass to contend with. It was an interesting, green, easy walking, no roads walk. And the information centre was open in Wanstead Park. Despite being a Centenary Epping Forest Walk, it is not waymarked. Having pre-walked it twice, the final route still varied slightly. Definitely a walk to be done with somebody who roughly knows it. But we got to Chingford, earlier than expected, and enjoyed the usual pub finish. Despite some rain, a good walk.
Wednesday 11 June - Enfield to Bowes Park
21 walkers (probably a record number) came for all or part of this delightful midsummer-ish evening 4.5 mile walk along the New River from Enfield. Those that lasted out to the end felt we had earned our convivial drinks in The Step which rounded off the evening.
Sunday 25 May - walk from Debden to Theydon Bois via Abridge
Monday 12 May - evening walk from East Barnet to The Ranelagh
Saturday 26th April - Walthamstow Marshes
Sunday 30th March - a walk round historic Chelsea
There was a good turnout for this walk, which included a visit to Ranelagh Gardens, (a pretty wooded park within the grounds of the Royal Hospital), which was new to most of the walkers.
Saturday 22 February – 6 mile linear walk: Watton-at-Stone Station to Hertford North Station.
A scenic walk in Hertfordshire passing through a country estate and alongside the River Beane
Sunday 26 January Spitalfields and Whitechapel
A good sized group braved the rain and cold to sample some of the delights of the east end, including a Hawksmoor church, Spitalfields market, a Grade1 listed shopfront behind Liverpool Street Station, and a former doss-house where Stalin and George Orwell once stayed - now converted into posh flats.
Wednesday 1 January - Edmonton to Winchmore Hill
Sunday 24 November 'Primrose Hill, Regents Park and St. Johns Wood'
12 of us had an enjoyable ramble around Primrose Hill, Regent's Park and the canal, enjoying the views from Primrose Hill and the autumn colours of the trees everywhere. We stopped at "The Hub" in Regent's Park for tea and cake, and ended at a pub in St John's Wood.
Saturday 26 October - "Ally Pally deer park to John Constable's grave, Hampstead"
Saturday 28 September "Tottenham Hale to Upper Clapton"
Saturday 31st August 2013 - Broxbourne to Cheshunt
Thursday 22 August (evening walk) - Friern Barnet to Fortis Green
13 of us braved the uncertain weather and enjoyed a mostly dry stroll among some lesser known parts of our locality. Coppetts Wood, Muswell Hill Playing fields and Coldfall Wood provided a delightful walk. We finished up in the enormous back garden of the Clissold Arms before catching the 102 bus back to Bounds Green.
Sunday 28 July, Mill Hill to Brent Cross and Finchley
Monday 15 July, evening walk “A wander around Winchmore Hill and a walk in a park”
Fourteen walkers spent a warm July evening exploring Winchmore Hill Green, including a visit to the Quaker burial ground, and a walk through the splendid landscaped grounds of Grovelands Park. From Grovelands we cut through the Meadway estate to Southgate Green for refreshment in the (very busy) beer garden of Ye Olde Cherry Tree pub. Leaving the pub some of the group choose to walk home just as the evening sky was turning a beautiful shade of red, predicting another fine day to follow.....
Saturday 29 June - walk around St Albans
Friday 21 June Summer Solstice evening walk - woods and paths near Hampstead Garden Suburb
Saturday 25th May _ Regents Canal
A large group of us walked from Kings Cross along the Regents Canal as far as Victoria Park, Hackney, by way of Angel and Chapel Market. We enjoyed a delicious lunch sitting outside a cafe in the Lauriston Road ‘village’ area, before returning home.
Thursday 16th May "Saunter in Southgate"
A group of 4 set off from Southgate Station on a pleasant but slightly chilly evening, along Crown Lane (parallel with Chase Side). Then through the Asda car park to a pathway leading downhillthrough some allotments (probably unknown to many of those shopping at Asda).Then along Hillside Grove and Park Road, along the footbridge over thePiccadilly Line just after it comes out of the tunnel, and alongside the
M&S car park. Up Tudor Way and and past some houses with old high front
garden walls in The Bourne (once the boundary wall of Southgate Grange). Then
along a pathway to Leigh Hunt Drive and into Southgate High Street opposite the
College. Past some more houses with original high walls. Right into Blagdens
Lane and along the footpath at the end into Mayfield Avenue and the path along
the side of the sports field to Waterfall Road. Then along Waterfall Road to
the garden of the Cherry Tree, then home by bus
Saturday 27 April – circular waterside walk between Hertford and Ware
Sunday 24th March - Lover's Walk to Princess Park Manor
Seven walkers braved the unseasonably cold weather to do this local Barnet afternoon walk. This was all new territory for everybody except for one walker who was able to add a bit of local knowledge. We first walked Lover's Lane, crossing our well known Dollis Brook, and then visited Victoria Park (the Finchley one). We then explored Glebeland and Coppetts Wood Local Nature Reserves. Next we followed the route of the still visible Bounds Green Brook to Atlas Road Park and finished at the new Princess Manor Park where we learnt something about its former life as the Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum. We finished our outing with a refreshment stop at our local, the‘Step’.
Sunday 24th February - Winchmore Hill to Southgate, leader Kevin McGarry
A sizeable group walked from Winchmore Hill Station across Winchmore Hill village green and down Church Hill, past the Quaker burial ground and St Paul's church. Then into Grovelands Park, by the side of the wood and the lake. Then across The Bourne and through the Meadway estate to Southgate High Street. Then Blagdens Lane and a rural looking pathway, through the Old Southgate Cemetery to the Minchenden Oak. Then up Waterfall Road to the Cherry Tree at Southgate Green for some well earned refreshments. Then either back to Bounds Green by bus 299 or walk down Cannon Hill and through Broomfield Park including a visit to the Peace Garden.
Sunday 27th January - Greenwich to Woolwich
Greenwich to Woolwich taking in the Cutty Sark, Royal Naval College, O2 centre, riverside views, the Thames Barrier and Woolwich Dockyard.
Tuesday 1 January 2013 New Southgate ramble
Sunday 25 November - Angel to St Pauls
A large group of walkers joined Dave Flett on a bright Winter day for an enjoyable and informative walk from Angel to One New Change.
Saturday 27 October - Farthing Down, Happy Valley and Chaldon Church
Seven of us braved the weather to enjoy the delights of Happy Valley. Within minutes of leaving Coulsdon South Station we were walking up onto Farthing Downs with views in all directions. The rain came in and we made our descent through the woods. When we came out of the woods into Happy Valley the clouds opened up and the valley was bathed in sunshine, highlighting all the autumn colours.
We entered the next woods to leave the valley, negotiating the mud and many joggers. On leaving these woods the heavens opened up to make more mud before we finally took refuge in Chaldon Church to admire the 12th century mural which showed us in no uncertain terms how to get to heaven and stay out of hell. We did manage to at least have dry weather on our way back to Happy Valley.
We then made our steep ascent back up onto Farthing Downs. Now walking north we could see back to North London which was under a mass of dark clouds which split off to each side of the downs. This gave us good views of the Shard, Crystal Palace and Canary Wharf. Having made our way off Farthing Downs, we settled into a local pub to refresh ourselves before our journey home.
Saturday 29 September - Egham to Windsor
On arrival at Egham, we took the Royal Holloway University bus to the university. The building was unexpectedly beautiful. We hopped back onto the bus which dropped us off near the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial. Particularly artistic, the memorial has the names of 20,000 airmen who were lost in WWII without trace. There was a fantastic, clear 360 degree view, taking in most of London’s key landmarks, the Thames, many reservoirs and, of course, Windsor Castle.
Then we began our country walk from Egham to Windsor. We headed west, below Old Windsor Wood and up through the Prince of Wales Plantation until we reached the Statue of King George III at the top, taking in another beautiful view of Windsor Castle and the Great Park. The statue and the view were great photo opportunities. After this it was a brisk hour’s walk with the promise of a well-earned pub lunch at the end. On the way, we saw a very large herd of deer, gave way to horse-riders at a ‘crossroads’ and were also lucky enough to spot a red kite in flight, pointed out by our very knowledgeable walking guide. The walk ended with a pleasant stroll through the town, with its tourists, wedding parties, boats, hilly streets, and of course its pubs, where we rested and refreshed ourselves before heading back to Bowes Park. A great day out was had by all.
Sunday 26 August. Circular walk in the Lee Valley from Cheshunt
15 people set out on the walk from Cheshunt on the pleasantly sunny Sunday afternoon of the August Bank Holiday weekend.
We set off going north along the Waterbird Discovery Trail. As we made our way up the path we passed dog-agility apparatus and to our right the YHA London Lee Valley with its six waterside cabins. At Cadmore Lane we headed east, initially along a bank between Cheshunt Lake and North Metropolitan Pit. A footbridge afforded panoramic views over Seventy Acres Lake to the left and Hooks Marsh Lake to the right. We headed south along Horsemill Stream, and a few hundred yards along paused to examine the sluice gates. We walked down as far as Waltham Town Lock, and then joined the Lee Navigation towpath for a very short section before heading to a bridge near the Lee Valley White Water Centre, which was the venue for the Olympic white water canoeing.
Further on we looked out over Hall Marsh Scrape, a former gravel pit which is now a simulated floodplain grassland. We followed a lovely winding path between Hooks Marsh Lake and Friday Lake and then Police Pit. A thoroughly enjoyable walk with rich stocks of wild fowl (geese, swans,coots, moorhens, mallards) to observe. The group adjourned to a pub near Cheshunt Station, for well-earned refreshment.
Thursday 16 August. Evening walk in Wood Green and Tottenham
A group of twelve walkers assembled at Wood Green Station on a hot summer's evening. The group walked through the Noel Park Estate, a late nineteenth and early twentieth century garden suburb of about 2200 dwellings, in the valley of the culverted River Moselle. The estate was built by the Artisans Labourers and General Dwellings Company, and was named after Ernest Noel, a Scottish MP. Most of the streets are named after directors of the company.
We then walked through the Belmont Recreation Ground and Downhills Park and into the Lordship Recreation Ground, through a wooded section to the partially refurbished Model Traffic Area (a layout of miniature roads for children on bikes, intended to teach road safety in safety, which at one time had working traffic lights, belisha beacons, etc). Past the pond and along the banks of the River Moselle (rather smelly).
Then through the Broadwater Farm Estate, where all the blocks of flats are named after wartime airfields. We stopped to look at the mural of a waterfall of the side of one of the blocks.
We then crossed over Lordship Lane and went through Bruce Castle Park, past All Hallows Church in the heart of old Tottenham village, to the Antwerp Arms for refreshments before returning home.
Saturday 28 July - Penge West, Crystal Palace, Horniman museum
On a sunny day six of us ventured forth to Crystal Palace via the Overground line. Crystal Palace Park made for an interesting walk. We not only had dinosaurs, but bearded dragons as well. There were distant views east and south from the old Crystal Palace site and we had lunch at the park cafe.
We then explored the disused railway line walk, which included the ancient Sydenham Woods. This took us to the Horniman Museum gardens where we had a look at the architecture before having our afternoon tea. The gardens have had a lot of work done to them this year and make for a very attractive place to visit. One person left us and we were now five. The walk continued through Camberwell Old Cemetery and then up to the top of One Tree Hill, which included more ancient woodland. The climb rewarded us with a great view across London back to Alexandra Palace. One person left us and we were now four. After our descent, the walk continued through Camberwell New Cemetery and then on through Nunhead Cemetery, which is one of the 'Magnificent Seven' cemeteries, along with Kensal Green Cemetery. One person left us to wander the cemetery and we were now three. We three got a bus back to Honor Oak (near One Tree Hill) and settled into a bar by the station before the return journey home.
Wednesday 11 July: Evening walk in the Lea Valley
It was raining at Bounds Green when two of us set off, but when we came out of Tottenham Hale station the rain had stopped, and by the time we were walking north along the Lee river past canal boat homes, it was brightening and there was a tern swooping to and fro over the river (exciting for birders). By the time we had reached Tottenham Marshes (http://www.tottenhammarshes.org)and a community art project which was informative about the history of the marshes, there was sun! We rambled across the historic meadows, which look pretty much like any meadows, but have been in existence for centuries. Despite the hum of the north circular, it is difficult to remember that Ikea is fairly close by. We would recommend this as an area to explore – easily accessible from the Victoria Line at Tottenham Hale, and with the possibility of returning to Wood Green on the W3, which terminates at Northumberland Park station. If at Tottenham Hale you turn right from Ferry Lane to go south on the river path, in about 10 minutes you reach the Markfield Beam Engine museum and park, and can carry on down to wherever you hit security at the Olympic Park. Catharine Perry
Meanderings in Mill Hill, Sunday 24 June
A group of seven set out by bus from Arnos Grove and alighted at Totteridge War Memorial. After a quick look at the war memorial and a visit to St Andrew's Church, we set off down a woodland path accompanied by a stream of water. At the end of the downhill part, it started to rain quite heavily, so we sheltered under the trees. When the rain had eased off, we walked across a field (where we were ignored by the cows), and along the path by the Folly Brook. Then past Mill Hill cricket ground, to the Finchley Garden Centre. There we sat in the sunshine enjoying tea or coffee. Suitably refreshed, we walked up to The Ridgeway (the only uphill part of the walk). We stopped for a few minutes at the pond on Mill Hill village green, to watch a mother duck and ten ducklings. Then on through the muddy grounds of Mill Hill School, before going downhill to Page Street. Here three of the walkers waited for a 221 bus (which goes to half of everywhere). The remaining four carried on along the old railway line to the north of Copthall Stadium, and on to Mill Hill East Station, where we caught a 221 bus back to Bounds Green.
Muswell Hill to East Finchley, Tuesday 19 June (evening walk)
Shooters Hill, Eltham Palace, King George's walk, Mottingham, Sunday 27th May
On a glorious sunny day nine people set off for South-East London. A voyage of discovery for some...We travelled by train to North Greenwich then bus to the top of Shooters Hill. Firstly we entered Castle Wood to locate Severndroog Castle, an 18th Century folly. This is a tall tower which used to be open to the public, but nowadays is rather ruinous. Continuing through ancient woodland it wasn't far to a cafe with a great view, at the top of Oxleas Meadow. Refreshed, we descended the hill, crossed the former A2 road to plunge once more into woodland. We walked through Eltham Park North to reach what is now 'Royal Eltham'. After lunch we walked across the moat to Eltham Palace. This has to be London's best kept secret - a medieval royal palace where Henry VIII lived as a child. Entry to the grounds and to the magnificent Great Hall was free, and we availed ourselves of this. Then we set off along King John's Walk, a path from the palace that nowadays goes through a riding stables, but was until recently a farm with beef cattle just 9 miles from Charing Cross. Then via the 'Green Chain Walk' to Grove Park to catch a train back into central London. So, just because South-East London doesn't really feature on the tube map it doesn't mean it’s terra incognita full of dragons!
Finsbury Gardens (Bowes Park) to Crouch End and pub Wednesday 16th May 7pm
The May evening walk was from Finsbury Gardens to Crouch End. Nine walkers took part and thankfully we had a dry evening though muddy underfoot. The walk took two hours and included information on local sites and history. These included the location of the old Alexandra Palace Horse racing course, the New River reservoirs, the New River Village housing estate and old Pumping Station, Hornsey Green and St Mary’s Church garden and Priory Park. We had various views of Alexandra Palace from different locations, and Queens Wood was very atmospheric at dusk. We finished at the Queens pub in Crouch End.
Saturday 21 April - Cuffley to Gordon Hill/Crews Hill
A commendable party of 11 set out in the sunshine (!) from Cuffley Station Viaducts have been a recurrent theme on BPCA walks and after only a short distance we passed Soper’s Viaduct built to carry the railway into Cuffley over the Northaw Brook. Following a bridleway edging woods we reached a cross-roads of paths where 4 of the 11peeled off to take the shortcut option (3 miles) to Crews Hill Station via the garden centres. [Note from short walker – “it was lovely, give or take the M25, and we enjoyed a cup of tea al fresco before heading home/hitting the garden centres”.] The remaining 7 continued along bridleways past woodland and between hedgerows to cross the M25 via a footbridge. It was then a short trip across several fields to reach the King and Tinker Pub for well-earned refreshment. On leaving the Pub we entered Whitewebbs Park and took a pretty route via the mallards and mandarin ducks on the pond, to head down through the woods and then along a path beside an old stretch of the New River (another recurring theme on BPCA walks) before it was straightened. At the junction of this path with a bridleway, we paused to admire a nicely restored aqueduct built to carry the New River over Cuffley Brook. The group left the park, picking up a path which led down into Hilly Fields Park. We followed the intricate meanders of the Turkey Brook through Hilly Fields before doing a wide loop to head along side streets to Gordon Hill Station. Thanks to Caroline Wall for leading the walk.
Sunday 25 March - Kensal Green to Warwick Avenue
The walk included a guided talk about the places of interest. Before lunch we walked around Kensal Green cemetery and saw up to 20 monuments/graves of people with interesting histories. After a very nice lunch at the local deli, or picnics in the cemetery, we walked along the canal with diversions to various places of interest. These were, Portobello Basin, Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, Meanwhile Gardens, Trellick Tower, Westbourne Green, St Mary Magdalene Church, Little Venice Basin, Paddington Basin, Rembrandt Gardens and Warwick Avenue area. We finished at an attractive listed pub and some of us included a second attractive listed pub before the journey home.
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