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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Friday, 1 June 2018

Green Chain Walk

Next week I will be setting off on my next long distant walk with five friends. Each year we get together for a week of walking. This time we are going to Spain for our long hike. To fulfil one of Paul's dreams we are walking El Camino to Santiago de Compostela. We are not walking the very popular French way which is 490 miles long but one of the lesser known routes from Ferrol. It is about 100 miles long which is about our usual distance. I have been doing lots of extra walks and fitness training in the gym so fingers crossed I won't suffer any injuries. A couple of weeks ago I went for a long walk locally. I wanted to walk for at least 6 hours so I decided to just set off from home and to keep going. Many of you who follow my blogs will know I live in London just a 15-20 min journey from the centre. This walk will show you how much green space we have in the suburbs of London. 
I followed the signposts for the Green Chain Walk. This well signposted series of walks stretches for 50 miles from the River Thames and links parks, woodlands and fields across SE London. All the walks are interlinked so it is easy to go from one to the other. I picked the pathway up just at the end of my road and followed it across a park and playing fields into some woodland.

You do have to cross roads and walk down residential streets but those were few and far between.

Many different patches of woodland had been cleverly linked and some
 were new to me I am ashamed to say seeing as I live a short distance from them

Signposting was very informative

Perfect pathways for motorised wheelchairs 
I am now going round another park.

The next section of woodland had these carvings at the side of the path.

I walked past a few ponds with their wonderful reflections.

I needed to walk through Chislehurst Village to the next section of the walk.

This memorial cross was erected in memory of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's husband) in 1880 by the people of Chislehurst.

I walked alongside the railway lines but going back through the woods

He just popped out from the hedgerow to say hello before finding his way back to the pond.

The day was very hot and by mid afternoon I decided to go home. I had walked about 15 miles so I was happy enough with my efforts. I hope when I start the walk next week I am still happy enough with my efforts!

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  1. Lovely paths to follow! The wood carvings are quite whimsical too.

  2. A Deightful post and a fabulous relection. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Wishing you a safe and happy long walk. These paths are wonderful ... what an adventure!

  4. Such a wonderful place to walk! I look forward to your adventure with your friends, and wishing you many miles of pain free enjoyment! :-)

  5. It's a very pretty walk indeed. I would need to break it down more to shorter sections. Much studying of train and bus timetables, I think. It may have been hot, but the blue sky makes for very nice photos.

  6. Good for you! And I want to hear all about your trip in Spain. That will involve some mountains, right?

  7. What a beautiful area to be able to walk in - that is a lot of green space so close to a city.

  8. Few years back I visited few place in the United Kingdom. I love to go back again and again to the suburbs and villages there. All the best for you walk..

  9. It's amazing you can walk through pleasant greenery for so long so near London. I look forward to hearing about your 100-mile trundle through Spain. I hope your efforts to train all result in a very pleasant walk.

  10. My goodness!! This is quite a feat, and such a beautiful area.

  11. Well done! I'm sure you will be fine in Spain. Look forward to hearing about it.

  12. Love the beautiful ponds and cute bears...I have a friend you just completed the Camino last week.Look forward to updates from you.

  13. From just your pictures it would be hard to guess that it's near London. It's nice that there's so much green around. It looks so peaceful.

  14. What a fun thing to do with friends and so good for your health. We need to walk more. When we are on holiday we do, but when we are home we don't. - Margy

  15. Great practice for your walking holiday.

  16. That just may be the most beautiful training walk I've ever seen in my life. I love the way you just drop the sentence in about deciding to just set out and go for six hours! Off to catch up on the whole walk, which i'm sure you're back from by now.


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