The group started in 2015 with the aim of enabling members to explore on foot the rich heritage of different areas of London using material that had been devised, written and walked by Joan Gardam.
At present there are a total of 26 different walk routes, the majority of which are about 5 miles in distance. The group has become a very popular part of K2’s activities, and those who have been involved have learnt a great deal more about the history of London by walking through areas they may previously have been unfamiliar with.
The group is open to all K2 members for a small annual fee of £1 and is dependent upon some of those members volunteering to lead a small group of between 12 – 15 other members on one of the walks. The leaders choose the walk they would like to lead on a day and time suitable to them, and their travel expenses for conducting a “Recce” of the route prior to leading the walk are paid by the group. They then submit their offer to the Exploring London team for inclusion on the programme, see the link for the current programme.
A CD has been produced the content of which can be downloaded onto a memory stick. Each volunteer leader is provided with a current copy of the CD which contains the following information.
1. An information sheet about the background to the walk
2. Concise Leader’s Notes indicating Refreshment and Toilet stops, as well as information to be shared with the walkers at various points along the route
3. A map of the route marked clearly with all the above stopping points
Please note however that the CD/Memory stick should not be passed on or given to anyone else and apart from the Information Sheet (1), neither the Leader’s Notes nor the map should be printed out to be given to walkers on the day.
At present the group is run by a team including Helen B, Heather M, Kevin and Gill T, David B and myself. The team ensures that as far as possible a balanced programme of walks is on offer, on a regular basis throughout the months from March – October or later if weather is good enough. Whilst signing up sheets are available at the Exploring London table at each main meeting, it is now possible and preferable to add your name to a list by using the link on this page.
Future developments include the addition of new routes, the updating of some of the Leader’s Notes, and trial afternoon/evening walks.
See link : Synopsis of Exploring London Walks.
See Link : Exploring London Programme
See Link: list of Exploring London Walks
A Walk Leader can click on this link to Print or download a Blank Word Exploring London sign up sheet in word format.
(After clicking on the link, select either select 'Print' or 'Download in top right hand corner of the Word document)
Please contact the group membership secretary via email by clicking on the bird in the box on the right if you are interested in joining or finding out more about the group.