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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.

Ramblers in London welcome the new Canal & River Trust towpath code, Share The Space, Drop Your Pace.

Canal & River Trust want everyone to enjoy visiting their canals and rivers and, more than anything, they want people to be safe.  With towpaths busier than ever this is something that all visitors need to play a part in.

Dick Vincent, the national towpath ranger says "If you’re in a rush, the towpath is not the best place for you so please choose a different route.” 

The Canal & River Trust website includes videos with tips on sharing the space https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/our-campaigns/share-the-space-our-towpath-code

 

The Mayor of London has released his Transport draft Strategy https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/…/mayors-transport-strat…/…

The strategy sets out his plans to transform London’s streets, improve public transport and create opportunities for new homes and jobs, to ensure London is a fairer, greener, healthier and more prosperous city.

The online survey will ask your opinion on the key parts of the strategy. Please complete this survey before midnight on Monday 2 October 2017.

We would ask Ramblers members to please respond, focusing on the Healthy Streets and Healthy People section, and the importance of walking and of a good walking environment in London. The document refers to the Strategic Routes, London's long distance walking paths, which, in some instances, need improved signage and better road-crossings to reach their full potential.

Whilst there are comment fields throughout, if you only want to comment on walking, it will be quick to complete.

We're pleased to announce two more dates for our popular walk leader training in September and November.

Thinking of volunteering to lead a walk for your group? Or want to brush up on your leading skills and share your experience with other leaders?

Then join us on a free (to Ramblers members) walk leader training day organised by Inner London Ramblers – a great way to boost your confidence and improve your skills. 

The one-day course is facilitated by an experienced walk leader and trainer and includes a short demonstration walk. It covers all the basic skills of walk leading including:

  • ·       Choosing an appropriate route
  • ·       Qualities of a good walk leader
  • ·       Managing a group
  • ·       What to do before, during and after the walk
  • ·       Dealing with incidents

It’s an interactive day so be prepared to share your own experiences and insights.

Note that the course focuses on group management and walks in easy terrain, including urban areas. It doesn’t cover technical navigation skills or challenging walks in upland areas.

Saturdays 11:00-16:30 hrs:        

23 September 2017  18 November 2017

Bankside Community Space, 18 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0SU. An excellent venue in a central location close to the Thames Path and on National Cycle Network route 4. Southwark Tube is a short walk away and London Bridge station not that much further.

Courses are open to all Ramblers members, regardless of your group, and are free, subject to availability. 

Lunch isn’t provided, so bring a packed lunch or there are shops and cafés nearby. Bring outdoor clothing and comfortable footwear for the demonstration walk.

Advance booking is essential. Book online at Eventbrite.

The Thames Path is on diversion again between Greenwich and North Greenwich due to works on the river wall on the West side of the peninsular.  The diversion will be in place until February 2018.

Both Ramblers' Inner London Area and the local Blackheath Group have written to the Highways Authority in Greenwich to stress the importance of the Thames Path in Greenwich, and to request that, if any part of the path can be re-opened before February 2018, then this should be done.

The walk between Greenwich and North Greenwich is one of the most popular sections of the path, and the diversion runs for about 20 minutes, taking the path along the very busy Blackwall Tunnel approach. 

We do hope that walkers will not be put off from using the path whilst it is diverted - but roll on February 2018.

Please see the diversion route here.

On Saturday 1st April the Ramblers General Council, elected broadcaster and writer Stuart Maconie as its national President. 

Stuart is a keen advocate for walking and access to the countryside, and has the public profile to carry Ramblers' messages to the wider public.  Read more about it, and watch a video where he explains what he's looking forward to doing in his role on the Ramblers website here - http://www.ramblers.org.uk/news/news/2017/april/stuart-maconie-named-as-our-new-president.aspx.

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