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Tuesday 7 September 2004 4.11pm
Can we move discussion of usernames to Chatter, please, and keep this thread for discussion of walking.

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Tuesday 7 September 2004 5.01pm
I think that Cultural Heritage Resources, the people (Kevin Flude et al) who run the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret still organise a couple of guided walks suitable for groups. I don't know if these are only offered daytime.

Historic Southwark (Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens London). http://www.thegarret.org.uk/southwarkwalk.htm

Medical Southwark and Public Health Walk (Guy's, Old St. Thomas's and Social Conditions in Victorian Southwark.)
http://www.thegarret.org.uk/publichealthwalk.htm

Cheapskates could just follow the itinerary yourself with a guidebook constructed from snippets posted on this site over the years...

CHP are also developing a project on The Lost Industry of Southwark

http://www.lostindustry.org.uk/index.htm

This is supposed to include a waymarked walk around the area, but the website (still under development and possibly partly done by students?) rather alarmingly states that it will be marked out with "plagues"!

http://www.lostindustry.org.uk/project.htm

Anyone been involved with this so far?


[BTW I had thought I knew most aspects of the "heritage industry" but I have to admit that the existence of an MA course at Central St Martins in "Creative Practice in the Narrative Environment" was a new one on me.]
Thursday 9 September 2004 9.11pm
Am pleased to say that I did get a very nice email from the national trails website - all the maps are up and running again. If you are thinking of walking along the Thames Path, I would certainly recommend this site - in particular it gives accessibility information - one of the things that occured to me when I was walking on Sunday is that some bits would be easy and fun to do with a pushchair or in a wheelchair, but some bits would be impossible:

http://www.nationaltrails.gov.uk/thamespathlondon/
Friday 10 September 2004 9.51am
[risking RB wrath again] - those of us who go "Ooh" when they see a stork, may wonder what prompted you to think of how nice it would be to take a pushchair, Harriet.

Do say I can start knitting. I was quite upset when TLMJJ insisted it really was her sister who's pregnant.

...if you press it, they will come.
Friday 10 September 2004 11.42am
Do you get storks on the thames? I would have thought herons would be more likely
Thursday 16 September 2004 1.36pm
If you pop into the Southwark Tourist Information Centre, located in Vinopolis at 1 Bank End, they have a range of attractive 'Walk This Way' booklets covering the area.
Wednesday 22 September 2004 8.17pm
The riverbank is obviously the fave walk in SE1, but if you get bored with it, don't forget you can pop down to the foreshore if the tide is out.

Tide tables at: http://www.portoflondon.co.uk/display_fixedpage.cfm?id=11&site=maritime
Don't forget they are in GMT not BST.

If you are familiar with the access points and the tides, you can walk all the way from London Bridge to Wesminster Bridge, and on an exceptionally low tide can even get under London Bridge to past Tower Bridge. Sensible footwear obviously recommended, and don't get cut off by the tide! The best area for 'newbie' foreshore explorers is between the Globe and the National Theatre - the surface is firm and there are plenty of stairs. And all the little bits of ancient and modern archeology down there are endlessly fascinating and usually much older than you would think.
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