Our plan for 2020 is to run four seasonal slow marathons around the boundary of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London which quite remarkably is almost the exact distance of the marathon. Arguably we can’t walk up the centre of the Thames or along Deptford Creek and it wouldn’t be much fun to walk along the A2 for long, so what we’re hoping to establish is a pleasant route that keeps us close to the borough boundary. Greenwich may have been an Olympic borough, but it has many other spectacular places to visit, boasting a World Heritage site, The Millennium Dome, the Thames Barrier and on our walk we will cross the Prime Meridian at least twice, stepping from one hemisphere to another. It’s northern boundary is the river Thames and our route will be on a National Trail but it will also include part of the Green Chain one of London’s six strategic walks. Greenwich is one of the greenest London boroughs, and there is a ridge of chalk that runs almost its entire central spine, which means that some of our route will involve climbing but we will try to avoid the steepest ascents. The borough has recently had a London National Park City* Greenwich urban green map created for it. Whether by luck or judgement the borough boundary of Greenwich has very convenient public transport links, so it is easy to join the route at several points.
So we would like to invite you along to join us on a Seasonal Slow beginning with a fact-finding, match-making, route defining walk over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of January. We would like to start promptly at 10 am on Saturday at the Thames foot tunnel entrance by the Cutty Sark (SE10 9HT) and walk along a route that includes passing through Deptford, running parallel with the Creek, climbing onto Blackheath, walking through Lee, Eltham and Oxleas Meadows to finish at Falconwood railway station (SE9 2RN)
Starting again on Sunday, the 26th of January at the same time of 10 am but this time from Falconwood railway station walking north towards Lesnes Abbey Woods through Bostall Woods, along parts of the Green Chain, and then to Thamesmead, to join the Thames Path walking upstream back to the Cutty Sark.
We would love it if you could join us for the whole route and bring an open mind ready to offer suggestions and ideas as to how we can create Seasonal Slow Marathons as an enjoyable adventure for one and all.
We are going to try a new ticketing arrangement in which we are going to ask you to pay just £5 to secure your place and offer this back to you on completion of the first half of the walk, offering you a choice of generously donating your ticket fee towards the administration cost of future Seasonal Slows. Why not bring a friend or group for a day of walking discoveries?
We will be equipping you with a journal and a pen with which we hope you’ll take notes of things you observe, suggestions and thoughts you have of how we can improve on the experience, as well as share contacts.
It’s midwinter so please come prepared with warm waterproof clothing and sensible shoes for the most part we will be walking on footways but there maybe some rough tracks. We want to try to choose a route that is accessible as possible but inevitably for our first few forays this may not be possible.
We envisage that we will be walking for about six hours on each day covering a distance of between 12 and 14 miles so we won’t be walking at a great pace but it is quite a distance. Please make sure you bring a packed lunch and a bottle of water as we cannot guarantee many refreshment stops along the route.
Our plans are to encourage Seasonal Slows to take place in April, July and October – in due course, you will be able to book places on these in advance:
Spring Slow 18-19 April
Summer Slow (to fall within National Park City Festival)
however dates might have to change depending on calendar clashes of which we are as yet unaware .
|Cost||£5 - if you join the walk you can have your money refunded or choose to donate it to future Seasonal Slows|
|Location||Greenwich Foot Tunnel, Greenwich, London, UK|