Mosaic’s walking groups regularly get together to explore some of London’s better, and lesser, known areas.
The Sunday walks in London are proving quite popular, with a handful of Mosaic members taking to the streets of the capital. The current programme of walks is based on the book ‘Walking Literary London’, and each walk features literary quotes and concludes with lunch or afternoon tea.
The April’16 walk in fashionable Islington led us pass the house where Salman Rushdie was living when Ayatollah Khoneimi issued his fatwah, and the house where Joe Orton was killed by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell. The walk in June’16 told the great story of the love affair between Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett, and we saw where H. G. Wells played his radio much too loudly. The July’16 walk in Piccadilly, St. James’ and Mayfair took us past two of the most sharply contrasting bookshops, each with its own literary history. Covent Garden is certainly one of the most pleasant areas in which to linger, and the walk in March’17 included the haunts of many literary figures, as well as the club that regularly dips it hands into a pot of honey provided by one of its most famous members. *
* A. A. Milne bequeathed part of his estate to the Garrick Club where he was a member: “That’s a goloptious full-up pot of honey”, said Pooh in ‘Piglet Meets a Heffalump’.
Tuesday May 28
Meet at 10.00 am at Moor Park Metropolitan Line Station for a walk to Hatch End. The route crosses a golf course, woodland, and farmland, via two stiles and four kissing gates. Walking on rough paths, tracks and grass, and a few short steep slopes, the route is about 4 miles long, and includes Oxhey Woods, and Pinnerwood House. Please wear good walking shoes, and bring a bottle of water. There are toilets at the start of the walk, coffee at the end, and buses to get you back to Pinner.
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Tuesday June 04
Meet at 10.00 am at the car park at the top of Gade Avenue Watford. We will be walking through Cassiobury Park, and then through the lovely Whippendell Woods. The car park has now fully reopened, but, of course there is a charge to pay, so bring small change please. If you would rather come by train, take the Metropolitan train to Watford, and the car park is a few minutes walk away.
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