It is with a heavy heart, and no mud on our boots, that we have had to cancel the walks that we had scheduled for April and the coming months.
However, we remain optimistic that we will be able to resume in due course when it is safe for us to venture out as a group again. We’re holding onto the idea that we’ll be able to do our usual lovely long September walk. In the meantime most of us will be more sedentary than usual. If you have found some nice solitary walks close to your home please send us some photos and we can remind ourselves of the delights on our doorsteps. We look forward to seeing you as soon as possible. Nichola & Debby.
We saw the summer walks out in style with our grand finale Long Walk around the old gravel pits in Rickmansworth, which have been made into a wildlife reserve and have some great walking – it was glorious, with lovely views, lots of water birds and dragonflies.
Because we enjoyed it so much we resolved to go back to the gravel pits in Spring, so we could see the baby birds. The date for this was to be in April. Just to give us all a taste of what we’re missing until we can reschedule:
This is a circular walk with a pub stop at the beginning for liquid refreshments and a comfort break after a long tube ride, and at the end those who want to can stop in the pub (again!) before heading home. We shall be travelling by tube to Rickmansworth. The walk is nice and flat with mostly good paths, although rain may make it a bit muddy in places. We don’t walk quickly and it takes about two and a half hours. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
If you haven’t already signed up, but would like to come along, please email us at the usual address and we will get back to you.
Please do email us if you would like to know more. Or come along to one of our WI meetings on the first Thursday of the month at the Crypt in St Peters de Beauvoir at 7.30.
Some BST Walking Group back story
For our July 2019 walk we took one of our favourite walks around Abney Park Cemetery, then on to Springfield Park to admire the view over east London – roughly three miles. It was a glorious evening and we were blessed with sunshine.
June 2019 We had a trip to Greenwich Park to watch the sunset and found a nice spot to enjoy a convivial drink. We met at Dalston and travelled by bus to The Isle of Dogs, walking under The Greenwich Foot Tunnel and onwards to Greenwich. We enjoyed some beautiful views as the sun went down.
May 2019 We walked along a section of The Regents Canal and spotted the work of the Living Waterway and the nesting sites that they have created for the birds. We veered off into Victoria Park for a nice amble and enjoyed some liquid refreshments as the sun went down.
April 2019 We dusted off our walking boots and had our first stroll of the year. We had intended to walk part 3A of the Thames Path, but the website neglected to mention that that part of the Path is almost completely closed due the building of the Thames Mega Sewer, and that you have to walk quite a way inland before you can get back onto the path. During the dry run we found a couple of really nice pubs, but the walk itself was too long due to the diversions , so we had a change of plan and walked along The New River Path via Clissold Park to the Woodberry Wetlands. It was an enjoyable walk and we finished in time before Storm Hannah blew in.
BST WALKING GROUP 2018 – Back story
Our story about the reunion between Emma our retired midwife and our guest Denese was picked up by a journalist from The Hackney Post who is following our Facebook Page. She loved the story and has written an article that was published today. This is a real feel good story and shows the bonds that can be made amongst women and demonstrates that our inclusive policy of allowing guests to join us is a brilliant idea. Here is the article:
A mother has been reunited with her midwife from 1987 after a chance encounter on a walk with the De Beauvoir Women’s Institute.
Denise Mechell thought she recognized one of the WI members at the event but it was only when her friend Debby Lawrence said that the member used to be a midwife that she realized why.
“I went running up to her” Denise said, “it was fantastic.”
Denise describes Emma as an “old-school midwife.” “She came around on her bike and was very down to earth, very straight-talking. I always used to look forward to her visits.” Denise has told all her friends about reuniting with Emma and rang her son, who now lives in Spain, to tell him the news.
Ms Mechell, 59, attended the De Beauvoir Women’s Institute annual Big Walk on Saturday 29 September with her school friend Ms Lawrence.
The De Beauvoir WI was launched in April 2014 and meets the first Thursday of every month at The Crypt in St Peter’s Church. Ms Lawrence and Nichola Schild set up the British Summertime walking group last year to walk in and around Hackney. This year’s Big Walk, which takes members outside of London for the last event of the year, welcomed 14 women and three dogs on a walk from Leigh-on-Sea to Benfleet.
The de Beauvoir WI BST Walking Group – a day out in Essex
For the final walk of the year 14 of us and three dogs went on the Long Walk on 29th September. This was our longest walk yet. We walked from Leigh-on-Sea to Benfleet along the coast, and then back to Leigh on the other side of the railway line so we could admire the views, which are grand out there. We were very lucky with the weather; we enjoyed glorious sunshine.
The original plan had been to walk there and back, and then have lunch in Leigh but, by the time we got to Benfleet, lunch seemed like a good idea so we stopped there instead. They have a rather nice pub in a boat ” The Gladys Barge” moored up there and we ate all of their rolls. One of the locals offered to take our picture, so here we are ….
Rather brilliantly one of our guests realised that she knew our Most Loyal Walking Group Member because she had been her midwife – 31 years ago! Just shows what a brilliant midwife she must be, if her patients can remember her after all that time. The baby is now 31 years old, 6’6” and lives in Spain.
We walk once a month from April to September enjoying a gentle mid-week evening stroll, usually in the borough. We will build on our tradition of a long walk at the end of the season, taking a train and leaving London for the day. All WI members and adult female guests are welcome, as are well mannered dogs on leads.