Outdoor Activities

Cycling

Our cycling group is up-and-riding on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. See Fitness & Wellbeing.

Days Out

Leaders: Barbara Bliss & Denise Randall

Occasional visits to places of interest, often with an expert guide.

OCTOBER OUTING TO CANARY WHARF ROOF GARDENS — Wednesday 19 October

View of roof garden with trees and open-air roof

London’s largest roof garden where you can wander through and admire the exotic plants from around the world and relax on one of the many benches nestled in hidden pathways.

The Crossrail Place Roof Garden is located above the new Elizabeth line station and celebrates the docklands’ maritime heritage, showcasing unusual plants from across the globe encased beneath an intricate lattice roof.

Crossrail Place sits almost exactly on the Meridian line and the planting is arranged according to which hemisphere they are from with Asian plants such as bamboos to the east, and plants such as ferns from the Americas to the west. There is much to see and do in this amazing area as well as many cafes and restaurants to choose from in Canary Wharf. Entrance is free.

For bookings, please contact Denise on 020 8346 4882.

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Leader: Eric Hess

Vegetable plot with greenhouse

Join Eric for advice on how to get the best out of your vegetable garden or allotment. Eric has a background working in agriculture abroad. After he returned to the UK he established a Horticultural Project for Adults with Learning Difficulties, focusing on growing and selling vegetables.

Learn about growing winter vegetables, preparing for the spring, dealing with pests, and sowing. Although the main focus is on vegetables, Eric will also try to answer other questions you might have related to gardening.

Eric also maintains a blog dedicated to vegetable growing.

  • Location: Gordon Road Allotments, London N3 1EL  — off Elm Park Road and Nether Street near Finchley Central Station

Outdoor Sketching

See Arts & Crafts.

Photography in London

Leaders: Michael Jacobs & Roger Cookson

Members of the group on a shoot in the Hill Garden

We have now resumed outdoor shooting, followed  by sharing our best shots a fortnight later on Zoom. For the foreseeable future, outdoor locations are being chosen where parking is possible to enable the participation of members who don’t want to travel on public transport.

It’s intended to be a fun-oriented group rather than a technocratic, competitive society.

  • When: Wednesday 10.30 am – 12 noon
  • Frequency: Fortnightly, alternating between outdoor shootings and review sessions.
  • Number of places: 15

Walking Groups

From September, we will have two walking groups. Walking Wednesdays meets once a month for a gentle walk from Golders Green station. Thames Path in London & Other Walks ventures further afield for longer walks twice a month.

Thames Path in London & Other Walks

Leader: David Powers

Members of the group at Dr Salter’s Daydream in Rotherhithe (photo: Alan Judes)

Walking is an excellent way to get and keep fit. We try to get into the fresh air away from busy roads, exploring not only the Thames, but London’s canals, waterways, and green spaces. The length of each walk varies, but is generally 4–4½ miles, sometimes longer. We walk at a moderately brisk pace, but not so fast that it’s impossible to talk. In fact, good conversation is one of the many pleasures of this group.

Walks start and end at different places, so participants need to be willing to travel by public transport (or make arrangements for someone else to drop them off and pick them up by car).

We normally stop for coffee after about an hour, and then find a nice pub or restaurant for lunch. Staying for lunch is optional, but most people join in.

  • When: 2nd and 4th Friday of the month throughout the year, except when the leader is away (NO walks on 14 October, 25 November, or 23 December)
  • Time: Walks normally begin at 10.15 am and end around 12.30–1.00 pm (not including travel time)
  • Travel: Instructions are sent to members several days in advance of each walk. Members in the Golders Green area normally travel together from Golders Green station after 9.00 am (time depends on destination). Others join at the start of the walk.

Walking Wednesdays

Leaders: Arlene Hyman & Carol Rogers

Once a month, on the first Wednesday of each month, commencing on 7 September, then 5 October, 3 November, 7 December.

Meeting outside Golders Green Station Booking Office at 10.15 for a 10.30 start.  The walk will be approximately 2–3 miles , finishing at 12.30 with a coffee break and chance to use toilet facilities.

Groups Currently Paused

The following outdoor activities are currently suspended:

Theatre

See Music & Theatre

Historical London Walks

Leader: Simon Sackman and Philip Tobin

Books about LondonGet to know London better! These are walks in inner and outer London that explore new places and look more closely at more familiar ones to find out about their history, buildings and the people who lived there. Areas walked in 2018/2019 included Enfield, Hackney, Marylebone, Roman London and the Inns of Court.

Walks start from a station within the Freedom Pass area and end at the same or different station. Walks are led by members of the group; new members willing to lead occasional walks are particularly welcome! Notes on the historical background together with a description of the proposed route are circulated in advance. The length of walks varies but participants can expect to walk with some standing for 2 hours. There will be a short coffee/comfort stop along the way. Walks normally finish around 1 pm, but a few may offer the option of a lunch and early afternoon extension.