Please see below the programme of off-the-peg walks and special events
Pre-booking essential as groups limited to 15 maximum – contact Diana to book or join the email list for regular updates.
  • Walks last approx. 2hrs. Small groups – Maximum size 15 but often around 10.
  • Price normally– £15/£20, of which 50p goes to a nominated charity* (payment on arrival at walk).
  • Walks go-ahead in all weathers, and however small group size (as long as you have booked by Friday evening for Sunday walks, or 24hrs before for Saturday + weekday walks). Late cancellations may have to be charged.
  • All walks led by Diana Kelsey.
  • See the Summer-Autumn programme (July – October 2019) 
  • *2019 Donations to Brain Tumour Research, in memory of Diana’s brother who died in 2015.  Charity No. 1153487. Also to SolarAid, who provide solar power to some of the remotest regions of the world. Charity No. 1115960.


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NEW – Weekday Walks – 2 Options

OPTION 1 - You chose the walk and date – click here for the full list of walks – and guarantee 5 participants (Cost £20 per head).  The walk will then be added to the programme of Upcoming Walks and additional walkers will be recruited.
NEW in 2019: with sufficient notice I will also do these walks at weekends

OPTION 2 - Book a private walk – minimum 12 @ £20 per head (special rates available for registered charity groups).

Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss – DiaKelsey3@aol.com

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Sunday 28 July

ISLINGTON AND CANONBURY   ***Repeat by popular demand***

Many of you have mentioned you would be interested in a walk around Islington and Canonbury. Although parts of both areas feature on some of my other walks, including the New River and the Wells’ Spas and Hidden Rivers walks, it is an area that deserves its own walk.  Islington is a historic settlement with many layers of history stretching back to Anglo Saxon times.  Canonbury, with its grand 19c villas has generally a more recent history, but it does feature one of London’s few surviving Tudor buildings…Canonbury Tower.  This is a really pleasant walk, with many elegant terraces, parks, and squares to enjoy, (see where champagne socialism was born…!) but there are also traces of its less affluent past with some reminders of how recently it was one of London’s worst slums.  Please note, to do this area justice the walk will be 2 ½ hrs + and will cover more ground than my normal Sunday afternoon strolls.

STARTS 2.00pm – Angel Tube

Ends Highbury & Islington

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Sunday 15 September

HIDDEN GARDENS OF THE CITY AND RIVERSIDE  ***New Roof top garden***

When many of the narrow streets of the pre-war City were destroyed in the Blitz, the City Corporation decided to take the opportunity of creating ‘breathing spaces’ in the City.   With more recent redevelopment of the riverside, the City has opened up more public access.  Now in the most unexpected places, nestling in old church yards and even derelict churches, between the glass edifices of the 21st century city and in the new spaces created along the riverside are a range of small, but beautifully landscaped and planted gardens. We will start by exploring the new gardens round St. Pauls Cathedral, and then walk towards the East of the City, partly along the river to see the new riverside plantings and end visiting a new roof top garden recently opened near Fenchurch St.  By concentrating on exploring these gardens it allows me to show you views and talk about the history of the city from a different view-point. Please note: Walk dependent on new roof garden being open.

STARTS 1.45pm – St Pauls Tube – Exit 2 Opposite Café Nero

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Sunday 29 September

MODERNIST HAMPSTEAD pm (and HIGHGATE am)   ***New***

In the 1930s Hampstead attracted artists and intellectuals and became a hub for German and Austrians émigrés escaping rising fascism and antisemitism in Central Europe.  They brought with them the aesthetics of the short-lived but massively influential Bauhaus movement founded by Walter Gropius exactly 100 years ago in Weimar. Hampstead became something of a laboratory for British and foreign architects to experiment with the continental Modernist Style which the Bauhaus movement had inspired.  This walk of 1½ hrs takes you past many of those houses in the quiet streets of Hampstead.  It will end at the Isokon Building, (aka Lawn Road flats) in time for you to look round a very interesting small exhibition – ‘A New Vision of Urban Living’.  Not only was the Isokon Building briefly home to two members of the disbanded Bauhaus movement – Gropius and Moholy-Nagy – but was also a hotbed of Soviet spies including Arnold Deutsch the recruiter and controller of the ‘Cambridge Spies’.
There is a morning ‘prequel’ (2 ½ m) for those who would like to see Highpoint in Highgate, the other famous Modernist building in N. London.  We will meet at Highgate tube and walk up the steep hill to Highpoint, then go through Highgate village, passing a couple of modernist houses, and then walk 30 mins. across Hampstead Heath in time for early lunch break at around 12.00.    (Minimum 5 for morning ‘prequel’ to go ahead)

STARTS 1.15 pm – Hampstead Tube. Ends nr. Belsize Park Tube (Isokon exhibition closes 4pm)

Full Day STARTS  9.30am - Highgate Tube. Lunch Hampstead 12.00 (Full day cost £20)

NoteStart times are provisional as I have not fully researched this walk….but walks will not start any earlier!

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Sunday 6 October

STEPNEY AND LIMEHOUSE + end at famous Grapes riverside pub  

A walk that captures the spirit of the East End through 2 contrasting districts. Stepney was the mother parish of the ‘hamlets’ East of the Tower – hence its imposing medieval parish church (pictured left). Despite heavy bombing in the 2nd World War a surprising  amount of the historic areas remain – Georgian homes for rich merchants, now valued in £m.s. Victorian terraces of small houses – once slums and now desirable properties -  imposing Victorian social housing, remnants of the Jewish East End and1960s housing estates are all juxtaposed.  Limehouse has a totally different feel and is steadfastly orientated towards the river and docks, being London’s 19-20c sailor town.  Highlights of the area are Hawksmoor’s monumental St Anne’s Limehouse, the Empire Memorial Hostel for Sailors, and the surviving 17c terrace of houses in Narrow St. The walk starts ½ hr. earlier than usual to give us time at the end of the walk (4.00 ish) for a drink in the historic Grapes Pub, frequented by Pepys, Dickens, and Oscar Wilde, and now leased by Sir Ian McKellen, Evegeny Lebedev and Sean Matthias who have preserved its original interior and atmosphere….no fruit machines, no music, no TV. It is then a short walk to Westferry DLR station.

STARTS 1.30pm – Stepney Green Tube

Ends Westferry DLR

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Sunday 13 October

THE BISHOP’S PALACE AND WALLED GARDEN FULHAM – PRECEDED BY THAMES-SIDE  WALK FROM HAMMERSMITH    ***Repeat by popular request***

Starting at Hammersmith we will walk for 2miles (1 ½ hrs approx) along the river past the new Riverside Studios and  River Café, to the recently restored Fulham Palace, once the summer residence of the Bishops of London.  It is a hidden gem, with its Tudor courtyard, great hall and restored Georgian wing.  It has been the residence of 133 Bishops of London, and has a history spanning 1,300 years. Its grade II* listed garden is the second oldest botanical garden in London, predating Kew and houses a 500 year old holm oak, various ‘exotics’ imported from the ‘colonies’ by certain Bishops and a 3.5acre walled garden which has also been extensively restored.  We will spend about 1+ hrs looking round the house and garden where I will end the walk, giving those who want more time to explore on their own and have a cup of tea in the café overlooking the garden.  Nearest tube is Putney Bridge a 10 min walk.

STARTS 1.00pm – Hammersmith Tube Station.  Meet at Costa Coffee (opp. Tesco) in Hammersmith Station (District/Piccadilly Line) shopping arcade

Ends 10 mins walk from Putney Bridge tube or buses back to Hammersmith

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