THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ WALKS PROGRAMME
Welcome to my walks!  The new format – capping the group size to 8 and, to allow for more people to do the walks, running each walk both on a Sunday and on a weekday – was voted a success and is now the regular format.


Pre-booking essential as groups limited to 8 maximum – contact Diana to book or join the email list for regular updates.
  • Walks last approx. 2hrs – 2 ½hrs.
  • Each walk will be run on a Sunday and repeated on a weekday
  • Small groups – Maximum size 8 (Walks cancelled if fewer than 5).
  • Price £20, of which £1 goes to a nominated charity* (Cash on arrival preferred or BACS transfer can be arranged).
  • Walks go-ahead in all weather.
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hrs before.
  • All walks led by Diana Kelsey.
  • See the Autumn Programme (September – October 2022) 
  • *2022 Donations to to FareShare – who take good quality surplus food and get it to front line charities and community groups. Charity No. 1100051.


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PRIVATE GROUPS

I would be delighted to do private groups – with my following provisos:

  • Group organiser must collect contact details of participants and undertake to adhere to the Track and Trace requirements.
  • £150 per group for up to 7 people thereafter £20 per additional person.
  • Group organiser to pre-pay by bank transfer to confirm the booking.
  • Suggested maximum 15 (including group leader)

Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss – DiaKelsey3@aol.com or 07973 316 102

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Monday 29 August (Bank Holiday)

RURAL HACKNEY. A full day’s leafy walk 7-8 miles from Finsbury Park to Hackney Wick (bring picnic lunch)

After this walk you will see Hackney in a totally different light, as ¾ of the walk is through parks, wildlife reserves and along canal- or river-side. The walk starts in Finsbury Park,and then skirts a new bird sanctuary/wetlands centre. This is part of Woodberry Down, once a notorious ‘sink estate’ but now one of London’s major housing regeneration projects. We will continue along the banks of the ‘New River’ to Clissold Park.(Coffee stop) Walking through Stoke Newington with a brief visit to the Victorian ‘necropolis’ -  Abney Park Cemetery, we then go through Stamford Hill (the home of orthodox Jews) to Springfield Park with its view of Walthamstow Marshes. (Lunch stop. There is a café where you can buy drinks).  In the afternoon we walk 3m along the river Lea, diverting briefly  into the nature reserve in the Middlesex Filter Beds ending by skirting the north part of the Olympic Park .  Finally we will briefly walk into the ever evolving ‘industrial/artists/hipster quarter of Hackney Wick and end in a craft beer bar for refreshment for those who want. Bring a picnic lunch.

STARTS 9.30 am Manor House Tube (Piccadilly Line EXIT 6 – Green Lanes N.W side.) Meet at Park View Café from 8.45am

Ends approx 5.00pm at Hackney Wick Overground station

Cost £25.00. Maximum raised to 12

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Sunday 4 September

HAMPSTEAD  – MODERNISM v. VICTORIANA – AN ARCHITECTURAL WALK (but with a bit of history too!)

In the 1930s Hampstead attracted artists and intellectuals and became a hub for German and Austrians émigrés escaping rising fascism and anti-semitism in Central Europe. Hampstead became something of a laboratory for British and foreign architects to experiment with the continental Modernist Style inspired by the Bauhaus movement.  However in the second half of the 19c Hampstead had also attracted many rich professionals and intellectuals who commissioned highly decorative and imposing villas.  The walk is designed to look at the contrasting styles of the Modernists versus these Victorian villas….not forgetting the occasional elegant late 17c terraces. The walk will end at the Isokon Building, (aka Lawn Road flats) briefly home to two escaping members of the disbanded Bauhaus movement – Gropius and Moholy-Nagy, to the author Agatha Christie and was also a hotbed of Soviet spies.  The earlier than normal start is to allow you time to go round the very interesting small exhibition in the Isokon building..  

STARTS 1.15pm – Hampstead Tube

Ends 3.15pm nr. Belsize Park Tube. (Isokon exhibition closes 4pm) or Hampstead Heath Overground (if not wishing to see Isokon building)

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Thursday 8 September

HAMPSTEAD  – MODERNISM v. VICTORIANA – AN ARCHITECTURAL WALK (but with a bit of history too!)

In the 1930s Hampstead attracted artists and intellectuals and became a hub for German and Austrians émigrés escaping rising fascism and anti-semitism in Central Europe. Hampstead became something of a laboratory for British and foreign architects to experiment with the continental Modernist Style inspired by the Bauhaus movement.  However in the second half of the 19c Hampstead had also attracted many rich professionals and intellectuals who commissioned highly decorative and imposing villas.  The walk is designed to look at the contrasting styles of the Modernists versus these Victorian villas….not forgetting the occasional elegant late 17c terraces. We will pass the Isokon Building, (aka Lawn Road flats) briefly home to two escaping members of the disbanded Bauhaus movement – Gropius and Moholy-Nagy, to the author Agatha Christie and was also a hotbed of Soviet spies.  The walk will end at Belsize Park.

STARTS 2.00pm – Hampstead Tube

Ends Belsize Park Tube. or Hampstead Heath Overground (if not wishing to see Isokon building)

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Sunday 11 September

THE  GEORGIAN THAMES +  A PALLADIAN VILLA

A riverside walk from Chiswick Mall, diverting to Chiswick House Grounds (coffee stop) to Kew Bridge ending with optional riverside pub lunch (4 miles approx)
Mark the end of the summer holidays with a walk which proved a sell-out when I did it in the Spring. It is one of the most attractive stretches of the river, lined by grand Georgian houses with pretty riverside gardens.  The walk will pass where William Morris set up his Kelmscott press. We will continue past Chiswick’s medieval parish church with Hogarth’s grave then cutting away from the river to Chiswick House. The house always features in any programme or book on the history of British buildings, as a perfect example of Palladian architecture.  Its gardens designed by William Kent have recently been restored to their former glory, including the 1828 conservatory housing the oldest and largest camellia collection outside Asia. After a coffee stop in the café we will walk round the gardens and look at the house from the outside before rejoining the river to stroll along the picturesque Strand-on-the-Green, ending for a late lunch at one of the riverside pubs near Kew Bridge.

STARTS 9.30am – Ravenscourt Park Tube

Ends approx 2.00pm by Kew Bridge (buses to Kew station or back to Hammersmith)

Cost £25.00

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Tuesday 13 September

THE  GEORGIAN THAMES +  A PALLADIAN VILLA 

A riverside walk from Chiswick Mall, diverting to Chiswick House Grounds (coffee stop) to Kew Bridge ending with optional riverside pub lunch.
Mark the end of the summer holidays with a walk which proved popular when I did it in the Spring. It is one of the most attractive stretches of the river, lined by grand Georgian houses with pretty riverside gardens.  The walk will pass where William Morris set up his Kelmscott press. We will continue past Chiswick’s medieval parish church with Hogarth’s grave then cutting away from the river to Chiswick House. The house always features in any programme or book on the history of British buildings, as a perfect example of Palladian architecture.  Its gardens designed by William Kent have recently been restored to their former glory, including the 1828 conservatory housing the oldest and largest camellia collection outside Asia. After a coffee stop in the café we will walk round the gardens and look at the house from the outside before rejoining the river to stroll along the picturesque Strand-on-the-Green, ending for a late lunch at one of the riverside pubs near Kew Bridge.

STARTS 9.45 am – Ravenscourt Park Tube

Ends approx 2.15pm by Kew Bridge (buses to Kew station or back to Hammersmith)

Cost £25.00

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Sunday 2 October

‘THE LEGACY’ - THE OLYMPIC PARK 10 YEARS ON.  A full day’s tour ***New***

It needs a whole day to fully appreciate the legacy and to cover the main areas of the site. However I am developing a half day version for later in the Autumn, which covers the south part of the park only
On July 6 2005 London was awarded the 2012 games of the 30th Olympiad.  A year later in July 2006 I started my walks around the Olympic Site and have been leading them in the intervening 16 years (armed with an ever increasing portfolio of ‘before’ photos which I will show).  Some of my longer standing (in both senses!) walkers will remember going to the top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford to look down on an industrial wasteland, criss-crossed by polluted rivers and electricity pylons, then walking along the raised sewer embankment – the Greenway – alongside the heavily polluted canals and past ‘fridge mountain’ to return to the tube via a dismal litter-strewn underpass.  Those of you lucky enough to visit the park during the games will remember how impressive the venue and the events were. But the real test for any Olympic host city is whether the much promised ‘Legacy’ is indeed being delivered.  It is a mixed picture depending on which elements of the promised legacy you judge to be important in the use public money. I hope to give you a balanced picture …but having done my tour I hope you will be better informed to make up your own mind.  We will see the ‘International Quarter’, the evolving ‘East Bank’ (a cultural Quarter), ‘East Village’ (the erstwhile Athletes Village), ‘Here East’ (the erstwhile Media Centre), Chobham Manor and EastWick (new residential areas) and of course the landscaped Park itself including the various legacy sporting venues).   We will stop for lunch at Hackney Bridge www.hackneybridge.org a street-food court. Expect to be on your feet for 4 ½ + hrs but we will break both for coffee (30mins) + lunch (Ihr +)

STARTS 10.00am Stratford Station. Meet QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK/STRATFORD CITY Exit

Ends approx. 4.00pm Stratford International (DLR)

Cost £30.00, lunch extra, but coffee on me!

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Wednesday 5 October

‘THE LEGACY’ - THE OLYMPIC PARK 10 YEARS ON.  A full day’s tour  ***New***

It needs a whole day to fully appreciate the legacy and to cover the main areas of the site. However I am developing a half day version for later in the Autumn, which covers the south part of the park onlyn
On July 6 2005 London was awarded the 2012 games of the 30th Olympiad.  A year later in July 2006 I started my walks around the Olympic Site and have been leading them in the intervening 16 years (armed with an ever increasing portfolio of ‘before’ photos which I will show).  Some of my longer standing (in both senses!) walkers will remember going to the top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford to look down on an industrial wasteland, criss-crossed by polluted rivers and electricity pylons, then walking along the raised sewer embankment – the Greenway – alongside the heavily polluted canals and past ‘fridge mountain’ to return to the tube via a dismal litter-strewn underpass.  Those of you lucky enough to visit the park during the games will remember how impressive the venue and the events were. But the real test for any Olympic host city is whether the much promised ‘Legacy’ is indeed being delivered.  It is a mixed picture depending on which elements of the promised legacy you judge to be important in the use public money. I hope to give you a balanced picture …but having done my tour I hope you will be better informed to make up your own mind.  We will see the ‘International Quarter’, the evolving ‘East Bank’ (a cultural Quarter), ‘East Village’ (the erstwhile Athletes Village), Here East’ (the erstwhile Media Centre), Chobham Manor and EastWick (new residential areas) and of course the landscaped Park itself including the various legacy sporting venues).   We will stop for lunch at Hackney Bridge www.hackneybridge.org a street-food court. Expect to be on your feet for 4 ½ + hrs but we will break both for coffee (30mins) + lunch (Ihr +)

STARTS 10.15am Stratford Station. Meet QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK/STRATFORD CITY Exit.

Ends  approx. 4.00pm Stratford International (DLR)

Cost £30.00, lunch extra, but coffee on me!

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Sunday 30 October

ISLINGTON AND CANONBURY – From cattledroving to champagne socialism

Although parts of both areas feature on a couple of my other walks, including the New River and the Wells Spas and Hidden Rivers walks, it is an area that merits 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  Meet outside Angel Tube

Ends 4.45pm Highbury & Islington

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Wednesday 2 November

ISLINGTON AND CANONBURY – From cattledroving to champagne socialism

Although parts of both areas feature on a couple of my other walks, including the New River and the Wells Spas and Hidden Rivers walks, it is an area that merits 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  Meet outside Angel Tube

Ends  4.45pm Highbury & Islington

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