2015 All things Windrush (Cotswolds)

The Windrush

3rd September 2015
Norman Smith C.976 led a few Centurions on a recreation of that walk, reaching Bourton in time for lunch. In the afternoon the journey continued through the Cotswold, on occasions crossing the river Windrush as they ventured towards the disused hangers and control tower of the old airfield. The distance was around 25 miles.


2014 In the steps of C1 John Fowler Dixon

In the steps of C1 John Fowler Dixon

Centurions Social Walk 7 December 2014
The walk was led by Jill Green and Jim Catchpole (but mostly by Jim who had scoped out the route!!)
Jim organised a good social winter walk ensuring we did some “distance” (nearly 12 miles) and finished in good time before dark.
A group of thirteen turned up at Archway Underground station promptly at 0930 – Centurions, friends and family and LDWA walkers from far afield – Dorset, Bristol,  and closer to home from London.
Weather? Cool, damp, verging on the (very) wet but, remarkably, at our lunch stop – the sun came out! Lunch over and so was the sunshine!
Jim’s route incorporated walking on road – even part of the famous Capital Ring which many Centurions have completed, plus a bit of grass (and some mud- but not too much!)
From Archway tube station  a bit of uphill to Waterlow Park. Which, it turns out to be at one spot, the same height as the dome of St Pauls Cathedral (not that we could see it!)
From there the route took us to Highgate Cemetery. Sounds macabre – but many notable people are buried here. Including John Fowler Dixon – the very first Centurion. This part of the Cemetery is private and visitors have to be pre-arranged,. So we just peered in through the gates…
From here, we moved on to Parliament Hill Fields. Through the low cloud we could make out the impressive skyline of London (see photos below). Onwards through the complicated pathways of Hampstead Heath and up by the Ponds to Kenwood House.
Our route then headed towards Cherry Tree Woods, Highgate Woods and parts of London we never knew existed. Finally finishing at Highgate underground station and then Wetherspoons for a well earned cuppa!! Well not quite… A matter of no room at the Inn as Wetherspoons was full, so the group went to a very nice traditional tea room in Archway, for cuppas all round.

2014 Where Romans once stood


Where Romans Once Stood
A walk around Canvey Island … and beyond
22 March 2014
Steve Kemp organised the latest Centurions Social Walk which went around Canvey Island and onwards to Hadleigh Castle.
Steve produced a great potted history of where the walk will go… “Where Romans Once Stood”
The walk attracted around 9 Centurions including Frans Leitjens from Holland who had a wonderful day (as did everyone who took part).

2013 Bristol-Bath

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Bristol to Bath Pathway

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Bristol – Bath  

Bristol – Bath Saturday 29 June 2013

Leaders: Richard and Sandra Brown
At the heart of the walk is the Roman city of Bath, or Aquae Sulis as it would have been known to the Roman legions who were stationed there.
This walk, 20-21miles, links the railway stations of Brstol Temple Meads and Bath using the Bristol to Bath Railway Path/Cycle Path.
The start was 09.45 where everyome met up in the Booking Hall of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s historic Bristol Temple Meads station.
A walk of a mile or so through Bristol to the start of the old railway path, then we followed the path/cycle-way 15miles, partly along the pretty Avon valley, to the city of Bath.
En route, we stopped at Bitton Station for refreshments and to see the surviving section of the railway line, now operated by an historic railway trust.
The going was good and nearly flat throughout especially as the old railway path is surfaced.

Arriving in historic Bath, we took in the historic sights walking through the city, via the Royal Crescent and Circus, past the Roman baths and the medieval abbey, and with views of Pulteney bridge [still lined with shops]

writes Sandra Brown …
Dear all
Many thanks again for joining the Centurions’ social walk on Saturday, and for helping to make the day such fun.
I have written on behalf of us all to John Webb, the 1968 Mexico Olympics race-walker, to thank him for cycling to meet us at Bristol TM and at Bitton station. It was great to meet him. He is clearly in good shape, and still race-walks regularly as well as cycling on the old railway path.
Well done to everyone who took part in the walk. The full distance was around 20 miles – a very satisfying distance, especially on such a warm, sunny day.
Thanks also to Vicky and Guy for the photos below.