Friday, 29 April 2016

Woods and Water - Walk this Sunday

Wellpoint Walk went well, a good turnout and perfect walking weather. A good trek from Finchley to Mill Hill with Tai Chi and breathing exercises along the way.Well done to all those who braved the mud at Rocklands, Burtonhole Lane and Oakfields Wood to get to the finish. Special thanks to the stewards and Angie and the staff at Finchley Golf Club, and Naomi and Raffi at the Summer House. We all appreciate both the food and how hard you worked.

WOODS and WATER - Sunday 1st May 2016 at 12pm.

This is a walk in a completely different direction - northeast from Finchley to Arnos Grove via connecting green spaces and footpaths. We will be going through nature reserves, woods, and along brooks and greenways. We will see several different water features and have very little contact with roads on this one - full details attached. We will be stopping for a packed lunch in the picnic area of Hollickwood Park and then a tea stop at Costa Coffee, which is 0.4 of a mile further on.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Finchley to Mill Hill Walk

Wellpoint Walk, Sunday 17th April

Spring is here and so is our first walk of 2016. This really is a lovely route from Lovers Walk Finchley to Mill Hill East. The theme of this walk is Health and Wellbeing and we are organizing it in conjunction with The Wellpoint Clinic which is a low cost acupuncture clinic. We meet outside Wellpoiint c which is on the corner of Ballards Lane and The Grove at 11-45 for a 12pm start. Anyone who wants to have a look at the clinic and learn a bit more about acupuncture please arrive a few minutes early. If anyone would like to be met at Finchley Central tube station, (300 yards from Wellpoint),please let me know and we can probably arrange that.

Of course walking in the greenery is the essence of health and wellbeing but we will have a few short stops along the way to do things such as Qi Gong breathing exercises, simple Tai Chi exercises and talks on health related topics. 

We set off down Lovers Walk and Head for Dollis Brook and a circuit of Rocklands Lake. We then head back to Lovers Walk for a lunch stop at the grand Nether Court clubhouse. After lunch we head along Frith Lane to Burtonhole Lane, which is a green footpath/bridleway, and on to Finchley Nurseries for a tea stop at The Summer House Cafe. After tea we head through Oakfields Wood, along The Ridgeway to Bittacy Park for a finish at Mill Hill East tube station. We will escort you back to Finchley on the 382 bus if required.

This route is the closest you can get to a walk in the country in or around Finchley and all the greenery will be nearly at its most lush and picturesque in mid-April. Total distance to the finish is 3.8 miles.  PLEASE NOTE: lunch and tea will have to be pre-booked with me at least 3 days before the walk.  

Lunch stop is Nether Court, the clubhouse of Finchley Golf Club. This is a very grand house with much history. Lunch is on a terrace overlooking the course. Food is excellent. Tea stop is at The Summer House at Finchley Nurseries where home made cakes are on offer.

If you are coming on the walk - please make your selection and pre-order with me by phone: 0208 346 5503 or email 

It would help us if you could bring the exact money on the day. We will collect money at the start of the walk and issue you with vouchers. Present the appropriate voucher at the lunch and tea stops. Be sure to look after your voucher as staff have been instructed only to issue food in exchange for the appropriate voucher. Please try and turn up at 11-45am or slightly earlier if you want to look round the clinic.

Let's hope for favourable weather on the day.

Weds 27th April at 7-30pm, new slide show at North Middlesex Golf Club. 
Sunday 1st May at 12pm, Finchley to Friern Green Walk.
Sunday 26th Jun at 12pm, Literary walk part of Finchley Literary Festival
Full details will be sent out shortly.