According to my London MoonWalk training pack, this is now officially Week 1 of the training schedule. I’ve got until 12 May to get fit enough to walk 26.2 miles across London, at night, in a bra*, to raise money for breast cancer charities.
It is also clear that a few brisk walks round Crystal Palace park aren’t going to cut it. At some point before 12 May we have to fit in around six 6 mile walks, three 7 mile walks, a 10, a 12, a 14, two 16s and, the big one, a 20-mile-er.
Ignoring the immediate question of ‘When am I going to find time…?’, and moving on to the slightly more fun question of ‘Where am I going to go?’ I’ve dug out my Time Out London Walks books, my collection of leaflets on things like the Green Chain and Thames Path (I am a compulsive leaflet gatherer) and hit Google, but could do with some extra suggestions.
So far I’ve come up with:
Thames Path: Hampton Court to Putney: 16 miles
Thames Path: O2 Dome to London Eye: 11 miles
Green Chain: Thames Barrier to Oxleas Woods (4 1/2 miles) +Oxleas Wood to Mottingham (4miles): tot 8 1/2 miles
Green Chain: Beckenham Palace Park to Dulwich Park: 7 miles
Circuit of Richmond Park: 7.5 miles
Capital Ring: Highgate to Stoke Newington + Stoke Newington to Hackney Wick: 5miles+ 4miles Includes disused railway through Crouch End
Lea Valley – anyone know how much of this is currently walkable, what with the Olympic site and that?
Silver Jubilee Walkway : 15 miles. Topical, but largely involves
Diamond Jubilee Greenway walk: 37 miles (60km-geddit?) Maybe the Buckingham Palace to Victoria Park section? (basically Victoria to Victoria)
Ashdown Forest: would need to combine the Chetwood Vachery and Old Airstrip routes to make up the distance, but they do have an iPhone app, which is alone makes it worth it
Hastings Country Park: 5.9 miles, but could also fit in visit to new Jerwood Gallery
London Loop: 152 miles. Er, maybe not. Anyone want to recommend a good segment instead?
Seaford- Eastbourne: 13.1miles
I’d genuinely be interested in any more suggestions to try out. Ideally, walks need to be
– at least 7 miles,
– easily accessible from East Dulwich (SE22)
– places where it’s socially acceptable to wear stretchy fabrics and be slightly red and sweaty
– not full of dawdling pedestrians
– vaguely interesting and/or scenic**
Oh yes, and don’t forget to sponsor me
* It’s not just getting fit enough to do the walk that worries me, but getting fit enough to expose my stomach.
** Large expanses of urban wasteland are as scenic to me as pretty riverside paths.