It’s curious how you spend hundreds of days getting to December then, like a flash January is upon us and there are suddenly 300+ days till next December. For the Minchenden Estate Walking Society(MEWS), this will be our 8th year of walks, and for the Lynton House Walkers, sponsored by Solicitors Lyndales, our third season. So what is in store? Well for MEWS a mix as before… a couple of London walks at either end of the season interspersed with half a dozen or so country walks which if last year was anything to go by might have to be rescheduled or cancelled whether through weather, weddings or other engagements.
2012 is promising to be an exciting year for the UK and in particular for the capital and the temptation to plan the programme around the Olympics/ the European Cup/ the Diamond Jubilee whilst appealing is likely to be resisted….although one of the great anniversaries that of that great Londoner Mr. Charles Dickens is bound to make at least a cameo appearance if not a full walk on part. (Please don’t remind me that Dickens was born in Portsmouth!!) And thats not all. There is the Boris v. Ken election in May and a whole raft of cultural programmes to tie in with this Olympic year.
So 2012 is London’s year and as Londoners whether this is your permanent home or you are temporarily resident or lucky enough to be in London during 2012 let the City and its people give you an unforgetable experience. To miss it would in my view be a type of madness. So back to last years perambulations.
In 2011 MEWS members were a little disappointed particularly due to our wet warm summer. Three walks were cancelled because of inclement weather – a record. So we didn’t get to Constable country but we’ll try again this year. The most popular of our walks in the country proved to be the best attended – those around the Chess Valley and Chorleywood and the walk around Aldbury and Ivinghoe Beacon. My own personal favourite was our walk in Hatfield Forest.
The London walks took us to the development at KingsCross and Clerkenwell and earlier in the year on a gloriously warm April day we toured Islington. Plenty of London still to explore and we’ve got some great London walks lined up for this year.
The Lynton House walks were generally well attended and we found new sights and stories within the half mile or so from the offices in Lynton House. The walks south to Holborn and north to Somers Town were my favourites. We also joined forces with Kings Cross developers Argent and were flattered with more than 50 walkers who had a tour which included St. Pancras Station , the Regents Canal, King’s Place and St. Pancras old church. The British Museum and Charles Dickens will feature strongly in 2012 and I hope to join forces with other businesses in the area .
Feel free to use this blog to “talk to me” and thank you for all your support and particularly for the great endorsements sent through last year. Look out for a new “kid on the block” London Personally a specialist Company providing walking tours with a very personal touch.
So lets raise a glass to this great City and the opportunities and privileges it offers and wallow in its beauty, its stories, its art and culture unequalled by any other City in the world and lets welcome with a big smile the rest of the world when it joins us next summer for the biggest event in London that any of us will probably see in our lifetimes.
Finally a big thank you for your support and encouragement and I wish each and everyone of you a very happy healthy and peaceful New Year.