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Hampstead's hidden river Tyburn

Hampstead’s Hidden River Tyburn:  Saturday 3 September 10:30am

What does the name Tyburn mean to you?  A hidden river or a hanging tree?  The infamous gallows were at Marble Arch, some distance from the Tyburn and you’ll struggle to find Tyburn on a modern map – but it has left its mark on the urban landscape.  We can trace the course of the river on the gentle curves of roads and in street names – sometimes we can even hear it running below gratings.

This walk starts at Hampstead underground station, and traces the upper section of the route of the underground River Tyburn.  The River has two sources – one is on Shepherds Hill in Hampstead, and the second is behind the old Hampstead Town Hall.  We’ll follow its course through Belsize Park, Swiss Cottage and the edge of St John’s Wood, down to where it passes through Regents Park.  While the Tyburn was never a large river, it did represent was an important boundary between land holdings and was a very important source of drinking water for London.

This walk gives you the opportunity if you wish to walk the entire route of the River, after a break for lunch in Regents Park we will be walking from Baker Street to Pimlico.  If you wish to do this, you also need to book the second walk Walking the Hidden Tyburn River.
The first walk will be two and a half hours long.  Please check the Transport for London Journey Planner site for travel details.

Guide: Jenni Bowley

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Hampstead's hidden river FleetWalking the Hidden River Fleet:  Sunday 4 September 10:30am

Thousands of people cross the River Fleet every day, but few of them realise it. The Fleet is mostly  hidden underground today, but on 4th September you can join Jenni Bowley to follow its course from the springs of Hampstead to the Thames at Blackfriars.

Enjoy a day of walking and history, finding traces of the Fleet in street names and gushing pipelines, and hearing the stories of those who have lived on its banks.  This is a rare chance to walk from one end of a river to the other in a day, but you can if you wish just join us for the first section from Hampstead to Kentish Town.  The walk starts in the beautiful green spaces of Hampstead Heath. We will visit both sources of the river, enjoy the stunning views that Constable painted, follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, and see the iron rich springs that made Hampstead so popular. You will need boots for this part of the walk. There’s a break for lunch in Kentish Town.  After lunch we’ll hear about feuding French poets, the generous Victorian benefactor who gave it all up for love, a forgetful architect and a venue from London’s first Olympics. The submerged Fleet winds its way through Victorian streets and quiet gardens, and we will point out the highlights of the architecture on the way.  There’s a short break for tea at the stunning new entrance to Kings Cross station.  Making our way through quiet side streets in Central London we will follow the Fleet until it meets the Thames. We will see the traces of the fashionable spas that were fit for a King’s mistress, and hear about other sports like bear baiting and bare knuckle boxing, and take in refreshment at a pub nearby. As the sides of the Fleet valley get steeper we will talk about the terrible slums that were found there and the people who campaigned to make them better. Finally we will hear about Christopher Wren’s plans for the Fleet to rival the canals of Venice, and at last reach the spot where the Fleet meets the Thames.

Guide: Jenni Bowley

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Clowning about in Clerkenwell

Clowning Around in Clerkenwell:  Thursday 8 September at 18:00pm

Explore Clerkenwell’s once vibrant Italian community and follow in the footsteps of Joey Grimaldi, the most celebrated English Clown, who lived, worked and died here.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

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Sensing Camden Town:  Sunday 11 September at 11:00am

The sights, sounds, smells, taste and feel of Camden Town will come alive through a discovery walk led by Camden Tour Guides Association and to celebrate this summer’s Olympic Games there will also be a brief taste of Brazil.

This walk is part of the Camden Sentido Programme. To coincide with the 2016 Rio Para/Olympics and the São Paulo Art Biennale, this year Camden will highlight all things Brazil in its Annual Arts Programme.

Guide: Peter Cowin

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santido_print_logoSensing Kings Cross (with BSL interpreter): Thursday 15 September 14:00 pm

Most of us cannot get to Rio to celebrate the Games this year, so Camden Council have teamed up with the Camden Tour Guides Association who will lead this free walk around the exciting new vibrant city quarter at King’s Cross. We may not have a beach at King’s Cross, but we have plenty of new water features including a new outdoor naturally filtered swimming pool. All your senses will be needed as we bring alive the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feel of Kings Cross.

This walk is suitable for everyone and will be BSL interpreted. Priority for places will be given to the deaf/hearing impaired and their companions.  This walk is part of the Camden Sentido Programme. To coincide with the 2016 Rio Para/Olympics and the São Paulo Art Biennale, this year Camden will highlight all things Brazil in its Annual Arts Programme.

Guide: Stella Geddes

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The “New Woman” in East Bloomsbury: Saturday 17 September at 2pm

From education and the professions to ‘rational’ dress to the joys of cycling. A stroll through quiet Bloomsbury squares reveals pioneer women medics, poets, printers and politicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

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Lives and loves of the Bloomsbury Group

The Lives and Loves of the Bloomsbury Group:  Tuesday 4 October at 11:00am

Come and explore the many literary connections of Bloomsbury where writers are said to have “lived in squares and loved in triangles”.  We’ll see the location of the homes and publishers of famous authors, we’ll visit the streets and buildings which inspired some of their fictional creations and we’ll hear stories of famous and infamous love affairs and marriages.  Start: Tottenham Court Road tube, finish: Russell Square tube.

Guide: Jenni Bowley

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LOCAL LONDON GUIDING DAY – Saturday 8th October  – FREE WALKS ALL DAY 10am-4pm

Artful Camden Town

Art is everywhere in Camden Town. Come and join us on a walk through its streets and enjoy the vibrant palette of conventional and contemporary pieces. Hear stories about its rich canvas of iconic images, signs and statues.
Treats-for-the-eye include a mural which tells a historic story, some four-legged friends, the mark of a saint and other iconic mosaics, an art tribute to one of Camden Towns very own and some street art which was started 40 years ago and still isn’t finished!
Free hour-long walks every hour on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm (last walk is at 4 pm)
Meet outside the entrance to Chalk Farm underground station (Edgware Branch of the Northern Line)
Walk finishes near Mornington Crescent underground station

 


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Sensing Camden Town:  Sunday 9 October at 11:00am

The sights, sounds, smells, taste and feel of Camden Town will come alive through a discovery walk led by Camden Tour Guides Association and to celebrate this summer’s Olympic Games there will also be a brief taste of Brazil.

This walk is part of the Camden Sentido Programme. To coincide with the 2016 Rio Para/Olympics and the São Paulo Art Biennale, this year Camden will highlight all things Brazil in its Annual Arts Programme.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

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Sensing Kings Cross: Saturday 15 October: 11:00 am

Most of us cannot get to Rio to celebrate the Games this year, so Camden Council have teamed up with the Camden Tour Guides Association who will lead this free walk around the exciting new vibrant city quarter at King’s Cross. We may not have a beach at King’s Cross, but we have plenty of new water features including a new outdoor naturally filtered swimming pool. All your senses will be needed as we bring alive the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feel of Kings Cross.

This walk is suitable to everyone, all are welcome. This walk is part of the Camden Sentido Programme. To coincide with the 2016 Rio Para/Olympics and the São Paulo Art Biennale, this year Camden will highlight all things Brazil in its Annual Arts Programme.

Guide: Tony Hale

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In the Footsteps of Oliver TwistIn the footsteps of Oliver Twist:  Friday 28 October at 11:00am

Find out about life in Clerkenwell in London in the middle of the nineteenth century as we follow the progress of Oliver Twist from his meeting with the Artful Dodger in Angel. We’ll walk the route taken by the crowd carrying Oliver Twist from his apprehension after the theft of Mr Brownlow’s handkerchief to the Magistrate’s Court and we’ll visit the site of Fagin’s Den and hear about the terrible slums, the “rookeries”, and how they were swept away by road and rail development.  Join me to see the location of Dickens’ first marital home and some of the many alleys and streets which feature in his novels.
Start: Angel tube; Finish: Chancery Lane tube

Guide: Jenni Bowley

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Booking your walk:

*All walks must be booked in advance, please do not turn up unless you have booked a walk and received a confirmation. Click on the title of the walk to go to the booking link.

**If there is not a booking link, and instructions are to “turn up & pay”, please follow instructions per that walk.