We will be going up to London with the Docklands as the general area of interest, so ensure your travelcard includes coverage for the DLR. I wanted to do something different with the idea of getting up to London mid-afternoon and staying on until evening, however the route is such that it will be easy to come back at any time. The aim is to meet at the main entrance to London Bridge station at 2pm. so leaving Uckfield on the 12.33pm train. We plan to have something to eat, early evening around 6.00-6.30.
Ian Winning has a good knowledge of London and has prepared the itinerary below as a guide.
Here is my idea of a route that will capture aeroplanes, city scape / vistas, reflections onto water and huge glass fronted buildings, stations, old steam tugs, remains of victorian terraces not bombed out during the second world war. And lets not forget the O2. I'm not sure how many members know the area, but it's got so many opportunities for all types of photography. Members lucky enough to have a wide angle lens should bring it. A long reach lens would be good for London City Airport and the view across to Canada Water from the Olympian Way. Now I've planned this route so that those who can't walk too far can rest either in the many cafes and hotels along the route, or rest in the many tiny park areas that have seats on route. The walks are short distances between stations, and there is seating everywhere. People can leave at any time, either getting back to Canning Town and get on the Jubilee line straight back to London Bridge. Or alternatively once on the Isle of Dogs get to Canary Wharf and return straight to London Bridge.
Route: London bridge - Royal Albert DLR, Royal Victoria DLR - Emirates Cable Car to Emirates Greenwich Peninsular - Walk around Olympian Way - North Greenwich Tube Station - Canary Wharf - DLR to South Quay - Walk along Marsh Wall to Steam Tug Portway - Back to South Quay - Canary Wharf - London Bridge. It all sounds a lot, but in actual fact one can abandon the walk at any time and go home. The actual walk is between stations and not much walking at all. I may make an evening of it and try my luck on the river. All weather permitting of course. I do hope this all helps.
Ian wanted to stress the trip can be extremely easy. It can be broken up into three parts.
1) London City Airport - ExCell.
2) Isle of Dogs - O2 - Olympian Way.
3) Canary Wharf.
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