Category Archives: Walks

Closed doors in Croydon for London’s Open House festival

If the 2022 Open House Festival is anything to go by, then when Croydon is London’s Borough of Culture next year, the capital could be looking at a cultural desert. There are only nine venues in the whole of the … Continue reading

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Vanguards are taking a new turn to keep going the distance

JOHN JEFKINS reports on the 10th staging of one of the country’s toughest trail marathons, and how a famed route from East Croydon down to the Sussex coast has just taken a different direction The Vanguard Way is a popular … Continue reading

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An evening stroll to track down one of our rarest butterflies

For our third group visit to local nature reserve Roundshaw Downs, we follow how the changing seasons and long hot summer are affecting the environment and wildlife in our midst. This is your chance to catch-up with Inside Croydon’s unique … Continue reading

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Springwatch: Join us for our latest guided nature walk, May 21

Make the most of the wonderful natural habitats on your doorstep and join us on Saturday, May 21, for the latest Inside Croydon guided walk. It will be a return visit to local nature reserve Roundshaw Downs, and once again … Continue reading

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It’s time to put people first and help our streets live again

CROYDON COMMENTARY: South Croydon resident COLIN MANCE calls upon the candidates in next month’s local elections to put their best foot forward – but not just for canvassing During the pandemic, many of us rediscovered the simple act of walking … Continue reading

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Turn your stroll to the ballot box into a march for rights

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The walk to your polling station for the local elections on May 5 can be used to improve accessibility to the countryside for thousands of people, says rambler MICHAEL HOWELLS Walking in nature improves our health and happiness, … Continue reading

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CareDogs taking the lead on helping the elderly go walking

A south London-based dog charity based is launching a befriending service with a twist this spring after a successful pilot last year. CareDogs operates in Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon, Bromley and Lewisham. The charity aims to solve social isolation in the … Continue reading

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Downs friends’ appeal for memorial to volunteer Gill Peachey

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Groups set off for autumn walks to stride on from covid

The nights might be closing in as we head into autumn, but that doesn’t seem to have deterred the organisers of some group walks being held around the borough, with one set even encouraging participants to bring a head torch … Continue reading

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Forest Bathing walks in Crystal Palace Park, Sep 17 – Oct 24

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The Big Walk and Talk, Croydon green spaces, Oct 2

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Men’s Mental Health Walk and Talk group, Beddington Park

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Time for London’s politicians to redesign streets for people

CROYDON COMMENTARY: For South Croydon resident CONNIE MUIR, it is a manifesto from a community organisation which has impressed her most during the latest election campaign, as she’s voting with her feet During the pandemic, people in London have rediscovered … Continue reading

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Eight walks to encompass Croydon’s boundaries and history

Over the course of lockdown, one intrepid geographer has managed to complete the ‘beating of the bounds’ and discover the fascinating history of our parish and civic boundaries, stretching back to Saxon times. Words, pictures and mapping by Dr BEN … Continue reading

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Wondering wanders: our thought-provoking covid walks

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Getting out and about has taken on added importance during lockdown, and given RICHARD PACITTI cause for thoughts… For me, an unexpected pleasure brought about by the coronavirus restrictions has been the walks I have been taking with … Continue reading

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Beautiful Butterflies: 2021 Hutchinson’s Bank walks

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Take a walk in someone else’s shoes to help mental health

From this Thursday, Shawmind, a mental health charity, is inviting people to take part in its month-long activity to encourage gentle exercise, raise funds and increase awareness around suicide, mental health and wellbeing. The campaign, Walk a Mile in My … Continue reading

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READER OFFER: Join our post-covid guided ramble, Sep 19

UPDATED Sep 10: With great regret, following the government’s latest change to its covid-19 guidelines, we have taken the decision to postpone this event. Anyone who booked a place will be contacted directly. We apologise for any inconvenience – we … Continue reading

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Butterfly Walk, Hutchinson’s Bank nature reserve, Aug 29

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Feeling the heat on the way along the North Downs to Oxted

When the BBC Weather page tells you to expect 34 degrees centigrade by mid-afternoon in Merstham, you know you should prepare well before heading out to walk eight miles along the North Downs Way. The North Downs Way runs for … Continue reading

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Walker Dunelm: a sad farewell to contributor Patrick Ford

STEVEN DOWNES, Editor of Inside Croydon, pays tribute to one of this website’s earliest contributors I’d known Patrick Ford for most of my life, though for the past few years we’d been cut off from one another, separated by that … Continue reading

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Carshalton’s springs guided walk, Honeywood Museum, Mar 8

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Guided Winter Walk, Hutchinson’s Bank New Addington, Jan 11

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Wintry Thames towpath walk that’s like entering another world

WANDLE WANDERER: Croydon’s own river, the Wandle, eventually reaches the Thames itself, which provides a multitude of possible walks. Here, KEN TOWL sets off for Richmond to see what the towpath has to offer With friends visiting from Hackney and … Continue reading

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Fanfare for the Common man, and here’s a toast to two ‘saints’

WANDLE WANDERER: Our non-resident rambler KEN TOWL is off on his travels again, but he hasn’t had to venture very far afield to discover some overlooked treasures St Reatham is not, of course, a church named after a saint, but … Continue reading

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