Featured Walks

The First 100 Years

Friday May 10, 2019 at 18:00, Wednesday 12th June, 2019 at 12:30, Wednesday 10th July, 2019 at 18:00 and Thursday 12th September, 2019 at 12.30

Meeting Point: Chancery Lane Tube - Exit 1 (outside on the pavement next to Robert Dyas)

This year marks the centenary for women being allowed to join the legal profession following the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919.

To celebrate this landmark, the First 100 years project and Walk London With Us have created the first guided walk of the key locations significant to the lives of many of the pioneering and truly remarkable women in the law then and now.

The inaugural walk takes place on 10th May 2019, to celebrate Ivy Williams who was the first ever woman to be called to the Bar of England and Wales on that day, 97 years ago.

On the inaugural walk, we will be joined by guide, Anne Tickell, granddaughter of Gwyneth Bebb, of the infamous Bebb v The Law Society case of 1914, in which the court held that women were not considered "people" under the Solicitors Act 1843and thus could not practise in the profession. It was this case that led to the 1919 Act.

The tour will include the four Inns of Court, Chancery Lane, the Law Society, the Royal Courts of Justice and other fascinating places with stories to tell about the lives of some of the ‘firsts’including some from the present day.

To book on these walks, please use the following links:

May 10, 2019

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/first-100-years-guided-walk-tickets-60255302231

June 12, July 10 and September 12, 2019

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/first-100-years-guided-walk-tickets-60817482728

When East Meets West along the Thames

WLWU Summer Series

Tuesdays in July at 11.00 am

Did you know that there are two ways to travel by boat across London? The more obvious is The River Thames, but you can avoid the dangers of the strong currents and tides on the Thames by travelling along the Grand Union Canal. On this series we will explore the areas of East and West London where the canal and river meet.

Limited to 20 walkers, the cost will be £45 for the series or £12 per walk (priority will be given to those booking the complete series). To book, email jenni@bowley.net.

Tuesday 2nd July - Limehouse to Wapping

To start our summer river walks we are going down stream to Limehouse and walking against the flow to Wapping. This area, at the beginning of the 20th century, was at the heart of the London docks. Imports included tobacco and saltpetre and exports included explorers and migrants seeking a better life in the New World. On this walk we will see how this area has now been transformed into a leisure marina, new flats and trendy restaurants, but we will also hear about its tough and less salubrious past with references to pirates, crime, explosions and opium dens.

Meeting point: Limehouse DLR station

Guide: Jenny Rossiter

Tuesday 9th July - Rotherhithe to Deptford

Now for something completely different albeit the same stretch of water - Rotherhithe towards Deptford. You will see a completely different view of Wapping, Limehouse and Canary Wharf and also discover the charms of Surrey Water, Lavender Pond Bird Sanctuary and if you have the energy Surrey Docks City Farm. But you may be tempted by lunch at the Blacksmiths Arms just 5 minutes before reaching the farm.

Meeting point: Rotherhithe station (return journey on the C10 Bus towards Canada Water or London Bridge)

Guide: Anne Tickell

Tuesday 16th July - Hammersmith to Putney

Your guide: Elaine Wein

Crossing Hammersmith Bridge and walking on the Southside of the Thames, we discover “Harrods Village”, pass the famous Barnes Wetlands Centre, learn about the origins of the boat race, and Craven Cottage the home of Fulham Football Club since 1896. Arriving at Putney, we hear about the arrest of one of our most famous murderers, and meet the Father of Modern Ventriloquism. Finally we finish our walk at Fulham Palace the Tudor historic house and garden of the Bishop of London recently renovated and free to visit.

Meeting point: Apollo Theatre, Hammersmith

Your guide: Elaine Wein

Tuesday 23rd July - Kew Bridge to Syon House

Our walk starts with a good view of Kew Gardens as we walk along the Thames past Waterman's Park before we negotiate our way around the Thames Lock to see the River Brent join the Thames. We'll then follow the canal towpath past the boat yards to find the cobbled Dock Road and hear some of the fascinating stories of the Grand Union Canal - its heyday, decline and resurgence. Crossing the canal at Brentford Bridge our walk finishes with the option to walk down through Syon Park to the Thames or continue along the canal to Brentford.

Meeting point: Kew Bridge railway station

Guide: Jenni Bowley