West Norwood Cemetery; Perhaps the least known, but most attractive, of the great Victorian London Cemeteries
It is one of the seven great London cemeteries established in a ring around the outskirts of London. Within the cemetery you will see examples of the magnificent monuments erected in memory of the most eminent citizens of the day, which contrast sharply with the small, simple headstones marking common, or public, burials. One of the most famous cemeteries in London is Highgate Cemetery. I did attempt to visit that later on in the month. See Below for further details.
West Norwood Cemetery
It’s formal avenue of towering limes and the Gothic gloom of the original Victorian planting gives way to paths which recall the country lanes of a bygone era
Friends of West Norwood Cemetery
The friends are a charity run by volunteers who aim to increase the publics knowledge and appreciation of the Cemetery. They hold general tours on the first Sunday of every month, & host special themed tours during the summer; as well they host meetings with talks during the winter. There are further details in their programme of events.Additionally The charity raise funds for conservation work, and encourage other organisations and individuals to make contributions. It is surprising how much information is on their website and I would encourage people to take a look, using the link below.
I have two aims this year : one is to get fit for The Jurassic Coast Challenge, and the other to lead a few walks in London.
Lunch time walks
In between my work demands and job hunting, I have to maintain some sort of exercise. A new workout came about at a moment of extreme agitation, and I had to get out of the office to get some air. This has now become one of my regular extended lunch time walks I figured out, that if I walked extremely briskly up Camberwell Grove (up and down is usually about 30 mins) I could just make it to the massive sainsburys in Dog Kennell Hill. Although this is dooable, it is tight.
I can then dash over to the sandwich bar near the entrance and pick up something quickly.
Not something I want to do every day; as well the store does not have a great selection of sandwiches left by the time I get there around 1.50pm. It is a great way to get rid of those office chains and can be done in about 42 minutes, my lunch break is 45 minutes!
The 30 minute version is also a good little walk, up and down The Grove through the alleys.
Pimlico to Worlds End
After my jog round Brockwell Park, I went home to attend to a couple of things, then got ready to go back out to meet a friend at The Tate Pimlico. We walked from Pimlico along the river by the Embankment to Worlds End & then had a general walk about the Kings Road, including a visit to Chelsea library and a few shops. At the end of the day my output was a 6.5 miles walk on top of my run, so not bad for a Sunday stroll.
Waterlow Park near Highgate cemetery
We just missed the tour at The Highgate Cemetery, so we will be saving that outing for another clear dry day! Instead we had the shortest walk ever round Waterlow Park. I had done a jog in Brockwell Park earlier in the day, so after my uphill walk from Archway to Highgate, I wasn’t too put out to miss the walking tour. It was getting dark and raining. That’s winter for you.
Until next time
Keep at it, whatever it is. I’m feeling a little excited about February. This is a rare occurrence admittedly but I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. I’m half way to my target to raise funds for War Child, see below for details.