It was time for my Covid vaccination, so a good opportunity to get on a train to London without feeling guilty about bending lockdown rules. The nearest station to the appointment at St Thomas was Waterloo, but looking at the map, I decided that it would be a much nicer walk from Charing Cross.
There is only one fast train per hour to London these days (it used to be four), so I had plenty of time to explore before my appointment.
I crossed the river using the western Golden Jubilee bridge – there used to be a grotty walkway alongside Hungerford Bridge, so this is a vast improvement:
A nice view of the (closed) London Eye from the bridge:
and then to a very deserted South Bank:
then Westminster Bridge, looking quite resplendent in the gloom:
Time for a quick mid-morning snack opposite the Houses of Parliament:
Then it was time to get vaccinated at St Thomas:
I then walked over Westminster Bridge to St James Park:
then past Horse Guards parade and The Mall (looking very empty indeed):
finally, through Admiralty Arch into a very empty Trafalgar Square:
then past the National Gallery & St Martin in the Fields:
and to Charing Cross Station and the train home:
It all made a nice change! And it was nice to see bits of London without pushing through lots of foreign tourists…
Phil has been using a wicker tray to contain bits and pieces on the front seat of the car. Unfortunately, the tray has holes in the side, so the smaller items had a tendency to fall out. So I made a liner for the tray. It didn’t take long, and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
No fresh snow for a while, but the temperature has remained below freezing all week, so the paths through woods were frozen solid, and consequently quite hard to walk on. The one benefit was returning home with a clean dog – this photo was taken almost at the end of our walk in High Elms:
We went to Shoreham Woods on Sunday. I normally avoid this path because it is so muddy during the winter, today it was just rough walking on ice:
Rocco enjoyed himself though:
The views from Polhill Bank are always nice:
And the paths along the Darenth Valley:
Rocco enjoyed himself crossing the large field:
And then back home, with a clean dog yet again!
There have been far more “wet days” this winter than I recall – not so much heavy rain (or at least not when the dog needs walking), but consistent rain making everything VERY wet. Even High Elms Country Park, which normally isn’t too bad in the winter, has been suffering with muddy paths this winter.
Today’s walk was in the National Trust “Petts Wood & Hawkwood” estate. Rocco loves going there as there are plenty of rivers and ponds to get wet and muddy in.
However, the paths were really muddy today, and with a light dusting of snow and some strong gusts, it wasn’t always that pleasant walking!
Rocco was enjoying himself though:
Further on, it didn’t get much better:
Though the heathland looked pretty:
Rocco needed a hose down once we’d returned home!