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    Default Walks You Have Done.

    me and the boy craner ( http://cittaviolenta.blogspot.com ) inaugerated the 2005 walking season by going
    plaistow-beckton
    scaling the beckton alp and admiring the view. this was pretty exhilerating. better in fact than the view from stratford's multi-storey carpark. a black patch with charred wood and ashes showed someone had had a fire on the summit. that seemed like a good thing to do. i hope they did it at night. driving past and seeing the alp aflame in the middle of the night would be an eerie sight.
    i might lead an expedition up beckton alp later in the year.
    come down
    wandered about
    got hungry
    ate crisps
    found our way to the lighthouse on the thames
    it was open
    went inside
    the sun was setting
    the sunset was reflected on the water and the windows of the office blocks.
    three herons were fishing on the mudbanks.
    that was good.
    went to canary wharf. drank coffee. read paper. came home.
    the end.
    (the picture at the top of citta violenta is the view from the lighthouse)

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    anyone fancy doing a walk outside of london one day? i quite fancy going somewhere on a train, getting some real fresh air and winding up in a pub with a fire and pies

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    i've got leigh-on-sea in mind, but i'm probably going on a tuesday. some sea breeze to blow the cobwebs away. but i'm sure i'd be up for anything else.

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    I miss London walks

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    I'm going to go walking in Tokyo on friday. It's bitterly cold and a bit damp and grey, so perfect walking weather. It's very flat so you can walk for miles, and it's good because no two bits of it are really the same so there's lots to look at. The downside is there aren't many places with views because all the buildings are too tall. I want to find an industrial area, but failing that will just wander around Shinjuku.

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    I really enjoyed walking around Tokyo the one time I went there.

    Yesterday I walked from where I live (Astoria, Queens) to Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Took about an hour and a half. Quite a fun walk, although pretty grimy (especially through Long Island City...filthy).

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    Me and my brother Jim Jnr went to the Bird Hide by the Walthamstow reservoirs on Sunday.
    We saw a couple of herons, some cormorants obviously, shellduck, teal, white swans and a large rat.
    There was hardly anyone about and the sky was clear and crisp.
    My brother is going through some stress at the moment and reckoned that the walk and a spot of birdwatching had "proper chilled him out".

    I want to know where the Greenway ends, does it just go into the Thames Esturary ?

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    oi jim come up beckton alp bruv, we can keep following the greenway afterwards, how about sunday? it'll be like following the nile to its source...

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    sounds like a plan, did you go to Leigh in the end ?
    Essex has got some top past it resort towns that take on almost magical hues in the winter, Walton On The Naze, Clacton, Brightlingsea, ........

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    i'm going southend tommorow but i haven't go to leigh-on-sea yet, probably go next week. walton-on-the-naze sounds good. i've never been to that one.

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    One of my earliest memories was watching the end of Southend Pier burning down from my bedroom window. Go easy on the arcades, Luka.

    BTW, there are 4 pubs in Old Leigh (Crooked Billet, Peter Boat, Smack & Ship). The billet is not too touristy and the Ship is a locals pub. They all do food and there's a couple of little cafe's down there too. Try and stick around 'til dusk cos we get some lovely sunsets down here.

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    would heartily concur with randy watson - no wonder pauline fowler is always nipping down here!
    i wooed my wife in the ship, oh heady days!!

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    Just got back from Southend with Vandross. Feel healthy. Have a sea-glow.

    Southend pier is amazing...it goes on for miles!

    We took a rickety old train to the end of it. We caught the last one which had old hits from the '40s blasting out of a cheap tannoy system. The sun was setting as we hurtled out into the channel.

    We saw a bunch of brent geese mucking about in seaweed at the end of a boat ramp. We had turnstones whizzing about our heads in the breeze. Some very smart, if dour, winter plumage on display. We saw some small, white, fat birds racing along the shoreline, little legs going like crazy across shingle and foam. (They were sanderlings. I had to consult a field guide when I got home on that one. Also, I mistook barnacle for brent geese at the time. So sue me.)

    At the end of the pier we watched three turnstones attack a large fish head and spine: the fish head had big, gawping empty eye-sockets.

    Late afternoon had us walking into our shadows. A big cargo ship lumbered along the horizon.

    In the shallows of the shore there are poles stuck at intervals in the sand. They wear green pointy caps. What are they for?

    It was a bit like the Venice lido, in conclusion.

    ...with a grand old hotel crumbling into the wind. It has a most ornate turret tacked onto the end.

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    Stuggling to think of the best walk I've done.

    Maybe when I spent two days on my own walking around Norway's Lofoten Islands, above the Arctic Circle.

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    down the road to st clements from my mums, from maybe across to malpas, where on the way you can see the river from the hills, then herons in the trees and with a bit of luck some seals.
    from malpas down the road into town, past all the boats. this is all on the outskirts of truro.
    also along the old railway track from finsbury park, near where i live now, all muddy and smelly in the middle of the city.

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