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Tuesday 16th April – 11th meeting of 2013

Charing Cross was our meeting point today and as one of our group is not ready to tackle a walk we went to St Martin’s Crypt for a coffee and chat. From here we left her to look around the shop and we got District line to Sloane Square and started the Chelsea walk from the Walking London book. It took us up the King’s Road which was busy and down Smith Street to Royal Chelsea Hospital.  We should have walked through the hospital grounds but it was closed. We were not quite sure if it was always shut lunch time or if it was closed because of the funeral of Margaret Thatcher that was to take place the next day.  Not deterred our leader took us down the next left turning and we found our way to Chelsea Embankment and Physics Gardens where we could follow on the route of the walk.  This took us up to Cheyne Walk.  The weather was lovely warm and sunny. We were all wrapped up for the cold so we had to take off our scarves and gloves and even cardigans for some!! This week we were caught out with the sun!

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The walk took us back to King’s Road through some amazing streets and turnings.  Each little turning different with houses that were so beautiful, well kept and so much character.  My favourite was Paradise Walk.  Blue plaques were to coin a phrase ‘two a penny’ in this area with George Elliott, Oscar Wilde, Lord Leighton and Dante Gabriel Rossetti to name a few.  We also passed a small corner house where the Chelsea China factory used to stand.

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This was a lovely walk which was three and half miles long, although we must have covered four miles with our diversion.  It took us through some lovely quiet streets full of beautiful houses with lovely flowers throughout.

We made our way home and although a little more tired than usual we had enjoyed a lovely sunny day in one the nicesest areas of London!