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Tuesday 23rd September – 28th meeting of 2014

We met at Charing Cross today and took the Underground to Victoria and an overground Southern train to Battersea Park. Whilst walking across the concourse at Victoria we did another bit of celebrity spotting by seeing Esther Rantzen with her bucket collecting money for the Chelsea Pensioners. Another name to add to the list!

We didn’t have long to wait for the train to go and at Battersea Park we walked for about 10 minutes to get to the park. We have had this park on our places to visit for quite some time but for one reason or another never manage it but today was a good choice as the weather was beautiful. A lovely sunny warm day ideal for walking.

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This is very large park which belongs to London Borough of Wandsworth and has so much in it. We firstly made our way to the cafeteria. A large very good area with lots of seating inside and out.

From here we made our way to the lake were you can have a boat ride if you so wish. There is a road that surrounds the lake so we decided to just follow it and see where it would take us. First stop an area given over to a Landscape exhibition. We decided not to go inside as it would have taken far too long to see around it.battersea 1

The trees and flower beds in the park are very well maintained and a pleasure to walk around. We next came across the Peace Pagoda which overlooks the Thames. This is a Buddhist monument built in 1985 to inspire peace. We past the Children’s Zoo as we walked to the Fountains. The fountains were installed in 1951 for the Festival of Britain and Battersea Park played a large part in the festival with an amusement fun fair and the Guinness Clock which unfortunately is not there now. As we walked around we were delving in our memoir banks remembering many things of the Festival of Britain which was a great and exciting time. The park was full of people and is well used. Joggers, cyclists, Mums and children, walkers, dogs and their walkers, couples, groups enjoying the sun. At the fountains we sat for a while and watched the dogs jumping in and out of the water really having a grand time!

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We completed the circular walk and went back to Battersea Park station but somehow managed to turn battersea 3right instead of left at the junction so made the walk twice as long! But no harm down. More confusion at the station when half of us ran to caught a train that didn’t stop! We finally got a train back to Victoria and made our separate ways home after a very enjoyable morning in a beautiful park that was a lovely surprise and worth another visit at a later date.