We walked today despite being afflicted with colds and coughs and sore throats. We reversed our SE London parks and cemeteries walk of a few weeks ago and our route took us through Lower Sydenham, Catford, Ladywell, Camberwell Old and New Cemeteries, Honor Oak Park, Forest Hill, Upper Sydenham, Penge and back to Beckenham. You can see from the graphic that our pace is steadily losing its red tones and becoming more verdant. We went fast, despite the rain, slowed only by hills and mud, and muddy hills. That red bit between 6 and 7 miles is One Tree Hill in Honor Oak, where we puffed and panted a bit.
On the other side of the crest of the hill by the Oak of Honour, we came across a gun emplacement dating from 1916 that was supposed to deal with the threat of wartime bombing raids by Zeppelins. Unfortunately one of the guns fired during a raid missed its target and damaged the railway line at Peckham Rye. The view across London from the top of the hill is spectacular and even The Shard looks tiny in the distance. Difficult to believe that the top is the highest point in Europe, even though it dwarfs everything around it. I was tempted to try and take a photo but it would not have come out on this hazy, drizzly, miserable day. Sadly, there are quite a few substantial hills in this area and a lot are steep. And if only this wretched rain would stop for a while, it would stop being quite so muddy on these walks.
But the weather is becoming warmer and we can look forward to the actual Moonwalk 2013 course being flatter and hopefully less muddy so I think we’re largely on track for our 7 hour marathon target. If you haven’t donated already please, please consider doing so. It’s so easy just to click that pink SPONSOR ME button on the right there. Even a tiny donation all helps to support people with breast cancer and their families.
Nothing for the next couple of weeks, though. We’re taking an Easter break.