Mindfulness Meditation & 3Hr Hike
Sunday May 07, 2017 - Woodberry Wetlands & The Lee Valley
A day of mindfulness meditation and great hiking around North London's lesser known nature reserves, waterways and trails. We'll start the day in the splendid serenity of the Gillespie local nature reserve, a little known green escape located just a few minutes’ walk from Finsbury Park or Arsenal Tube Station.
After a formal group meditation at the Ecology Centre and a delicious and nutritious lunch, we’ll head east on our hike to Woodberry Wetlands. Opened in 2016 by Sir Richard Attenborough, the 11 hectares of reed-fringed ponds provide a haven for a multitude of wildlife. From wintering populations of pochard, shoveler, tufted and gadwall ducks, to reed warbler and bunting who have migrated from Africa for spring and summer.
Continuing on, we pick up the eastern section of the Capital Ring Walk, (CRW), part of the 78mile loop that circumnavigates the capital and head through Clisshold Park, through Abney Park - Stoke Newington's eerily picturesque graveyard and on to Lee Valley, London's largest green space and finally following the River Lee south to the Iconic Olympic Park in Stratford.
Here we conclude our day just a short distance from Stratford Station.
Gillespie Ecology Centre 1015
1015 – Meet & Introductions
1030 – Group Meditation
1130 – Snacks / Lunch
1200 – Begin Hike (14.3KM / 8.9 Miles – 3-4 hours Total)
1500 – Finish @ Stratford Station
Fee: £19.00 pp includes:
- Guided group meditation lead by Guest Mindfulness Guide (45 minutes approximately)
- Use of the peaceful and secluded Gillespie Ecology Centre
- Delicious, freshly made vegetarian lunch including hot soup
- 3 hour guided hike by professional trek leader with talks / info en route
- Tea, coffee
- Hiking snacks
The route is undulating and approximately 14.3KM (8.9 MIles) longView the full route or download the GPX here