Self guided short walks for exercise during the “lock down”

The Society is publishing a short series of local walks to help us get to know the area better and the way it is evolving, particulalrly along the river banks with the mushrooming of new residential blocks.

There are maps attached so you can pick the point to start the walk which is closest to home. The mileages are very approximate and in practice you will walk a little further dodging the walkers, runners and cyclist in order to maintain a safe distance. Happy walking!

Coronavirus hits Wandsworth’s parks

Firstly, after thousands flocked to our parks over the Mother’s Day weekend, the takeaway refreshment services in the park cafes closed on Monday 23rd March. And then came the PM on the same evening, perhaps influenced the pictures of crowds on the commons and parks of South West London, restricting walking in groups and outdoor meetings. The latest position in Wandsworth is that although parks are still open playgrounds, outdoor gyms, toilets and other facilities are shut.

Although a day later there are lots of genuine exercisers including walkers, runners, cyclists, roller skaters, family ball game players and tai chi practitioners others read the single daily outing for “exercise” to mean sitting on a park bench enjoying the sunshine. But there is also some very foolish behaviour on display, like pairs of joggers coming from behind and squeezing between two walkers who have left a gap 3 metres apart and vigorous football played by a group of lads who are unlikely to all come from the same household.

It will be interesting to see whether we are to be asked to increase our vigilance over the coming weeks.

People’s Question Time for Wandsworth on 11 March

There will be an opportunity to question the London Mayor Sadiq Kahn and members of the London Assembly at Battersea Arts Centre on Wednesday 11 March. The session starts at 7pm and will be chaired by our Assembly Member Leonie Cooper.

For details and booking (which is essential) see