Walking tours to take you to cultural, religious and rural spots in Golders Green for exploring food, green spaces and spiritual places
Tags: Golders Green, Suburbia, Peter McBride, Pink, Orange, Blue
5th September 2009: Walking tours will soon take you to key cultural, religious and rural spots in Golders Green.
Seven residents from Golders Green, with a common passion for walking and a desire to celebrate their community, have got together. Supported by London Transport Museum and Transport for London (TfL), they have personally designed three community walks that explore the area’s hidden gems and increase walking in the local area.
They responded to an advertisement to get involved and share Golders Green’s secret spots, hidden highlights and community stories resulting in three walks exploring the themes of food and drink; green spaces and spiritual places.
Golders Green was the first suburb to be created in London as a result of the Tube station opening in 1907 and the walks have been created as part of Suburbia, a new exhibition that will open at London Transport Museum on 15 October 2009. The walks illustrate what the suburb means to people today.
Starting on 8 September, guided walks led by local residents will take place throughout the month to encourage visitors and other residents to explore Golders Green and walk more. There will also be self guided leaflets available in local community outlets or online for people interested in making their own way around the area.
Mark King, a local resident and London Blue Badge tourist guiding student, said: “The three walking tours will not only be a celebration of just how much Golders Green has to offer visitors, but it will also be a trip down memory lane for many locals, like myself, taking part in the walks.
“Whether you are a walker who likes to enjoy taking in fresh air in rural locations, or you like to savour the local culinary delights, the Pink and Orange tour respectively have been designed for you in mind. Alternatively, the Blue walk will provide an invaluable introduction to a number of faith groups that make up Golders Green, allowing walkers to pause and reflect as they visit different places of worship.”
Peter McBride, Head of Cycling, Walking and Accessibility at TfL, said: "We are pleased to be supporting the Golders Green walking project that will help residents become more familiar with their local area and encourage the community to consider healthy and green options for making short trips.
“This project shows that walking is a great way of getting to know members of your local area and building a stronger sense of community. For those wanting to venture farther afield, the circular Capital Ring, one of seven routes that form part of the TfL funded Strategic Walk Network in London, connects Golders Green with points east and west.”
Suburbia will open on 15 October 2009 at London Transport Museum. It will tell the story of how transport has shaped our suburbs and explore how local identity, lifestyles and architecture come together to form the reality of suburbia.
The guided walks start from Golders Green Underground station and are free, but tickets must be booked in advance on 020 7565 7298 or online at www.ltmuseum.co.uk.
The tour dates and times: Pink on Tuesday, 8th September, from 10.00 – 12.00; Orange on Tuesday 8th September from 17.45 – 19.45; Pink again on Thursday 10th September from 10.00 – 12.00; Blue on Thursday 10th September from 17.45 – 19.45, again on Saturday 12th September from 15.00 – 17.00, and again on Monday 21st September from10.00 – 12.00.
Orange on Monday 21st September from 17.45 – 19.45 and again on Wednesday 23rd September from 10.00 – 12.00; Pink on Wednesday 23rd September from 17.45 – 19.45, and again on Sunday 27th September from14.00 – 16.00.
A second series of guided walks will take place in March 2010. The self guided leaflets will be available from Golders Green, Brent Cross and Hampstead stations, Golders Green library, local shops, community organisations and medical centres. You can also view the map online on www.ltmuseum.org/learning
`Pdf’ versions of the trails are downloadable from London Transport Museum’s website and there is also an interactive map where people can add their own local highlights and landmarks; Go to www.ltmuseum.org/learning.
The Pink walk is of one hour 30 minutes and covers Waterlow Court, Anti-Aircraft Battery site, Wylde’s Farm, North End Secret Underground Station, Old Bull and Bush Pub, Ivy House (London Jewish Cultural Centre), Golders Hill Park.
The Orange walk is of one hour and goes through Golders Green Hippodrome, St. Alban’s Church, local Restaurants, Hindu Temple, Dunstan Road Synagogue, Woodstock Avenue
The Blue walk is of 45 minutes through Hoop Lane Unitarian Church, The first new house, St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church, Hoop Lane Jewish Cemetery, Golders Green Crematorium, 2 Meadway, Express Dairies.
Golders Green Underground Station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line. For more information on the SWN, you can see www.tfl.gov.uk/walking and www.walklondon.org.uk