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Walking: 16 London bridges 24 Mar!

London Bridge's Walk with MSSC

Walking taking in a maximum of 16 of London’s bridges with MSSC!

Merton Sports Social Club For Blind And VI next walk is almost upon us and it is a BIG ONE!  it is much more of an independent distance walk, taking in a maximum of 16 of London’s bridges, as well as Battersea park, The London Eye, The Millennium bridge and the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

Starting at Putney Station on the Morning of Saturday 24th March, we will set of in pairs or bigger groups of similar ability on a route that criss-crosses the Thames and, for those with the stamina, will end up at Tower Bridge.  You will need good footwear, walking boots or sturdy trainers as the London pavements can take their toll.

As this is an urban walk, we regret to say it is not practical for guide dogs as they will have to remain on the lead all the time and this places much greater burden on a pair of walkers.

As you all know, the advantage of this route is that when you and your walking partner have had enough (or just stopped at too many pubs along the way) you can drop off the route and take the tube or train back to the station of your choice.

To aid with the planning, Richard needs just a few bits of information to help him think about the pairings, which will be finalised when we all gather at the start at Putney.  Of course, if you already have your own pair sorted, let him know.

1) Let him know you are coming by sending an email to richard.frewin@blueyonder.co.uk

2) Let him have the mobile phone number you will use on the day so we can keep track of any pair that walks quickly or stops too often.

3) Give him an indication of your ambition for this walk:-

            a) Putney to Vauxhall which is about 7 miles

            b) Putney to Waterloo which is about 11 miles

            c) Putney to Tower Bridge which is about 15 miles

You should plan to carry a rucksack with some walking essentials:-

  • waterproof coat
  • gloves, hats, etc depending on the weather
  • your lunch if you don’t intend picking it up along the way
  • a water bottle, even if it is cold
  • a big chocolate bar or other energy food
  • your travel card / oyster / contactless card
  • mobile phone

Look forward to seeing many of you on 24th March.  Exact timings will be issued by email and on the MSSC Walking Section facebook group as soon as confirmed.

The Walking Section Team

Organisation Name: Merton Sports and Social Club for the Blind (MSSC)
Short name MSSC
Street Address
c/o The Guardian Centre
Colliers Wood
SW19 2DX
 Phone 020 8540 5446
Public Contact  Roy Benjamin
Public Contact – Position Chair
Public Contact – Email roybenjamin@blueyonder.co.uk
Merton Sports and Social Club is a community based integrated club for visually impaired and sighted members. Socials every Tuesday at Guardian Centre. Activities include tandem cycling, bowls, darts, swimming, quizzes.


London Blind Rambling Club!

London Blind Rambling Club!


Hello everyone and welcome to the 2017 Walk Programme.

My aim as walks organiser is to encourage as many visually impaired people as possible to join in with the planned walking activities of this Club. The average walk is 6 to 9 miles. Each walk is led (apart from the odd exception) by Rambling Association groups in their individual areas. One to one guiding (if needed) is usually available by these groups members. Please be sure to walk behind the leader of the walk.

Membership is ten pounds a year and can be paid on your first walk to the secretary.

Members receive up to 50% concession on return fares from the meeting place to each walks starting point.

It is recommended to wear comfortable, but suitable footwear, and to bring a packed lunch to go with a drink at the lunch-time pub or picnic stop.

Walks Organiser:  Valerie Clark  Tel: 020 8868 0096.    Email: valerie@clark.co.uk


when booking a place on a walk please email: valerie@clark.co.uk or telephone 020 8868 0096, if possible, on the Thursday prior to the walk so we can let the Rambling Group know how many members will be attending the walk. Places to those wishing to bring a guide dog will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Any Member arriving late and missing the appointed train cannot expect the host Rambling Group to wait beyond the planned starting time of the walk. Therefore, it is unreasonable for any Member to ring our co-ordinator to ask them to wait behind for a later train.

The Club has arranged Third Party Public Liability Insurance.

All sporting and rambling activities have inherent hazards. The safety of members being the paramount concern, accidents may occasionally occur. Therefore, it is important that when on rambles each member appreciates that they have a responsibility to identify the hazards and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimize the potential for an accident to arise.

Guide Dog owners are responsible for the care and control of their own dog. The Club is not liable for any problem or accident that their dog may cause. In the event of any claim, the guide dog owner must refer the matter to the Guide Dogs Association who have Insurance to cover such an event.

Walks Organiser:  Valerie Clark,  Tel: 020 8868 0096.        Email: valerie@clark.co.uk

Secretary:  Maria Foster,  Tel: 020 8427 1737.     Email: maria@fosterpianos.co.uk