Waltham Forest / William Morris Ride

  • From: 10:00am 04 Aug 2012
  • To: 04:00pm 04 Aug 2012
  • Event type: Ride
  • Contact: (07840 191336 – no texts please!) Francis Sedgemore
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Off road: Yes

Brought to you by the South East London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning (aka the Dog & Bell Crew), a cultural outing to the newly re-opened William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.  http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/

William Morris (1834–1896) was a textile designer, painter, writer and libertarian socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. Morris was born in Walthamstow, spent his childhood riding around Epping Forest dressed in a toy suit of armour, and was reportedly able to identify any local bird on the wing.

The William Morris Gallery is to be re-opened on Thursday of this week following a major redevelopment. As well as that of Morris himself, the gallery will be exhibiting the work of Turner Prize winning artist and natty dresser Grayson Perry, whose "Walthamstow Tapestry" will be shown at the William Morris Gallery from 2 August to 23 September.

The ride to Walthamstow will take us along the Regents Canal to Victoria Park in Hackney, and then the River Lea towpath north from Hackney Wick to Walthamstow. Note that the Lea towpath south of Hackney Wick has been closed by the securocrats of LOCOG and the Metropolitan Police for the duration of the international festival of running, jumping and splashing about that is currently underway in Stratford and diverse other London locations.

Total ride length ~40-45 kilometres, and flat as a pancake. The Lea towpath is a little rough in places, but perfectly manageable on a road bike with bald, skinny tyres. Bring locks, tools, a spare inner tube or two, puncture repair materials, snacks and water. We will stop for a tea break on the way up at Springfield Marina, and I'm sure there is a café attached to the gallery.

RSVP, but it's OK to turn up unannounced on the day.   

 

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