Many of us have enjoyed the guided heritage walks round Tooting led by Geoff Simmons, local historian and leader of Summerstown 182. The actual walks have had to be put on hold because of the pandemic, but Geoff has devised a rich array of resources to enable people to do the walks on their own.
The walks are displayed on the front page of the Summerstown182 website. https://summerstown182.wordpress.com/ Click on the title of a walk (in red), and a map and notes for a self guided walk will open. New ones have been recently added.
“All of the walks have been converted into self-guided downloadable maps so you can do them whenever you like! Originally devised as ‘Great Escapes’ with people’s lockdown exercise allowance in mind, they have proved extremely popular and there are now 22 of them, with more on the way! And they seem to have spread a little bit further than the usual patch, so look out for ones covering Southfields, Wimbledon and of course ‘Fabulous Furzedown’!
All now have links so you can actually enjoy the experience without leaving home. They’re at the top of the home page on my website, just scroll down and click on the title of whatever takes your fancy. Among them are ‘Tooting in the Second World War’ and ‘Walking in a Womble Wonderland’ bearing in mind the imminent return of football to Plough Lane. ‘George Dear’s Daffodil Walk’ is a special tribute to the gentleman who bequeathed us our notable daffodil history and very sadly passed away a few months ago.”
Geoff wants to get back to real walks as soon as possible, perhaps in the autumn. Look out for announcements in due course.