Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Boulder Canyon

As it is one of those nice summer days when it’s not too hot, I have just been over to Fairlop Waters to look see how things are getting on, and before the car park charges come into force on 1st June. Wow! I mean Wow! We’ve got our very own Boulder Canyon on our doorstep. These are not ornamental; they are for climbing on and up. They are there to be used and enjoyed, but don’t forget to take the kids. The photograph below has been reduced but if you want to see more and bigger pictures go here. Elsewhere the new car park at the eastern entrance is almost complete, the new pathways are much better, there is lots of new planting, but I didn’t see the Natural Play area for children. There was a large group of youngsters out on the lake on some sort of raft thing. I encountered a pair of white haired birdwatchers and there were a few dogs keeping their owners on a lead. It’s got quite a seaside feel to it, there’s something about the water’s edge that appeals to us Humans.

UPDATE: Reader Steve Crowe reports that there is even a climbing guide book available, click the link. Plus a much more detailed Fairlop Waters Mini Guide in PDF.

18 comments:

  1. What the ruddy heck is it???
    You mean to say public money has been spent on this....this..... stack of solidified pancakes. Who actually sanctioned paying out for this .... this.... pile of old rubble (actually)?... or perhaps it was retrieved from the gravel excavations at Aldborough Hatch?

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  2. So there are twitchers who specialise in White Haired birds? Amazing what you learn on this blog.

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  3. I think they are talking about my mother again, So disrespectful.

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  4. I assume these monstrosities were paid for with the same lottery fund cash which funded the original Fairlop Waters 'refurbishment' (I use the quotation marks intentionally.) I have not yet seen the finished article, but I would not be surprised to see the whole thing encased in wire netting similar to the 'art-work' at Gants Hill roundabout.

    It's very sad to note that money can readily be found for rubbish like this but it's taken over sixty years so far for the powers that be (not)to find any kind of funding for a small memorial to honour the men and women who flew from Fairlop when it was a wartime fighter airfield.

    What a testimonial to contemporary values!

    Lead me to the sick-bag.

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  5. "I'd hate to see the size of the dog that dropped these!" - "pooper scooper anyone?"

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  6. Oh well. That's the older persons [but young at heart] rock climbing event I was going to organise is a non-starter?

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  7. If B21 wants positive feedback on the 'rock', here is my contribution: not unlike my efforts at Yorkshire pudding!
    annesevant

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  8. Why is everyone getting worked up about these climbing rocks? B21 has stated quite clearly that they are not an artwork, and I can't wait to take my grandson there.

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  9. Weak link with the above: I saw the swifts over Fairlop Waters this morning . And I had noticed them at the allotments a couple of days ago.
    In my old sailing days I could also see the larks at Fairlop Waters. Are they still there?
    annesevant

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  10. I'm told they have year-round larks at Fairlop Waters......

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  11. I am saddened that so much rubbish has been written about these boulders - they are not for the likes of your contirbutors nor for me, but for children. My grandson, Marlon (9), and I went to see them this morning - and having travelled by bus and Central Line, and walked from Fairlop Station on a very hot summer's day (but a beautifial one all the same) we were disappointed to find that the area is not open until the weekend at the earliest. Marlon was very disappointed - and so was I. The boulders look great fun and we will go there again very soon - just as soon, in fact, as granddad can work up the strength to do so! So all you oldies can stop grumbling and moaning. This is why many of us spent nine years fighting to retain the green belt rather than have a racecourse - and I for one am all for a facility that gives children fun and adventure and exercise.
    Ron Jeffries
    Chairman, Aldborough Hatch Defence Association

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  12. Went by Fairlop Waters today and had a look at these boulders. I like them! I think they look interesting but they are really for children to climb on. Perhaps a mixture of equipment would have been good to provide a bit of variety. I can't imagine these were cheap and a very good adventure playground could have been built including 2 or 3 of these.

    Best entertainment was provided by a dozen newfoundland dogs. Most were attached securely to ground stakes, thankfully, while one of their number was undergoing training in the water. Various items were fetched from the water and the substantial rubber craft with large outboard engine was towed to the bank. Next, the huge dog was assisted into the dinghy, with some lack of dignity for both dog & assistants. Items were then thrown repeatedly from the boat while the dog was instructed calmly, cajoled & yelled at to leap out and rescue them. Very sensibly, the dog was having none of it. It seemed to me it had worked pretty hard already while the crew had been messing about in boats. Finally the poor animal was heaved over the side. Every now & again the dog colleagues set up a howl as if to say it was their turn. Apparently this show is repeated every Sunday, though I don't think it's put on as a public entertainment.

    Dave

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  13. Amazing set of boulders for anyone who is interested in climbing or mountaineering to use. Brilliant way to get young people into outdoor sports.

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  14. I think that they will be very popular with rock climbers in the area. There is even a climbing guide book available here!

    http://www.climbonline.co.uk/fairlop_waters.htm

    Steve Crowe

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  15. Coo, ta. I'll add that link in the main post.

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  16. I went there this morning and a few jogging laps of the lake after which I climbed the boulders and watched swallows in the rain whilst standing on top of various boulders...what a fantastic feature.

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