This was very much Stuart’s walk which had mapped out himself. But he had been called away to Melbourne following a family bereavement and I was left as stand in leader, not having done a walk over.  Luckily there are better map readers than me in the group.  Twenty one Poly Ramblers started out from Amersham on a sunny Saturday morning.  At one point I thought there were 22 in the group but I must have miscounted.  The walk started downhill through the woods to Old Amersham, where we stopped to admire the memorial gardens which are looking fantastic this year.  Then we headed gently uphill across fields towards the village of Coleshill. It was on this stretch that I appreciated Dominique’s superior map reading skills.  At Coleshill Yvonne decided to return to the town so we were down to 20.  We continued to Winchmore Hill and then into Common Wood where we picked up a long straight uphill path to Hazlemere and the Mayflower pub.  An unexpected short sharp shower just before we arrived at the pub made us stop and dig out our rain jackets, but it stopped after a few minutes.  After a pleasant though lengthy lunch (due to a misunderstanding about starters) a depleted group continued the walk.  Seven walkers decided to take the bus from Hazlemere back to Amersham.  The remaining 13 retraced our steps to Common Wood and headed downhill into Penn Wood.  We had a bit of difficulty picking up the path on Stuart’s map but with the aid of Google Maps we found our way to Penn Street and crossed the busy A404 to Mop End, albeit in the wrong place.  Luckily Rob picked up our mistake and set us back on the right route.  Soon we were heading downhill in open country towards Shardeloes and Amersham cricket ground.  Ignoring the prescribed route we headed back through the old town and back to the station by the same route.  A really lovely walk showing off the best of the Amersham area. Thanks to Stuart for planning, Dominique and Rob for help with map reading and Geoffrey for back marking.


10th August Sevenoaks Circular

The weather forecast  was for strong winds  leading to travel disruption so it was a pretty decent turnout of 16 who assembled at Sevenoaks station. We made out way up the hill and headed for Knole Park, stopping to admire a tree carving. I had previously found the park to be closed during strong winds and my heart sank as we approached the gate  and saw a park employee fixing a sign to it.   Fortunately, it was just a warning . Knole House is one of the largest houses in the country, and surrounded by a large deer park. Skirting to the west of the house, we emerged at the attractive village of Godden Green. Climbing up through woodlands, we walked along an old track at the top of the ridge before descending to Stone Street. Continue reading 10th August Sevenoaks Circular


Sun and cloud on this lovely summer day for a walk in the Essex countryside for 15 Polyramblers. We left Southminster on a country lane where we pilfered some cherry plums along the way. We negotiated some decrepit stiles, crossed two fields full of nettles and braved paths with warnings of adders but we also saw some interesting rowing boats being prepared for a crossing of the Atlantic. After 4 miles, we arrived in Burnham-on-Crouch, known within sailing circles as the ‘Cowes of the East Coast, for an early Continue reading SATURDAY August 3rd: SOUTHMINSTER to N. FAMBRIDGE (Essex) (LINEAR)

Sunday 28th July Victoria Park Jazz

Nine Polyamblers met at Stratford, despite the drop in temperature and pessimistic weather forecast, for the stroll across the Olympic Park, past the stadium where Danny was watching athletics the week before, and along the thoughtfully renamed Greenway (formerly the Northern Outfall Sewer Cycleway!) to Victoria Park, met by a flock of mini-cyclists wearing yellow high-vis jackets and then through the Old English Garden, past the East Lake and the massive Burdett-Coutts Drinking Fountain to the grassy expanse of the East Park. Continue reading Sunday 28th July Victoria Park Jazz

Saturday 27th July. Cookham to Maidenhead

On a rather dull and drizzly morning I turned up at Paddington station and found no Polys waiting for me. As I was making my way to the platform, one turned up and another found us on the train. By the next stop our select group had become four and was joined by five who were already in Cookham. We set off, passing the house where the painter Stanley Spencer lived and worked for 15 years until his death in 1959, through Cookham Dene. We passed a large free-range turkey farm, but still being some time to Christmas, or maybe because of the weather, we saw no turkeys roaming around. We continued into the pretty Bisham Woods and walked along an escarpment with fine views over the Thames arriving at Winter Hill. Kenneth Grahame lived nearby and is said to have taken inspiration for the habitat of Mole, Ratty and company in ‘The Wind in the Willows’ from the river banks and wild woods around there. We descended to the Thames and had our picnic on the riverside before paying a visit to the Bounty Inn a little further along where a beer and jazz festival was being held. Continue reading Saturday 27th July. Cookham to Maidenhead