On a sunny morning 9 of us started the Circular walk from Hampstead tube station. We walked through Hampstead Village, attractive woodlands, Heath Ponds ascending the summit of Parliament Hill. In spite of a gentle mist and drizzle on the hill, we still had a magnificent panorama view over Central London. We continued the leisurely walk along Highgate Ponds before reaching Kenwood House for lunch. At this point Hazel departed from the group. After lunch and visit to Art Collection in Kenwood House, we headed towards Barbara Hepworth’s and Henry Moore’s sculptures. Then onwards to the Wood Pond in the valley bottom, where Kenwood House emerges on the hill – magnificent view! Continue reading Saturday August 5th, Hampstead circular
With the rival attraction of Barbara and Hazel’s walk, I was pleased that 8 of us turned up at Waterloo Station. It was the first day of the major upgrade of the station, involving closing 10 platforms. The normally fast trains to Alton were making additional stops so it was well after 11.00 am by the time we started our walk. The weather was dry and pleasantly warm but rain was forecast for later. A short climb from the station soon brought us to a fine view to the south, from where our route took us to West Worldam and towards Selbourne before turning west. It became quite overcast with spots of rain so we had an early picnic with shelter near at hand. In fact the sun came out and we enjoyed a very pleasant stop, until Pam was stung by a bee. Fortunately Irene was on hand with the necessary supplies and expertise to render prompt first aid. Continue reading Saturday 5th August. Alton circular
16 Polyramblers set out from Amersham station on what was a sunny morning, but with heavy rain forecast for later in the day. We walked downhill through woods to Old Amersham and from there across wheat fields to the village of Coleshill. Unfortunately, lack of concentration on my part meant that we took the wrong path but thanks to Stuart’s local knowledge we got back on track and rejoined our path outside the village of Winchmore Hill. From here we walked through woods and more beautiful rolling wheat fields which I think show off the Chilterns at its best and eventually reached the village of Penn Street where we an excellent pub lunch. Continue reading Saturday 29th July. Amersham circular
From the station, we walked uphill to Manningtree church where we joined the Essex Way which we followed most of the day. We reached the waterfront and followed the Stour estuary to Mistley, famous for its twin church towers and its witch finder. We left the riverside to walk across pastures, woodlands – passing old oaks including Old Knobbley – and wheat fields. We had our picnic lunch in the playing field or the churchyard before having a drink in the Strangers Home pub in Bradfield. We crossed more wheat fields before rejoining the waterfront to Wrabness Nature Reserve. We stopped at Wrabness church with its bell housed in a cage in the churchyard and at a stall selling home-made quiches and brownies. Before reaching the station, we passed Grayson Perry’s A House for Essex. 14 Polyramblers.
After leaving Chigwell we enjoyed a relaxed walk through Roding Valley Meadows Local Nature Reserve and its lake onwards up through Buckhurst Hill and then up through the edge of Epping forest and its famous oaks, then onwards to the white timber-framed Elizabethan building which is Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Hunting Lodge, built for King Henry VIII in 1543.
After lunch at The Premier Inn next to the Hunting Lodge, we headed towards the Scout Headquarters at Gilwell Park and the Yardley and Hawk Woods. After reaching a hill overlooking the King George V Reservoir, Enfield we stopped for a beak to admire the view. Finally we descended to Sewardstone Marsh Nature Reserve followed the canal and entered Enfield to reach our final destination at Enfield Lock.