Thursday 21 July: A Bermondsey evening walk

On a nice summer’s evening, 16 Polyramblers went to explore Bermondsey, the site of Bermondsey Abbey founded in the 8th century and, later, the centre of the leather trade and tanneries. We started with Bermondsey Street with its mixture of old and new buildings. Mary pointed out number 78 where her mother used to work. We continued to St Mary Magdalen church where there is a memorial to Susanna Wood. The carving is eroded but the wording Continue reading Thursday 21 July: A Bermondsey evening walk

Saturday 16th July. Shawford circular.

It’s more than 3 years since Roy & Jane moved away from London, and a walk in area of their new home near Winchester has become an annual event. It was a lovely summer’s day as we got off the train at Shawford to find Roy waiting for us. Our journey had been uneventful although the train had initially busy with people going to the Farnborough air show. Continue reading Saturday 16th July. Shawford circular.

Saturday 9 July: Great Missenden Circular Walk

Fourteen hikers turned out for our walk in Great Missenden. We followed the South Bucks Way and Chiltern Trails. We passed some pretty villages including Little and Great Hampden, Bryant Bottom and Prestwood. Our walk took us through fields, woodland and some very overgrown paths. Lucy and I both had secateurs, however,  Lucy did a better job of clearing the path. I hope everyone is ok.
We had lunch at The Hampden Arms; diners were very happy with the service, portions and quality of food. Those who had the picnic were able to see the ground being prepared for a cricket game. The game was in full flow when we left Great Hampden.
We passed Missenden Abbey where Gillian and Stuart got married many years ago.  We had plenty of time to enjoy tea and cake at The Twits Café attached to Roald Dahl museum  at the end of the walk.
Many thanks to Lucy and Peter for all their hard work in planning the route.


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July 2nd. Maldon Essex.

This attractive historic town on the river Blackwater is easily reached by bus from Chelmsford. For our leader Christine it was a trip down memory lane, as  it was at Maldon Grammar school that she started her teaching career in the 1950’s. Our first stop was at the Maeldune Heritage Centre in the main street where we viewed the Malden Emboidery. This 40 or so foot long piece was carried out to mark 1000 years since the Viking invasion of 991 and we were fortunate to have it’s history and salient points described to us by a  knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer guide. You can see more about it at

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Bermondsey has been the location of a major abbey, the centre of the country’s important leather industry and ‘London’s Larder’. It is bisected by London’s first railway. In WWII bombs fell more often and more continuously than almost anywhere in the UK killing 709 civilians. Over 3000 homes were destroyed and nearly all damaged.

Meet outside London Bridge train station (near the train ticket office and the Shard – when standing there, you can see the bus station and the News UK building), at 6.30 for a 2.5 miles walk in Bermondsey. Leader: Dominique.

Image: Shard London .  Fried Marek.  CCASA 4.0 International