An impressive 22 of us assembled at Richmond Station. The weather was largely dry but there was a strong and chilly wind as we crossed Richmond Green. We have taken the path on the Ham side several times in the past, but by way of a change crossed Richmond Bridge, following the Middlesex bank. We passed Ham house across the river, then Orleans Gallery, currently under renovation and York House with its wonderful Naked Ladies statuary. These had been acquired around 1900 by the Indian industrialist Sir Ratan Tata whose name survives in what is now a multinational company. Continue reading Saturday 26th February. Richmond to Hampton Court.
Twenty one walkers were enticed with the promise of early spring sunshine to Tring, to experience a walk of nine miles with much variety, featuring canals, reservoirs, farms and parkland. We also had time to visit the Tring Natural History Museum, filled with stuffed animals, and this was followed by a really attractive section of the Ridgeway back to Tring station.
Many thanks to the kind and efficient staff at the Anglers’ Retreat at Marsworth, who looked after us so well. Mike C
It was a bitingly cold and damp morning. Not the sort of morning to entice most people out walking but Polyramblers are made of sterner stuff and 11 people braved the elements for what was to be a superb walk. After meeting at Oakwood station, we set out along a footpath taking us into Trent Country Park. Our path took us into woodland with mist hanging in the trees and around the outskirts of former Middlesex University campus buildings now standing empty awaiting the approval of a planning application to refurbish the 18th century manor house, and rather surprisingly to build over two hundred new affordable homes. Walking along the main avenue we reached Cockfosters Road where we met one of a number of several friendly dogs we met on the walk, this one a beautiful bear like Japanese Akita. Continue reading Sunday February 11th Oakwood to Woodside Park
The weather forecast had not been encouraging and there were just nine of us who got off the train at a misty Otford. We made our way through this attractive town, with its pond and assortment of historic buildings. Continuing through woods and farmland, we passed Filston hall before a stiff climb took us up to Meenfield Wood. Continue reading Saturday 3rd February, Otford to Eynsford
I hurried to the station and was met by 7 Polyramblers under a small shelter there. I was presented with a long parcel of cake and other unexpected goodies for tea time. Instead of leaving the station by the opening on the footbridge, we all proceeded throught the booking hall which was just as well as 2 extra polyramblers appeared on the other side. I thus rang through to the Green Man to confirm our numbers for lunch. Continue reading Saturday 28th January. Flitwick circular.