A large group of 24 walkers assembled at New Addington, a further 2 having failed to make it to the tram in time. The weather was unpromising, with plenty of moisture in the air, but we were soon out into open country and grappling with paths churned up by horses and bikes. Heading south we skirted Farleigh Court golf course, passed Farleigh Court manor house with its small 11thC church. Our route then took us round Great Park estate, a large private gated development built on the site of the now demolished Warlingham Park Mental Hospital. Only the listed water tower remains. Most of us had lunch at the attractive White Bear, Fickleshole, which was busy but accommodated us very well and produced large amounts of food surprisingly quickly. As we were finishing our meal, a big group of Metropolitan Ramblers descended on the pub for a drinks stop. This delayed our departure on account of the long queue which instantly formed outside the ladies loo! We headed off north back to our starting point. New Addington was unknown to most of us. It was designed as a new town in the 1930s to relieve the slums of London and Croydon. The 2nd world war interrupted building and it was not completed until the 1960s, but without many of the promised facilities. It remains an area of social deprivation and high child poverty but the arrival of the tram in 2000 ended its relative isolation so hopefully its future is brighter. Thanks to all who braved the weather and the mud. Sandra
Twenty-six Poly Ramblers assembled at Wimbledon Station having overcome a number of problems with train cancellations. Our walk took us on a zigzag route through Wimbledon and on to Wimbledon Common. We wandered across the common following a fenced path until we reached woodland. We clambered over logs and skirted around some very muddy patches before reaching Warren Farm. After a further walk through woodland we progressed along the bank of the fast-flowing Beverley Brook. We followed the Capital rings signs descending to Queensmere, one of nine ponds on Wimbledon common. We finally reached our lunchtime stop the Windmill cafe situated next to the Windmill museum. The building dates from 1817 and was created to serve local people who were still growing their own wheat. In 1864 the mill ceased working and was converted into family accommodation. After refreshments we walked across Putney Heath crossing the A3 Kingston road reaching Roehampton Village, before following Telegraph Road to the now defunct Telegraph Pub. Somehow on route we managed to lose two of our Ramblers who luckily joined up with us towards the end of the walk. We finished a relaxing ramble by a drink or two at the Green Man Pub on Putney Hill.
Saturday’s walk was completed under leaden skies with little or no sign of the sun, but thankfully it remained dry. Twenty Poly Ramblers convened at Chipstead station, most looking to walk off the excesses of the previous few days. We walked downhill past the parade of shops in the village and passed a coffee shop /wine bar which Stuart and Lorna had already discovered. We were invited by the owner to return for lunch or afternoon tea. Continue reading CHIPSTEAD CIRCULAR – 28 DECEMBER→
On a fine morning, twelve ramblers got off the train at Eynsford and commenced a walk along the Darenth Valley. The river was in flood but fortunately the footpath was mainly clear. We saw horses & highland cattle enroute and stopped at Lullingstone Roman Villa & the Castle for a peak. Continue reading EYNSFORD/SHOREHAM WALK AND CAROLS – 22 DECEMBER→
Twenty two Poly Ramblers gathered at Leicester Square for a walk to whet our appetites for Christmas lunch. It was not raining for a change though it was quite chilly. Danny had planned a walk ‘ in the footsteps of’ Karl Marx, an interesting choice in the light of the week’s events. Marx spent the second half of his life in London and died there in 1883. Continue reading CLUB XMAS LUNCH AND WALK – 15 DECEMBER→
The Polytechnic Rambling Club – Walking with friends