SATURDAY 11th AUGUST: BARNES BRIDGE to RICHMOND and TEDDINGTON

After welcoming a newcomer Bev, we left Barnes station at about 11:00 for a gentle walk along the Thames to Richmond arriving at about 13:30, where we stopped for a drink and something to eat. The weather was sunny in the morning with many bicycle riders and marathon runners out. At Richmond some people returned home whilst the remainder continued to Teddington via Buccleuch Gardens and Petersham Meadows along the river.
Rob

Saturday 4th August. Chilworth to Guildford

I had been  on the point of cancelling this walk as, on the day, South Western Railway were offering a much reduced service on account of a dispute with their drivers. I decided to chance it and was pleased I did as the journey down and back for our group of 8 was barely affected. From Guildford we took a bus to Chilworth and then headed east through pleasant though generally dry, farmland.  Turning north and east, we reached Shere, a pretty village on the river Tilling with two pubs, a cafe, an ice cream parlour, a couple of shops and some public toilets. Continue reading Saturday 4th August. Chilworth to Guildford

July 28th. East Dean to Eastbourne

After a 90 min train journey from London, 12 members assembled on the sunny concourse of Eastbourne station. I thus directed them outside across the road to the bus stop where we boarded the 12A bus to East Dean village. We started the walk from here in still sunshine but on proceeding south onto the downs beside Went Hill, the sea came into view and what seemed like a mild gale ensued! This subsided as we descended down to Birling Gap. It was noon so I asked the party whether they wanted lunch or just a coffee stop here. The vote was for coffee/cake, with a lunch at the later stop. Suitably refreshed, we all continued eastward along the South Downs Way clifftop path, passing the monument lighthouse of Belle Tout. We took lunch at the Beachy Head PH. Continue reading July 28th. East Dean to Eastbourne

SATURDAY 21st JULY: SHAWFORD (HANTS) (CIRCULAR)

As I waited for the train from Waterloo, as leader of my “Annual Hampshire Walk”, I was looking forward to seeing who got off the train.  As the train slowed there were “waves” from some of the windows, and when the train stopped out came Sandra, Mike, Pam, Irene, Val and of course lastly Geoffrey!!

Having greeted each other like long lost friends we made our way down to the “Itchen Navigation Canal” for the first part of the walk. Continue reading SATURDAY 21st JULY: SHAWFORD (HANTS) (CIRCULAR)

DOVER TO DEAL SATURDAY 14 JULY

Sixteen members of the Polyramblers walked the Saxon Shore way from Dover to Deal. The numbers were impressive as it was also the final of the women’s Wimbledon tennis championships and the football third place playoff for the World Cup.

We started with the Banksy graffiti art depicting Brexit. It was painted on a building due for demolition but luckily Dover Council agreed to keep it, as it provided much needed colour to a rather run-down area.

We continued along the cliff tops dropping down to St Margaret’s bay where we had lunch and Harriet enjoyed a swim. It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine, a mild breeze and wonderful views.

After lunch we continued our cliff walk to Kingston Downs where we dropped back down to sea level and continued past a large number of memorial benches to finally reach Deal.

We just had time for a much needed drink before catching the train back to London.

An ideal walk for me to lead as I really just needed to remember to keep the sea to the right of me!

Hilary

Photos by Gillian and Ida