REGENTS PARK CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

Leaders: Gillian Williams and Cathy Morrisroe.

We left Regents Park Tube Station in 2 groups of six with a staggered start. Turning left we admired Park Crescent which was originally planned by Nash and was renovated in the 1960’s.
The walk was varied and had some special moments, such as hearing about the “Nannie’s Tunnel” running under The Marylebone Road connecting Park Crescent with Park Square. Continue reading REGENTS PARK CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

OTFORD CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

12 Polyramblers set off from Otford station and after the leader missed the turning (she was talking) they found the correct path and ascended fairly steeply up to the North Downs. After passing through the woods we were able to admire some beautiful views over the valley below. Later in the day we were able to see over to Canary Wharf. The sun came out in time for our picnic in a field fortunately devoid of cattle, despite the warning sign that animals could be present. We continued up and down through woods and farmland and made our way to the very pretty Shoreham village where we stopped at the Kings Arms for a drink. Several of us remarked that we felt we had been there before on another walk. The final leg took us past the golf course and the cricket pitch where a match was taking place and along the River Darwent back to Ottford for our train home. We agreed that we had been very lucky with the weather and that it had been a very enjoyable day in some beautiful countryside. Thank you to Ida for the lovely photos.

Susan

CHARTRIDGE HILLS AND VALES – 22 AUGUST

As the title suggests, this walk involved a number of ascents and descents in and out of the valleys to the west of Chesham.  At the station the ten walkers split into two groups with a leader each and we headed off.  Within five minutes Stuart’s group were no longer in sight, lost in the not very socially distanced Saturday market,  and phone calls were needed to restablish contact.  Once on the right route we were soon out of the crowds and passing Bury Farm.  Then on a single track. country lane that had been quiet on the walkover but was suddenly beset by vehicles trying to pass each other.  We turned onto Blind Lane,once a packhorse trail to Great Missenden, now a sunken bridleway.  We diverted into woods to see the earthworks that was once the 12th century manorial settlement of Reddings Wick.  Only the remains of two moats were visible now.  We paused to view the impressive Pednor Manor, once a maternity hospital annex to the Royal Free.  After a steep climb with awkward steps we stopped for our picnic in a field with lovely views across the valley.  Our pub refreshment stop was at the Bell in Chartridge which several in the group remembered visiting on previous walks.  Everyone seemed very relaxed and I had to remind them that we were only half way and had several ascents to come.  The next descent and ascent was to the village of Asheridge, also with a pub, but sadly no time to stop.  After another descent through woods we contoured around a hill with great views before entering Captain’s Wood.  After one final steepish climb we eventally found ourselves at the back of Lowdnes Park, Chesham and arrived at the station with perfect timing for the 4.57 train.  Thanks to everyone who came along and especially Carol for sustaining us with cookies.

Gillian

Photos by Ida, Rita and Gillian

Hampton Court to Fullwell


Seven Polys plus leaders Sandra and myself  met at Hampton Court station. A surprising number of people got off the train, this due to a bank holiday fair in the palace grounds. We hadn’t seen each other in person for 6 months and comparing notes, we all seemed to be in the cautious category regarding the Virus.
It was a touch autumnal and crossing the Thames bridge towards the palace, some of us already wished we had brought our gloves. Turning down the towpath towards Kingston, we were amazed to see 3 women swimming in the river. They were towing orange markers, but seemed to wearing ordinary cozzies rather than wet suits. All power to them. A brief internet search suggests that this is the second best wild swim site in London (after Hampstead ponds obs) partly because of the easy sloping bank access on the Surrey side.
We were not alone in walking the riverside path but there was plenty of space and everyone was observing social distancing.
We turned into Home Park, the large space to the east of Hampton Court Palace. We walked along the Long Pond, with its lovely view of the Palace in the distance. Walkers were far outnumbered by Canada geese. Continue reading Hampton Court to Fullwell

Circular Canal walk from West Drayton via Little Britain Lake and Uxbridge

Five Polyramblers met at West Drayton Station with our organiser Val who lead the way down Drayton High street to Trout Lane and onto the canal. I was saddened to see the significant amount of rubbish in this area, however this did not detract from the interest of the canal. There were large numbers of narrow boats, and lots of coots and swans with their youngsters. We walked along to the Packet Boat bridge to detour onto the Little Britain lake. We wandered around the lake where there were a number of people fishing and it was lovely to watch the adolescent swans and other wildlife. We returned onto the canal towpath passing a working boatyard before reaching our lunch stop at the General Elliot pub. Continue reading Circular Canal walk from West Drayton via Little Britain Lake and Uxbridge