Seventeen members + one non-member gathered at Eltham station to undertake this 6 mile ramble across SE London’s open spaces. On walking out of the station approach we crossed under the railway and over the road to Well Hall Pleasaunce a local park, where I showed the party the spot where an 18th century house once stood where lived the author Edith Nesbit. Here she wrote “The Railway Children”. We then continued along Dunvegan Road until we reached Eltham Park with views across to Crystal Palace. Then we crossed Shepherdleas Wood then onto Oxleas Wood. This led out to Oxleas Meadows, a large sloping open space, where we gradually climbed to the top end, and came across a cafe with more views over south east London. It was lunchtime.
Ten Polyramblers spent a very informative morning looking at the history of our water supplies and marvelling at the huge pump engines which were used to distribute water throughout London.Two of our ramblers also went to the musical museum next door for a guided tour!By the time we started the afternoon walk our numbers had expanded to 21 participants. Continue reading 5th January London Water & Steam Museum. Walk to Hammersmith
On the Saturday after Christmas twenty Poly Ramblers were booked in for a ride on Mail Rail, the 6.5 mile underground railway which carried post between Paddington and Liverpool Street from 1927 to 2003.
Thirteen of the group turned out early for a stroll around historic Clerkenwell. This took us past a house that once belonged to Janet Street Porter and then to the medieval Gateway to the Priory of the Knights of St John. We crossed Clerkenwell Road to Clerkenwell Continue reading Postal Museum and Mail Rail visit
On a grey Sunday before Christmas, 13 Polyramblers met at Victoria tube station for a walk passing four cathedrals and attending a carol service at a fifth. The first was Westminster Cathedral, or the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the largest Catholic church building in England and Wales and the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster. Continue reading Sunday 23 December 2018: London Cathedrals Walk and Carol Service
It snowed the day before the Christmas lunch but, thankfully, this bad weather was in Scotland and the north of England and it did not reach the South East. Around 20 Polyramblers met at Hyde Park Corner tube station for a pre-prandial walk. We passed under Wellington Arch to go into Green Park, went to the Bomber Command monument and walked to Buckingham Palace. Danny had ordered a band for us or perhaps we were there in time for the Continue reading SUNDAY 16th: CLUB XMAS LUNCH: FREEMASONS ARMS, COVENT GARDEN