Given the vicissitudes of finding a walk that didn’t involve a long stretch walking alongside the A1, starting at a station that wasn’t closed by engineering work, with a lunch-stop venue that wasn’t being repurposed as a block of swanky apartments, today’s walk turned out really well! I was more worried about there not being enough walkers or helpers but there were 31 of us in all! What a splendid turnout! Thanks to everyone Continue reading Sunday 19th March: Hadley Wood to Cockfosters and exploring Trent Country Park with the London Blind Ramblers (Linear)
The AGM is a nice occasion to meet with friends and celebrate another year of walking. Approximately 30 Polyramblers attended on a beautiful spring day. In her opening remarks, the President was pleased to note that she did not have to report any death of club members since the last AGM; quite a relief to everybody. The minutes of the last AGM, the annual report and the accounts were approved. The annual report mentions that members had the opportunity to walk over Continue reading Saturday 11th March. Annual General Meeting
The weather was looking up when we arrived at the lovely old station with its Victorian carvings of fruit and flowers and its pillars, built to impress the travellers of that time. Geoffrey was waiting with boot laces untied, having just arrived by car. A few minutes later, with a quick glance left and right, the broken chair was safely put aside and another enlisted for the job. All laces tied, off we went, most relieved to take a different direction to a large group of teenagers doing their DoE. Continue reading Saturday 4th March; Polesden Lacy and Ranmore Common
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