Saturday 9th March Tadworth circular

A respectable total of 20 members and guests met at Tadworth station on a somewhat grey and overcast morning. We  passed through woodland with well trodden muddy paths before turning north and emerging into more open countryside and our first view of Epsom Downs and the racecourse. Horses is the main business in these parts and most of the farms are given over to  it. We reached the foot of the downs and made our way up across the training gallops to the course itself.  The sun finally made a showing and we had a decent view to the north and London. There have been races here since the 17th century, with the Derby itself first being run in 1780. This is  the UK’s premier thoroughbred event for three year olds over a mile and a half.  Leaving the Downs we headed south, climbing again to reach Headley. Picnics were taken in the grounds of the attractive parish church, tea and buns in the village tearoom and  more serious eating was done in the busy Cock Inn.  Our route back took us through more stables and Great Hurst Wood and we were soon back at Tadworth and a nice warm train.

Thanks to those who came out and took the slightly disorganised lunch arrangements in such good part.



Saturday 2 March 2019: Watton at Stone (Herts.)

The weather forecast was not as good as last week’s so ‘only’ 21 Polyramblers turned up for this walk in Hertfordshire. It stayed dry all day and, when it came out, the sun was quite warm.  We started the walk in Watton at Stone.  I was asked about the name of the village and Wikipedia says that the origin of ‘Watton’ is uncertain; the suffix ‘at Stone’ is thought to be referring to the Roman road (anciently described as a Stone Street) that ran from Verulamium (St Albans).  We crossed the river Beane and followed the Continue reading Saturday 2 March 2019: Watton at Stone (Herts.)

Walk from Holland Park to Horse Guards Parade Linear

This was a combined walk with Polyramblers and a club called Kaleidoscope.

It was a beautiful sunny day for a stroll through Holland Park stopping for visit to St Mary Abbots Church designed by George Gilbert Scott the most famous and sought-after architect of his day. A few of the Polyramblers diverted off towards Kensington High Street at  this point but managed to retrace their steps in time to see the church!

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Unseasonably warm, sunny weather for a 9 mile walk in the Oyster card zone promised a high turnout, but we weren’t expecting quite as many as the 31 Poly Ramblersand one dog who gathered at Amersham station on Saturday.   It was good to welcome back Lucy who hasn’t been out in a while.  The early morning mist had just cleared and we headed down through the woods to Old Amersham, passing through the Memorial Gardens where we saw the WW1 Continue reading AMERSHAM, CHALFONT ST GILES AND LITTLE CHALFONT: 23 FEBRUARY


It was a mild but grey and misty day when 14 Polyramblers set out from the train station in the small quaint Kent town of Otford.  The sun didn’t show its face all day and the low cloud meant the normally spectacular views of the Darent Valley were covered in mist but at least it stayed dry.

The walk out of Otford took us across flat and muddy fields until we reached a short but steep hill.  Our climb would normally have been Continue reading OTFORD TO EYNSFORD (KENT) 16 FEBRUARY