Saturday 16 November 2019: Effingham, Great Ridings, Little Bookham (Circular)

Fifteen walkers set out from Effingham Junction station on a cold, but initially sunny day. The group passed the 16th century Norwood Farm, a nice fungal fairy ring and a herd of alpacas before walking through Great Mornshill Wood.  We then walked down a long bridleway before reaching the village of Little Bookham and along the main street to see a 15th century cottage, which looked as though it was about to fall down! Continue reading Saturday 16 November 2019: Effingham, Great Ridings, Little Bookham (Circular)

SATURDAY 9th: HYDE HEATH AND CHESHAM (CIRCULAR)

Another walk full of autumn colours but this time we didn’t manage to escape the rain. Starting from Amersham in dry conditions and high cloud, 16 Poly Ramblers, led by Stuart, set off down tree lined residential streets and through woods. At one point we had to cross a recently ploughed field – very muddy. We reached the village of Hyde Heath where the village shop was open but not the pub. Continuing on woodland paths we eventually reached a fairly busy B road which took us into Chesham. By this time the forecast rain was Continue reading SATURDAY 9th: HYDE HEATH AND CHESHAM (CIRCULAR)

Sunday 3 November: Deepdene, Brockham and Betchworth Castle

Sunday walks are unusual for the Polyramblers these days but on this weekend it was fortuitous as the weather was so much better on Sunday than on Saturday. We enjoyed mainly blue skies, sunshine and hardly a breath of wind for a lovely walk in the Surrey Hills. Fourteen Poly Ramblers, including a rare appearance from the Honorary Treasurer, set off from Dorking station. We started on the busy A25 but soon reached the sanctuary of the prosperous lanes of residential Deepdene. An uphill walk took us to the Deepdene estate and its Terrace, the highest point on the walk with great Continue reading Sunday 3 November: Deepdene, Brockham and Betchworth Castle

Saturday 26th October: Horsham circular

Despite the poor weather forecast and the rival claim of England v New Zealand in the comfort of one’s home,  a very  respectable 13 of us assembled at Horsham station. We walked though Horsham’s large public park and then the town centre, arriving at the attractive St Mary’s parish church. Outside was a volunteer cleaning lady, listing to the rugger on her mobile phone. We were fortunate to hear the final whistle and England’s historic victory. Buoyed up by this, we headed south, through grazing and woodland to Deene Park. This was formerly a medieval deer park, with an imposing house dating from the 17th century, now divided into apartments. Continue reading Saturday 26th October: Horsham circular

Saturday 19 October 2019 Northwood to Rickmansworth

Saturday 19 October 2019 Northwood to Rickmansworth (Linear)
Fifteen walkers joined the 9.5 miles walk, on a glorious, sunny day. We made a prompt start from Northwood Station past the golf course and on to Ruislip Woods. Jennifer and I had done the walkover but on the day I, inadvertently, took a different path, fortunately we did not get lost. At the start of Mad Bess Woods we were able to gather sweet chestnuts. We saw serval several varieties of fungi including toadstools and ink-pen mushrooms and appreciate the autumnal trees and foliage. Then we dropped down to St Mary’s Church in Harefield, here some members went to the Australian Military Cemetery. The rest of us went to look inside a fully, carpeted church, which took me by surprise. Then we made way to Kings Arms in the village. As the pub does not serve food on Saturdays we were allowed to eat our packed lunch and the barmaid made us feel very welcome. Continue reading Saturday 19 October 2019 Northwood to Rickmansworth