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Sunday 1st July. Watford to Rickmansworth

For the second walk on a hot and sunny weekend, thirteen ramblers gathered at Watford Tube Station for a ‘strollers’ walk towards Rickmansworth. The length of five miles was immediately added to by a few hundred yards taken in the wrong direction by the leader before he realised his mistake! After the false start, we entered a busy Cassiobury Park and went towards the Grand Union Canal which runs through it. We joined the towpath and headed south. The promised kingfishers did not appear but we did see a moorhen and a dead carp!
After a couple of miles, we left the canal and walked across Croxley Common Moor which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the variety of its plant life. On the far side we stopped under the shade of a tree for a celebration of Geoffrey’s forty years with the club. He said a few words about his memories and then we toasted him with some bubbly.We then joined the Ebury Way, a traffic-free path along the route of an old railway line, for a mile or so before reaching the canal again. The towpath from here to Rickmansworth was lined with houseboats of all sizes and colours. We stopped a couple of times to feed the wildlife including a family of swans with five hungry cygnets. The White Bear pub was a welcome site at the next bridge and we quenched our thirst & appetites there. Finally a short stroll through the town via the parish church took us to the station for our journey home.


On a sunny but chilly morning, twenty-two members assembled at Denham Station for a gentle walk in the Colne Valley. After visiting the quaint village and the grave of Sir John Mills, we headed through the adjacent Country Park and then joined the Grand Union Canal. We followed the towpath for around three miles during which we passed a group of new age campers protesting against HS2 . Some of us signed the proffered petition while others hurried by without stopping! Our lunch stop the Coy Carp awaited us at the end of the towpath and fortunately it was just warm enough to sit outside to eat our food. We then headed west between lakes accompanied by numerous midges before the only climb of the day through farmland and woods. Finally we skirted Denham Aerodrome before reaching the station for our return journey. A bag of Cadbury’s Mini-Easter Eggs helped to alleviate any aches and pains!


Photos by Pam and Gillian

27th March. Oxford and Cambridge boat race

The second walk of the Easter weekend saw nineteen members and Maria’s guide dog Bella set off from Hammersmith along the north bank of the Thames towards Putney. Previously a location for light industry, now upmarket flats predominate. On route, we admired an earth sculpture in the shape of a turtle and paid our respects to a statue of Johnny Haynes outside Fulham football ground. After crossing Putney Bridge to the south bank, the first of two spectacular hail showers courtesy of storm Katie sent us running for cover to a nearby pub. Unfortunately it was yet to open but we were able to find cover. Continue reading 27th March. Oxford and Cambridge boat race