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Sunday 23 September 2018: Chess Valley – Rickmansworth (zone 7) to Chesham (zone 9) (Linear)

A walk following the River Chess in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Beauty with historic buildings, water meadows and nature reserves.

Meet Marylebone Station.  Chiltern train departs 9.57, arrives Rickmansworth station 10.19 where leader will meet the group.  Bring picnic lunch.  Distance: 10 miles.  EX178/181.  Leader : Susan J.

Photo by Nigel Cox, ,

Saturday 29 September 2018: Saxon Shore Way (2) High Halstow to Strood (Kent) (Linear)

Meet St Pancras Station.  Buy Off Peak Day Return Southeastern ticket to Strood station (Kent).  Train departs platform 11 at 9.25, arrives at Strood 9.58.  There will be a bus journey from Strood to High Halstow where the walk starts.  Lunch at The Chequers Inn, Hoo St Werburgh.  Distance .75 miles.  EX 163.  Leader: Martin.

Photo of porch of Hoo St Werburgh Parish Church, by PAUL FARMER, CC BY-SA 2.0,


Tring to Berkhamsted: 7 July

Despite soaring temperatures and the England world cup match, 9 polyramblers turned out for the walk.  The advantage of the conditions was that there were far fewer people on the Ridgeway than would be normal and the heat was made more bearable by a gentle breeze.   Lunch in the Valiant Trouper in the pretty old village of Aldbury was excellent and as it was a football-free zone (i.e. no TV) there weren’t many customers so we were very well taken care of. Continue reading Tring to Berkhamsted: 7 July

Saturday 23 June 2018: Saxon Shore Way (1) – Gravesend to High Halstow (Linear)

Nine Polyramblers for this Kent walk on a hot and sunny day. After leaving Gravesend and its industrial estate, we walked along the Thames and marshlands described in the map as « danger area ». But Martin reassured us by saying that the army range is only used during the week. It was quiet and we only met a couple of fishermen and hordes of horses with their foals. We passed a fort built by General Gordon before Higham Creek.  The path near Cliffe Fort was quite overgrown. We turned inland along Cliffe Creek and Cliffe Pools RSPB Nature Reserve – where we saw a couple of avocets – before reaching our lunch stop: the Six Bells Pub in Cliffe. After a short break, we continued our walk through farmland and orchards, passing Cooling Castle and Northward Hill RSPB Nature Reserve. We did not stop to sample the strawberries in the field but Anna, who ate a few on the recce, told us they were delicious. An exhilarating climb of a 50m high hill was recompensed with chocolate from Martin. We reached High Halstow where we waited for the bus to Strood. We caught the javelin train to Gravesend where we changed for a train to London.  The walk was supposed to be 9.5 miles but there was some disagreement about the length and it is being investigated.  After verification, it seems the walk was 11.9 miles.  Continue reading Saturday 23 June 2018: Saxon Shore Way (1) – Gravesend to High Halstow (Linear)