All posts by Dominique

Saturday 22 February 2020: Wendover (Bucks) (Circular)

15 Polyramblers assembled at Wendover Station to join this ramble. I decided to shorten the morning’s route by 1 mile to enable us to reach the lunch pub by 2pm, and more importantly to complete the ramble in good daylight. This also gave the party time to admire the new gate donated by the club, which is a short walk down a track very close to Wendover Station approach. So instead of taking extremely muddy paths via Dunsmore and little Hampden, we took Continue reading Saturday 22 February 2020: Wendover (Bucks) (Circular)

17th-20th January. Snow walking in Scharnitz Austria

Friday.  A small and bijou group this year with only 6 participants. We flew to Innsbruck with BA and took a bus to the station. After some dithering about lunch in Innsbruck or Scharnitz, we decided to take the train and make our way to Scharnitz. This train journey is very scenic. We checked in our B&B, Gastehaus Frankenhof, and then had lunch in Gasthof Risserhof, where we received a warm welcome from the owner. She told us snow was expected during the night. We did a short walk around Scharnitz and went back to the B&B for a rest. 7.00 was time for a pre-dinner drink in Dominique and Sunita’s flat. Dinner was in Gasthof Risserhof, the only hotel in the village but a substantial establishment. There was a formal dinner in the next room for about 100 firemen, in their full  uniforms. No wives seemed to be allowed but apart from some loosening of ties, it was a very  orderly event. Continue reading 17th-20th January. Snow walking in Scharnitz Austria

Saturday 30 November 2019: Borough Green (Kent) (Circular)

Surprisingly, considering the weather on some walks this November and the forecast earlier in the week, we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, once the fog had burned off. The ground was squelchy in parts but carpeted with brown and orange leaves. We kept up a good pace in order to get back to the station before nightfall. Sadly two of our star walkers were not able to join us for different reasons, so we were 13! Continue reading Saturday 30 November 2019: Borough Green (Kent) (Circular)

Saturday 23 November 2019: Hertford North (Circular)

A grey day with some drizzle for this walk in the Hertfordshire countryside and woodland.  At one point, there were 20 walkers on this ramble but numbers varied during the day.  As I was walking to Cuffley station, I saw Martin outside Costa.  I went to buy my ticket and expected Martin to turn up but he did not board the train.  Therefore I was a bit puzzled when I jointed 13 Polyramblers on the train.  With three more waiting at Hertford North Station, we walked up to Thieves Lane and entered Panshanger Park which, in Continue reading Saturday 23 November 2019: Hertford North (Circular)

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)