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12th January. Eltham to Abbey Wood

Seventeen members + one non-member gathered at Eltham station to undertake this 6 mile ramble across SE London’s open spaces. On walking out of the station approach we crossed under the railway and over the road to Well Hall Pleasaunce a local park, where I showed the party the spot where an 18th century house once stood where lived the author Edith Nesbit. Here she wrote “The Railway Children”. We then continued along Dunvegan Road until we reached Eltham Park with views across to Crystal Palace. Then we crossed Shepherdleas Wood then onto Oxleas Wood. This led out to Oxleas Meadows, a large sloping open space, where we  gradually climbed to the top end, and came across a cafe with more views over south east London. It was lunchtime.

3rd November. Shiplake circular

Fifteen Polyramblers met at Paddington to join the 0942 GWR train to Twyford.  This train gathered up 5 more members at Ealing and one more at West Drayton. At Twyford the 21 of us crossed the footbridge where we joined the little train to Shiplake.  From the unstaffed halt at Shiplake (actually at Lower Shiplake), I phoned our numbers through to the lunch pub.  Then we proceeded straight off the platform down a few steps onto a gravel path, then south down a lane and a path onto the Thames Path. Soon we were passing the rugby field pitches of Shiplake School, with  rugby players in action, situated by the riverside. Continue reading 3rd November. Shiplake circular

Saturday 28th January. Flitwick circular.

I hurried to the station and was met by 7 Polyramblers  under a small shelter there. I was presented with a long parcel of cake and other unexpected goodies for tea time. Instead of leaving the station by the opening on the footbridge, we all proceeded throught the booking hall which was just as well as 2 extra polyramblers appeared on the other side. I thus rang through to the Green Man to confirm our numbers for lunch.  Continue reading Saturday 28th January. Flitwick circular.

30th July. Rowlands Castle and Stansted Forest

Five polyramblers  met up at Waterloo station and boarded the 0945 Portsmouth train. The journey was overcast with patches of hazy sun. After Petersfield the sky became decidedly leaden and there was a cloudburst when we alighted at Rowlands Castle station – making haste to the sheltered part of the platform.  Having set off out of the station approach, the sky started to clear and the rain almost stopped. It was about 11:30 and getting sunny. We took a stroll around the lovely village green noting various Golden/Diamond  Jubilee memorials/planted Oaks, and the small church at one end which was locked. Continue reading 30th July. Rowlands Castle and Stansted Forest

Sunday 8th May. Berwick to Eastbourne

Having just arrived from home my choir rehearsal the Tuesday before, I went to open my tablet to check something online, whereupon an email arrived from Gillian seeking a leader for this walk, as Jackie couldn’t do it due her recent ankle injury. I turned round to look at my bookshelf, and lo there was the “Time Out” book with the walk in it.  And such a lovely walk in a lovely area – it has to go ahead.  Continue reading Sunday 8th May. Berwick to Eastbourne