After welcoming a newcomer Bev, we left Barnes station at about 11:00 for a gentle walk along the Thames to Richmond arriving at about 13:30, where we stopped for a drink and something to eat. The weather was sunny in the morning with many bicycle riders and marathon runners out. At Richmond some people returned home whilst the remainder continued to Teddington via Buccleuch Gardens and Petersham Meadows along the river.
After a long but smooth journey, 8 Polyramblers arrived in West Mersea to be met by Gini who was spending the weekend with a friend who lives on Mersea. It was sunny but not too hot and the tide was coming in when we started our walk clockwise out of the small town. We passed lovely houses and were soon on the sea wall. The first part of the walk was quiet with tidal flats on one side and farmland on the other. We had our picnic lunch facing the Pyefleet Continue reading SATURDAY 11th AUGUST 2018: MERSEA ISLAND (CIRCULAR):
As I waited for the train from Waterloo, as leader of my “Annual Hampshire Walk”, I was looking forward to seeing who got off the train. As the train slowed there were “waves” from some of the windows, and when the train stopped out came Sandra, Mike, Pam, Irene, Val and of course lastly Geoffrey!!
Having greeted each other like long lost friends we made our way down to the “Itchen Navigation Canal” for the first part of the walk. Continue reading SATURDAY 21st JULY: SHAWFORD (HANTS) (CIRCULAR)
Sixteen members of the Polyramblers walked the Saxon Shore way from Dover to Deal. The numbers were impressive as it was also the final of the women’s Wimbledon tennis championships and the football third place playoff for the World Cup.
We started with the Banksy graffiti art depicting Brexit. It was painted on a building due for demolition but luckily Dover Council agreed to keep it, as it provided much needed colour to a rather run-down area. Continue reading DOVER TO DEAL SATURDAY 14 JULY
It was a hot day to walk 13 miles with no pub until the end but that didn’t deter 11 Poly Ramblers. Led by Jackie, we started at Goring and were soon heading uphill through woods to arrive on a ridge. Much of the walk was in woodland, which was just as well as the sun was roasting out in the open. Stuart had intended to do a shorter, lower level walk but we kept bumping into him around every corner so in the end he stuck with us. After a nervy encounter with a frisky group of young heifers we were back in woodland and stopped in Continue reading GORING TO PANGBOURNE – 30 JUNE