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.
We continued along the cliff tops dropping down to St Margaret’s bay where we had lunch and Harriet enjoyed a swim. It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine, a mild breeze and wonderful views.
After lunch we continued our cliff walk to Kingston Downs where we dropped back down to sea level and continued past a large number of memorial benches to finally reach Deal.
We just had time for a much needed drink before catching the train back to London.
An ideal walk for me to lead as I really just needed to remember to keep the sea to the right of me!
Varied undulating terrain, including meadow, chalk down-land and woodland. DRINKS stop at The Ship pub. Owslebury. BRING PICNIC LUNCH AS THE PUB IS BEING REFURBISHED AND NOT SERVING FOOD AT PRESENT. Picnic lunch area nearby OR WE CAN EAT A PACKED LUNCH IN THE PUB GARDEN PROVIDED WE BUY DRINKS. THERE IS ALSO A PUB AT THE END OF THE WALK NEAR SHAWFORD STATION
Meet Waterloo Station. Buy OPDR to Shawford, Hants. Southampton (Totton) train leaves at 09.39, arr. Shawford at 10.54. Distance: 8miles. EX132. Leader, Roy, will meet train at Shawford
Photo: Chris Talbot / Owslebury – St Andrew’s Church / CC BY-SA 2.0
Via Birling Gap, Beachy Head, Pashley, Beachy Brow. Undulating and mostly coastal sea views.
Meet Victoria stn. Buy OPDR to Eastbourne. Eastbourne train dep. 9.16, arr. Eastbourne 10.46. Then bus 12/12A to East Dean (every 10 mins). Lunch at The Beachy Head PH. Free afternoon tea in Eastbourne. Distance 8.5 miles (start to tea), followed by 1 mile(or by bus) downhill to Eastbourne stn. LR199/ EX123. Leader Geoffrey 01525 714105 or 07773 225602 on the day
Photo: DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3. The cliffs of Beachy Head and the Lighthouse below, as viewed along the South Downs Way in East Sussex, England.
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 partial shade to eat our sandwich lunch. We had a lovely surprise when Geoffrey produced a bottle of prosecco to celebrate his first 40 years in the Club. Congratulations Geoffrey and hope you have many more years of walking. Continuing on we came to a clearing with lovely views of the Thames below, the first we had seen of it all day. We headed steeply downhill, towards the river we thought, but no, we were soon going back uphill until we reached the village of Whitchurch on the Hill. Jackie googled for a possible icecream shop but in vain. We continued downhill and before too long we were on the outskirts of Whitchurch on Thames where we found our first pub of the day. Most of us decided to stop for a refreshing drink before crossing the river at the Toll Bridge into Pangbourne and the train.
Twelve Poly Ramblers convened at Liverpool Street last Saturday, a last minute change of terminus after we discovered the day before that the train we had intended to catch from Kings Cross had been deleted from the timetable. All went smoothly en route other than a jobs-worth ticket inspector giving some of our group a ticking off for having tickets that were only valid on the Cambridge route. Continue reading Icknield Way stage 8 – Icklingham to Knettishall Heath→
The Polytechnic Rambling Club – Walking with friends