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Epping Forest was acquired by the City of London in 1882, and previously in the 1800s many trees were felled for the Navy. Twelve Polyramblers assembled at Epping station, some having been affected by a little tube outage from the northwest and west! Even I was met with a taped off Met line platform at Farringdon and suddenly returned into my Thameslink train, rejoining the tube at the brand new entrance of Bank station. Continue reading EPPING TO CHINGFORD: SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER


An urban walk starting with a circuit of the atmospheric Nunhead cemetery and visiting Southwark’s finest green spaces including One Tree Hill which can be avoided for an easier walk.

Meet Victoria stn. Gravesend train dep. 10:06 arr. Nunhead (zone2) 10:21. Lunch picnic, cafe or The Clock House PH, Peckham Rye Common. EX161. Distance 6.5 miles.  Leader Jennifer.

Photo: Stephen Craven / Monuments in Nunhead cemetery / CC BY-SA 2.0

Barnes Bridge to Richmond and Teddington – Saturday 7 September

We enjoyed a leisurely walk along the river from Barnes Bridge to Richmond and then Richmond to Teddington. Although it was somewhat overcast it cleared up later in the afternoon.  Fifteen members started the walk, a good mixture of hikers and strollers for a change.  It was busy on the towpath with many cyclists and runners to dodge.  Part way along we had a call from Danny to say he was waiting for Sarah and Rosie who had been delayed en route.   Along the walk we were able to enjoy attractive views into Kew Gardens, Syon House along with the boats and birdlife on the Thames. We paused  opposite Isleworth village for a chocolate break courtesy of Rob, with roasted cashews from Lucy and Peter. For lunch we stopped at the Cocktail Kitchen in Richmond and were eventually joined there by Danny, Rosie and Sarah, making a final total of 17 walkers.  After lunch the majority of the group decided to call it a day but a small group of six (unusually male dominated) continued onwards to Teddington.

Rob and Gillian


This was very much Stuart’s walk which had mapped out himself. But he had been called away to Melbourne following a family bereavement and I was left as stand in leader, not having done a walk over.  Luckily there are better map readers than me in the group.  Twenty one Poly Ramblers started out from Amersham on a sunny Saturday morning.  At one point I thought there were 22 in the group but I must have miscounted.  The walk started downhill Continue reading AMERSHAM /HAZLEMERE CIRCULAR 17 AUGUST