All posts by Gillian

Peddars Way, Stage one: Knettishall Heath to Swaffham 21-23 June

The Peddar’s Way begins at Knettishall Heath in Suffolk and runs for 46 miles north to finish at Holme-next-the-sea on the north Norfolk coast. The path is characterised by being very straight and of course pretty flat.  In this trip I aimed to get us half way to the coast. Thetford is the nearest town to the start point but is severely lacking in affordable accommodation. For this reason most of the group stayed at the Best Western in Bury st Edmunds, while Geoffrey and Harriet stayed in the only B&B in Thetford.  The Bury st Edmunds group enjoyed an excellent meal at Francela’s in the town centre while the Thetford group ate with Harriet’s god daughter who lives locally. Continue reading Peddars Way, Stage one: Knettishall Heath to Swaffham 21-23 June

SPRING BANK HOLIDAY, WALKING IN THE DOLOMITES: FRIDAY 24th to TUESDAY 28th MAY

The first day of the Dolomite weekend (25th May 2019) by Pam

We started the day with a substantial breakfast in the Hotel Vajolet. The ever-attentive Signora dressed in local traditional dress greeted us and indicated the spread. I chose muesli, a slice of peach, yoghurt, a boiled egg, a slice of rustic bread, ham and cheese, to get me started for the first walk. I had to resist the temptation to eat croissants and cake as well or I wouldn’t have been able to make it up the mountain!
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SUNDAY 9th June: GORING to PANGBOURNE (LINEAR):

Back in the Chilterns for an undulating 12 mile walk (although Jackie admitted it was more likely to be 13 miles) through woodlands and fields. Only 6 Polyramblers despite it being a sunny day but the lack of pub might have deterred people.  We soon left Goring, going up to Wroxhills Wood, accompanied by red kites mewing above us.  We skirted Woodcote and went through Common Wood. At one point, we lost Pam and Andrew but we found them again.  We had decided on a place to have lunch but we got lost in a wood and, as it Continue reading SUNDAY 9th June: GORING to PANGBOURNE (LINEAR):

MONDAY 20th MAY: EVENING WALK – CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW FOR THE POOR (Chelsea in bloom)

This is an annual festival of floral art in shops, restaurants and hotels in the neighbourhood of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The theme this year is ‘Under the Sea’. Approximately 20 Polyramblers and guests met at Sloane Square tube station to do a walk to see as many floral displays as possible. We went up and down Sloane Street, Pavilion Road where we met Lorna and her mum doing the same as us, up and down King’s Road and Duke of York Square. We were all very impressed by the beautiful displays.

The winner of Chelsea in Bloom 2019 is the display on the main photo (Hackett on Sloane Street, whose installation takes inspiration from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea).

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SATURDAY 18th may: WIVELSFIELD to HASSOCKS (LINEAR):

A grey start to the day but it soon brightened up for 17 Polyramblers for this lovely walk in Sussex. We left Wivelsfield and were soon in the countryside. We followed the Sussex Border Path through woodlands and fields, passing a farm with a massive field full of free range hens.  We reached the pretty village of Ditchling where we split to have lunch at the excellent Nutmeg Tea Rooms, pub or the churchyard. After lunch, we started a gentle climb to Continue reading SATURDAY 18th may: WIVELSFIELD to HASSOCKS (LINEAR):