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GORDON HILL CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER

Fifteen Polyramblers, in two socially isolated groups with the Ramblers rules for outdoor physical activity events in place, set off for a 17km circular walk.

Our gently undulating morning route took us through woods and open pastures, including Hillyfields Park and Whitewebbs Wood, to the medieval St Mary’s Church in the old part of the Hertfordshire town of Cheshunt. Our steepest climb was over a bridge crossing the M25 from which, despite a light shower, we had views of the Shard and Canary Wharf and spied our other group in the distance. Continue reading GORDON HILL CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER

SURREY HILLS CIRCULAR – SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

On one of the best days of this strange year, 12 of us set out from Box Hill & Westhumble station into the gorgeous early autumn. Geoffrey & his 5 walkers took a slightly more leisurely approach & Harriet’s group went off first & bit more swiftly so as to keep an appropriate distance. It was a beautiful morning with a slightly autumnal smell in the air but still hot enough to feel that the world wasn’t yet closing down for winter. We were seduced by a refreshment van at Ranmore Common, the feeling being that we Continue reading SURREY HILLS CIRCULAR – SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

REGENTS PARK CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

Leaders: Gillian Williams and Cathy Morrisroe.

We left Regents Park Tube Station in 2 groups of six with a staggered start. Turning left we admired Park Crescent which was originally planned by Nash and was renovated in the 1960’s.
The walk was varied and had some special moments, such as hearing about the “Nannie’s Tunnel” running under The Marylebone Road connecting Park Crescent with Park Square. Continue reading REGENTS PARK CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

OTFORD CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

12 Polyramblers set off from Otford station and after the leader missed the turning (she was talking) they found the correct path and ascended fairly steeply up to the North Downs. After passing through the woods we were able to admire some beautiful views over the valley below. Later in the day we were able to see over to Canary Wharf. The sun came out in time for our picnic in a field fortunately devoid of cattle, despite the warning sign that animals could be present. We continued up and down through woods and Continue reading OTFORD CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

CHARTRIDGE HILLS AND VALES – 22 AUGUST

As the title suggests, this walk involved a number of ascents and descents in and out of the valleys to the west of Chesham.  At the station the ten walkers split into two groups with a leader each and we headed off.  Within five minutes Stuart’s group were no longer in sight, lost in the not very socially distanced Saturday market,  and phone calls were needed to re-establish contact.  Once on the right route we were soon out of the crowds and passing Bury Farm.  Then on a single track. country lane that had been quiet on the walkover Continue reading CHARTRIDGE HILLS AND VALES – 22 AUGUST