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Saturday 2 March 2019: Watton at Stone (Herts.)

The weather forecast was not as good as last week’s so ‘only’ 21 Polyramblers turned up for this walk in Hertfordshire. It stayed dry all day and, when it came out, the sun was quite warm.  We started the walk in Watton at Stone.  I was asked about the name of the village and Wikipedia says that the origin of ‘Watton’ is uncertain; the suffix ‘at Stone’ is thought to be referring to the Roman road (anciently described as a Stone Street) that ran from Verulamium (St Albans).  We crossed the river Beane and followed the Continue reading Saturday 2 March 2019: Watton at Stone (Herts.)


Unseasonably warm, sunny weather for a 9 mile walk in the Oyster card zone promised a high turnout, but we weren’t expecting quite as many as the 31 Poly Ramblersand one dog who gathered at Amersham station on Saturday.   It was good to welcome back Lucy who hasn’t been out in a while.  The early morning mist had just cleared and we headed down through the woods to Old Amersham, passing through the Memorial Gardens where we saw the WW1 Continue reading AMERSHAM, CHALFONT ST GILES AND LITTLE CHALFONT: 23 FEBRUARY


It was a mild but grey and misty day when 14 Polyramblers set out from the train station in the small quaint Kent town of Otford.  The sun didn’t show its face all day and the low cloud meant the normally spectacular views of the Darent Valley were covered in mist but at least it stayed dry.

The walk out of Otford took us across flat and muddy fields until we reached a short but steep hill.  Our climb would normally have been Continue reading OTFORD TO EYNSFORD (KENT) 16 FEBRUARY

Postal Museum and Mail Rail visit

On the Saturday after Christmas twenty Poly Ramblers were booked in for a ride on Mail Rail, the 6.5 mile underground railway which carried post between Paddington and Liverpool Street from 1927 to 2003.

Thirteen of the group turned out early for a stroll around historic Clerkenwell.  This took us past a house that once belonged to Janet Street Porter and then to the medieval Gateway to the Priory of the Knights of St John. We crossed Clerkenwell Road to Clerkenwell Continue reading Postal Museum and Mail Rail visit


A group of 16 Poly Ramblers and 3 guests gathered in Marlow on a mild and sunny November morning.  The sky was blue and the autumn colours were fantastic.  We knew that rain was forecast later but hoped we might avoid it.  We headed towards the river, pausing briefly to admire the larger than life statue of Olympic rower, Sir Steve Redgrave.  We crossed the town bridge and left the river behind, heading south across fields to cross a busy dual carriageway into Bisham Woods.  There we had a short stop to sample Stuart’s homemade Anzac biscuits – very appropriate for the centenary of Armistice.  Continue reading SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER: MARLOW and COOKHAM DEAN (CIRCULAR):