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ST. MARGARET’S (Herts.) (CIRCULAR)

Despite the grey weather and the bus replacement service, 11 Polyramblers turned up for this Hertfordshire walk. We went along the river Lee navigation and stopped to watch birds on the reservoir, then followed farm tracks along fields, passing Morley Hall, its moat and impressive treehouse. We reached Wareside for lunch where we had a warm welcome and lovely home-cooked food served in generous portions in the White Horse pub. Joyanna joined us as we were eating, having walked from Ware. It was drizzling as we started the afternoon walk. We went through fields and followed the river Ash, continuing on a wide path in woodland. At one point, we saw about 20 pheasants in a field. Coming out of the woods, we followed the Hertfordshire Way for a while before reaching Stanstead Abbotts and St Margarets. The bus replacement turned up just as we arrived at the bus stop.

Dominique

Leith Hill circular in the mist and mud

Nine Polyramblers reached the very nice Plough Inn for lunch, although three arrived before the rest after an email malfunction!  I decided after the walkover to start an hour later, but Harriet, Irene and Valeria never received the email notifying members about the change. The nine of us left the nice and warm pub to face the mud, rain and gathering mist, which made for a walk in the woods more akin to a Hammer horror film than walking up to Leith Hill.

A rendition of Flanders and Swan’s “Mud mud glorious mud” was heard from the dulcet tones of Hillary and Irene at one stage and Geoffrey and Valeria managed to demolished some fencing trying to avoid a swamp mixture of mud, water and manure!

We decided to take an “All-Weather Route” for the last stage of the walk as an easy option only to find the track as muddy as the rest of the route.  Geoffrey did raise my spirits by saying it was quicker than the alternative muddy environs near the main line railway track.

Siew Kee and I said our goodbyes as we were driving home. We decided to wash our wellies in the local duck pond before we reached the car, but I forgot one of my wellies had developed a split!  A final few squelchy steps ensued!

The organiser would like to thank those who turned up and didn’t duck out at the last minute (Dom) in such poor conditions.

Slip Sliding away

Kim

SNOW-WALKING WEEKEND IN BAVARIA

After flying to Munich and a smooth train journey to Fischen, 12 Polyramblers arrived in gastehaus Luitz-Kennerknecht where we received a very warm welcome. Instead of doing a walk around Fischen, we drank beer in the lounge with our hosts (Katja, Alex and their parents) and had a lovely glass of apricot schnapps. We had a nice dinner in Beim Kreuzwirt (booked by our hosts) accompanied by a musician and his accordion. Back at the guesthouse, a few of us had a nightcap while the rest went to bed after a long day of travel.
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HENLEY CIRCULAR WALK: SUNDAY 7 JANUARY

Report by Susan. Photos by Pam

Two ramblers and I set off on the 9.15 train from Paddington and were joined by 3 more polys and Teddy the dog at Ealing Broadway. Geoffrey, who had driven, joined us at Henley-on-Thames station. After walking a few minutes along the river, we branched off through the town and then onto the Oxfordshire Way footpath. We were lucky as although the wind was sometimes a little bracing, it was sunny all day. After a gentle climb we made our way along the Stonor valley, admiring the beautiful views. This area is known for the kites which have been reintroduced there, and we were treated to their aerial displays all along the route. After an hour or so, we came to our early lunch stop at Middle Assendon. Five of us had a tasty, home cooked lunch while the others found a spot to eat their sandwiches and joined us for a drink afterwards. In the afternoon we enjoyed a variety of scenery, woods, meadows and country lanes. It was a little muddy in places, but not too bad at all. After passing by a house once lived in by George Harrison, we made our way across a golf course and back into Henley just in time for tea at the Chocolate Cafe’ on the riverside. Unfortunately, they don’t allow dogs in, so 4 ramblers went off to catch an earlier train. Four of us remained to indulge in the delicious home cooked fayre at this very busy cafe’ before returning home.