On a rather muggy, grey day 12 Polys set off from Barnes Bridge station in two groups of six. The south Thames path was unusually quiet and there weren’t too many cyclists and joggers for once. The second group with Susan caught up with the first group lead by Danny at Hammersmith Bridge ( we later learnt that they had detoured to the Leg of Mutton reservoir). We passed the Harrods Furniture Depository, now a residential complex, before reaching the boathouses at Putney. There was some discussion between a few of us as to which geese we were observing, Canada, Egyptian? The two groups caught up again and we stopped a moment opposite St. Mary’s Church where the Putney Debates on the English constitution were held in 1647, presided over by Oliver Cromwell. A few participants resisted the temptation of lunch at Wetherspoon’s and we all crossed the bridge and made our way, rigorously social distancing, through Bishop’s Park to Fulham Palace Gardens. There we were joined by another member who lives locally and was passing by. Oh dear! Now we were 6+6+1! Continue reading BARNES BRIDGE CIRCULAR SATURDAY 15 AUGUST
Six Polys arrived in Downe by various means. The most privileged being Melida who was chauffeured by her daughter.
We set off from Downe going past the unseasonably named Xmas Tree Farm and on through Downe Bank nature reserve. The walk had a quite variable in terrain with a mixture of undulating meadows and woods. We continued to our picnic stop at the 11th century Knockholt church being constantly buzzed by two Spitfires flying out from the nearby Biggin Hill aerodrome. Continue reading DOWNE CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 8 AUGUST
A perfect day for walking last Sunday when ten Poly Ramblers gathered (in a socially distanced way) at Wendover station. Hilary split us into two groups and we set off with Rochelle’s group following a short distance behind. A gentle climb up Coombe Hill rewarded us with great views over the Vale of Aylesbury. We paused at the Boer War monument at the top and we noted that the dates referred to the second Boer War which featured in the previous Continue reading WENDOVER CIRCULAR – 2 AUGUST
Twelve Poly Ramblers met at Hammersmith station for a circular walk along both banks of the Thames. We split into two groups and agreed to walk in opposite directions meeting for a socially distanced lunch at Barnes Pond. Team Danny set off along the north bank of the river past the fine, mainly eighteenth century, buildings of Hammersmith and Chiswick Malls to arrive at Chiswick Parish Church with its medieval tower. After visiting the church and Hogarth’s grave the river was left to explore the classical gardens of Chiswick House. Returning to the river a short walk along the promenade of Duke’s Meadows brought the group to Barnes Bridge which was crossed to arrive at the lunch stop. Continue reading HAMMERSMITH/CHISWICK CIRCULAR – 1 AUGUST
The leaders arrived at Cowden station where they met Geoffrey who had driven from his sister’s home in Eastbourne. The train arrived on time and after the necessary socialising we headed off on the walk. A few minutes into the walk, cows from Cowden blocked our way on the other side of a stile. Fortunately, they were of good manners and moved out of the way. Continue reading COWDEN CIRCULAR 26 JULY