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Sat 15 Feb – Euston to Angel

Saturday 15th February. 15 of us braved the weather to undertake a linear 5 mile London based walk from Euston to Angel. The walk took us round Somers Town at the back of Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross. There are several remarkable buildings in this area, notable because of their residents, or architecture, or historical significance. They included the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital, The Polygon/Oakshott Court where Dickens lived and Mary Wollstonecraft (mother of Mary Shelley) died. The Sidney Estate displaying beautiful Doulton Ware ceramic panels and carved finials in the courtyard with hooks to hang the washing lines to dry clothes. The Ossulston Street Estate was impressive – influenced by the Karl-Marx-Hof in Vienna. Opposite we enjoyed visiting the Story Garden – a member of the charity co-running this site gave us an overview of the purpose of this garden for the next 3 years. We passed a Portuguese  cafe – although closed at weekends it is well worth a visit and like other places in Somers Town adds to the history of the area along and also sells delicious custard tarts.
Walking along the few remaining rows of Victorian houses (Brewers Company Estate), that survived demolition in the 20th century, we arrived at Goldington Buildings with an impressive entrance and coloured brick work. Then onto St Pancras Hospital which had originally been the Work House. A hidden gem is the Old St Pancras Churchyard where Sir John Soane and his wife are buried as well as Mary Wollstonecraft. There is still a very old church on this site. It has been a place of worship since the 7th century. We then passed the German Gymnasium – the first gymnasium to be built in England – now a restaurant. Lunch was spent individually exploring the development behind Kings Cross.
Additional local information included the origins of the Pearly King tradition with Henry Croft who cleaned streets around St Pancras, the structure of the roof of St Pancras based on the beer warehouses up north and Sir John Betjeman’s role in saving St Pancras.
We then walked along the canal towards Angel. Again there were some historical references which included the gathering of 100,000 people in support of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834 in the area of Copenhagen Street. The walk ended in the Camden Head Pub – which still displays a lot of it’s original features.

Sat 4th January Wimbledon to Putney Heath

Twenty-six Poly Ramblers assembled at Wimbledon Station having overcome a number of problems with train cancellations. Our walk took us on a zigzag route through Wimbledon and on to Wimbledon Common. We wandered across the common following a fenced path until we reached woodland. We clambered over logs and skirted around some very muddy patches before reaching Warren Farm. After a further walk through woodland we progressed along the bank of the fast-flowing Beverley Brook. We followed the Capital Continue reading Sat 4th January Wimbledon to Putney Heath

Bank Holiday Weekend – Lancaster

Friday 23rd August. 37 Polyramblers descended on Lancaster University for a long weekend of walking and sightseeing. The university complex is extensive so the first test on arrival was finding reception and accommodation, luckily Hilary’s sister Janet was on hand to assist as buses arrived. Janet and Hilary led an orientation walk around the older part of the city centre including Lancaster Castle and the Judges Lodgings and a number of historical pubs before we descended down to St Georges Quay’s  walking along the Lancaster end of the river Lune to the Wagon and Horses where we had an excellent meal. It was at this point that Danny pointed out that one of our group had not yet appeared, we later found out that his train had broken down outside Euston! Continue reading Bank Holiday Weekend – Lancaster

linear walk from hever to tonbridge 2oth july

A small but select group of five walkers started our walk on a warm muggy day from Hever Station. We soon reached Hever Castle which was built in 1453 by the Mayor of London, Jeffrey Boleigne. How things have changed, now we are having modular homes built! We walked through the beautiful Kent countryside through fields and some woodland until we arrived at our second castle of the day, Chiddingstone Castle near Edenbridge, the ancestral home of the Streetfield family. The castle itself dates back from the early 19th century incorporating elements of earlier buildings on the same site.

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Tring circular 9mls 29.06.19

The walk will go down in the Polyramblers history as taking place on the hottest day of the year with a temperature of over 30 degrees.A further challenge became apparent at Euston station when our train for Tring was cancelled owing to a shortage of drivers.Undaunted Jennifer and I caught the train to Watford Junction where we met up with Peter Tarl our walk leader and Andrew one of our ramblers in time to catch the train to Tring. Unfortunately, Chris another of

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