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SUNDAY 24th September: Balcombe circular

A delightful walk through fields and woods taking in a nature reserve with a Japanese pavilion and a 600 year old yew tree. Meet Victoria stn. Buy OPDR to Balcombe. Brighton train dep.9.27 (Clapham Junction 9.32, E. Croydon 9.42). arrive Balcombe 10.17. Distance 10.9 miles. EX.OL34 and EX135. Lunch at Victory Inn, Staplefield. Leader Susan J  who will join the train at Clapham Junction.

photo of Balcombe church by Charles Drake

Saturday 5th August. Alton circular

With the rival attraction of Barbara and Hazel’s walk, I was pleased that 8 of us turned up at Waterloo Station. It was the first day of the major upgrade of the station, involving closing 10 platforms. The normally fast trains to Alton were making additional stops so it was well after 11.00 am by the time we started our walk. The weather was dry and pleasantly warm but rain was forecast for later. A short climb from the station soon brought us to a fine view to the south, from where  our route took us to West Worldam and towards Selbourne before turning west. It became quite overcast with spots of rain so we had an early picnic with shelter near at hand. In fact the sun came out and we enjoyed a very pleasant stop, until Pam was stung by a bee. Fortunately Irene was on hand with the necessary supplies and expertise to render prompt first aid. Continue reading Saturday 5th August. Alton circular

Saturday 10th. Berwick to Eastbourne Linear.

It was an early start for 9 dedicated Polyramblers for the long journey to  East Sussex but the hot sunshine and the beautiful views of the Downs made up for it.  We started the walk by going half way round Arlington reservoir and then through undulating farmland with beautiful views of the South Downs and the Long Man of Wilmington. After the rain of the past few weeks, the vegetation – Continue reading Saturday 10th. Berwick to Eastbourne Linear.

Saturday 3rd: Benfleet (Essex) circular via Leigh on Sea

Barking station was an unusual meeting place and not straight-forward to get to but 9 Polyramblers managed to get there.  Others were probably busy doing their washing after coming back from the holiday in Cogne and Turin two days before.  We had lovely weather all day with a breeze to cool the hot sunshine.  Our morning walk Continue reading Saturday 3rd: Benfleet (Essex) circular via Leigh on Sea