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Wednesday 17th; evening Kennington & vauxhall


Linear walk – Green bits of Kennington, Vauxhall & Nine Elms
around from Oval to Kennington Park, Vauxhall Park, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and along the Thames to the American
Embassy back to Vauxhall. Meet Oval tube station (zone 2 – Northern Line, Bank branch) at 18.30. Approximately 2
miles. Leader: Dominique .

photo of Kennington Green by Declutter

Saturday 20th July Hever to tonbridge

SATURDAY 20th: HEVER to TONBRIDGE (LINEAR): ”Fascinating and very beautiful walk through The Garden of
England … rivers, woods, undulating hills”. Meet London Bridge stn. NB: Buy single ticket to Hever and single back from
Tonbridge. Uckfield train dep. 9.07, E.Croydon 9,22, arr. Hever 9.49. Picnic lunch stop at Penshurst. Cafés at Tonbridge
for tea at end of walk. Distance 10½ miles. LR188. Leader: Ken .


The weather forecast for the day was one of storm and tempest, but apart from a few spots of rain the weather was pleasant with sunny intervals.

The actual walk was one of two halves!  Eleven of us sent off towards the hamlet of Mogador (to see some hobbits!) from Betchworth. This initial part of the walk was to include a steep climb up to the top of the North Downs Way, but a deliberate mistake(!) by the leader led to a more easy ascent with views of the Weald and South Downs in the distance.  With some further adjustments and Continue reading BETCHWORTH (CIRCULAR) 11 MAY

ST ALBANS to WATFORD (President, Pope and Ovaltine) SATURDAY 4 MAY

Nineteen Polyramblers gathered at St Albans City station. I led them towards the Cathedral in the city centre, then put it to the vote whether to take coffee at the cathedral refectory. I did not need to use my casting vote as like the Brexit referendum the noes favoured the ayes by 1 more vote out of 19 and the noes had it! We thus proceeded through the 14th cent. Abbey gateway, down Abbey Mill Lane, over the Ver and across Verulamium Park. The footpath Continue reading ST ALBANS to WATFORD (President, Pope and Ovaltine) SATURDAY 4 MAY

27th April Great Missenden to Amersham

There were only five of us on the train at Marylebone so we were somewhat relieved to see another five waiting at Great Missenden. It was misty but dry and mild  as we set off through pleasant rolling country with  open views. We crossed the railway to reach the old village of Little Missenden, stopping to admire the 13th century wall painting in the church of St John the Baptist. Continuing, we were soon in Penn Wood part of one of the Chilterns ancient woodlands. Chairmaking, centred on High Wycombe  flourished  from the mid 18th century  and Penn Wood was an important source of timber. Although chairs were assembled in factories,  the legs and spindles were usually  made in situ in the forest,  on hand powered lathes. Continue reading 27th April Great Missenden to Amersham