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SUNDAY 20th PRINCES RISBOROUGH (CIRCULAR

Following sections of The Ridgeway National Trail and the Chiltern Way, through beautiful Chilterns scenery including wooded hills and nature reserves, You will pass some great rural pubs, a windmill and some far-reaching views. Meet Marylebone stn. Train dep. 9.43 arr. Princes Risborough 10.27.Distance 8 miles. EX181. Lunch The Whip Inn, Lacey Green http://thewhipinn.co.uk/. Leader Susan James.

SATURDAY 26th; FULWELL to MORTLAKE (LINEAR)

SATURDAY 26th; FULWELL to MORTLAKE (LINEAR): A fairly level walk through west London’s Royal parks, and hopefully not too muddy even at this time of year. If coming via central London, meet at Waterloo Station for 9.42 train to Shepperton, arriving Fulwell (Zone 6) at 10.19. In the morning we will walk via Bushey and Hampton Court parks to Kingston. In the afternoon we contininue through Richmond park to Mortlake (Zone 3). Both sections about 5 miles with option of doing one half. Pubs and cafes a-plenty for lunch in Kingston. Leader Mike C. 07801 445653

SUNDAY 16th: CLUB XMAS LUNCH: FREEMASONS ARMS, COVENT GARDEN

It snowed the day before the Christmas lunch but, thankfully, this bad weather was in Scotland and the north of England and it did not reach the South East.  Around 20 Polyramblers met at Hyde Park Corner tube station for a pre-prandial walk.  We passed under Wellington Arch to go into Green Park, went to the Bomber Command monument and walked to Buckingham Palace.  Danny had ordered a band for us or perhaps we were there in time for the Continue reading SUNDAY 16th: CLUB XMAS LUNCH: FREEMASONS ARMS, COVENT GARDEN

SATURDAY 1st December: SAXON SHORE-WAY (3) ROCHESTER to GILLINGHAM (LINEAR

Hilary and I had taken over the leading of this at short notice and we were pleased that we numbered 11 , despite the dire weather forecast. Rochester was holding a two day Dickens festival and  there were large numbers of people doggedly trudging along the historic but rain-swept High Street. We stopped off at the old Guildhall, now an interesting museum of local history. Hazel recalled that when she last visited, the fine  court chamber (see photo) was in use as a café. Sadly this had become a victim of austerity.

On leaving, a traditional Punch and Judy show was starting but we didn’t stay long enough to see how PC it was with regards to portrayal of domestic violence. Our route took us along the river Medway and up past the imposing castle to the Cathedral where we  took a brief internal tour. Leaving Rochester we made our way to Chatham, enjoying  good views of the Medway from Victoria Park. Continue reading SATURDAY 1st December: SAXON SHORE-WAY (3) ROCHESTER to GILLINGHAM (LINEAR

SATURDAY 24th: WELWYN NORTH (CIRCULAR):

It was grey and miserable but 15 Polyramblers turned up for this walk in the Hertfordshire countryside. We started the walk through woodland and stopped to see the Welwyn tunnels but no train came out. The sun tried to come out but was not successful.  We continued around Digswell through arable fields then went uphill, crossing Dawley Wood before arriving at the Plume of Feathers pub in Tewin just after it opened. The menu was varied and very good value. Suitably fed, we continued along fields to Burnham Green. It has a trig point on the green to mark one of the Hertfordshire Continue reading SATURDAY 24th: WELWYN NORTH (CIRCULAR):