All posts by Michael

Saturday 17th February, Gillingham (Kent) to Rainham.

There were 15 of us on the train to Gillingham, much heartened by there being a blue sky and even a weak sun, the first time on a walk for many weeks. Heading north from the station, we crossed over the disused railway line that leads down to Brompton Barracks and Chatham Dockyard. Shortly after our first glimpse of the Medway, we passed  the lovely parish church of St Mary Magdalene, set in an unusually large green. There has been a church here since 700 AD and even the newest parts date from the 15th century.

Reaching the estuary, we followed the Saxon Shore Way, much of the path being on the top of a levee built at the time of the Thames Barrier. Opposite to the north was the Hoo penininsula with the church of St Werberg and to it’s right, Kingsnorth power station. The tide was coming in and we spent time looking at  bird activity and the endlessly fascinating wavelet patterns made by the light wind. Some of the group made a detour to Horrid Hill, involving a climb of at least 3 metres. We lunched at the extremely cheery Three Mariners before a short afternoon walk to Rainham station. A lovely day to be out and about. More weather like this please. Our thanks to Martin

Saturday 24th longer walk: Haslemere circular

A reprise of this beautiful walk, mostly through National Trust mixed wood & heathland. After lunch we share a steep path going up through a wood with a stream going down which can be exciting after rain, but we are rewarded by lovely views at the top. Meet Waterloo stn. Buy OPDR to Haslemere. Train dep. 9.30, arr. 10.20. Distance 8.7 miles. ??133. Lunch Red Lion at Fernhurst – pricey of course, it’s Surrey, but there’s a massive green for sandwich eaters. It’s worth leaving a bit of space for tea at Darnleys in Haslemere at the end. Leader Harriet.

photo of Red Lion by Mark Percy

Sunday 10th, Club Christmas lunch, Freemasons Arms, Covent Garden

Back to the old favourite after a less than successful change of venue last year.   15 Polyramblers met at Tower Hill for a short pre-lunch walk on a very cold and snowy day.   It was a slushy and slidy walk over Tower Bridge, along the South Bank to the Millenium Bridge and through Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn Fields to Long Acre.  Then 37 Polyramblers met at the Freemasons Arms for the annual Club Christmas lunch. Continue reading Sunday 10th, Club Christmas lunch, Freemasons Arms, Covent Garden

Saturday 21st October. Barbara’s Hampstead Heath walk

On the sunny, windy autumn day 11 of us went on the circular Hampstead Heath walk. The walk was repeated on the request of walkers participating in this ‘adventure’ on August 5th. The route was almost the same, but the scenery was very much different. It was Autumn spectacle! The leaves of deciduous trees and some shrubs were changing its original colour to a glorious shades of gold, bronze, red, green etc.. We had a joyful time walking over crunchy, wet leaves and some muddy paths admiring Autumn scenery. We did not forget to stop for lunch and to have a good rest at Kenwood House. We finished our leisurely walking day at The Flask pub for some refreshments.
It was a great Autumn day! The walk was requested by the group to repeat it  AGAIN  in the Winter! Thank you to 10 friendly polyramblers for coming on the walk”.
Barbara