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Saturday 7th April. East Grinstead circular

I’ve led this walk in the past and did a walkover in February expecting it to be straightforward. Unfortunately a combination of a wet winter and construction traffic for a new water main meant that large sections of the afternoon walk were verging on the impassable. I devised some slightly less glutinous deviations and hoped for  drier weather in the intervening weeks. No such luck. A respectable 15 of us got off the train at East Grinstead on a dry morning with promise of occasional sunshine later. Passing through the town centre with its interesting mix of historic buildings, we headed east, through mostly woodland. Continue reading Saturday 7th April. East Grinstead circular

Saturday 10th March. Walthamstow village and wetlands. Linear.

It was a grey day that threatened rain but 17 Polyramblers turned up. We started our walk in the conservation area, stopping briefly in the Vestry House museum before continuing through Walthamstow village and its pretty shops. We passed the Nag’s Head and the Ancient House before going in St Mary’s church where we had a nice welcome and were told about the history of the church. We saw the Continue reading Saturday 10th March. Walthamstow village and wetlands. Linear.

Saturday 3rd March: Annual General Meeting

Despite the bad weather the week before the AGM, there was a good attendance at this event.  Mike chaired the meeting as Christine, our President, could not be present because of a bad cold.  There was a minute silence to honour two Polyramblers who passed away  recently: Margaret Lanham, one of our Vice-Presidents, and Pat House.  The minutes of the previous AGM were approved and there was an update on matters arising.  The Committee had Continue reading Saturday 3rd March: Annual General Meeting

Saturday 24th February: Haslemere circular

It was a  lovely sunny morning as 12 of us assembled at Haslemere Station. The train journey down had been busy with  groups of  walkers, runners and cyclists taking advantage of one of the few days of good weather that 2018 has given us. We set off in a south-westerly direction , looping round to Fernhurst via  attractive wood and heathland. Here we lunched well at the Red Lion, an attractive Continue reading Saturday 24th February: Haslemere circular

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