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Saturday 13th. Coulsdon circular

Nineteen Polyramblers set off from Coulsdon South station in search of real countryside in zone 6. Within minutes we reached a path through ancient yew trees along which we walked for almost a mile before entering Happy Valley. We climbed uphill and followed a terrace enjoying impressive views and the wild flowers before dropping back down into the valley bottom and continuing to Coulsdon Common. Crossing from Greater London into Surrey brought us to the North Downs Way and the Surrey Hills. We stopped for lunch at the Harrow pub’ which served real ale but according to Kim the most boring three real ales in the country! He was somewhat placated by a good, if expensive, craft beer. Suitably refreshed we followed an undulating path with good views of Greensand Hills to the south and also the London skyline. Leaving the North Downs Way we admired the attractive fifteenth century Tollsworth Manor before walking through Alderstead Heath and visiting Chaldon Church famous for its Doom wall-painting dating from around 1200. Passing between fields of wheat and barley we re entered Happy Valley and onward to Devilsden Wood where Old Nick did his best to get the leader lost. Team work and technology saw us out of the wood and onto Farthing Down an important archeological site with evidence of human activity for some 6000 years. We crossed the Down disappointed at being unable to identify the Saxon burial mounds but charmed by the song of skylarks and retraced our route back to Coulsdon South station.

Yes we found countryside, even wild raspberries, and some of us had not walked over 10 miles for a while or were nursing ailing limbs so well done to them.


Saturday 6th. Chessington circular

The promise of various wild life appeared to attract a goodly number of the nineteen participants to the Chessington walk last Saturday. However the peregrine falcon turned out to be a wooden sculpture, the beetle seen was not so rare and there was no sign of any badgers! However the sight of a dromedary camel and some antelope provided reasonable compensation, I think.We started with a short climb to Winey Hill for extensive views of south-west London. We then skirted the World of Adventures theme park before entering Chessington Wood and then on to Ashtead Common. Passing a number of City Of London coal tax posts and the anglers by the Stew pond, we continued through Epsom Common before reaching our lunch stop at the pleasant Cricketers pub by Stamford Green. We left four of our number there and, in the afternoon, headed back to Chessington South via the local parish church and Horton Country Park. With just a few minutes to spare, we caught our train back to town in a relaxed mood after a gentle ramble in the sunshine.