A group of 16 Poly Ramblers and 3 guests gathered in Marlow on a mild and sunny November morning. The sky was blue and the autumn colours were fantastic. We knew that rain was forecast later but hoped we might avoid it. We headed towards the river, pausing briefly to admire the larger than life statue of Olympic rower, Sir Steve Redgrave. We crossed the town bridge and left the river behind, heading south across fields to cross a busy dual carriageway into Bisham Woods. There we had a short stop to sample Stuart’s homemade Anzac biscuits – very appropriate for the centenary of Armistice. Continue reading SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER: MARLOW and COOKHAM DEAN (CIRCULAR):
Five intrepid walkers set off from London only to arrive at the start and find no leaders in sight. We had been to the station, but had to park about ten minutes away. The five agreed to meet the leaders halfway. We set out on a sultry day with the crows singing Enrico Morricone spaghetti western tunes, as the sweat poured out of the follicle challenged leader’s head.
The walk took us through sunny autumnal scenes and a vista of surrounding hills, meadows and woodland. We also passed through the historic hamlet of Bassetts with several 16th century timbered buildings. Two walkers got very excited every time fallen sweet chestnuts were found on the walk and the writer took a tumble not looking where he was going! Shaggy Parasol mushrooms were also spotted, but not collected for later consumption. Just as well, as I later found out that edibility is a bit touch and go!
A picnic lunch took place outside the Rock pub I didn’t think would be reached in time with refreshments then taken inside. Early into the last stage of the walk it became apparent that the train travellers could catch an earlier than planned train back to London. An agreed increase in pace through satisfyingly crunchy fallen leaves ensued, despite the squirrelling chestnuters hanging back to collect more rich pickings en-route. The usual brief encounter with Alpacas, a typical traditional British countryside scene, made us all feel at home (well walkers home kind of thing)!
Kim. Photos by Ida, Siew Kee and Kim
Although it was rather wet, we had a pleasant short walk along the Thames from Hampton Wick, saw all the boats and had a nice lunch at ‘Tide End Cottage’ next to the Anglers Pub. Solvig joined us for lunch, after which we continued on towards Richmond. It was a shame about the rail strike but despite all the difficulties we were able to enjoy each others company and get some much needed weekend exercise.
Photo by brian gillman, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54092578
Five intrepid walkers met at Marylebone station togged up for the dire wet weather which was forecast and which we had already experienced on our respective ways from home, not seriously expecting to meet any other Polyrambler at the station! However the sky lightened up as the train made its way to Rickmansworth where we met up with Gillian and Stuart. The morning was still wet but we made good headway along the Chess valley. The Chess was Continue reading Sunday 23 September 2018: Chess Valley – Rickmansworth to Chesham (Linear)