On a rather muggy, grey day 12 Polys set off from Barnes Bridge station in two groups of six. The south Thames path was unusually quiet and there weren’t too many cyclists and joggers for once. The second group with Susan caught up with the first group lead by Danny at Hammersmith Bridge ( we later learnt that they had detoured to the Leg of Mutton reservoir). We passed  the Harrods Furniture Depository, now a residential complex, before reaching the boathouses at Putney. There was some discussion between a few of us as to which geese we were observing, Canada, Egyptian? The two groups caught up again and we stopped a moment opposite St. Mary’s Church where the Putney Debates on the English constitution were held in 1647, presided over by Oliver Cromwell. A few participants resisted the temptation of lunch at Wetherspoon’s and we all crossed the bridge and made our way, rigorously social distancing, through Bishop’s Park to Fulham Palace Gardens. There we were joined by another member who lives locally and was passing by. Oh dear! Now we were 6+6+1!  Continue reading BARNES BRIDGE CIRCULAR SATURDAY 15 AUGUST

News from Grazalema

As most of you know, the club had a trip here in June 2015 and this is where our web master Clive lives. I’ve been in touch with him on and off since March. At the beginning, it seemed that the village was isolated from the virus, although there were cases in Ronda. Things have become progressively gloomier over the last 6 months and here’s his latest on how things are in the village.

Businesses over here are dropping like flies… I think now the penny has dropped exactly how much they relied on the UK, German and US visitors… I am not sure how long some places in Grazalema will remain open. Places like Rumores and the Simancon seem to be keeping their heads above water but others are obviously struggling. In Ronda 20 bars shut down permanently last month.
The coronavirus is increasing again and we have cases all around us in the villages. Apparently, Ronda only has 2 available intensive care beds available… Spain registered almost 2000 new cases over the last 24 hours. Goodness knows what will happen when the schools re open next month.

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2nd August ChiltERNs Walk the Ridgeway South of Wendover

Ten ramblers led by two walkers at specified distances started from Wendover station. We wended our way up Balcombe Hill and arrived at the Coombe Hill Memorial built in commemoration of the Boer War. It was a very clear day and we had a really good view of the surrounding area including a glimpse of Chequers. We were relieved to move out of the sun and walk through an ancient Chilterns beech wood following the Ridgeway signage until we emerged into open fields reaching the outskirts of Little Hampden Continue reading 2nd August ChiltERNs Walk the Ridgeway South of Wendover


Six Polys arrived in Downe by various means.  The most privileged being Melida who was chauffeured by her daughter.

We set off from Downe going past the unseasonably named Xmas Tree Farm and on through Downe Bank nature reserve. The walk had a quite variable in terrain with a mixture of undulating meadows and woods.  We continued to our picnic stop at the 11th century Knockholt church being constantly buzzed by two Spitfires flying out from the nearby Biggin Hill aerodrome. Continue reading DOWNE CIRCULAR – SATURDAY 8 AUGUST

Saturday 8 August 2020: Brookmans Park Circular (Hertfordshire)

Ten Polyramblers and two leaders met at Brookmans Park station on a very hot day. Ladies were quite envious of Dolly who turned up in a long floaty dress. After a safety briefing and a warning that we would cross the A1 twice (over a bridge), one group led by Tony (roped in to help) left and the second group led by Dominique left five minutes later. We headed west towards the back of the Royal Veterinary College mostly under the cover of hedgerows which shielded us from the heat. We crossed Mimmshall Brook and the A1 Continue reading Saturday 8 August 2020: Brookmans Park Circular (Hertfordshire)