Saturday 23 June 2018: Saxon Shore Way (1) – Gravesend to High Halstow (Linear)

Nine Polyramblers for this Kent walk on a hot and sunny day. After leaving Gravesend and its industrial estate, we walked along the Thames and marshlands described in the map as « danger area ». But Martin reassured us by saying that the army range is only used during the week. It was quiet and we only met a couple of fishermen and hordes of horses with their foals. We passed a fort built by General Gordon before Higham Creek.  The path near Cliffe Fort was quite overgrown. We turned inland along Cliffe Creek and Cliffe Pools RSPB Nature Reserve – where we saw a couple of avocets – before reaching our lunch stop: the Six Bells Pub in Cliffe. After a short break, we continued our walk through farmland and orchards, passing Cooling Castle and Northward Hill RSPB Nature Reserve. We did not stop to sample the strawberries in the field but Anna, who ate a few on the recce, told us they were delicious. An exhilarating climb of a 50m high hill was recompensed with chocolate from Martin. We reached High Halstow where we waited for the bus to Strood. We caught the javelin train to Gravesend where we changed for a train to London.  The walk was supposed to be 9.5 miles but there was some disagreement about the length and it is being investigated.  After verification, it seems the walk was 11.9 miles.  Continue reading Saturday 23 June 2018: Saxon Shore Way (1) – Gravesend to High Halstow (Linear)

Wednesday 20 June 2018: Evening walk in Clerkenwell

17 walkers for this London walk on a lovely summer evening starting from Farringdon, one of the earliest stations to be completed (1863). We made our way to the Clerk’s Well which was rediscovered in 1924 during building work. The walk then took us to the Sessions House – which is now a Masonic Hall, the Marx Memorial Library (it was originally an 18th century school for poor Welsh children and later was the home of ’20th Century Press’ where Lenin published), the old Hugh Myddleton School (named Continue reading Wednesday 20 June 2018: Evening walk in Clerkenwell

Saturday 9 June 2018 : PLUMPTON to HASSOCKS (LINEAR).

Saturday’s walk was beautiful, combining flat paths through summer meadows with the glories of the South downs. We were well rewarded after our two mighty slogs up onto the South Downs Way by views either side & lark song, then lovely chalk paths down to the valleys & refreshment stops. The tea shop in Ditchling will be forever remembered as the place where Sunita gave the tea 10/10. This has always seemed an academic number, no tea could ever be that good, but she stood firm so Ditchling is a place to remember & return to. It seemed a shame not to enjoy such a beautiful day to the full so at the end of the walk we all had a drink in the garden of the Jack & Jill pub in Clayton, just before Hassocks station.  

Harriet Continue reading Saturday 9 June 2018 : PLUMPTON to HASSOCKS (LINEAR).

Saturday 2nd June. Penshurst area (Kent) circular.

13 Polyramblers for this 10 mile walk on a cloudy day which became brighter and quite hot as the day progressed. We started with a gentle slope to reach the ridge which we followed to Stone Cross and continued along the Wealdway path to Fordcombe. We resisted the temptation to stop in the pub for an early drink. We momentarily lost 3 ramblers but found them again. We walked through meadows to reach the river Medway which we followed for a while until we crossed it. We then walked along a farm track and up a steep hill at the top of which was the welcome sight of our lunch stop: The Spotted Dog public house. The afternoon walk continued through lovely countryside until we reached some woodland where the path was quite muddy. We followed Kent Water and met the Medway again. No time to stop at Willett’s Farm to sample some of their 21 flavours of ice cream; we had an hourly train to catch which we did with 10 minutes to spare. A lovely walk through the Weald of Kent. Continue reading Saturday 2nd June. Penshurst area (Kent) circular.

Friday 25/Tuesday 29 May 2018: Bad Reichenhall (Bavaria)

On Friday night, 25 Polyramblers met at the Wieninger Schwabenbrau restaurant in Bad Reichenhall for a nice dinner after travelling there by different means. The main party had reached Salzburg at lunchtime and, after a pleasant bus trip, arrived in Bad Reichenhall. After settling in our room in the Vier Jahreszeiten (4 seasons) hotel, we had lunch at Cafe Reber where the cakes are to die for. Then some of us visited the old salt works while others went to the spa. We met late afternoon for a tour of the very nice town. We went to the Royal Spa Garden where we saw the inhalatorium, we sampled the salty water in the rotunda, saw and heard a number of churches and went to the old town. Quite a full day. Continue reading Friday 25/Tuesday 29 May 2018: Bad Reichenhall (Bavaria)