After leaving Chigwell we enjoyed a relaxed walk through Roding Valley Meadows Local Nature Reserve and its lake onwards up through Buckhurst Hill and then up through the edge of Epping forest and its famous oaks, then onwards to the white timber-framed Elizabethan building which is Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Hunting Lodge, built for King Henry VIII in 1543.
After lunch at The Premier Inn next to the Hunting Lodge, we headed towards the Scout Headquarters at Gilwell Park and the Yardley and Hawk Woods. After reaching a hill overlooking the King George V Reservoir, Enfield we stopped for a beak to admire the view. Finally we descended to Sewardstone Marsh Nature Reserve followed the canal and entered Enfield to reach our final destination at Enfield Lock.



This was pretty much the perfect walk, nearly 15 miles & neatly divided into 3 parts. We left Lewes via a lovely walled garden where children rehearsed for what appeared to be a mediaeval pageant or perhaps, being Lewes something more alternative, & an unusually easy-going cat allowed itself to be played with by a small child & then seemed to join its family on a blanket for a picnic. We then flew – well, something like that – up the first mighty incline onto the South Downs Way & our first glimpse of the sea. The path curved around several deep natural bowls & at 12.30 we came down to Rodmell for lunch at the Abergavenny Arms.

The second part took us over the Ouse & up a very steep hill back onto the ridge. Cooled by a pleasant breeze we kept up a good pace. The tea shop in Glynde closes at 4 so it hadn’t seemed possible for us to make it in time but, encouraged by our fleet-footedness, the leader set off at a run down the hill & through the village to secure a cream tea at the Little Cottage Tea Rooms. They did us proud & we had certainly earned it.

The third part started with another mighty climb back up to the Downs which must have helped work off some of the tea & the beautiful early evening light was a reward for our efforts. With some reluctance – at least in my case – we descended into Lewes again & indulged in a well-earned pint before getting the train back to London.


Wednesday 5 July: Evening walk in Regent’s Park

The Regent’s Park, one of the 8 Royal Parks, was designed by John Nash and cover 395 acres but we  stayed mainly around Queen Mary’s Gardens as well as the Avenue gardens.  It was a hot evening and the gardens were busy with people relaxing on the grass or having picnics.  Only 9 Polyramblers on the walk; perhaps people were scared of the heat but it was cooler in the gardens. We entered Continue reading Wednesday 5 July: Evening walk in Regent’s Park

Saturday 1st July. Amberley circular

A total of 15 Polys met at Amberley station for a walk in perfect weather. A much larger walking group left the train at the same time, so we sped off just in case they were heading in the same direction. We had a short walk along the river Arun, then through Amberley village with its castle, thatched houses and delightful cottage gardens, then across country to Parham Park where the picnickers had their lunch. The pub lunchers enjoyed sandwiches in the garden of the nearby Crown Inn, in the company of goats, rabbits and guinea pigs. We were pleased to see that none of these featured on the menu. To celebrate the first day of Geoffrey’s retirement, he treated us all to glasses of Prosecco and Harriet produced an excellent cake. Continue reading Saturday 1st July. Amberley circular


Thirteen stalwarts continued our walk along the Icknield Way long distance path at the weekend, carrying our overnight essentials on our backs.  Luckily the weather forecast was clement so we took the risk of dispensing with serious waterproofs and fleeces and travelled light (well, some of us travelled lighter than others). Things were going smoothly when the train pulled in at Great Chesterford Continue reading SATURDAY 24th/25th: ICKNIELD WAY STAGE SIX: GT. CHESTERFORD to DULLINGHAM (LINEAR) W/E