Monday 17 June 2019: Angels Costume Tour (Hendon)

My chosen rendez-vous point for the Angels Tour, the Midland Hotel, was in the right spot but sadly was not offering lunchtime food on the day. They were very apologetic and allowed us to bring in sandwiches from nearby, which some of us did, while others went to the KooKoo Cafe recommended by Rosie. Suitably refreshed, 16 of us gathered in Angels reception, to be met by our guide Mark who informed and entertained us for the next 2 hours. We started in Continue reading Monday 17 June 2019: Angels Costume Tour (Hendon)

SPRING BANK HOLIDAY, WALKING IN THE DOLOMITES: FRIDAY 24th to TUESDAY 28th MAY

The first day of the Dolomite weekend (25th May 2019) by Pam

We started the day with a substantial breakfast in the Hotel Vajolet. The ever-attentive Signora dressed in local traditional dress greeted us and indicated the spread. I chose muesli, a slice of peach, yoghurt, a boiled egg, a slice of rustic bread, ham and cheese, to get me started for the first walk. I had to resist the temptation to eat croissants and cake as well or I wouldn’t have been able to make it up the mountain!
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SUNDAY 9th June: GORING to PANGBOURNE (LINEAR):

Back in the Chilterns for an undulating 12 mile walk (although Jackie admitted it was more likely to be 13 miles) through woodlands and fields. Only 6 Polyramblers despite it being a sunny day but the lack of pub might have deterred people.  We soon left Goring, going up to Wroxhills Wood, accompanied by red kites mewing above us.  We skirted Woodcote and went through Common Wood. At one point, we lost Pam and Andrew but we found them again.  We had decided on a place to have lunch but we got lost in a wood and, as it Continue reading SUNDAY 9th June: GORING to PANGBOURNE (LINEAR):

Sunday 2 June 2019: Wendover/Coombe Hill Circular

Eighteen walkers met at Wendover Station to begin our walk along the ridgeway joining the Icknield way and culminating in lunch at the Go Apes café in the depths of Wendover Woods. Wendover Woods is the habitat of the rare Firecrest the smallest bird in Europe which nest in the Norway Spruce. It is also the highest point in the Chilterns (265 m). We left Wendover High street to walk through a park alongside a stream past a church and on to the Ridgeway National Trail. We toiled our way up a long hill through woodland Continue reading Sunday 2 June 2019: Wendover/Coombe Hill Circular

MONDAY 20th MAY: EVENING WALK – CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW FOR THE POOR (Chelsea in bloom)

This is an annual festival of floral art in shops, restaurants and hotels in the neighbourhood of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The theme this year is ‘Under the Sea’. Approximately 20 Polyramblers and guests met at Sloane Square tube station to do a walk to see as many floral displays as possible. We went up and down Sloane Street, Pavilion Road where we met Lorna and her mum doing the same as us, up and down King’s Road and Duke of York Square. We were all very impressed by the beautiful displays.

The winner of Chelsea in Bloom 2019 is the display on the main photo (Hackett on Sloane Street, whose installation takes inspiration from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea).

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