The AGM, which took place at the University of Westminster, was attended by 38 members, four more than last year. This time, we were in a large room with nice blue chairs with wheels and we had plenty of space to accommodate everybody. The AGM was attended by our long-lost mascot, Quintin, who had spent a few years in the attic of Gerald’s brother (for the record, Quintin was supposed to go home with Danny after the meeting but Siew Tin offered to look after our mascot). The formal business of the meeting included the minutes of last year’s AGM, the report of the Committee on the activities of the club and the financial report and statement of accounts. The Rambler of the Year Award was presented by the President to Geoffrey who had done a record 63 walks in 2015. It was the 14th time he won the award! Continue reading Saturday 5th March. Annual General Meeting
Ten of us left Berkhamsted station in drizzly rain and walked past the remains of the 11th century castle, whose motte and bailey layout could be seen clearly. It was muddy as we made the gradual ascent to Berkhamsted Common, but we Poly Ramblers have seen much worse. Passing some horses we made our way to the Alpine Meadow. This area is the haunt of lizards, but we didn’t see any. Presumably they were hiding under stones, sheltering from the rain. Our disappointment at not seeing any lizards was soon forgotten when we caught a glimpse of five or six deer running through the wood and into the adjacent meadow. Moments later we were further rewarded by the sight of a much larger herd of deer running in the same direction. Continue reading February 13th. Berkhamstead to Tring
The weather forecast was poor,and the preceding week had been wet, so it was a creditable 9 who assembled at Chipstead Station. We were pleased to welcome new member Marie-Reine who came out with us on the Windsor walk before Christmas. We entered Banstead Woods, taking due note of a sign urging people not to eat the snails. There were a lot of people about, but we were probably the only ones who were dogless. Emerging from the woods, we continued through undulating farmland to the Well House Inn at Mugswell. Despite having done a few walks in this area, this was the first time we had been there and we were most impressed. Friendly staff, efficient service, good food and beer, all in a wonderfull old building. Continue reading Sunday February 7th. Chipstead Circular
Via Cassiobury, Sarratt Church End and Croxley Green. We made use of Watford station before its threatened closure by 2020. Undulating West Herts with some flat stretches. Lunch at Cock Inn, Sarratt Church End. Distance: 10 miles.
photo of Almshouses, Church End Sarratt by Nigel Cox
A longish walking day for late January as we tackled two sections of the loop from Chigwell to Havering atte Bower and then on to Harold Wood, 10.3 miles in total. In spite of engineering work on the Central line and the threat of mud, fourteen members turned out. After a sharp shower at the start it was dry for the rest of the day but the mud persisted all day. This is one of the most rural sections of the loop with the first 6 miles taking us though open country, farmland and woods. We passed Hainault country park with its lake Continue reading LOOP 14 – CHIGWELL to HAROLD WOOD 30 JANUARY