I had been warned of thigh-high lakes of mud, the entire Mole valley being impassably under water & dangerously slippery, steep chalk paths but, despite all these very inauspicious omens, the walk was lovely. We had to bypass the Stepping stones at the bottom of Box Hill as they were under water but there’s a perfectly good bridge not far off so we used that. Continue reading WESTHUMBLE TO LEATHERHEAD – SATURDAY 9 JANUARY
A goodly number of Polyramblers met at Kew Gardens station, including new member Maria and her labrador guide dog Bella who was wagging her tail and cosying up to the walkers. We were ready for a soothing stroll along the Thames Path but fearing forecast strong winds and rain. There was too much traffic to let Bella off the lead, even while some of the group peeped into St. Anne’s Church at Kew Green, but when we got to the towpath Bella was keen to explore. I described to Maria that on our left there was a narrow road leading to Kew Gardens car park and on the right was the river. Maria said later she imagined the river bank would be the same as at Putney, gently leading down to the water. Before I could explain that there was a 10ft vertical wall covered in bright green moss, Bella was off the lead and skiing down the wall to the narrow strip of shingle beach, splashing delightedly in the shallows until she realised that there was no obvious way back up. Continue reading Saturday 5th December Kew. A Cautionary Tail!
Another visit to this popular venue for our Christmas get-together. A quite large group met at Monument station for a short pre-lunch Thames-side walk. The leader (Danny) was late! It was grey and foggy but it remained dry during the walk, first along the north bank of the Thames to the Millenium Bridge which we crossed to walk back along the south bank. We crossed the river again on the Hungerford Bridge and walked to the Freemasons Arms through Soho for a well-deserved Christmas lunch attended by 46 Polyramblers.