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SATURDAY 20th APRIL BIGGLESWADE to SANDY (Beds.) (Linear) 11 miles

Via the picturesque village of Old Warden. The Greensand Ridge Walk along grassy tracks and woodland trails, with another picturesque village. Lunch at The Hare & Hounds, Old Warden, or bring picnic. Buy SOPDR to Sandy (Beds.). Dep. St. Pancras Thameslink train Plat B, 9.46, arr. Biggleswade 10.31.  EX 208. Leader Pam

Photo:  ian saunders / Greensand Ridge Walk footpath / CC BY-SA 2.0

WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL: HIGHGATE CEMETERY TOUR AND LINEAR WALK TO BAKER ST(5.5 MILES)

The morning Cemetery tour is fully booked.  Joining instructions have been sent by email.

For the afternoon walk meet at 13.45 outside the cemetery gates in Swain’s Lane. If you are joining us just for the walk, the cemetery gates are about 25 minutes walk from Highgate underground station or about 20 minutes from Archway underground station.

Very varied walk, taking us through Hampstead Heath and including the view from Parliament Hill fields, then through Belsize Park to Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park ending at Baker Street Station. Most of the walk is on made paths or pavement but there is a section on the Heath which may be muddy so walking shoes are recommended. There are some steep hilly sections on the walk. If you wish to make the walk shorter, note we will be passing Hampstead Heath overground and Belsize Park underground stations along the way.  Leader Chris.

Photo:  London from Primrose Hill.  [Duncan] from Nottingham, UK CCA 2.0 generic

AMERSHAM TO CHESHAM – 2 MARCH

I was impressed that 13 Poly Ramblers made the journey to Amersham in the rain this morning for a 4.5 mile walk with guaranteed mud.  We headed down to Old Amersham through woods and fields, passing the Martyrs Memorial, last seen on a Club walk in December.  We reached the River Misbourne which had burst its banks and engulfed two benches.  We wandered along the High Street and admired the historic buildings.  At the 17th century Market Hall there was a small market and a few of us were tempted by the cheese stall…..  Eventually we headed uphill on a stony path, crossed the railway (no trains!) and entered Hervines Wood.  At this point conditions underfoot deteriorated and it would have been useful to have done a walkover but eventually we found our way through the wood to Copperkins Lane.  We turned onto Mayhall Farm for the field paths down into Chesham.  A large body of water of uncertain depth across the path made me decide to try an alternative route. We probably should have stuck to plan A as the alternative was no better. We passed a playing field and decided to walk across it to avoid some of the mud.  Getting out of said field proved to be a bit of a challenge and one member ended up with a muddy bottom!  More slippery downhill work until at last we emerged into open fields with views of Chesham.   What a relief.  We soon hit tarmac and then Chesham town centre  where we dispersed to cafes and pubs before making our way home.  Thanks to everyone who turned up.

Gillian

Uxbridge and Battle of Britain Bunker – 3 February

Twenty five Poly Ramblers gathered at Uxbridge station on a mild and thankfully dry Saturday morning in early February. Unusually we split into two groups. I led a 6 mile walk south on the Grand Union Canal, then cutting across via the Slough Arm and Little Britain Lake and returning to the town on the London Loop alongside the River Colne. Meanwhile Danny led a similar but shorter loop for those who preferred a stroll or wanted to avoid mud. Continue reading Uxbridge and Battle of Britain Bunker – 3 February

THE SILCHESTER TRAIL FROM BRAMLEY – 24 FEBRUARY

I warned them it would be muddy but 22 Poly Ramblers joined me on this circular walk to the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum, which has one of the best-preserved Roman town defences in England. Calleva Atrebatum was a flourishing Iron Age fortified town, the capital of the Atrebates tribe. It then became a walled town in the Roman province of Britannia, at a major crossroads of the roads of southern Britain. Unlike most major Roman settlements in southern England, Calleva Atrebatum was never re-occupied as a substantial settlement or built over, but instead became a small medieval village until it was deserted around the 5th century, possibly because of the black death plague that devastated medieval England. The museum of Reading in Reading Town Hall has a gallery devoted to Calleva, displaying many archaeological finds from the excavations. Continue reading THE SILCHESTER TRAIL FROM BRAMLEY – 24 FEBRUARY