Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Rambling Off Into The Sunset....

As will be obvious from the lack of posts, I have not been able to devote much time to this blog in recent months. This will therefore be the last post.

You can keep in touch with the Hampstead Ramblers via their website.

Thanks to those who contributed, and to those who read the posts.

Happy Rambling.


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Horsley circular

Jane Rosoux writes...

I attach photographs taken on the Joint Hampstead and Northwest London group 13.5 mile circular walk from Horsley on Sunday, 19th June led by Stephen Bird

[Stephen Bird is pictured Centre].

There were 17 of us in the party and we were fortunate with the weather. Stephen led us on an interesting route which started off by taking us past several 'Lovelace Bridges', which were constructed by the 1st Earl of Lovelace in 1860s in the hilly woods of his estate as part of a network of gently-graded tracks which were laid to facilitate the transport of timber on horse-drawn carts.

The lunch stop was in the very attractive village of Shere, the Parish Church of which is noted for the remains of an Anchoress' cell where Christine Carpenter was immured for several years in the 14th century. She had a squint built into the church wall so that she could see services and she was passed food and drink through the outer wall.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Wealdway- Buxted to Berwick

Jane Rosoux reports...

I attach photographs taken on my walk along the Wealdway from Buxted to Berwick Station on Saturday, 4th June.

There were 10 in the party at the start (plus a dog)...

and we were fortunate to have good weather for the walk - and dry conditions underfoot - because it ended up as 22.3 miles instead of the intended 20 miles as a result of a combination of navigational errors and footpath diversions.

We were somewhat behind schedule by the time we stopped for lunch at the 'Kings Head', East Hoathly at around 1.50 pm, where one member of the party dropped out, speeded up to some extent between there and Horesbridge Mill (on the northern edge of Hailsham), where a further three participants dropped out, and really pushed up the pace thereafter to arrive at Berwick Station at 7.05 pm.

Despite the distance it was an enjoyable day over gently undulating terrain with attractive villages, good views and mostly good paths.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Bluebells in the Chilterns

Jane Rosoux reports on last Friday's circular walk in the Chilterns....

"A party of 11 of us set out from Wendover Station on another lovely day and although the bluebells had come out early this year and many were past their best Joe Garver led us through a succession of woods where the bluebells were still putting on a good display....

"And at the lunch stop at 'The White Lion', Buckland Common the picnickers enjoyed an impressive display of buttercups....

[Walk leader Joe Garver, above, in the yellow shirt, in conversation with Angela]

[Wild Garlic was in great profusion too]

[Nearing Wendover at the end of a great day]


Saturday, 7 May 2011

More Sawbridgeworth Photos

Hampstead Rambler Heidi Whurr has sent us photographs previously. She sent me a selection just recently, and I have great pleasure in posting her images of the Joint Hampstead and Northwest London walk reported on below.

[All photos copyright Heidi Whurr]

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Sawbridgeworth Circular

Jane Rosoux reports on the May day 15 mile circular walk from Sawbridgeworth led by Stephen Bird....

"The weather was excellent and the ground was very dry. There were 11 of us in the party and we enjoyed an interesting walk led at a brisk pace with varied scenery. Our lunch stop was at the ancient village of Hatfield Broad Oak at 'The Cock Inn', which is very near the early medieval church. A highlight of the afternoon was the walk through Hatfield Forest."

Stephen Bird is pictured above left.


Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Kings Langley with the Blind Ramblers.

Sunday saw Michael Way leading the now annual joint walk with Hampstead Group and the London Blind Ramblers. Michael's report follows...

"Excellent walk with the ever-expanding London Blind Ramblers – nearly 7-mile circular from Kings Langley with a picnic and a pint stop at the lovely green at Chipperfield...

Photo: Michael Way.

" Steve clocked us in at just under 2-1/2 miles an hour which was great

"As usual, London Midland did us proud with a last minute shortage of over-time drivers. So only a train an hour. The cafes at Euston did well out of us

"As to numbers, 8 (including a guest) from Hampstead, 17 from the Blind Ramblers (including several sighted people fortunately). That makes 25.

Michael is at far right.
Photo: Steve Ripley.

Peter and his Guide Dog Dexter..
Photo: Steve Ripley.

Photo: Michael Way.

"Next year, same route (by popular demand) March 25th 2012"