Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Witley circular via Dunsfold

Jane Rosoux reports....

"I attach photographs taken on Sunday's 11 mile circular walk from Witley Station via Dunsfold led by Barbara Luke from which to make a selection for the Rambling On blog.

[Barbara is pictured above, checking her map].

The weather was good and the party of ten enjoyed a varied and interesting walk.

Dunsfold, where we had our lunch stop, was a particularly attractive village and we were fortunate to glimpse displays of military planes from the nearby Wings and Wheels airshow.

Many thanks Jane.


In search of the Black Poplar...

Michael and Olga Way sent me this report....

"14 people braved horrendous travel arrangements on Bank Holiday Monday for Joe Garver's 10-mile stroll round the Vale of Aylesbury from Wendover.

"It finished with a cream tea at St Mary's Church, Weston Turville, and a walk along the Wendover arm of the Grand Union canal back to the station.

"As a newcomer from Hammersmith and Fulman group commented -- ''At last I've met the legendary Joe Garver.'' [Joe is above in the yellow jacket].

"For travel enthusiasts, it took us 3 trains to get there, via Princes Risborough and Aylesbury. Others caught a selection of buses. Lovely sunny day"

Michael and Olga Way

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Hertford East Circular

A gloriously warm and sunny day contrasted with the weather of the last few days for Michael and Olga Way's walk.

Despite severe Tube disruptions no less than Thirteen walkers joined Michael for an interesting and enjoyable Ramble around Hertford East.

[Michael and Olga are 3rd and 4th from the left above].

Among the walkers were a visitor from Carolina in the United States, and a walker new to Rambling. Yet again a Short (6 miles) walk on a Saturday proved exceedingly popular.

Early on in the walk we crossed over a weir where an intrepid canoist was demonstrating his skills to a rapt audience...

Fairy rings were much in evidence...

We picnicked in the glorious sunshine on the banks of the River Lea...

In the afternoon we reached Scott's Grotto.
Built in the 18th Century English Heritage describe it as "the finest grotto in the country." The chambers and passageways are decorated with thousands of seashells, coloured glass and flints..

[The entrance to Scott's Grotto].

I managed to find our leader despite the darkness!...

We even managed to fit in a quick drink in Ware.

Everyone had a great day. With views like this, how could we not?


Friday, 27 August 2010

Capital Ring - Boston Manor to South Kenton

Jane Rosoux reports....

"I attach photographs taken on last Wednesday's walk along the Capital Ring from Boston Manor to South Kenton led by Susan Holman, which completed the circuit of the walker's North and South Circular roads.

"The weather was not brilliant and I was very late at the start and did not catch up with the other four members of the party until the Horsenden Hill Visitor Centre where they were on the point of restarting after a picnic lunch.

"Despite the rain all enjoyed what is one of the most attractive sections of the Capital Ring."


Friday, 13 August 2010

Mill Hill East to Mill Hill Broadway

Below is a selection of photos taken by Jane Rosoux on last Wednesday's walk from Mill Hill East to Mill Hill Broadway led by Ann Timlett.

Ann Timlett leading the way.

Ann led thirteen of us along an interesting but attractive route.

The lunch stop was at the Gate public house....


Monday, 9 August 2010

Vanguard Way 2 - Oxted to Forest Row

Jane Rosoux writes...

"There were five of us in the party, including the leader, Henriette Van Zaelen, and on leaving Oxted Station we quickly reached the point on the north side of the M25 at which we had left the Vanguard Way on the first leg from East Croydon on the 18th July. On reaching Limpsfield Chart after having walked a little over 5 miles we had a short stop at St Andrew's Church ....

"We then continued another 5 miles to our planned lunch stop at Haxted Mill, a restored water mill on a tributory of the River Eden...

"Rested and refreshed we continued south and it was not long before we arrived at the moated Starborough Castle. The route description from there was confusing but we rejoined the Vanguard Way after a detour past New Barns Farm and were soon passing Dry Hill Reservoir.

"From that point there would still have been more than 4 miles to walk to Forest Row from where we had been intending to catch a bus to East Grinstead, with its hourly train service to London. But as it was getting late and we had already walked over 15 miles we decided to leave the Vanguard Way at that point, cut out the bus journey, and head for Dormans Station, 3 miles away.

"We arrived back in London tired but glad we had done the walk.

Many Thanks Jane...