Polegate to Berwick

The late summer day was warm, the sky blue as we set out by train for the Sussex Downs with 11 aspiring ramblers to complete the 12-mile hilly linear walk. However, when we gathered at our destination station, Polegate, only 9 walkers appeared. Two of our number were so engaged Read more…

Benfleet Circular

28 August. After early morning travel chaos, Peter G led a group of eight on the short walk from Benfleet station into Hadleigh Country Park. The upper path provides views over the Thames estuary to the Kent coast and the North Downs on the horizon. Tilbury to our west and Canvey Read more…

Welwyn North Circular

21 August.  The weather forecast was dire the previous evening and heavy showers in the afternoon were still forecast on Saturday morning, so I was pleased when all seven people who had put their names down for this walk appeared at Welwyn North station.   They included Julian, who was joining Read more…

Bearstead to Hollingbourne

14 August. This deceptively innocent route has turned out to be one of the Group’s more demanding walks; which  could explain why we met no other ramblers on the footpaths, despite perfect walking weather and trails  that had dried out considerably over the past week. Earlier this year the recce had discovered Read more…

Winchester circular

24 July. The Winchester Circular walk last Saturday was undertaken with the most alarming weather forecasts threatening thunder and lightning. Nevertheless, armed with the Ramblers’ guidance on what to do in a storm – nine intrepid walkers set off through the City towards  St Catherine’s Hill, ready to ‘crouch’ and/ Read more…