All posts by Dominique

Saturday 24 October 2020: Bayford Circular Walk (Hertfordshire)

From Bayford station, we walked to the lovely village of Brickendon and followed a wooded footpath northward; we then went south east through Monks Green Farm where a shooting party was getting ready. We entered Broxbourne Woods, Hertfordshire’s only National Nature Reserve, walking along a wide path until we joined the Hertfordshire Way. The woods became a pine forest where we saw lots of different mushrooms. After negotiating a quite muddy path, we stopped for a picnic lunch. We then reached the dinosaurs; Continue reading Saturday 24 October 2020: Bayford Circular Walk (Hertfordshire)

Saturday 8 August 2020: Brookmans Park Circular (Hertfordshire)

Ten Polyramblers and two leaders met at Brookmans Park station on a very hot day. Ladies were quite envious of Dolly who turned up in a long floaty dress. After a safety briefing and a warning that we would cross the A1 twice (over a bridge), one group led by Tony (roped in to help) left and the second group led by Dominique left five minutes later. We headed west towards the back of the Royal Veterinary College mostly under the cover of hedgerows which shielded us from the heat. We crossed Mimmshall Brook and the A1 Continue reading Saturday 8 August 2020: Brookmans Park Circular (Hertfordshire)

Saturday 22 February 2020: Wendover (Bucks) (Circular)

15 Polyramblers assembled at Wendover Station to join this ramble. I decided to shorten the morning’s route by 1 mile to enable us to reach the lunch pub by 2pm, and more importantly to complete the ramble in good daylight. This also gave the party time to admire the new gate donated by the club, which is a short walk down a track very close to Wendover Station approach. So instead of taking extremely muddy paths via Dunsmore and little Hampden, we took Continue reading Saturday 22 February 2020: Wendover (Bucks) (Circular)

17th-20th January. Snow walking in Scharnitz Austria

Friday.  A small and bijou group this year with only 6 participants. We flew to Innsbruck with BA and took a bus to the station. After some dithering about lunch in Innsbruck or Scharnitz, we decided to take the train and make our way to Scharnitz. This train journey is very scenic. We checked in our B&B, Gastehaus Frankenhof, and then had lunch in Gasthof Risserhof, where we received a warm welcome from the owner. She told us snow was expected during the night. We did a short walk around Scharnitz and went back to the B&B for a rest. 7.00 was time for a pre-dinner drink in Dominique and Sunita’s flat. Dinner was in Gasthof Risserhof, the only hotel in the village but a substantial establishment. There was a formal dinner in the next room for about 100 firemen, in their full  uniforms. No wives seemed to be allowed but apart from some loosening of ties, it was a very  orderly event. Continue reading 17th-20th January. Snow walking in Scharnitz Austria

Saturday 30 November 2019: Borough Green (Kent) (Circular)

Surprisingly, considering the weather on some walks this November and the forecast earlier in the week, we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, once the fog had burned off. The ground was squelchy in parts but carpeted with brown and orange leaves. We kept up a good pace in order to get back to the station before nightfall. Sadly two of our star walkers were not able to join us for different reasons, so we were 13! Continue reading Saturday 30 November 2019: Borough Green (Kent) (Circular)