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Saturday 28 February 2009

Eastenders - A great walk lead by Keith and Les

This most interesting walk was lead by Keith. It was a brave walk attracting a large group as you can see below. There were a few moments of confusion, symbolised perhaps by the above roundabout.
Despite many odds, including the closure of the Jubilee line and the Docklands Light Railway requiring a bus replacement service, we managed to stumble into each other at Canary Wharf going to and fro from the loos. We then set off to the Thames path and its fascinating history.
Many dignitaries accompanied us on this day.

At this point we stopped to see that the group was together.

Greenwich observatory viewed from Millwall.
Entrance to the spiral staircase to the pedestrian tunnel under the Thames.

Mr Sussexrambler with Mrs Surreyrambler happily rambling on together.
Our nation's hero.
More happy ramblers at the "Cutty Sark" pub.

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Many thanks Keith for organising such a fascinating and mud-free walk with momentous glimpses of our victorious past and the Thames barrier - great engineering.

Tuesday 24 February 2009

William's South Surrey Circular

We all went the extra mile on this 9 miles, Mid Sussex Ramblers' walk as Paul's GPS recorded 10 miles. The walk was great fun in going to an area we never usually go -- under the Gatwick flight path from Shipley Bridge and beyond to lovely National Trust woods, the oldest working windmill in Britain and more.

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This walk was memorable for some 45 stiles - most in very poor condition; and for the mud.

Greylag geese feeding in this field.

The best mud is a 50:50 mix of clay and fresh steaming horse manure, well churned by hooves after torrential rain - just right, as you can see!

Thanks William for a truly memorable walk.

Tuesday 17 February 2009

Bernard's Rodmell - Southease - Telscombe Circular

This was Bernard's 100th walk that he has lead for Mid Sussex Ramblers, here passing St Peter's church at Southease. Click the links in green for more info' on the church or the Ramblers and on any picture to expand it.

The walk took us south along the river Ouse and up to Telscombe.

Descending Cricketing Bottom.
A great 6 miles walk, taking 3 hours. Many thanks Bernard. We all look forward to your next century.

Tuesday 10 February 2009

Around the Meridian from Peacehaven - lead by Paul, Tuesday 10 Feb. 2009

This 8 miles walk followed torrential rain and flooding in Sussex and elsewhere in England. Expertly lead by Paul, as part of the MSR group of the RA program of walks we enjoyed some dry chalk downlands and some muddy bridle paths in quite chilly weather due to winds gusting to 30 plus mph.
Below, we cross the meridian at Peacehaven.

Above is a panoramic shot looking to Lewes and towards Seaford on the right from above Peacehaven. Below are a series of shots zoomed in on Seaford Head. Click on any picture to enlarge it.

It is fun to see camera shots that one's eye cannot see - unless one is a Peregrine Falcon. The wind was so strong that I was unable to hold the camera still and took pot luck on whether anything would appear. These pictures are only possible thanks to the image stability camera function.

Lunch was taken in freezing weather at Telscombe village in the graveyard of St Lawrence Church. The nave and chancel are probably of the mid-12th century, to which the aisles and tower were added at the very end of the century.

Ray & Alison's Godstone Circular Sunday 1st Feb 2009

This delightful walk of just 6 miles preceded the snowfall that was to close the M25 Motorway for a while in the next day. It was lead by Ray and Alison as part of the Mid Sussex Ramblers' walks programme. Above and below is on the Greensands Way path.

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Lunch at the Barley Mow pub.
Bay pond

Ray explaining the memorial in Godstone church graveyard to Edmund Seyfang Taylor [1854-1908] popularly known as 'Walker Miles' Walker was the Founder of the Croydon Rambling Club and author of numerous walking guides and an influential figure in the early days of the rambling movement.

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