Railway Rambles

With many thanks to John Parkin for his photographs

Walking the Tongham Railway line with the Old Southeronian Ramblers'

On a fair November day, the Old Southeronians’ took a stroll from Wanborough  Station to Tongham. The ground was quite damp and boggy at places, but all in all it was a very enjoyable ramble. As most of the foot paths were a tadge damp it was decided to catch the train from Ash back to Wanborough.

A Wander to Whitchurch with the Old Southeronian Ramblers'

Our intrepid ramblers took the train to Overton in Hampshire on

Tuesday  3rd September for a stroll over the fields to the charming village of Witchurch and the silk mill.

Whichurch was the home of Lord Denning  Master of the Rolls

Overton is famous for Portal's paper mill, The mill is renowned for making watermarked currency paper for customers around the world.

Over the 'Hogs Back' with the Old Southeronian Ramblers'
"The London  West Group took a bus from Guildford and alighted on the Hog's Back for a walk to Godalming via Compton.
There were eleven walkers and it was a pleasant sunny day.
Both the London  West and Croydon group rambles remain popular."
Bring it on Banstead
 The April walks for both London West and Croydon groups happened at one point to follow the same path (in the reverse direction) in the Banstead area. Starting from Banstead Station, on the infrequent Epsom Downs branch (once extremely busy with Epsom race traffic) London West , ably led by Irene, took a scenic route through to Banstead Village  and continued through to Nork Park for a lunch time stop offering views across to Heathrow Airport.
We ended the walk with a bus from Banstead High Street.

The following week the Croydon Group started at Chipstead Station (on the Tattenham Corner branch) and walked through Banstead Woods to Banstead cricket pavilion for their picnic lunch.

After this they walked through the village of Woodmansterne to the station bearing the same name, but some distance from the village itself. Derek is the regular leader for Croydon group walks.
A Stroll around Town with the Old Southeronian Ramblers'
Tuesday the 5th of March 2013,  saw the first ramble of the season for  members of the London West Branch.

Meeting at London Waterloo, the ramble started at 10.50 sharp with nineteen eager members.

Walking through Southwark towards London Bridge with the Shard constantly in view.

The iconic structure of Tower Bridge was marvelled at from the river bank,

By the first hour of the afternoon “The Ship” public house at Rotherhithe was reached where lunch and liquid refreshment was taken.

By the first hour of the afternoon “The Ship” public house at Rotherhithe was reached where lunch and liquid refreshment was taken.
After a most enjoyable afternoon at Rotherhithe

The new ‘Overground’ service was taken advantage of to return to the South Western.

Over the Hampshire Hills with the Old Southeronian Ramblers'
The Old Southeronians’ took a circular ramble from Petersfield to Buriton  on Tuesday 2 October

Panic runs through the ramblers as none of them can remember the rules regarding ‘Obstruction on the Line’

St. Mary's Church and war memorial  at  Buriton

The Five Bells pub where refreshment were taken

All photos taken by John Parkin

 Out in the fresh air of Kent with the Old Southeronian Ramblers'

  A Day Out with the Croydon Branch
On Tuesday the 14th of August 2012, the Croydon Ramblers met at Leigh Station along with members from the London West Branch for a ramble to Penshurst in Kent.

Leigh Station is situated on the Redhill Tonbridge Line
The weather was fine for a stroll though the Kent Countryside and being the garden of England one shrewd member had a ‘Tupperware’ container handy, which he promptly filled with ripe blackberries.

A tranquil spot along the river was found for a picnic
The Croydon Branch and London West member stand for the camera with Penshurst Place in the back ground centre of the picture
 Out in the Surrey fresh air with the Old Southeronian Ramblers'
 London West Branch Ramble to Clandon
On Tuesday 7th August  2012, the London West Ramblers met at Clandon Station on the Guildford 'New Line' for a circular walk to Clandon Park & Clandon House, built for the 2nd  Lord Onslow in the early 1730's by the Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni  
The ramble on this day was a trifle damp underfoot, but most enjoyable with nineteen sturdy members attending

  Going "Topless" with the Southeronian Ramblers down in Dorset
London West Branch
In the Summer of August 2004, the Old Southeronians' took a bus trip on one of the most exciting bus rides ever...
The Wilts and Dorset 150 now called the Purbeck Breezer number 50 (open top summer only) from Bournemouth to Swanage.
Starting at Bournemouth’s town centre the route wanders around the smart residential suburbs of the town and down to Sandbanks.
With priority over all traffic the bus boards the chain ferry to Studland then over the Isle of Purbeck to the seaside resort of Swanage.
What an adventure!

For more information about the
Purbeck Breezerand other Wilts and Dorset services... click on the bus in the right hand photo.

Below we see our intrepid explores  alighting from the Wilts and Dorset 150  open top bus in the middle of nowhere
 The view of the Dorset Countryside is stunning............The view of a certain rambler's legs is frightening!
  A photo opportunity high on the Purbeck Hills above the village of Corfe.
Out in the fresh air of Surrey with the Old Southeronian Ramblers'
  On a splendid day in October 2005 the Old Southeronian Ramblers take in the Surrey air at Chilworth
One member of the group took advantage of the fire wood on offer, even though he is entirely dependent on North Sea Gas
  Another member could not resist the temptation of photographing the beautiful and mouth watering scenery
        A bridge too far...... well that is what the dog thought,
he wanted to stop for a picnic
 London West Branch Ramblers waiting for their train home after a very enjoyable ramble in the Hampshire Countryside  October 2005
A ramble “abroad” on the Isle of Wight June 2006
A leisurely crossing to Fishbourne on the car ferry, followed by a pleasant walk to Ryde then a Ride on the Catamaran to Portsmouth
September 2006 the Old Southeronian Ramblers' ventured to Cobham Surrey 
 Don't cramp my Stile.
Two Ramblers make light work of the obstacles
The Old Southeronian Ramblers’ training regime is quite tough but each member passed with  flying colours
 It is hard to believe that this delightful cottage is less then twenty miles from the buffer blocks of Waterloo Station.
The picture on the left is the Naval Signal Tower at Chatley Heath with a remarkable history in its own right.
One of the many interesting buildings encountered by the ramblers.
For more information and visiting times click on the Semaphore Tower

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