Category Archives: Walker Dunelm

Walker Dunelm: a sad farewell to contributor Patrick Ford

STEVEN DOWNES, Editor of Inside Croydon, pays tribute to one of this website’s earliest contributors I’d known Patrick Ford for most of my life, though for the past few years we’d been cut off from one another, separated by that … Continue reading

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Peacocks, flamingos and 400 years of history at one school

WANDLE WANDERINGS: One of the country’s leading independent schools happens to have a mini-zoo in its grounds, which are rarely open to the public. WALKER DUNELM strolled through Whitgift School on its open day Even when it’s going to a … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Shipley to Knepp and back (2½ miles; easy)

Our non-resident rambler, WALKER DUNELM has made a welcome return from his travels, carrying notes from an expedition into West Sussex, with tales of Hilaire Beloc and sightings of rare wildlife Shipley is a small village south-west of Horsham in … Continue reading

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Walk your way to fitness in 2013 with local rambles

It’s too late for a 2013 London Marathon entry, the sponsored swim at Purley Pool is too far distant, and the weekly 5km Park Runs in Lloyd Park, on Roundshaw Downs, at Riddlesdown or in Banstead Woods might be a … Continue reading

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Float with the butterflies on Shabden Park’s farm walk

There’s lots of fluffy, endearing baby animals and wildlife to be seen, and also some first-class food to be had, at Shabden Park Farm’s regular farmer’s market just outside Chipstead tomorrow, Saturday, May 26. The market, just off the main … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Brockham (3 miles; easy)

WALKER DUNELM makes a gentle start to the weekend with this short ramble in the Surrey countryside This is a pleasant, mainly level walk, using part of the Greensand Way ramble route, which starts from the lovely village green at … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Oaks Park and Clockhouse (3 miles; easy)

Looking for an easy, local stroll? WALKER DUNELM has surveyed this ramble near Oaks Park This easy walk is just three miles long, but may not be suitable for very young children as it does involve crossing what can be … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Earlswood to Nutfield (6 miles; moderate)

WALKER DUNELM suggests this walk along another section of the Greensand Way, less than half an hour south of Croydon, to blow away the cares of the working week You can reach the start of this walk by parking near … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Penshurst (5¼ miles; easy)

WALKER DUNELM strides back into action with this ramble through a beautiful part of Kent This walk links two picturesque villages and two historic houses: Penshurst Place, an Elizabethan house which was the home of Sir Philip Sidney, and Chiddingstone … Continue reading

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Rambles: Bletchingley to Tandridge (9 miles; moderate)

WALKER DUNELM is pulling on his rambling boots for the second Surrey stage of the Greensand Way The Greensand Way is a 108-mile long-distance footpath which starts at Haslemere in Surrey, and follows the Greensand Ridge to Ham Street in … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Shabden Park (2¼ miles; easy)

WALKER DUNELM offers a short, easy stroll near Banstead Woods for this weekend This short walk provides good views of Chipstead Valley and Banstead Woods. For hardy souls it could provide an extension to the Chipstead and Mugswell walk outlined … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Chipstead and Mugswell (4¾ miles; easy)

Make the most of the unusually perfect walking weather with another of WALKER DUNELM’s recommended hikes, and maybe take the opportunity to load up for the barbecue, too This walk begins at the small parking area by the entrance to … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: “The four Bs” (5¾ miles; moderate)

This week, WALKER DUNELM strides in to Kent for a longer ramble around a nature reserve noted for its bird life Bough Beech Reservoir was built in the late 1960s and the northern end is now a nature reserve popular … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Downe with Wilberforce and Darwin

WALKER DUNELM strides out on a local walk full of history as well as spring-time beauty This walk starts at the fishponds on Keston Common, described as “the fishponds of Reynards Common” in Young Phillip Maddison by Henry Williamson, and … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Chartwell, Churchill and two more hills

After a couple of easier walks to get you ready, this week WALKER DUNELM’s ramblings along the Greensand Way takes you beyond Limpsfield and the M25 to hills around Chartwell, the wartime home of Sir Winston Churchill This is a … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Nutfield to Bletchingley (3¾ miles; easy)

Inside Croydon’s resident rambler WALKER DUNELM strolls off a little further afield, with the first stage of an exploration of the Greensand Way The Greensand Way is a 108-mile long-distance footpath which starts at Haslemere in Surrey, and follows the … Continue reading

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Weekend rambles: Oaks Park and Banstead (5 miles; easy)

Inside Croydon’s resident rambler, WALKER DUNELM offers an easy stroll from Oaks Country Park for the weekend From Oaks Park’s car park, go past the café and along by the hedge on the right to a gap in the southern … Continue reading

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