Group Co-ordinator: Alison Crawford
Description of Group: A walking group for those who want to walk a little further (Sorry, no dogs)- walks will be about 5 to 6 miles and will be walked at a fairly brisk pace - after all, we do want to return to a local pub in time for lunch! There may be stiles and some muddy patches to negotiate! We meet on the last Friday of the month at 10.00am.
In addition to our regular monthly walk, in 2019 we took up the challenge to walk the Essex Way, completing one leg a month. These walks are longer than our regular walks so this calls for a picnic lunch. We completed the walk in February 2020 (although some of us have a little catching up to do having been forced to miss the odd leg or two). Flushed with success and enthusiasm the group are now starting on walking the Saffron Trail, from Southend to Saffron Walden, a total of 71 miles.
We have short walking breaks to different parts of the country, when we use HF Walking Holidays, taking part in their guided walking activities which give our members the chance to walk at 3 different levels. In April 2018 we went for a 3 night stay at an HF Country house in Malhamdale and in April 2019 we went to Abingworth on the South Downs. We finished the year with another break to Bourton-on-the-Water. Our next break will be to The Brecon Beacons in April 2020.
Another development for 2019 was map-reading sessions to help us develop and improve our skills. These sessions were well received (and have led to some new leaders for our regular walks). We will be continuing with these sessions in 2020.
Walks in 2020:
January - Essex Way - Manningtree to Wrabness
Monthly walk - Coggeshall/Kelvedon
February - Essex Way - Wrabness to Harwich
Monthly walk - Finchingfield/Wetherfield
First SAFFRON TRAIL WALK - to be decided
NEXT MONTHLY WALK - Will resume as soon as we are able
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