Mid January 2024

Stansted Stagger

What a great  day! Lovely sunshine, not too much mud (by Stagger standards anyway) and another new route!  Thank you to everyone who took part in or helped on the Stansted Stagger last Sunday. The results are here, and there are lots of pictures in our photo album Essex & Herts LDWA - Stansted Stagger 2024.

Our next challenge event is the Essex Walker – see the note from Gill Struthers below

Social walks

Meanwhile, our social  walks programme continues with two walks still to come in January. The first is this coming Sunday with another towards the end of the month.  And looking forward into February, our AGM is on SATURDAY 3rd February

Sunday 14th January: A Bit of a Hobble. 18 miles.  9am, Tesco car park, High Street, Baldock, SG7 6BN. Please park in the rear car park near the Click & Collect point (What3words ///debit.cargo.rot). The morning stop will be at Wallington after 7 miles and lunch will be at Gravely (pub available) after 13 miles.  Leader:  Richard Haynes Tel: 07505 000363

If the weather is bad the walk can be shortened

Sunday 28th January:  Halstead Figure of Eight. 17.5 miles. 9am, Butler Road car park, Butler Road, Halstead C09 1LL (Free on Sunday) A figure of eight walk heading to Castle Hedingham for our morning stop where toilets & seats are available and returning to the car park at Halstead for lunch.  There are cafes & pubs in the town, and seats in the town gardens if the weather is OK. The morning walk is about 11.5 miles with about 6 miles in the afternoon. Leader Jean Bowers: 01787 460181 07732 902218   jeanbill.walking2@btinternet.com

Please contact Jean beforehand if you want to bring your dog.

Annual General Meeting

Saturday 3rd February:  Essex and Herts LDWA Group AGM and Sculpture Walk WI Hall,  Garden Terrace Road  Old Harlow,  CM17 0AT

Tea and coffee will be available from 9am and the AGM will start at 9.30am.

Everyone is welcome to attend to  meet up with members old and new and to help shape the future of our group.

There is free  parking in Garden Terrace  Road car park (CM17 0AT) which is just  across the road from the WI Hall  or Wayre Street car park (CM17 0DN) which is about 200 yards away. Harlow Mill Railway Station is less than a mile away. Café Blue, in the High Street, serves excellent and reasonably priced  breakfasts and  is open from 8am on Saturdays.

Afternoon Sculpture Walk:  As usual, we have a post-AGM afternoon walk planned. This will start  at  about 1.30pm to  give us time to  have our lunch in the hall ( please bring your own packed lunch).  Peter Aylmer will then lead  us on a hopefully mud-free walk of about 9 miles around some  of Harlow’s many, many wonderful sculptures.(Harlow Sculpture Town Harlow Sculpture Town -

If you have any queries about the AGM please get in touch with Jackie:  07845 969826  essexandherts@ldwa.org.uk 

Essex Walker

Sunday 14th April 2024

If you have enjoyed recent Essex & Herts challenge events -  or even if you are brand new to challenge walking - you will be delighted to know that entries open on Monday 15th January for our next big Challenge- The Essex Walker.
Essex Walker is a biennial challenge and following the success of the 2022 event we will be returning to the Heritage Centre on Galleywood Common as our HQ. There the similarities end as Peter Tremain has devised yet another new route, this time exploring the maze of bridleways and footpaths south of Chelmsford and a scenic circular tour of Hanningfield Reservoir.  The event offers both 27 and a 17 mile routes and the entry fee is just £15.  Galleywood Common is located a mere half mile from junction 16 of the A12 and is also easily accessible from the A414 and other major road connections from London , North Essex, the South East and East Anglia. The A12 affords easy access to the M25/11 motorways.

See link for further details and to how to enter    SiEntries: Essex Walker

We need a number of marshals to help make the event happen. If you are able to help marshal on the day we really need you -  so please contact Gill on 07591 971797 or by email at: gillastruthers@hotmail.com.  No previous experience is necessary as we work as a team and there will be many seasoned friendly marshals around to help you. You will also have the opportunity to walk the event yourselves at either distance as we will be running a special marshals‘ challenge walk on Sunday 10th March along the same lines as the main event.  
Hoping to hear from you soon
Best wishes, Gill

That's all  for this update,

Happy Walking

Jackie  essexandherts@ldwa.org.uk

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