March 2024

March Walk's Programme

We have a busy month ahead with three social  walks, a marshals’ walk and our annual weekend away.

Saturday 2nd March: To the OrientA linear 14 mile walk. Please note there are two options to start this walk:

  1. Start 8.40am from Epping Underground Station  (TL 462015, Parking in the station car park is £6 all day, or free parking on nearby Centre Drive and Western Avenue.
  2. Alternatively meet at The Forest Gate Inn on Bell Common at 9am (TL 450011 ) Free parking on Bell Common roadside and lay-by wood side on Theydon Road.  NB The car park off Theydon Road 150m from Forest Gate Inn has a maximum parking time of 6 hours.

Leader: Peter Tremain 07427 857003

12 miles through Epping Forest to Leyton Flats and then  2 miles on to finish at the bandstand in Coronation Gardens, Leyton. We will have a short stop at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge (toilets) and a break at 9.5 miles in or by Humphry’s Café in Highams Park.
I will be finishing the walk in Coronation Gardens Leyton which is approximately 14.5 miles from Epping Station and hoping to arrive there between 2.00 - 2.30pm.
(Leyton Central line Station is a 0.3 mile walk along the High Road (against the flow) and the train (every 5 minutes) takes 24 minutes to Epping. )

But a more pleasant short walk will be with Steve who will be will be taking the walk on to Stratford Station (Central line 28 minutes to Epping) via the Olympic Velodrome and Olympic Rings. If you are parking at Bell Common and need directions from Epping Station (1 mile) please ask me on the day.

Sunday 10th March: Essex Walker Marshals’ Walk

Sunday 17th March:  Magna Carta Walk. 17 miles 9am, Castle Hedingham. Park in Bayley St. opposite the castle  (CO9 3DG) Leader: Mike Wheatley : 07455 124631

Two castles, eight  miles and  809 years of history! The Magna Carta Walk is 17 miles long between Castle Hedingham & Clare and then  back to Castle Hedingham. It retraces the route that would have been taken by messengers of two of the principal rebels in the lead up to the revolt. Lunch stop in Clare; picnic lunch in Clare Country Park recommended, but Clare also has a small cafe, a Co-op & pubs. Like the medieval messengers, we'll do the Magna Carta Walk both ways in a day. This is a flat walk,  with two  stiles and a mix of good cinder track and  footpaths. Dogs welcome.

Friday 22nd – Monday 25th March: Bannau Brycheiniog Away Weekend

Friday 29th March: Good Friday Walk with Eddie and Linda. 16 miles. 9am,   Victoria Road car park Rayleigh,SS6 8EL

Leader: Linda Fordham Tel: 07773 122276

Challenge Walks

Good luck to  everyone taking part in BBN’s Hannington Hike this weekend – here’s hoping the weather is kind to  you on this lovely event.  Here are links to  some  more local challenge events  taking place over the next few months, including our own Essex Walker and Herts Hobble.

Essex Walker: Sunday 14th April    SiEntries - Essex Walker There’s still time to  enter the next Essex and Herts Challenge event.  Two new routes from the Galleywood Heritage Centre.

Herts Hobble: Sunday  23rd June   SiEntries - Herts Hobble 2024 (entries open on Monday 18th March). Our following  challenge event with  new routes of 26.2  and 18 miles from Baldock.

Pick and Mix (BBN) : Sunday 2nd June     SiEntries - Pick and Mix Entries open tomorrow

High Weald Challenge (Kent) : Saturday 13th July SiEntries - High Weald Challenge (26m/20m/15m)

Rodent Wriggle (Norfolk & Suffolk): Saturday 27th July  SiEntries - Rodent Wriggle


Happy Walking, 


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