April 2024

Welcome to  your April update!

I'd like to  start by thanking all my fellow walkers, and our organiser Lizzie in particular, for a wonderful weekend  based in Brecon.  We had five great walks led for us by Lizzie and Peter on Friday, Sunday and Monday, and  on Saturday David and Jason from South Wales LDWA  led us on walks from Crickhowell.  The two Saturday  walks crossed paths on the slopes above Crickhowell with a fantastic photo opportunity of LDWA members from Essex & Herts, BBN, South Wales,  Dorset and the Isle of Wight:   Group photo

This is just one of the many, many  photos taken over the weekend and shared on WhatsApp or Facebook  - I'm (slowly) adding a selection of them to our website. Hopefully there will be more to  see over the next  couple of days:  Away Weekend Walks

We barely had time to get home and  put our first  loads of washing on  before Lizzie was sorting out the details of next  year's Away Weekend:  

Tour: Exmoor, Selworthy, staying at HF Holnicote House

Date: 28th- 31st March 2025.

 With two lovely Away Weekend completed, I have news of our next adventure, to pastures new. 

We have a provisional booking for 32 people at Hf Holnicote HouseSelworthyExmoorFriday 28th – Monday 31st March 2025 10am, for 3 nights, self-guided.  This includes bed, breakfast, dinner and packed lunches Saturday and Sunday, with bedrooms in both Holnicote House and The Annex.  https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/country-houses/locations/selworthy-exmoor

Including our free place allocation and walking group discount, the approx. cost is £260 - £275.00 per person.  (Price is depends on final booking numbers).  There are a limited number of single rooms available, so if you are willing to share a twin room, please let me know when booking your place. 

Non-walking partners are most welcome. 

We have been allocated a range of room types for 2 people, so please let me know your preference for two single beds or one double bed, as this information is required on the booking form. 

I will plan for four walks; an afternoon walk on the Friday, full day walks on Saturday and Sunday, with a shorter walk on Monday.  This weekend is when British Summertime beings, so we gain an hour of daylight but lose an hour's sleep! 

If you would like to book a place on this group away weekend, please email me asap. 

The non-refundable deposit of £50.00 will need to be with me by Thursday 25th April 2024.  (My bank details are the same as last time, if you are new to our Away Weekend - then I will send you details of how to pay the required deposit).  Deposits to HF are non-refundable but if a replacement person is found, then I would be in a position to do so. 

The balance will then be due on 10/02/2025.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Lizzie Bridge, E&H Walks Secretary    essexandherts.walks@ldwa.org.uk



Social walks and Challenge events 

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

Leader: Linda Fordham Tel: 07773 122276 linfordham@googlemail.com

Sunday 7th April:  Across the Border. 20 miles. 9am, Bulmer Village Hall, Church Road, Bulmer, Sudbury  CO10 7EH Leader: Jean Bowers 07732 902218/ 01787 460181 jeanbill.walking@btinternet.com

We will be walking through the Villages of Belchamp Walter, Foxearth, Glemsford to Long Melford for lunch, and  returning via Liston, Borley & the outskirts of Sudbury back to Bulmer. Please contact  Jean in advance if you wish to  bring your dog.

Sunday 14th April: Essex Walker - 27 or 17 mile Challenge event. There's still time to  enter:  Essex & Herts LDWA - Essex Walker 2024

SATURDAY 20th April: More Moore. 18 miles. 9am, Harlow Town Station.

By train: 0825 train from Liverpool Street, 0837 from Tottenham Hale, 0847 from Bishop's Stortford By car: postcode is CM20 2JD. The station car park costs £6.80 but there are cheaper alternatives nearby such as the Showground car park on Fifth Avenue CM20 1FD which costs £1.25. 

We're heading off to Perry Green, home of the Henry Moore studio and gardens, or more correctly to the public rights of way that take us past some of the great sculptor's most monumental works. (It's £18 for an annual pass to go in - well worth it if you're at all local).
We'll set off by the River Stort to Roydon before heading north through Hertfordshire and the pretty valley of the River Ash. Perry Green is about half way, but for lunch we'll continue another mile to Green Tye which has a pub (Prince of Wales) and a village green. Returning, we'll pass through unspoilt countryside earmarked as a 'garden town' northern extension of Harlow - catch it before it's unspoilt no longer!

Please bring your own food. There is no shop en route and the pub doesn't serve food, but its website states "you are very welcome to bring your own"

Sunday 23rd June: Herts Hobble: new routes from Baldock: SiEntries - Herts Hobble 2024

Happy walking everyone, 

Jackie  essexandherts@ldwa.org.uk

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