Challenge Walks

First  of all, congratulations to everyone who took part in the Essex Walker last Sunday. We were blessed with  another fine day, and the dry and windy  days leading up to  the event  meant that a lot of the mud along the route had dried out.

Thank you for all the  lovely feedback sent  after the event, with  the route, marshals and catering all coming in for praise (the fresh fruit and homemade biscuits at checkpoints were particularly popular). This is a typical example from the  messages received : “Thank you to everyone involved! It was a really lovely event. Beautiful route and the hospitality was fantastic. There’s something very special about LDWA events”.

Special  thanks must go  to both Gill Struthers for organising the marshals so  well, and of course  to  Peter Tremain for all the work he put in creating  another new Essex Walker route.

The  results are here and a selection of the fabulous photos taking by  entrants and marshals can be found here.

Our next Challenge event will be The Herts Hobble on Sunday 23rd June – entries are now open:SiEntries - Herts Hobble 2024

Social walks 

There is just  one more social  walk in April: 

SATURDAY 20th April: More Moore. 18 miles. 9am, Harlow Town Station. Leader: Peter Aylmer  07884 235784

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"

A reminder that 2025   will be Essex and Herts  50th anniversary and we already have lots of ideas for walks and events to help make it a very special year. We are now looking for a team of members to  help  with  the planning and organisation of these events. No special  skills are needed,  just  lots of enthusiasm and a love of walking and Essex & Herts LDWA!  If you would like to  be involved with  'Team 2025',  just  get  in touch  with Kirsteen at essexandherts.chair@ldwa.org.uk. If you can make it, an initial online meeting  has been arranged on Friday 19th April at 11am.

Happy walking everyone, 

Jackie  essexandherts@ldwa.org.uk

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