January 2024 Update

New Year Walks Update

Happy New Year! May the new year bring health, happiness and plenty of walks!!

I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas break and are ready to start the new year off with a bang…...or a 15 mile walk around the Suffolk coast!

This year’s New Years Day walk will be starting in Aldeburgh and finishing with an optional dip in the sea. Details below in the walks program.

Looking forward we really need the support of new walk leaders to take on the social walks. We appreciate some people may have reservations around the responsibility and requirements, however there is a lot of support and information on the national website https://ldwa.org.uk/website/downloads/toolkit/Guidelines_on_Leading_Local_Group_Social_Walks_February_2023.pdf

You may also prefer to speak to other members of the group. Please contact myself for assistance or for expert advice Jon Inett!!

It was suggested in the last committee meeting that walk leaders buddy up and share the GPX route with somebody else on the walk. This enables the leading of the walk to be shared and should the walk leader need to pull out last minute, the walk can still go ahead.

Summer Group Weekend Away

This year we are recommencing the group weekend away. It will be a different format to previous year’s in that we will not be booking the accommodation, just the area in which to base your stay and a full schedule of walks to fill the weekend.

Date Friday 5th July -Sunday 7th July. Area Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales.

Afternoon walk on the Friday meet 1:00pm

Full day of walking on the Saturday followed by a meal in the evening.

Figure of eight walk on the Sunday to enable people who have to be home Sunday night to pull out at lunch time.

Full details to follow later in the year.

Upcoming Walks Schedule : (Please refer to website for full details)

Mon 1st Jan 2024

New Years Day Recovery Walk

Group Walk - 15ml. 9:30 Slaughden Sea Wall Car Park Aldeburgh, IP15 5NA Free Parking at far end. First car park Slaughden is chargeable but if you drive through it to the sea wall it is free parking. (GR TM463551). We will head out of Aldeburgh via the Suffolk Coast Path/Sailers Path to join the Sandlings walk at Snape & follow to Friston, Thorpeness & back along the seafront to Aldeburgh


Sat 13th Jan 2024

Winter Poppy Marshals Event

Challenge Event - 50ml. 22 Hours. Please contact Jayne Cook for details (GR TG150424). For those volunteers helping on the main event 10/11 February 2024 only. C: Jayne Cook.

E: jayne.cook1963@btinternet.com


Wed 31st Jan 2024

West Stow Southbound

Group Walk - 15ml. 9:30 Ramparts Fields c.p, Icklingham Road (close to West Stow Country Park). OS Explorer map 229. Nearest postcode is IP28 6HG; please note this postcode may cover a large area & may not take you directly to the meeting point; please check the route & location prior to travel. (GR TL789715) Initially utilising parts of Icknield Way & Lark Valley path we head west & then south passing rough Tuddenham & Herringswell. Just short of the A14 we will start to head back towards Cavenham & then Lackford & finally West Stow.


Sat 10th - Sun 11th Feb 2024

The Winter Poppyline

N&S Challenge Event - 50ml. 22 Hours. Sheringham High School, Holt Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8ND (GR TG150424). A challenge event through the undulating countryside of North Norfolk.

Entries available via https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?elid=Y&event_id=12102


Sun 18th Feb 2024

Woolpit Wander

Group Walk - 17ml. 9.00 Church St car park, Woolpit, IP30 9YE Free car park opposite Woolpit church. (GR TL974624). A circular walk from Woolpit passing through the villages of Drinkstone & Hessett, Mellfield Wood, Bradfield Wood, Felsham, Rattlesden before returning to Woolpit.


Upcoming Challenge events in our neighbouring areas

Stansted Stagger Sun 7th Jan 2024

Local Group Essex & Herts

Distance / Time Limit 26ml. in 9 hours. All to finish by 5pm

Start Time 08.00 walkers, 08.30 fast walkers, runners from 9.00

Route From St Johns Church Hall, Memorial Gardens, Chapel Hill, Stansted Mountfichet, CM24 8JP (GR TL512250)

New circular route through rural North West Essex and North East Herts. Visiting the hamlet of Chatter End, the villages of Brent Pelham, Clavering, Berden, Quendon, and Ugley Green

Online entries only at: http://www.sientries.co.uk/

45th Winter Tanners Sun 21st Jan 2024

Local Group Surrey

Distance 30 or 20ml.

Route Leatherhead KT22 7BA

30 or 20 ml. in 11.5 hours. New route. Start 0730-0930. Online (ONLY) via event website from October 1. Entry 10,pounds non-DWA & affiliates 28 pounds (no OTD entries) C: Mary Dee E: Surrey.wt@ldwa.org.uk W:https://ldwa.org.uk/Surrey/W/8927/winter-tanners.html


53rd Punchbowl Marathon Sun 11th Feb 2024

Local Group Surrey

Distance 30 or 20ml.

Route From Tilford Hall

General Notes

30 or 20ml. in 10 hrs. Start 0730-0900. Online (ONLY) entry via website. No dogs. Entry 13 pounds - non-members & affiliates 31 pounds (no OTD entries)


5th Hannington Hike Sun 3rd Mar 2024

Local Group Beds, Bucks and Northants

Distance / Time Limit 26.6 or 15.5ml. 10.5 hours

Start Time Walkers Start 08.00, runners/fast walkers and short route 09.00

Route Location: Wellingborough Grammarians Memorial Sports Field, Sywell Road, Wellingborough, NN8 6BS

A choice of two distances through Northamptonshire rolling countryside

Online entry only (opens December 1st 2023 to January 1st 2024 for LDWA members only, LDWA members and None members January 1st 2024 to March 1st 2024). 

Online Entry https://www.sientries.co.uk


That’s all from me. Have a great new year.