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2014 WALKS

February 16th
Still very muddy and wet, however, I have worked out a walk which won't be too exciting as it is mainly around Writtle and Chelmsford but it does include an unusual lunch stop and also Janet & I are offering afternoon tea back at Rainsford road for anyone who is interested.

The walk starts at the little public car park on Roxwell Road just on the left hand side after leaving Chelmsford and after you have passed the Black Bull (on right) and before you get to the bowls club. So only 1/2 mile from the Parkway traffic lights on the A1060.

We walk through Admiral's park towards Writtle, a bit muddy, then come out onto the Chelmsford Road, turn left and towards Waterhouse lane, turn back towards Admirals Park. Through the park past the town and round the back of the University (although it is flooded there today so I will have to check this next Sunday morning and use a different route of it is still flooded. We walk a little way up Broomfield Road. left into Swiss avenue, then into Kings Road which takes us back to the car park.

As I say not too exciting but a reasonable walk, If any interested participants could confirm that they would like to join us for tea that would be helpful.

Regards Barrie

March 16th Pete and Viv

Start 12.30 from 826269 on Explorer map no. 195.

A pleasant woody walk between Coggeshall and Halstead. Apologies for delay in sending info ... this is our 3rd attempt to find a walk which is passable. Expect a little mud but it is not wall to wall and may have dried a little more by Sunday.

Directions if you don't have map or satnav: Left off A120 Braintree-Coggeshall road to Pattiswick. Bear right past church, left into Compasses Road, pass Compasses pub and at T junction turn left then right down Nunty's Lane and left past Villa Farm to Mysty Croft. We should be there to stop you going too far!

Parking could be a bit tight so car sharing would be a help. Bring a picnic. There is a pub on the route for liquid refreshment.

April 13th Bruce and Angela

A pleasant stroll comprising a quick dash across the Golf Course, (hard hats optional) a short stretch of the old Colne Valley Railway Track, some Valley Wetlands, nice Open Vistas of the rolling countryside and some Spring Time Woodland.

We start at 12.30pm from the Public Car Park, (49 spaces) Queens Road, Earls Colne, CO6 2QZ and the walk is approx 4.5 miles.

Please bring a packed lunch for a stop in Chalkney Wood where there were some felled trees for sitting when we walked earlier this month.

There are Sunday opening Pubs with Grub in Earls Colne High Street when we return - we can recommend the Pizza's at the Lion Pub for those that are so inclined.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Bruce and Angela.

May 12th -15th

Away walking with Bath & West Country Walking. Details are available from Christine or Clare.

June 15th Frances and Tony

Frances and I propose a pleasant wander around Ingatestone and Margeretting for the June walk. Sunday the 15th.
Usual start time of 12.30.

The walk is just over 5 miles and starts in Stock Lane at a small layby just before a single lane bridge.

Details at the below link on Essex walks website.

We are moving the starting point for the walk on the 15th to near the church St Margaret of Antioch Margaretting just off the B1002,, and on the left as you head towards Ingatestone. I still suggest car sharing if possible.
The Church is located off the B1002 which goes from Margaretting to Ingatestone. After approximately 1 mile past the Margaretting cross roads, a signpost to the church is to be found on the left at Church Lane. The lane will pass Margaretting Hall and end at a set of railway crossing barriers where parking is available on the left just before the barriers.
Do not drive over the railway itself.

Also the walk goes very close to the White Hart pub at Margaretting Tye.

We hope the May weekenders have a great time and hope to see some of you in June.

Any questions or suggestions please let us know.

Tony and Frances Rowberry

Sunday July 13th Angus and Lesley Thorndon Park North

Meet at 12:30 at the second car park - Eagle Way entrance - We found the easiest approach to be via the A1023 (off M25 Jn 28 roundabout) and then right along Mascalls Lane. Eagle Way is an extension of Mascalls Lane.

Unexpected views over East London...some short steep ascents....packed lunch although one pub en route.

Les and Angus 07711 157 130

August 17th David and Jean A 5 mile walk around familiar territory starting in Willingale.
Map OS167, Grid ref.597072
Park near the church. Walk starts at the usual time of 12.30.

September 21st Jean and Mike The walk will be in the National Nature Reserve Brightlingsea. It is a 5 mile circular nature trail for walkers and birdwatchers so should please most of us.
Can we meet at 12.30. Parking is free I think along the prom and the walk starts at the Bateman's Tower. A close friend of Chris Moore hopefully will be joining us. Pat lives in Brightlingsea and her knowledge of the area is first class!!!

October Weekend Away 18th/19th

Angela and Bruce Gowland and Jean and David Sanders are organising a walking weekend in Suffolk for the 18/19 October 2014.

Dinner has been arranged for both evenings at The Eels Foot Inn at East Bridge, Leiston and they can cater for up to 28 people. It has six en suite bedrooms that are being held for the group and B and B is £99 per room per night.

The Eels Foot Inn (telephone number 01728 830154) is close to Minsmere and there are a number of b and bs in that area.

Details of the walks etc have yet to be made but anyone is welcome to join us on the walks if they are unable to stay overnight.

November 16th Sue Charsley

Meet at Opposite Rose's Cafe at Hylands House (Park in CP on Three Mile Hill side) for a 12.30 start for a walk towards Galleywood.

It is circular and about 5 miles, starting with a gentle climb but then flat until we wind our way back down a circular route. The picnic lunch stop, which is after about an hour, is near a pub, which we could at least shelter in should we have any adverse weather. We have to cross the main road at the beginning and end of the walk but the rest is a mixture of quiet lanes and footpaths and part of Galleywood race track. No stiles.
The meeting place car park is immediately to the right as you enter Hylands Park from Three Mile Hill. I shall park immediately on the right in the car park

My mobile is 07977 114714.

Sue Charsley

December 7th - Clare The December walk will start at the usual time of 12.30 from The Village Hall Car Park, a picnic lunch will be a good idea too. The plan is to arrive back in the village in time for the lighting of the Village Christmas tree in the Square ( in front of the former Guildhall now Baddynghams ).
The route is yet to be decided depending on the weather! So there may be some slippery mud, (but not too much), and almost certainly no toilets.
The leader was changed by agreement to Peter B on November's walk, but he's now double booked so it's now Clare.

If we don't meet up have a happy Christmas and a healthy New Year