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2015 WALKS

January 18th Peter Bradley
Our first 2015 walk will be a local one starting from Great Waltham Village Hall CP at 12.30 and will be led by Peter Bradley.
This will be followed by our usual planning party in the upper room. Finger food, drink and wrapped raffle donations are most welcome, with the raffle income paying for the room hire and then donated to Farleigh Hospice. The room will be open from just after 12 for your donations, before your boots get muddy.
As 2015 is our 20th year, all former, resting and occasional members are welcome.

February 22nd 12:30 Peter B Where: Great Bardfield.
Directions: From Great Waltham through Howe Street to Warners roundabout. Turn left to Appletrees Corner. The turn right on B1471 to Felsted turn right at Boote House and after three quarters of a mile turn left at Felsted Primary School. Go over the new A120 bridge and join the old A120. Turn left towards Great Dunmow and after 200 yards turn right at the Saling Oak to pass through Great Saling and onwards to Great Bardfield.
Parking: Roadside parking in the street at Great Bardfield.Meet: outside the Co-operative Store in the Main Street. CM7 4RQ > link to map
Distance: 5 miles approx.

Surface condition: Some mud particularly at the start but generally good walking surfaces.
The walk is circular leaving Bardfield and heading towards the mill from which we pick up footpaths, bridleways and byways walking through open countryside. Towards the end of the walk (around the four mile mark) we will visit the Blue Egg café and delicatessen. On Sundays this is very popular for Sunday lunches. It is hoped that by the time we arrive the crowd will have thinned and we can get a cup of tea. Then it is a short walk back to the parked cars. If it is crowded we can walk on and those wishing to have a cup of tea can call at the Blue Egg, The White Hart Tea Rooms, Great Saling or Blake House Craft Centre on the way home.

March 22nd - Roger & Lis

7 Woods Walk.
The walk is around the seven woods in the Daws Heath and Belfairs living Landscape.
Meet on 22nd March for 12.30 start.
It is about 6 miles, paths can be muddy and there are trip hazards.
There are some sections of pavement and road walking.
Meet at the Belfairs Woodland Centre SS9 3SH. >link to map
Car parking is either:-
on the right in the approach road to the Belfairs Woodlands Centre ( limited and muddy)
or in Eastwood Road North (SS9 4LR) just out side the Centre on the side of the woods.

The easy way I have found to get there is A130, A127 towards Southend.
Take first right after underpass(A129) into The Fairway (signposted Belfairs).
At lights turn right and you are in Eastwood Road North and the Centre is on your right where the road bends left.
Dogs Welcomed , but must be kept on leads.

PS there are toilets and refreshments at the start and end of the walk.
Mobile on the day

April 19th (Sunday) - John & Chris

12.30 start. Bring a packed lunch. No toilets!

It is a 5 mile, undulating, circular walk starting in Lt. Baddow. The walk includes a site where they are re establishing a heathland habitat which is rare in Essex.

To find the car park, drive through Danbury in the direction of Maldon. After the traffic lights and passing the Coop on your left take 1st left at the roundabout into Lt Baddow Rd. Continue for 1/2 mile and as you enter Lt Baddow there is a small National Trust car park (Lingwood Common) on the left for a few cars and further cars can be parked opposite in Runsell Lane. It was a little muddy in places today due to last night's rain, but not Essex clay as it's mainly a wood walk

May 16th/17th Weekend Away - Clare & Peter B Eastbourne West Rocks Hotel.

2 walks. Bus passes may be used!

June 14th (Saturday) Start 12:30 - Lesley & Angus Start at 12.30 from Chapel hill CP (Grid ref: TL 511251) Stansted Mountfitchet.

On B 1383 off A120 after following brown signs to Castle in the direction if Newport.

Parking on left just before Esso garage.

Length: About 5 miles, footpaths, field
edges and some road, no steep gradients.
Three historic churches and lovely countryside

Packed Lunch required

July 19th - Frances & Tony

South Woodham Ferrers - Stow Maries Aerodrome - Stow Maries Church

Distance: 5 to 6 miles

Height gain: 60 Metres

Map: Explorer 175

Sat Nav: CM3 5UA

Parking and starting point is at the T junction of Hamberts Road and King Edward Road SWF.
We entered Hamberts Road from Burnham Road B1012 at the roundabout where it meets Woodham Road and after 500 yards parked on the right hand side just before the "No through road sign".


A circular walk from South Woodham Ferrers taking in a Grade 2 listed house, a WW1 aerodrome and a real ale pub and a church with beautiful and extensive views to the River Crouch.

Bring a packed lunch and any questions please email or phone Tony and Frances. No toilet facilities at the start.

August 23rd - Jean & David Sunday August 23rd WW walk is now being led by Jean and David who have volunteered in place of Angela and Bruce
12.30 start as usual

The August walk will start from Hyde Hall Lane, Howe Street, near to the overhead bridge.

It will be a gentle walk to the Phylis Currie Nature Reserve
with no muddy fields, steep slopes or rampant vegetation, but it does have a nice picnic spot.!!

September 20th - Hilary & Derek Our walk is just under 5 miles, starting in Langford near Maldon.
Grid reference is TL 840 084.

Parking is at Beeleigh Falls car park opposite Langford village hall, follow access road towards Maldon Golf Club, park before the narrow bridge.

We found that the best approach is via Hatfield Peverel and take the Maldon Road which is the road to Langford. Beware there were nettles when we walked it in August, so long trousers may be preferable to shorts, packed lunch is needed

November 15th - John & Mary

5 mile Circular Walk

Start at 12.30 from:

Wickham Bishops Village Hall.
Church road,

Parking behind the Village Hall, by agreement. A mix of quiet roads, woods and field walking. NB the route crosses a golf course.

Packed lunch required

December 13th - Sara Maldon Canal side walk

Start 12.30, from Butts Lane CP Maldon ( Off the High Street),
Free on Sundays but busy

Length 4.5 miles

No en route Catering stops,
Could be Muddy at start of walk