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Posted on Tuesday 19 March 2013 by Katherine McDonnell

For those that decided to back off Helen Dutton’s walk on 16 March, you missed out on a great day. Yes it was a rainy one and yes some aspects of the walk a bit muddy but all to be expected really. I met Helen at Borough Green station as scheduled but since there were only the two of us and the weather wasn’t the best, we decided to modify things a bit.

We walked from Borough Green to Ivy Hatch where we stopped for a real treat of a lunch at the Plough Inn. In addition to the delicious food we ordered, we felt we deserved a hot drink so opted for a mulled wine (just to warm us up you understand)! Needless to say, we took our time over this wonderful repast where we toyed with the idea of “do we walk back to Borough Green or go on to Kemsing” We braved it to Kemsing where we thought we might try a tea shop which came highly recommended but instead headed straight for the station.

All in all, we covered about 12km and although a bit shorter than originally planned, all very worth while.

Burnham-on-Crouch walk

Posted on Wednesday 28 November 2012 by Anna Bagi

The trains were running OK, so can’t expect the weather be good as well. A picnic lunch may have not appealed to all on a rainy, windy November day, but strangely there is nothing at all on the route expect for an Indian restaurant three-quarters of the way.

I noticed Paul’s terrified face expression as he saw the three women, Laura, Mel and me. This initial worry soon dispersed as they found common grounds with Laura talking about mobile phone specifications, largely incomprehensible for some of us. Katherine and Roy was waiting for us at the Cabin Dairy café which was our starting point. more »

Hadleigh Castle walk

Posted on Monday 1 October 2012 by Anna Bagi

After having to change this walk completely due to engineering works it was only Mel, Monty (the dog) and myself on the walk. Most of our regulars suddenly discovered that they had family and friends and rushed off in different directions.

It was a beautiful sunny day. We walked along Benfleet Creek, had a tea in a boat pub, we then carried on to Hadleigh Woods.

Tea at Hadleigh Farm

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Constable country walk

Posted on Thursday 17 May 2012 by Anna Bagi

A jolly group gathered at Manningtree station from far and wide. We followed the Stour Valley path to Flatford Mill, where we had our tea stop and visited the small Constable museum . We proceeded on to East Bergholt  where the 16th century bell cage attracted a lot of interest. I learnt a new English phrase as I never knew that you “parked a bell”, I also didn’t know that they have to be parked upside down.




Parked Bells

Parked Bells

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Memorials, Sculpture and Architecture Walk 14th Jan 2012

Posted on Sunday 15 January 2012 by Marion Houghton

Fantastic bright cold and sunny weather greeted the large group that assembled at Embankment Tube and we set out at once to savour the statues of the great and good in Embankment Gardens.  Taking in the controversial Battle of Britain memorial and Boudicca on her chariot we pressed on through the tourists past Cromwell and Richard I to the Victoria Tower gardens to see the work of a Victorian ‘rogue’ gothic architect in the colourful shape of the Buxton fountain.  Back through Parliament Square for a well earned coffee in the Methodist Central Hall and a spontaneous guided tour of the building.  Then up Whitehall for the Cenotaph, Foreign Office, Haig and sundry others and through Horseguards to see “the best equestrian statue ever”.  After lunch the memorials came thick and fast down the Mall, up the Duke of York steps for more Boys Own heroes and onwards to finish triumphantly at Hyde Park corner in the gathering gloom of a January afternoon.  I didn’t count but it must have been 20-25 individual artworks in all in the space of about 2 miles.  They were in turn sad, pompous, eccentric, vainglorious, heroic, dignified, restrained and some frankly naff – all of them gave us something to think about.

Epping Forest Walk

Posted on Friday 13 January 2012 by Anna Bagi

A nice crowd of fifteen gathered outside Theydon Bois station, which is the last station before Epping on the central line. We managed to navigate our way through Epping Forest’s innumerable unmarked paths with a deliberate diversion off the path for some extra fun. Had a tea stop at High Beach. We were very lucky with the weather so we could comfortably sit outside.
Epping Forest
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Walking in a winter wonderland

Posted on Wednesday 23 December 2009 by Richard Philpott

Some photos from last Saturday’s walk, led by Phil Benstead:

Walking the Seven Sisters

Posted on Wednesday 22 July 2009 by Richard Philpott

Four photos, by James Blandford, of a sunny but very breezy walk along the Sussex cliffs last Saturday.

Map of the walk.

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