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SWC Free Walk 101, Ramsgate to Margate, Part 1. 21/9/10
A delightful 9.8 mile coastal walk taking in three classic seaside resorts. Fine clifftop views and easy walking. Part 1 takes the walker from the Ramsgate to Broadstairs.
SWC Free Walk 140, Wendover to Great Missenden. 20/5/12.
A lovely, mainly wooded walk, of 13.4 miles through The Chiltern Hills. Starting out from the station, it's not long before the walker is on The Ridgeway path and soon into said woodland. After a good walk within, it's on through fields to reach the conservation village of The Lee. Then, it's more delightful woodland prior to lunch in the hamlet of Swan Bottom. Thereafter, there's a choice of routes, with this walker opting for the longer one to Great Missenden. This alternative is mainly through the fields and meadows of some lovely valleys, but there's also some smaller woodland sections; it is, possibly, less arduous than the main walk.
SWC Free Walk 164, Roydon to Sawbridgeworth. 9/10/12.
A very pleasant 14.2 miles of walking on the borders of Hertfordshire and Essex. Shortly after leaving the station-cum-restaurant, the walker is soon into open countryside and onto the Harcamlow Way, which is followed for around the next 4 miles. The walking is along tracks, green lanes and quiet country roads, with a riverside stretch and a section along a disused rail line. Then, it's through a sculpture park and on to lunch at Perry Green, former home of Henry Moore. After this, it's more of the same, crossing fields and following quiet roads before reaching Capability Brown's Phisiobury Park, on the outskirts of Sawbridgeworth. Thereafter, it's along The Stort Navigation and then a short residential section before reaching the station. A very nice walk that incorporates a lot of variety, though this walker is not a fan of sculpture in the countryside! Note that the lunch-time pub is closed Jan-end March, though this walk might be too long for that time of year anyway.
SWC Free Walk 166, 'The Broomway', 1/9/13.
This was the first group walk that this walker has done in this series of recordings, and the reason for that is that it's highly recommended! This is a short walk of around 6 miles, three of which are across the notorious shifting sands of 'The Broomway', so called as the path was originally marked out by brooms. It is this latter section where it is best to use a guide, though it could be done without one with careful attention to the coastline and tide, and with good weather. The walk starts at Churchend's Hertiage Centre, which is a former school, passes the now defunct church and pub, on through the village and then crosses some rather bland agricultural and military land. Three miles later, and the walkers arrive at Asplins Head for the walk across the sands. Three miles later, at Wakering Stairs, a waiting coach transports the group back to the Heritage Centre for tea. Wellington boots are recommended, but it could also be done in walking boots with gaiters, or even barefoot, as some did, though with caution.
swcwalks swcwalk 165, St. Margarets Circular (short walk), 25/11/17.
A classic late November day for this 13 miler in East Herts. A chill breeze throughout, but minimal noise interference as a solution now appears to have finally been found! It was touch and go whether the walker would complete this walk prior to dusk, but the mission was accomplished - just! Plenty of arable fields; a wooded section; Cold Christmas hamlet; riverside strolls; a disused railway line (unlikely to be restored by Grayling!); a nature reserve and some canal-side walking. Unusually, no churches after the initial one in St Margarets, so lunch was had 8 miles into the walk at a handily placed picnic table in Wareside. A few navigational issues, due to a number of damaged finger posts, meant a few extra metres and minutes wasted, so the birds were roosting by the time Amwell Nature Reserve was reached. Some species were visible, but no Otters seen, unfortunately. Another varied walk in East Herts that's well worth a visit.
swcwalks, swcwalk 91, Baldock Circular (part 2). 11/5/18.
Following on from part one last summer, when the handicam seized up, this 9 mile walk starts from the optional ending at Ashwell and Morden station. It then opts for a more traffic-free variant down Shire Balk (the county boundary) into the attractive village of Ashwell, which was about to celebrate its annual 'At Home' week-end. The River Cam starts here After lunch, outside the large 14th century village church, it's on along field boundaries to the lofty heights of Newnham Hill (84m) and decent views of the surrounding countryside. The walker then reaches the isolated church of St Mary Magdalene, Caldecote,which has recently been restored. Continuing on through Newnham; across a large Rape field; past a rubbish dump and then reaching a pleasant nature reserve. The station is reached shortly after. Though this was a walk to complete the missing views of Part 1, it's actually a decent walk in itself , thus, providing walkers with options. It's best done in the drier months, if possible, as it could be a 'trudge' otherwise.
The Jersey Coastal Walk, Part 1. 3rd - 5th September, 2012.
Using Cicerone's Guide, 'Walking on Jersey', by Paddy Dillon, this is a clockwise memorial of days 1, 2 and the start of 3 (the walk totals around 48.5 miles, so can easily be done over 4 days, as here). Starting out from St Helier, the walker follows St Aubin's Bay to reach St Aubins Harbour; thereafter, the Walk climbs up on to higher ground and continues to great views over St Brelade's, where lunch is had. Day 1's walking ends with a final section from St Brelade's to the start of St Quen's Bay at La Pulente. Day 2 continues on from La Pulente and follows St Quen's Bay right round to Le Grand Etacquerel, where the path then climbs steeply to pass vivid memories of the German Occupation. Lunch is taken near Grosnez Castle. After that, it's on past Plemont before finishing the day at La Greve Lecq. Day 3 starts out from yesterday's finishing point, veers inland slightly for a short while before returning to a delightful cliff walk to La Falaise. A short detour is made here to visit the 'Devil's Hole' before continuing on along the cliffs to Sorel. The walker passes a large quarry at Ronez, Jersey's most northerly point, before veering inland again to follow La Route du Nord to St John's. From there, it's back on to the cliffs for a section dominated by a transmitter mast. Wolf's Caves lie below. (The walk continues in Part 2).
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 27. Milford to Haslemere. 13/9/09.
Around 10.6 miles of walking across Heathland, through pine forests, on through the Devil's Punch bowl, and then along the Greensand Way into Haslemere. (Mobile phone quality).
Time Out Walks, Book 1, Walk 41, Bow Brickhill to Leighton Buzzard, Part 2. 13/12/10.
Carrying on after lunch, the walker follows the Greensand Ridge Walk to the Grand Union Canal. It's then a straight forward walk along the towpath into Leighton Buzzard.
Time Out Walks, Book 2, Walk 11, Petersfield to Liss. 12/7/13
This was a very pleasant 11 mile walk in a quieter part of the South Downs National Park. Much of the walk follows the Hangers Way, and, on a hot summer's day, the tree cover provided welcome respite from the sun. There are some fine views of the South Downs from Shoulder of Mutton Hill, where this walker paused for lunch, though a pub alternative is available in the nearby village of Hawkley. Thereafter, it's through more woodland, across meadows and along quiet lanes prior to reaching Liss. This is a lovely walk, through some very peaceful scenery - highly recommended! (The footpath after Liss cemetery that passes some gardens on the left is almost impassable at this time of year; you'd be better off taking the style prior and cutting across the field on your right).
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