Uttlesford Ramblers Newsletter July 2015
Welcome to the latest edition of the Uttlesford Ramblers newsletter. Helen has now stepped down as publicity co-ordinator due to her ever increasing visits to Derbyshire. I would like to thank her for the great job she has done, so quite an act to follow! It has been a very busy year so far with a packed walking programme, footpath clearances, a weekend away and much more.
Footpath clearance working parties have met twice earlier this year and cleared paths in the Stansted Mountfitchet and Ashton areas. A report was sent to both local magazines and was also published on the Essex Area Ramblers web-site. It is planned to do more clearances once the summer holidays are over.
A weekend away in Dorset took place in May, meticulously organised by Sue Gould and Christine Hawkins. Over 30 members arrived at Studland Bay on the Friday afternoon for the first walk. The weather was very kind for walks from Worth Matravers along the West Coast Path on Saturday and Lulworth Cove on Sunday. The weather gods took against us on Monday and the walk from Church Knowle to Corfe Castle started in pouring rain, but undeterred some still donned wet weather gear and set off. A big thank you goes to Sue and Christine for such a great weekend.
This year sees the 80th Anniversary of the foundation of the Ramblers.Walking in the countryside became a popular form of recreation in the 19th century. In 1931, six regional federations representing walkers from all over Britain joined to create the National Council of Ramblers Federations and the following year 400 walkers took part in the landmark Kinder Scout Trespass. The event added considerable momentum to the campaign for walkers’ rights and on 1st January 1935, the Ramblers Association was officially created.
Discovery of a private cemetery was made on the walk led by Jo from Rowney Corner, Wimbish at the beginning of June. While hoping to see orchids, we came across this instead tucked behind a hedge on the edge of a field. Further research discovered that this was the burial place of local dissenters (Christians who had separated from the Church of England in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries) and before 1868 the law stated they were unable to be buried in a churchyard. These non-conformist families banded together to establish a small burial ground for themselves and their heirs.
The first half of the Coast to Coast walk was completed by five of our members during the first week of July. Starting at St Bees on the coast of Cumbria and finishing at Kirkby Stephen. Well done to those taking part for the first time, you are now well prepared for the second part due to take place in early September!
HF at Bourton on the Water was the venue for a slightly less strenuous break for some partners of those on the Coast to Coast walk. The walks were very leisurely with many stops for ice creams, tea and cake. We were lucky enough to be there at the same time as a gardening holiday led by Christine Walden (gardener on the One Show and others) and on one day four of us joined her group for a trip to Oxford Botanic Gardens. We also managed to win the weekly quiz with treasured prizes of HF mugs.
Sylvia Hayes - Publicity co-ordinator