Uttlesford Ramblers Newsletter November 2015
Welcome to the latest edition of the Uttlesford Ramblers newsletter. It has again been a very busy few months with a full walk programme, a footpath clearance, a week abroad and even a wedding to celebrate! With the clocks going back and the days getting shorter, walking through the winter can still be an enjoyable experience. As the trees lose their leaves, views that have been hidden suddenly come in to sight and once again we realise that even in the cold and wet we get on our boots and set off, especially if the there is a pub involved somewhere along the way!
Coast to Coast Part 2
Congratulations to Alan, Clive, Noreen and Robert who completed the second part of the Coast to Coast Walk in early September, starting at Kirkby Steven and ending at Robin Hoods Bay. Here is Robert’s description of their nine days:
We used the Trailblazer Guide to find our way and Coast to Coast Packhorse to make all arrangements and move our luggage. We didn't get lost and our luggage was always at the next overnight venue; so both were excellent. Every day was different. From Kirkby Stephen we were immediately required to tackle Nine Standards Rigg to cross the Pennines so the highest section of the second part was disposed of first. The weather was, on the whole, kind to us although the assent up to and over Sleights Moor was undertaken in wet and windy conditions. The longest (and flattest) day was 16.5 miles from Richmond to Oaktree Hill. We met many different nationalities; the most numerous overseas visitors were Australians. Good walking, good company, good food & drink and stunning scenery. What more could you ask for?
The working party undertook clearance work on Monday 5 October on footpath 106 in Ashdon which runs between a lane and a bridleway that follows the course of a roman road. It has not been possible to follow the true line of the path for some years as it has been blocked by tree and bush growth, and in particular, a thicket of saplings that had to be cut through with a chain saw. After the work had been finished the whole of the path could be walked and the workers went to The Crown at Little Walden for well-deserved refreshments and sustenance.
Walking in Menorca
At the end of September ten members embarked on our first holiday abroad. On arrival we were welcomed by John and Carolyn, from Balearic Outdoor Holidays, and made the short transfer to the 15th century hotel Alcaufar Vell to meet with the other eleven people on the holiday. Each morning started with an extensive breakfast before the coach arrived to take us to the start of the walk. The week was very well organised and we travelled to most parts of the island with mainly coastal walks and one walk along an inland gorge. The weather was perfect for walking with beautiful blue skies and only one day of rain. The bird watchers among the group were also able to view booted eagles and Egyptian vultures. On the sightseeing day we were taken to the highest point of the island and finished the trip with a tapas lunch in Fornells overlooking the harbour often frequented by the King of Spain. The week was very soon over but it was agreed by all that we had all had a great time and was certainly something we would look forward to doing again.
Congratulations to Hilary and Bob who were married a week after their return!
Map reading session
Many of us enjoy our walks but have little idea of how this all looks on a map. With this in mind Jo organised our first map reading session, upstairs in a pub of course. The group was split into twos and threes with a personal tutor each to explain the intricacies of grid references, contour lines and field boundaries. The session was greatly enjoyed by all with plans for the next one to be ‘out in the field’.
New Essex Area Web-site
Brian Hayes of our group has recently been updating the Essex Area web-site to the new free format produced for all Ramblers groups to use. He recently attended an area group meeting to show representatives of Essex groups how their web-sites could look. See for yourself at www.essexarearamblers.co.uk
Sylvia Hayes - Publicity co-ordinator