Help, please I need a friend to assist in ‘sussing’ the suitability of a walk in the Stansted or Henham area. Thank you.
We have so far this year had almost every walk in good weather. The walk on the 23rd April from Stansted Mountfitchet had a good crowd and although starting off southward from the car park, we were soon turning north, and found ourselves looking down and across with a super view of the southern part of Manuden. Continuing northward, we then turned east, crossed the B1383, and took our half-way break sitting on the lovely green grass (with two seats) at Ugley Green. Aiming then, back into Stansted, we walked through a little of the Elsenham Alsa Woods where the English bluebells were not only a prolific glorious deep blue but beautifully perfumed. We returned via the Aubrey Buxton Nature Reserve, past the old fish ponds and so into Gall End…it used to be called Gallows End, and to the Stansted Lower street car park.
On the 7th May we were 18 persons (and two dogs) who met at Allens Green wearing gloves, scarves and anoraks AND one person in shorts! He was right of course, for the day turned out really warm and we breezed over to Perry Green, enjoying the Henry Moore statues, walked the sheep meadows and following the Ash Valley looked down to Much Hadham. Again we enjoyed the last of the English bluebells – this time in Hertfordshire, before climbing back up again and finally over the old airfield, now cornfields, for liquid sustenance at the Queens Head, at Allens Green which was also the destination for the Harlow Sunday Walkers that day.
Daphne Wallace-Jarvis, Bishop’s Stortford and District Footpaths Association BSDFA
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