October News

News from BSDFA

SUNDAY WALKS:  all Leaving at 10.00am      except**                                                               5/6 miles 

05 Nov           Thremhall Park, Bury Lodge Lane -Turn at Traffic Lights                      GridRef: TL532214. Post code CM22 7WE

19 Nov           Bishop’s Stortford, Pig Lane Car Park                                                      GridRef: TL494193. Post code CM22 7PA

03 Dec            Refer Website                                            

17 Dec            Little Canfield, All Saints Church                                                              GridRef: TL587209. Post code CM6-1SU

**26 Dec BOXING DAY Start 10.30am Stansted Mountfitchet, Castle Car Park    GridRef: TL515248. Post code CM24-8LY(nearest)

07 Jan 2018   Barkway Memorial, Park on road to the south                                     GridRef: TL384354. Post code SG8-8BS

The new season’s walks have opened with some mixed weather, but have been mostly fine.

Issues;

Eastwick: The proposed development of North Harlow will annihilate the area and lose the ambiance forever.

Bishops Stortford North: currently underway but affects fewer public paths, however, the gateway to Stortford will be transformed.

The awful loss of both these huge open areas of open farmland is forever,  and the extra strain on our local infrastructure very sad.

On a more light-hearted note, it is interesting to to observe small differences between public paths in Essex and those in Hertfordshire. Most of the many small wooden bridges over water and streams in Hertfordshire have their wooden planks covered with wire netting which is excellent for preventing slippage when the planks are wet. Again in Hertfordshire, many of the stiles have been replaced by kissing gates. A great improvement  which removes all those wobbly balancing risks incurred in climbing over so many sad, unsafe, inadequate stile. Well done Herts.

Our 1st-October walk commenced in Braughing, a charming olde worlde village in ‘hidden Hertfordshire’. Diverse very old cottages,  houses, a green square, village pump, church with wonderful bells, two pubs, and a horse, possibly no super-fast broadband!

 

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