6th STEVENAGE WALKING FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

5-13 May 2018

OFFICIAL OPENING by the Mayor of Stevenage 

5 May 2018

A representative of Home Start, this year’s nominated local charity, will also be present to speak about its work.

STEVENAGE SHOWGROUND (OPPOSITE LAMEX FOOTBALL GROUND), BROADHALL WAY (SG2 8RH). 9.15 AM.

Saturday 5 May

Walk
Description
 Meet
 Leader

Health

1-1½ hours

An easy walk in Fairlands Valley in conjunction with the Festival charity, Home Start.

9.45 am for 10.00 am start. Costello’s Café, Fairlands Valley Park.

Pauline Smith

07983 557168

Hannah Marsh

07766 160149

Dog Friendly 5 miles

Morning walk from the pub. Well behaved dogs welcome.

10.00 am. The Boot, Kimpton. (SG4 8PT)

Jenny Mason

01438 871580

Medium

6.1 miles

A walk from Breachwood Green. through the countryside of the Hertfordshire Chilterns and Kings Walden Park.

9.30 am Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Pat Rumpus

07864 085193

Long

10.5 miles

A rural walk from Chells Park to Benington and Walkern, taking in part of the Beane Valley.

9.30 am Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Dave Weston

01438 722301

Sunday 6 May

Walk
Description
 Meet
 Leader

Short

3.5 miles

Great Ashby District Park to Dane End with views of the Beane Valley.

9.45 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

David Norton

01438 880083

Medium

6 miles

Ware to Hertford along the River Lea, and round Hartham Park.

9.45 am Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Pauline Smith

07983 557168

Long

10 miles

We pass Camfield Place (for Barbara Cartland), Ponsbourne Tunnel (with ventilation shafts), and Little Berkhamsted (for Stratton’s Folly)

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start (or 10.00 am, School Lane. Essendon. AL9 6HD)

Gabriela Lovelace

01462 432071

(OTD: 07788 505045)

Monday 7 May

Walk
 Description
 Meet
 Leader

Health

1 hour

A gentle Health Walk around St Nicholas Park, suitable for everyone.

9.45 am for 10.00 am start. St Nicholas Health Centre, Canterbury Way (SG1 4LH)

Hannah Marsh

07766 160149.

Pauline Smith

07983 557168

Medium

6 miles

Morning walk from Ridlins Playing Field through Astonbury Woods, the Beane Valley and Aston.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Harold and Carol Stokes 01438 353666

Long

10 miles

Circular walk from Wheathampstead, past Shaw’s Corner and Brocket Park, returning along the River Lea

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Pat Hoar

01438 367139 or

07814 370812

Evening History 2 hours

 "Strong Oaks” and Other Trees of Stevenage. Numbers limited. To book call Carol Stokes on

01438 353666.

SORRY FULLY BOOKED NOW

 

6.30 pm. White Lion Bus Stop, Old Town High Street.

 

Hugh Madgin.

 Tuesday 8 May

Walk
 Description
 Meet
 Leader

Short

5 miles

Wallington to Clothall, passing the Icknield Way, George Orwell’s cottage and “Animal Farm”.

9.45 am. Monkswood Retail Park, Stevenage, directly opposite B&M Shop (or 10.00 am Kits Lane, Wallington).

Peter Ingram-Tedd 01438 226436.

Medium 7 miles

A walk through the Lea Valley, with lunch stop and time to explore at Waltham Abbey before passing the Gunpowder works on the return to Turnford.

9.45 am. Monkswood Retail Park, Stevenage, directly opposite B&M Shop for car sharing to start.

Tom Byrne

01438 361813

Long 10.25 miles

From Benington to Wood Green, then along the Roman Road to Ardeley (for refreshment) before returning to Benington.

9.30 am. Monkswood Retail Park, Stevenage, directly opposite B&M Shop for car sharing to start.

Mike Shelley

01438 358100

Evening

4.5 miles

Undulating countryside passing through Combs bluebell Wood and Gregory’s Farm

6.30 pm Lordship Arms, Hebing End, Benington (SG2 7BX)

Naomi Davies

01438 869620

Wednesday 9 May

Walk
 Descripion
 Meet
 Leader

Health

A 30 minute gentle warm up walk, followed at 10.30 am with a one hour brisk step out walk.

10.00am Costello’s Café, Fairlands Valley Park.

Pauline Smith

07983 557168

Medium

7 miles

Morning pub walk, organised and led by Mid Herts Footpath Society. An interesting walk over the Pegsdon Hills.

9.15am Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. Or Motte and Bailey, Pirton (SG5 3QD). Order lunch prior to 10.00 am start.

Peter Cleasby

07810 774094

Long

9 miles

Weston Golden Jubilee Walk.

9.30am Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Terry Ingle

01438 225738

Evening Dog Friendly 5 miles

Evening walk from the pub. Well behaved dogs welcome.

6.00pm The Strathmore Arms, St Pauls Walden (SG4 8BT)

Jenny Mason

01438 871580

Thursday 10 May

Walk
 Description
Meet
 Leader

Short

3.5 miles

St Pauls Walden and Stagenhoe. Flat terrain, along field edges and tracks.

9.45 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start

Pat Rumpus

07864 085193

Medium

6.5 miles

From Ickleford, across to Holwell, then to Oughtonhead Spring. An easy walk with only one field to cross.

9.45 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start

Pat Biggins

01462 677579 or 07752 580759

Long

12 miles

A circular walk round Hitchin following HOOP.

10.00 am, Hitchin Market Square. (From Stevenage Bus Station, catch 100 bus at 0918.)

Rod Grable

07801 701805

Evening Pub

4 miles

Explore the Nature Reserve at Oughtonhead Common

6.30 pm. The Angels, Bedford Road, Hitchin SG5 2NG

Tom Byrne

01438 361813

Friday 11 May

Walk
 Description
 Meet
 Leader

Short 4 miles

A circular walk west of the motorway from Norton Green to Knebworth Park.

9.45 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start

Ron Faulkner

01438 237747

Medium

6.5 miles

Icknield Way to Oughtonhead Common and Ickleford, returning by Hambridgeway Path.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. (or 10.00 am. Motte and Bailey, Pirton. (SG5 3QD)

Dennis Cannon

01462 629483

Long

11 miles

Friends of Hertfordshire Way Walk. A figure of eight walk with lunch at the pub. Full details on Friends website at www.fhw.org.uk.

9.20 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. Or Rising Sun, Halls Green (SG4 7DW), to order lunch before start at 10.00 am.

Ian Hirst

07792 070392

Evening

2.5 hours

From Hooks Cross via Frogmore House and Astonbury, with glimpses of the River Beane.
 6.30 pm. Three Horseshoes, Hooks Cross (SG14 3RY). Meet at back of the car park.
Carole Willsher

07778 877814

Saturday 12 May

Walk
Description
 Meet
 Leader

Short

3 miles

Friends of Forster Country Walk. Along footpaths which E M Forster loved as a child. Easy walking on rolling countryside, and no stiles,

10.30 am. By steps to St Nicholas Church, Rectory Lane, Stevenage. (SG1 4DA)

John Spiers

01438 350217

Dog Friendly 

5 miles

Morning walk from the pub. Well behaved dogs welcome.

10.00 am Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence (AL6 9BT)

Jenny Mason

01438 871580

Medium

5.5 miles

Hexton and Pegsdon Hills. This walk passes through a Nature Reserve and has some fine views.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start

David Norton

01438 880083

Challenge Long

21 miles

Nine Villages Walk. A circular walk through nine villages in unspoilt countryside east of Stevenage.

9.15 am Chells Park, off Gresley Way.

Terry Ingle

01438 225738

Sunday 13 May

Walk
 Description
 Meet
 Leader

Photo. Up to 4 miles.

This walk will provide photographic opportunities for all, including camera phones and compact cameras. It will take advantage of seasonal opportunities in the area.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start.

Chris Young

07508 471928

Medium

6.3 miles.

A circular walk from Weston, returning via Hall’s Green and Weston Park.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start

Richard Huxtable

01462 629006

Long

11 miles.

From Stevenage we go west across the Langley Valley to Chapelfoot, Stagenhoe, Whitwell, St Pauls Walden and Langley.

9.30 am. Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start (or

09.45 am Symonds Green Meadway car park).

Peter Hill

07941 889066