5th STEVENAGE WALKING FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

6 - 14 May 2017

OFFICIAL OPENING by the Mayor of Stevenage.

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 6 May

Walk
Description
 Meet
 Leader

Short.

TryOut 

1 hour.

A walk round Fairlands Valley Park

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground). 9.15 am.

Pauline Smith 07983 557168

Dog Friendly 5m

Morning walk from the pub. Well behaved dogs welcome.

Red Lion, Great Offley. SG5 3DZ. 10.00 am

Jenny Mason 01438 871580

Medium 7 miles

Circular from Ridlins to Datchworth and back. A varied walk with some fine views.

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. 9.15 am

Harold and Carol Stokes. 01438 353666

Long 12.5 miles

Jack Izzard’s walk to work. Aston End to Wandon End. Navigate with 1938 pre New Town maps. Return by 100 and SB1 bus.

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) 9.15 am. Car sharing to Chells car park for walk start.

Dave Ashby. 01438 880470.

Sunday 7 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 in rolling countryside and no stiles.

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

Marion Ohlendorf 01438 361470

Dog Friendly. 1 hour

An hour’s walk round the paths and woodlands of Fairlands Valley. Well behaved dogs welcome.

Costellos Café, Fairlands Valley Park 10.30 am

Linda Hale. 07778 399450.

Medium

7 miles.

A walk beside the River Lea from Ware to Great Amwell and back.

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. 10.00 am.

Pauline Smith. 07983 557168.

Long 9 miles.
Great Ashby to Luffenhall, with fine views of the Hertfordshire countryside.

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

Dave Weston. 01438 722301

Monday 8 May

Walk
 Description
 Meet
 Leader

Medium 7 miles

A walk through Knebworth Park and Langley finishing at The Lytton Arms

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

Mike Shelley.
01438 358100

Long . 6.5 +4.5 miles

Friends of Hertfordshire Way Walk. Figure of Eight walk in the Weston Hills, including sections of the Hertfordshire Way and the Icknield Way.

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. 9.30 am. Or The Cricketers, Damask Green Road, Weston (SG4 7DA) Order lunch at the pub for 10.00 am start.

Ian Whinnett. 01727 851176

07763 703170.

Evening

4.5 miles

A circular walk to Aston and back mostly through open fields. Two stiles.

Three Horseshoes, Hooks Cross. (SG14 3BY). 6.15 pm

Colin Gatehouse. 07969 718013.

 Tuesday 9 May

Walk
 Description
 Meet
 Leader

Short

4 miles

Aston End, views over the Beane Valley, finishing at a pub.

Mothercare CP, Roaring Meg, Stevenage. 9.45 am

David Norton. 01438 880083,

Medium. 6.5 miles.

Circular route from Lemsford, passing Wheathampstead and Coleman Green, via River Lea, fields, wooded areas and the spectacular Devil’s Dyke

Mothercare CP, Roaring Meg, Stevenage. 9.45 am

Peter Ingram-Tedd. 01438 226436.

Long 9 miles

Easy walking along Beane Valley, passing Aston End, Astonbury Wood and Aston.

Mothercare CP, Roaring Meg, Stevenage. 9.30 am

Pat Rumpus. 07864 085193.

History

2 hours

Lost Lanes of the Town Centre. 

Numbers limited, booking essential with Harold Stokes on 01438 353666

The Joy Ride. Stevenage Town Centre. 6.30 pm

Hugh Madgin

Wednesday 10 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.

Costellos Café, Fairlands Valley Park. 10.00 am.

Pauline Smith

07983 557168

Medium

7 miles.

Morning pub walk organised and led by Mid Herts Footpath Society. There are connections here with the Queen Mother.

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. 9.15 am. Or Strathmore Arms, St Pauls Walden (SG4 8BT). Order lunch at the pub prior to 10.00 am start.

Peter Cleasby

07810 774094.

Long

10 miles

Sandy. A varied walk with some minor climbs passing the old Tempsford Airstrip and SOE Barn, through Everton and the Sandy aerial, before returning to Sandy and the John Peel pub.

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

Tom Byrne. 01438 361813.

Evening Dog Friendly 5m

Evening walk from the pub. Well behaved dogs welcome.
Red Lion, Preston. SG4 7UD. 6.00 pm.
Jenny Mason. 01438 871580.

Thursday 11 May

Walk
 Description
Meet
 Leader

Short 

4.5 miles

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

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. 9.30 am. Or Lordship Arms, Benington. (SG2 7BX) for 10.00 am start. Park in the road if you are not visiting the pub after the walk.

Naomi Davies. 01438 869620.

Medium 7 miles

Circular from Great Ashby, Mendip Way. Woodland, easy terrain.

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

Terry Ingle. 01438 225738

Long 12 miles

A twelve mile walk round Hitchin, following HOOP.

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

Rod Grable. 07801 701805.

Evening Pub.

5 miles

Circular walk to Graveley and back. Some road walking, but mainly open fields and good tracks.

The Cricketers, Damask Green Road, Weston (SG4 7DA). 6.15 pm.

Colin Gatehouse. 07969 718013.

Friday 12 May

Walk
 Description
 Meet
 Leader

Short 

4.5 miles

From the quiet thatched village of Rushden through Cottered. Circular.

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. 10.00 am

Mike Broom. 01438 364832.

Long 

10 miles

From Pirton the route takes us along the Icknield Way to Oughtonhead Common and through the Lavender Fields. Circular.

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. 9.30 am Or The Green, Pirton 10.00 am.

Dennis Cannon. 01462 629483.

Evening

2 hours

A pretty walk round Little Wymondley.

The Fisherman, Symonds Green (SG1 2JA). Please park in the road if you are not visiting the pub after the walk. 6.15 pm.

Carole Willsher 07778 877814

Saturday 13 May

Walk
Description
 Meet
 Leader

Short Family 

3 - 4 miles

(2 hours)

Home Start Walk. A walk for everybody, including all members of the family, with sponsorship organised by the charity.

Costellos Café, Fairlands Valley Park. 10.00 am.

Ron Faulkner. 01438 237747.

Dog Friendly 

5 miles.

Morning walk from the pub. Well behaved dogs welcome.

The Rusty Gun, London Road, St Ippolyts, SG4 7PG. 10.00 am

Jenny Mason. 01438 871580.

Medium 7 miles

From Benington Village (parking in the road beside the church) the walk skirts Walkern and then on through Bassus Green.

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. 10.00 am

Pat Biggins. 01462 677579 07752 580759.

Challenge Long

17 miles

Royston to Stevenage Town Centre Fountain. To sponsor yourself on this walk speak to leader in advance.

Train from Stevenage 08.43, (Hitchin 08.48, Letchworth 08.54), to Royston, arr. 09.07

Terry Ingle. 01438 225738.

Evening Pub

5 miles

A mix of open ground and woodland, with good views. Some hills, but nothing too steep. Finish at the pub.

Stevenage Showground (opp Lamex Football Ground) for car sharing to start. 5,45 pm. Or Red Lion, Great Offley. (SG5 3DZ). 6.15 pm

Tom Byrne. 01438 361813.

Sunday 14 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.

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

Chris Young. 07508 471928.

Medium 6.2 miles

A circular walk from Ashwell, one of Hertfordshire’s most attractive villages. Fine views of the area from Newnham Hill.

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

Richard Huxtable.

01462 629006.

Long

9.5 miles.

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

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

Pat Hoar 01438 367139 07814 370812.