Dear all,

Welcome to  your April update!

Social Walks

We have two social  walks to  look forward to  this April.  After an enforced absence of two years, Linda's traditional Good Friday walk is back. This year  it will be an 18 mile walk from Rayleigh on  Friday 15th April. Linda will be starting from Victoria Road car park (SS6 8EL) at 9am . There is no  need to  book a place in advance.

And then on Sunday 24th April we will be going to  see some bluebells (hopefully) with  Maggie. on an 18 mile walk from The Moorhen car park, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow (CM20 2QS).  This is also  a 9am start, with no requirement to  book in advance.

See our Future Walks List  for more details of these and all our other upcoming walks 

And on the subject of social  walks, here's a note from Lizzie:

A huge thank you, to the Walker Leaders who have trialled my ‘New Walks Form’ and have given me positive feedback on how easy it is to fill in.  For me, it certainly speeds up the process of getting the walk information onto our website.  It has been pointed out however, that if you don’t have easy access to an iPad or laptop, then it would be a problem and that some walk leaders, prefer to hand write their information, without using any technology.  Please don’t worry, of course I will still input your walk, onto our website, but it would be very helpful if you could give the information to me, in the order shown below.  I’ll also have some printed copies of the from ready and waiting in my car, available for you to pick up, at social walks. 

Walk name

Area (Essex/Herts)

Start Date (dd/mm/ccyy)

Distance (miles/km)

Start time

Starting location

Start/end grid ref/s


General notes

(further details if needed)



Contact qualifier – if required

(E.g. after 1st April, time, weekends only etc)

Email address

At the moment we still don’t have any Wednesday walks on our ‘Available Walks Date List’.  At our Committee meeting, we thought that limiting it only to Wednesdays, might be the problem, so we thought that changing it to ‘Midweek Walks’ might be a more flexible way forward.  So if you would like to organise a Midweek Walk, then please let me know the day, date and walk details and I’ll add it onto our website.  Please check the walks list first, for possible week clashes, so we keep it to one midweek walk per week. 

Many thanks, Lizzie Bridge.

Challenge events 

Challenge events are well and truly up and running again!

We have our second event of the year, The Essex Walker, coming up this Sunday – good luck to  everyone who has entered. It’s a great route, and the forecast is looking OK for you at the moment.

Entries for the Herts Hobble will be opening on 14th April - the event itself is on Sunday 26th June, with the marshals' walk  on Sunday 22nd May. Please let Georgie know if you are able  help  on the day.

I had a fantastic day out on the Capital Challenge last Saturday, and it was great  to  catch up  with  some ‘old’ faces from different groups. Team Norfolk and Suffolk were out in force, and reminded me  me that  they  have two  more challenge events arranged at  the moment – the Rodent Wriggle in Suffolk on Sunday  7th May and the Summer Poppyline  on Saturday 23rd July. Both of these are 50k walks, but also  with  shorter options.

And in between those, BBN will be running their Pick and Mix event in leafy Buckinghamshire  on Sunday 29th May

Committee Meeting

The new E&H committee held it’s first  meeting a couple of weeks ago. You can  read the notes here, and do  get in touch  if  you have any  queries or suggestions for us: Committee meeting notes

A Thank you received from Essex and Herts Air Ambulance 
We are very grateful to receive Essex and Herts Long Distance Walkers Association kind donation through our website of £250 .  
On behalf of all the people who we have assisted, we would like to say a big and heartfelt thank you – your support is very much appreciated.
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, unlike NHS emergency services, is a Charity providing a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. It costs in excess of £750,000 per month for EHAAT to remain operational and cover all charitable costs. Without access to National Lottery funding and with only limited support from the Government, we rely upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire to remain operational and keep us saving lives.
For all our latest news, please visit - it’s a great way to keep in touch and to find out about our new and exciting plans for the future. 
Once again, on behalf of us all, a very sincere thank you. We hope that you will continue to support us in the future.
Congratulations to Ian Wood who recently led his first social  walk  -  I've heard it was a lovely walk, and here are a couple of pictures that Colin  took during the walk 
And to  finish, some more pictures from Ian Watson who  led the Easy  Amble from Weston last Saturday.
Happy walking.


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