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A Family Walk Day

Puddle on the Bridleway

September 2006

Family Walk

Saturday, 23rd September, 2006

Keith and Cynthia Wenden provided an excellent day out for the Family Walk and the weather was good to us too.

As with all walks run by West Essex Ramblers, the leaders "walk out" the proposed route, usually a week or so before the day, in order to ensure the route has no impediments.

Keith and Cynthia did a little extra by going to local schools where they; handed out posters to advertise the walk; obtained a children's quiz sheet from the Ramblers' Association; prepared notes of interest which Keith used to inform the children as we walked; and finally, brought along bags of balloons,  which were given to them at the end of the walk.

Many thanks for a lovely day.

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Some commentary on the photos,

which is also a reflection on the walk

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Saturday 23rd September and people assemble at Chingford Station for the family walk . The children were given puzzle sheets (courtesy of the Ramblers' Association) - note the boy sitting on the pavement next to his mum - he is hard at it!

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After a few streets, we were quickly onto Epping Forest land walking past the golf course (only just seen in the photo) . We stopped while Keith discovered if the children had observed that all of the golfers wore red tops.

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This is how the dads rambled with a buggy and child, while the ladies took a casual stroll.

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Having ascended Pole Hill we reached the point where, interestingly, the Greenwich Meridian effectively slices the hill in half. Looking north, behind the crowd, the Western Hemisphere is to the left with the Eastern Hemisphere to the right. Waiting patiently for the photo call, the group had a perfect view over Canary Wharf, the Gherkin and other prominent London buildings (except for the haze).

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The group followed a steepish, narrow, windy track while the children were given the opportunity to "run" down a muddy slope. We were walking north, then curved to the east.

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One boy took a tumble then poured out his anguish, but he soon composed himself and carried on enjoying the day.

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At Chingford Station, EVERYONE was told not to walk in front of the leader, but perhaps it was OK for the children to RUN off ahead to do a spot of tree climbing.

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Well - what are puddles for?

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We crossed Sewardstone Road, south of Sewardstonebury, and were on a bridleway going east - it was a little busy with horse riders.

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Keith knows a little side track off the bridleway, so we sneaked down a very narrow, twisted, well trodden path through the trees (heading south).

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We came across  a gathering of sticks which resembled a makeshift camp. The children amused themselves there.

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The path quickly brought us to Connaught Water where we paused at the water's edge.

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Some bread appeared, for children to feed the water fowl and then we are off again (heading west).

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We left the lake soon reaching a corral where Long Horned cattle were penned.

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We went though a kissing gate then past the cattle. They virtually ignored us as they were so engrossed eating the grass.

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The group made its way up the hill, out through another kissing gate at the top of the corral and we were soon at Butler's Retreat where the walk seemed to end. (Probably because some stayed for drinks and others made their own way back to their transport).

Here, each child was given a balloon!

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WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY!