▷ A year of walking …

Our (first) walking year
 
It was on 26 October 2017 that the Longer Walks Group set out on for the very first time, a circuit around Totteridge. In the 12 months since then, we have completed 17 walks totalling 175 miles, and would have managed a bit more but for the extreme heat of July forcing a cancellation. Add to this the mileage covered by the London Loop walkers in their ten outings and almost 250 miles have been covered in our first year.
 
As the year has gone by the walks have become more frequent and more ambitious. From an initial monthly walk, we now complete two walks (plus 2 Loop walks) per month, while the distance covered has edged up from 8 miles, to an average of 10-11 miles, with 2 walks reaching 13 miles in length.
 
We have ranged far and wide, from the Thames estuary in the east to the Chess Valley and the Chilterns in the west. While south of the river, the Kent coast, the cliffs of Sussex, the North Downs and the Weald have all witnessed CEDU3A boots. Our walks have taken in some iconic areas, Ivinghoe Beacon was climbed in May, Box Hill was conquered in June, while our recent two day break in Sussex included a walk along the much-loved Seven Sisters.
 

The group also sampled a number of Long Distance Trails, including the Ridgeway, North Downs Way, The Saxon Shore and the Thames Path.
 
By the time we celebrate the end of 2018 with our ‘Solstice Stroll’ and festive meal, plans will be well underway for 2019. After a very successful two-day residential based in Eastbourne, another mini-break is planned, while come the Spring, our second walk of every month will see us attempt to complete the entire North Downs Way.

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