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BERTIE WALK - 13 MILES

This is a beautiful walk along the North Downs using the Pilgrim’s Way, the North Downs Way and the Wealdway.  The majority of the walk is on footpaths and byways with short stretches of quiet lanes.  Leaving Stansted through the fields and woods drop down the escarpment and follow the Pilgrim’s Way along the foot of the North Downs, before climbing up to Holly Hill and into the woods.  The fields fold into valleys on top of the Downs as you wend your way back on footpaths to enter Trosley Country Park enjoying the old byway and yew trees.  Then into Fairseat and a wonderful descent through the fields with great views towards London and down into Stansted. 

Preparation:

  • Your walk is in the country!  We suggest that you wear walking boots or trainers.  The walk is using a mixture of footpaths across fields and woods, tracks and country lanes.  The vegetation has grown a lot, and we suggest long trousers.  A stick can also be useful.

  • Bring a water bottle.   There will be drinks and snacks at 3 points on the route.

  • A map of the route is also available at   https://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_4511693.html if you want to take a look at it or upload it into your GPS.

 

Your Arrival

  • The start and finish is at Stansted Village Hall and Recreation Ground, Malthouse Road, Stansted, Kent TN15 7PH.  There is ample car parking, but you do park at your own risk.

  • When you arrive, you will need to register.  This is when you will be given your number and a route sheet.  The route will not be signposted – you will need to follow the sheet of instructions that you will be given.

  • The number should be stuck on the front of your shirt / jacket.

  • Registration opens at 8.30 am.    

  • Bacon rolls  / teas / coffees will be available from 8.30 am, which could be an excellent way to start the day……

  • The Bertie Walk will leave at 9.30 am

 

Safety on the Day:

  • Please obey the Countryside Code 

  • Keep to the footpath

  • Take any litter home with you.

  • Leave gates as you find them.

  • If you are bringing your dog, you must keep it under effective control, and on a lead anywhere near farm animals or horses.  On the route you will encounter sheep, cattle and horses.  If cattle or horses chase you, it is safer if you let the dog off the lead – don’t risk getting hurt by trying to protect it.  Please pick up any mess made by your dog.

  •  In the case of a Medical Emergency to you or a fellow walker – please call 999

  • If you get lost / need help / get into difficulties, there are phone numbers are on your route sheet and also on your number which you can call.  If necessary we can come and pick you up, but you will need to get to a road.

  • First aid assistance is available at Stansted, and all the checkpoints will also have a first aid kit for you to use.

  • If you decide to leave the Walk early, please tell a checkpoint or phone / text the number on your route sheet / number.

 

After Your Walk:

  • We are expecting you to get back to Stansted from around 2.30 pm, but this is very much an estimate and will depend on people’s fitness and adventures en route!  Once you return there will be a lovely BBQ with local farm-made beefburgers and salad, together with tea and cakes, and your medal!    If you are a vegetarian please email berties300@gmail.com and let me know so that we can cater for you.   Please note that we will be providing soft drinks, however if you would like to bring a bottle of something stronger to celebrate – please do!

  • There will be a bouncy castle available all day for children under 12 years old.  There is also a playground, but please note that you are responsible for your children’s safety.

  • At around 2.30pm there will be some fun races such as egg and spoon, sack race, obstacle race etc.

  • We are expecting everything to wrap up by 5pm