They said "it's crazy to promote walking with the evenings get darker". They said "no way should you promote walking when it's turning chilly". But we say walking is a year round activity, to be enjoyed whatever the date. And to celebrate walking in normal clothes rather than t-shirts and shorts, we have a walking week at the end of October (Monday 25th to Sunday 31st), and here's the first announcement of our programme.
Tuesday 26 October. "Walkers' Breakfast" for people at North Colchester Business Parks. Meet-up from 7:30-9:30 at Chef's Eating House. The Seedbed centre, Wyncolls Road, Severalls Industrial Park, CO4 9HT.
Wednesday 27 October. "Chilly Hilly Fields" picnic lunch. Hot vegetable soup will be provided, after a 1km led walk. Depart from outside Mercury Theatre at 12:15 sharp, to the bench overlooking the Colne valley at Hilly Fields. Scarves may be needed.
Saturday 30 October."Stockwell Strollers" walking group. Meet at The Castle Inn, High Street, at 8.30 for a 9.00 start. It will be a 10 mile walk in the morning to The Albion at Rowhedge and a 4 mile stroll back along the river after lunch, back at The Castle by about 4.30. For more information contact Alan Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sunday 31 October. "Walk the Walls" led history walk, 3km round the town's walls, led by local history enthusiast Jess Jephcott. Leaves Balkerne Gate at noon, about 90 minutes.
ALL WEEK it's the return of the "Step and Snap" photography competition, more details soon. Plus there are several "Health Walks" during the week - see Colchester Borough Council website.