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HERITAGE WALK 2016

STEVENAGE HERITAGE WALK

25 years ago and for 3 years running Stevenage District Scouts organised a 16 mile sponsored boundary walk of the town and invited the residents of Stevenage to take part, all proceeds being for charity, in particular the Stevenage Community Trust.  As our contribution to the 70th Anniversary celebrations of the inauguration of Stevenage this walk was updated and District ran it again on 18th September 2016.

The walk was basically a free event but each adult walker was asked for a donation of £3 a head (or £2 if pre-booked) and junior walkers £1 a head (£5 for a family.  Sponsor forms were also be available for those to wish to raise additional funds – all proceeds going to the Stevenage Community Trust.  To assist with organisation walkers were asked to pre-register their interest, either as a walker or leading a group of walkers, on the Eventbrite website.

The whole Heritage Walk comprises of 4 routes in the form of a 4-leaf clover and adjacent to each other, each starting from the car park in Fairlands Park by the playground/aqua-park.  By walking out on the outward link of one route to the boundary walkers can continue around the whole boundary walk returning on the same outward link, or just walk that one route back to the start. However, for the purposes of the event held in 2016 only one of these 4 routes (NE route) was used for an afternoon family walk, about 6 miles, which started at 2:00 pm.  A shortcut on this walk allowed a shorter route of about 3 miles for younger persons to be able to take part. For determined walkers who wished to walk the whole boundary walk (16 miles) there was a 10:00 am start. Therefore the event comprised 3 possible routes, the whole boundary walk, the family walk or the short family walk.

The walk was designed by Graham Mortlock, a Stevenage District Scout Leader, to follow the town boundary as close as rights of way and safety allowed to incorporate different aspects of life in Stevenage covering housing, retail, industrial, leisure and the rural land surrounding the town, some of which may disappear in the near future.  By walking these routes you may see aspects of the town you never knew existed.

For anyone wishing to walk now all or any of these routes, route maps, route direction as a narrative, walking instructions and further information can be found and downloaded by Clicking Here .  For the complete boundary walk all 4 route maps need to be downloaded.  Please note the walk pamphlets have been designed to print double sided and then placing one page inside the other and folding in half an A5 pamphlet is formed giving route directions.  Only the North Eastern route is fully suitable for disabled participants, using the alternative parts of the route shown.

These routes have been amended from those walked on the event based on comments returned and continual amendments will be made to improve them further.  The eventual plan is to waymark the routes and provide pamphlets which not only contain directions but historic information about the locations being passed.