Heathcote staff arrange Children in Need ramble

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Following on from last year's successful ramble in aid of Children in Need, Mr Fox decided to do it again over a slightly more challenging route! A team of 10 plus 1 black Labrador assembled at Stanstead Abbotts in Hertfordshire on Saturday 14th October and set off around 10.00am up the River Lea to Ware. The weather was dry and warm and we enjoyed a range of wildlife on the river before passing through Ware and the famous Gazebos. 

The route then took us through the grounds of the exclusive Hanbury Manor before crossing the A10 and going deeper into the countryside. Next stop was the old church at Thundridge which was partly demolished in the 15th Century when the village moved a mile west to catch passing trade. It is reputedly haunted, but we fortunately encountered no problems before moving on to Wareside. 

This is an attractive little village and was our lunch stop at a local hostelry and by this stage we had completed 8 miles. Suitably refreshed, we continued along an old railway line taking time out to watch two Red Kites give a superb aerial display. Passing through open farmland and woodland we arrived safely back at the start point, covering an impressive 11.5 miles. 

More importantly we raised around £325 for Children in Need and The Sick Children's Trust, and yes, it's already in the calendar for next year!

Heathcote Ramble