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CANTAB56 April 2010

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The theme of this month is “Past and Future”

A bad fit of countryside reminiscence has been brought on by a bout of spring-cleaning old Ramblers’ Association documents.

The countryside future, as determined by politicians, planners, landowners, climate change, environmental charities, writers, can even be influenced by walkers as evidenced by the Mass Trespass of the 1930s, and more recently by pressures bringing The Right to Roam, the South Downs National Park and hopefully soon more coastal access.

When canvassers darken your door, catch them on the hop by asking not only about Afghanistan and taxation, but what is their party doing about the countryside!

Living in the past
Turning out some old Ramblers’ Association docs (the sort that have an old-fashioned rucksac as the logo), I came upon a 1972 Catering Handbook for Southern Area,  which at that time covered Berks, Bucks, Essex, Hants, Herts, Kent, Oxon, Suffolk, Surrey and Sussex. (Cambs was part of the then Midland Area).  Priced 10p, but free to Members, it lists walkers-approved cafés and pubs, with some display adverts.  The number of inns and cafés is amazing, as are pubs willing to provide afternoon tea.

But I don’t hanker to return to those times.  We were walking regularly then, and the path network was generally poorly marked, and often obstructed, and in Cambridgeshire at least, the absence of a vital bridge along a path was not unusual.

Landscape Change in Cambridgeshire
Also in our archives, I came  across a County Council survey of landscape change in the county between the years 1970 and 1994. The survey covered areas in the small limestone belt to the North, the gravel soils, fenland, chalkland areas to the South, and the West and SE claylands. On the whole, the document makes for depressing reading, except in the matter of tree-cover in the county, which was already improving in 1994.

  • A total of 7566m of shelterbelt recorded in 1970 had been lost by 1985. Some 4000m of new shelterbelt were recorded between 1985 & 1994.
  • Some 11% of ponds recorded in 1985 had disappeared by 1994.
  • 14 copses were lost between 1985 & 1994. However 112 new copses were planted in that period (a copse having 3 to 300 trees).
  • Some 80%  of orchards were lost in the survey areas between 1970 & 1985. Landowners were often actually paid to rip them out.
  • Hedgerows were still in decline between 1985 & 1994, the survey indicating some 10 miles had become gappy in that period.
  • Cambridgeshire has the dubious reputation of being the least wooded county in Britain, with only 2% tree-cover in 1994. But the survey recorded 14% more woodland area in 1994 than in 1970, and the improvement continues, thanks to The Woodland Trust, Parish Councils, the County Council and private individuals & organisations.

Fortunately, nowadays tree-planting initiatives have been reinforced by awareness of the benefits of trees to combat global warming. Several local charities and parishes need volunteers for tree-planting days.  See particularly “Cambridge Past Present & Future” needing volunteers at Coton.

“Lies, Damned Lies, & Statistics”
Writing on ramblersnet, Roy Hunt disparages conclusions drawn from a Ramblers’ Volunteer Survey, to which just 644 members replied on-line.

As a parting shot, he says,  “Remember, more people die in bed than anywhere else – so all the time you are out walking you improve your chances of surviving another day!

“Towpath Talk”
This is a free newspaper, which is sometimes available at the office at Baits Bite LockAs the title suggests, it’s all about waterwaysIssue 52 of January 2010 has a front page article on a possible creation of a “national trust” for the waterways. 

On 17 December, British Waterways published its proposals “Setting a new course, Britain’s Waterways in the Third Sector”. The move to create a trust, rather than direct state control, has the aim of securing the future of canals and navigations in England and Wales, and has met with wide support  As a charity, British Waterways would be the 13th largest charity by income.  The waterways have been suffering from real term grant reduction since 2003, and without ongoing maintenance the 200 year-old network will once again go into decline.    The article speaks of 11 million visitors a year to the network, which doubtless includes lots of walkers as well as boaters, fishermen, birdwatchers,  and others.

The full report can be read on :

Mid-Anglia Line Station-to-Station Walks 2010
You are invited to join walks led by Ramblers’ Association volunteer Roger Wolfe on behalf of the Mid-Anglia Rail Passengers Assoc.
For more info. phone 01473 726649 or e-mail
All walks are on Saturdays; starting place and time are shown, and walk distance.

10 April Ipswich-Needham Market  Ipswich station forecourt 9.15; 11.5 miles
24 April Needham Market-Stowmarket  Needham Market sta.yard 9.30; 6.5 miles
1 May Stowmarket – Elmswell  Stowmarket sta forecourt 9.50; 7 miles
22 May Elmswell – Thurston  Elmswell station 9.45; 7.8 miles
12 June Thurston – Bury St Edmunds  Thurston station 9.50; 7.5 miles
19 June Kennett – Bury St Edmunds  Kennett sta 7.15 ; 8.5 miles; or Bury rail sta forecourt, 9.48 bus 312 to Barrow; 11.5miles
26 June Kennett to Newmarket  Kennett station 10.15; 10.8 miles
10 July Dullingham – Newmarket  Dullingham station 9.20; 7 miles
24 July Dullingham – Fulbourn  Dullingham station 9.20; 8.5 miles
31 July Fulbourn – Cambridge   Fulbourn Post Office 10.25; 8.5 miles
14 Aug Newmarket – Soham  Newmarket Rail Station 9.15; 11 miles
Aug 21 Soham – Ely  Soham memorial 10.00; 6.5 miles

Where to stop for coffee?
The following paragraphs are adapted from correspondence in ramblersnet, with acknowledgements to Malcolm Macdonnell, Brian Reader, Geoff Mullett, and others countrywide.

How does one interpret the use of a public right of way, when stopping for a coffee break? In East Sussex, 21 people on a walk were asked not to stop on a path for their coffee. The (presumed) landowner on a quad-bike spotted them from a distance & turned back especially to “challenge” their action.

Advice comes from the “Blue Book” (Rights of Way, A Guide to Law & Practice). It quotes Lord Justice Smith in his judgement in Hickman v Maisey (1900) who said “If a man, while using a highway for passage, sat down to rest himself, to call that a trespass would be unreasonable.  Similarly, if a man took a sketch from a highway, I should say that no reasonable person would treat that as an act of trespass.”

In a more recent case, DPP v Jones, The Lord Chancellor said “The public have the right to use the public highway  for such reasonable and usual activities as are consistent with the general public’s primary right to use the highway for purposes of passage and repassage”,  and went on to find a demonstration on the highway verge was legitimate usage and not a trespass.  However, he continued “On a narrow footpath, for example, the right to use the highway would be highly unlikely to extend to a right to remain, since that would almost inevitably be inconsistent with the public’s primary right to pass and repass”…

One of the authors of “The Blue Book”, John Riddall, published a detailed article for the Open Spaces Society,  reproduced in:

The John Muir Trust
As an enthusiast for the wide open spaces, coasts and mountains of Scotland, we are supporters of the John Muir Trust, which seeks to ensure that wild land is protected and  valued. See

Some  of the statistics from their 2009 Annual report are below.

  • 160 000 visitors used the path to the summit of Ben Nevis
  • 25 000 native tree seedlings were planted on Skye in 2009
  • 22 work parties contributed 520 conservation days
  • A project to control path erosion on Quinag has been completed

The huge outcry which greeted the decision to allow the Beauly-Denny electricity transmission line showed the 20 000 objectors were speaking for a much wider cohort.

Friends of St Etheldreda’s Reach
The Friends cordially invite ramblers walking in their vicinity to have tea or coffee and cakes in their hall between the church & the pub in the village centre. Toilets are also available.
Contact   phone 01638 742924

Parish of the Month – Hadstock
Although in Essex, Hadstock, 12 miles SE of Cambridge,  looks to its nearest shops and transport in nearby Linton, over the Cambridge border.

Once Hadstock had a market, and the village assumed a greater importance.  The  manor house is Elizabethan, with a central chimney having 8 octogonal shafts, and other fine thatched cottages cluster below the church.

The church is believed to be Canute’s “Fair Minster” built 1020, celebrating Danish victory over Edmund Ironside at Ashdon (“Assandune”) in 1016. The nave & north transept remain, but a C15th porch covers the original Saxon doorway, on which the old oak door was reputed once to have been covered by the skin of a Dane. (The church guide says that when the door was repaired, a piece of human skin was found under one of the hinges). The south transept was rebuilt in the C14th, and the west tower added ca. 1450.

Hadstock also has a possible association with the lost settlement of Icanho, mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as having a monastery founded 654.   Abbot Botolph was buried in Icanho ca 680. A large early Saxon grave was found against the E wall of the south transept, and it is known that the body of St Botolph was removed in 970, and relics distributed to Ely and Thorney Abbey. However, there are other possible contenders for Icanho, and I recommend reading the display board at the rear of the churchyard, describing archaeological investigations.

On the N side of the churchyard is St Botolph’s Holy Well, feeding a small pond.  Once a source of water for the village, it was declared insanitary before WWII.

Walks from Hadstock; Explorer 209
Hadstock has a complex network of paths. The following brief notes may be of assistance in designing walks.

From Linton, there are several approaches.
(1a) Cross the A1307 to Malting Lane, pass Malting Cottages & the stump of the old mill, and continue on “Chalky Road” (muddy lane) joining the road into Hadstock.  Turn off  at TL566452 by an old red-painted wagon wheel and footpath sign on the right, to reach the recreation ground by a narrow wooded path, then a field edge.

(1b) Opposite Malting Cottages, a signed path crosses a field, and should continue SSW up the arable field, and towards Hadstock rec.  Common practice crosses the bridge over the ditch at the end of the first field, and turns E along the field edge, then S up the hedge, continuing on the field path into the rec.

(1c) Cross the A1307 near the top of High Street, and start up the B1052’s footway towards Hadstock.  Beyond Linton Zoo, an asphalt path “Lens Path” climbs parallel and just above the road into Hadstock. Beware cyclists!

(1d) From the B1052 beyond the Zoo, at the same place where the tarmac path starts, TL 558460, a bridleway branches off SW.  Follow this to a bridge over a ditch at TL553453.  This, too leads to Hadstock.

Once in the village, a network of paths leads from behind the church.
(2) Follow one of these generally S, from the carpark behind the church, keeping close to trees behind large wild gardens.  The path turns into the trees to descend steps to the B1052 towards Saffron Walden at TL 558446. Go S (cautiously) down this road to the ‘Harrison Sayer’ nature reserve, at TL 557441.  The entrance is down an earth bank, to find unimproved boulderclay grassland on the site of a wartime airbase.  Flowers include wild liquorice, bee orchid, twayblade, fairy flax, blue fleabane, wild roses.

(3)  From the steps described in (2) turn back N on the B1052 for a few metres.  Find a seat by a pond overhung by a willow. Turn down the adjacent path, between a stream and garden hedge. At the end, TL 557 446, turn right, N,  to find a path back to the N end of the village, and the start of Len’s path to Linton Zoo.

(4) From the path described in (3) at TL557446, continue W on a waymarked path past Pen Farm, and thence to join the Icknield Way LDP which leads either back to Linton or to Great Chesterford.

(5) Continue on the B1052 past the Nature reserve described in (2).  Shortly, a signed bridleway leads W to join the Icknield Way LDP just W of Burtonwood Farm. Follow either the IW footpath, or Cow Lane into Great Chesterford.

(6) Between Hadstock Church, and New Farm Cottages, S of the road to Bartlow, there is a well-waymarked network of short paths worth investigating.  En route to Bartlow, use of the road between New Farm Cottages and the Bartlow Crossroads seems unavoidable. Unfortunately, the track of the old railway is not available.

(7) From the stile behind the church carpark, go SSE on a long cross-field path to Little Bowsers.  From here, a number of possible paths lead to Ashdon.  There is some waymarking, but the route is best not attempted unless the ground is dry, and the path has been reinstated. Alternatively from Bowsers, a byway may be located running WSW to Mitchells, and thence to Butlers Farm, and thus to Saffron Walden.

For all practical purposes, Hadstock can be assumed to have no transport, so routes are best designed from Linton, through Hadstock to Chesterford, Ashdon, or Walden.

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This is a privately produced magazine, and the views expressed are solely those of the editor, or of the author of an individual item. Janet Moreton 01223 356889


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CANTAB24 April 2004

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One emphasis in this issue is on Uttlesford, Essex, an administrative district named after a rather obscure little village.  There is some excellent walking to be had in this quiet, northern part of Essex, in spite of the presence of nearby Stansted.  With plans for airport expansion, many of these walks will be a deal less peaceful in the years to come, so I would exhort you to enjoy some rambling in these parts while you may.

Readers may be intrigued to learn that copies of Cantab are posted regularly to two former local walkers who are still members of Ramblers’Association Cambridge Group, now living in Collobrières, Provence.  Marie-Claire and Kalman Szaz tell of their surveying paths in the lovely wooded, hilly district around their village, as part of a plan by the mayor to produce a local walking guide.

Janet Moreton

Great Chesterford
This Essex parish is only 6 miles from Cambridge [ed. should say 10 miles], and, lying on the Icknield Way Long Distance Path, is a popular venue with walkers.  Although easily accessible by rail, and with a bus service, parking for parties of walkers is less easy, and care should be taken not to block the narrow village streets.  But visits to Great and Little Chesterford are well worthwhile, there being several excellent walking routes as well as the Icknield Way. But tarry awhile in the village before setting off, consider its long history, and note the fine old buildings which still stand.

Prehistory and The Romans
Evidence of prehistoric settlements in the area are to be found in stone tools in Saffron Walden Museum.  The first contemporary historical record of residents appears in the writings of Julius Caesar, in 54 BC, who mentions the local tribe, the Trinovantes.  These were indigenous iron-age farmers, possibly with a Belgic warrior ruling class. A fine bronze mirror of this period was recovered from the village. (1)

A small, first century Roman fort was built somewhere between the road junction of Stane Street and the Chelmsford road. A much larger fort, indicative of a determination to keep tight control on East Anglia, dates from after the Boudicca uprising in 60 AD. (1)  The Trinovantes were romanised & drawn into the larger province.

This second fort, Duroviguto, stood a little W of the present village and close to the river.   It covered 35 acres (14 ha) and was capable of accommodating half a legion as well as auxillaries.  A civilian settlement, centred around the S gate of the fort, started life outside the walls but by the second century, civilian buildings were standing inside the line of later town walls. The fort grew into a walled town, second in East Anglia only to Colchester, and existing into the fourth century.  Traces of numerous wooden houses of rectangular plan with gravel or earthen floors were found all over the N sector of the walled area.  Substantial buildings existed, some with roller-stamped daub, implying walls plastered and painted. A late corridor-type villa was found.  Another imposing structure in the settlement is suggested by a large octagonal block of carved sandstone, discovered in C18th, and now in the British Museum.   Of the original 8 faces, only 4 survive, each with a head – Mercury, Jupiter, Mars & Venus.  It may be all that remains of a Jupiter column.

The stout defensive walls of the Roman town were still standing in part in the C18th, as described by Stukeley.  However, they were constantly being robbed to provide stone for building and road repair. Twelve enormous iron scythes, iron blades and cropping shears were found in a Roman hoard. Roman coins and pottery are in Saffron Walden museum. In the early C20th, all that remained of the walls were a robbers’ trench, but now, sadly, not even that.  The Roman town was excavated in 1948 for the then Ministry of Public Buildings and Works before gravel digging. (2)

Historic buildings in Great and Little Chesterford
The village is a large one & numerous houses remain from a time when it had an important market. (3) The restored church is ancient:  it was formerly cruciform and much longer than at present. There was a large W tower which fell and destroyed the W end of the nave and aisles in the late C14th. It was rebuilt E of its old position, but this fell in 1790 and was again rebuilt 2 years later, then was altered in 1842. The chancel is probably C13th, as is a lancet window remaining in the N wall.  The nave is late C13th, but the aisles rebuilt in the C15th, when chapels were added  N & S of the chancel.  There are some gargoyles on its walls and a winged dragon sprawling over one of the buttresses. Sycamores & pines enhance the churchyard, which has by its entrance one of the village’s fine old houses.  Timbered & plastered, with overhanging gable, this was built in 1470, with good timber work, and a pargetted front with 1692 shown on a panel.

The history of the village is celebrated by the fine wooden sign on the green. It recalls Roman origins, the coming of the railway in the C19th. to displace coach-and-horses, as well as local farming traditions and the church.

On the Icknield Way route down Manor Lane, one passes the old Manor Farm – although much altered, the house retains a beam carved with the Pelican of Piety.  Near the B1385 river bridge  is a large C19th mill (converted into smart flats).

Our walks may take us past  Little Chesterford church, where looking out over the willows fringing the River Cam is an historic manor house, dating from the time of Magna Carta.  The house can be viewed from the churchyard. The oldest part is the kitchen wing from which 2 deeply moulded doorways lead into a central hall. It is thought-provoking to consider the oak posts with their moulded capitals and remember that they have been here since 1275. This is possibly the oldest inhabited house in Essex.  It is H – shaped but originally consisted of the E wing only, which was built of flint and stone ca 1190. The church dates back to the C13th., though the chancel was rebuilt ca. 1380.  There is an early C16th screen separating nave from chancel.(3)

Routes around The Chesterfords
The Icknield Way.(4)
Many of us will have approached the village down the Icknield Way LDP. The bridleway leaves the road on Strethall Field on a signed cross-field path, often sticky in Winter.  However down the field, one enters a very pleasant hedged lane, which eventually leads to the bridge over the M11.  It goes down a ramp, and rejoins the wooded lane, passing a couple of houses, then turns left alongside the railway embankment, and emerges on the road beside the level crossing, and near the station.

For interest, as well as being part of a skein of parallel routes which formed the prehistoric Icknield Way, this path is also on the line of a Roman Road which ran from Braughing in Essex, through Great Chesterford, to Worstead Lodge. (5)

The Icknield Way Path leaves the village along Manor Lane, turns left to cross the B184 Walden Road, and follows a good track N towards Burtonwood Farm.  Just short of the farm there is one field to cross.  This Winter, for the first time, the mid-field section was left unploughed – a big improvement.

Two other routes leave the Walden Road going North.  These are the hard-surfaced, quiet Cow Lane and Park Road.  Excellent walking circuits can be made by walking up one of these 3 paths, and returning down one of the others.  Some possible combinations are:

  • Gt C along the Icknield Way (IW) to Burtonwood Farm, then farm access road to Cow Lane & back to Gt C.  (4 miles).
  • The more energetic may extend this along the IW route into Linton, returning via the ruins of Crave Hall  (11 miles).
  • Or go up Park Road to Park Farm Gt C.  Follow the waymarked path over the county boundary towards Abington Park Farm, and turn right along the N edge of Hildersham Wood.  A path leads along field boundaries to join the bridleway between Linton silos and Crave Hall, and thence back to Gt.C (7 miles).
  • This excursion may be extended into Abington, via the former Land Settlement, Hildersham, and Little Linton (12 miles).

From Burtonwood Farm, other excursions could lead across Hadstock old airfield, returning via Linton and Crave Hall.

Both Manor Lane and Rose Lane in the village also give access to a well-maintained path going SE to Little Chesterford.  Having viewed the Church & manor house, continue S by the R.Cam to Springwell, where cross the B 184 and climb the hill on a signed path starting beside the nursery.  This path gives a stupendous view of the Cam Valley, climbing E, before turning S near the summit, and gradually descending into Saffron Walden.  This is a route for landscape epicures – and has several seats on which to pause and admire.

Within the village, at the junction with the far N end of Carmel St & the B 1383 is the path into the large recreation ground. The right of way goes round the rear of the pavilion, to run beside a hedge in an arable field and exit onto the B184 near Park Road.  Another exit is via Meadow Rd, off Jackson’s Lane.

1. Peoples of Roman Britain – The Trinovantes, by Rosalind Dunnett Publ. Duckworth, 1975.p.30.

2. The King’s England – Essex,by Arthur Mee, Publ. Hodder & Stoughton, 1966 Ed. pp.119 – 120; 172

3. Uttlesford District Council Official Guide, Home Publishing Co. Ltd. 1982 pp. 37, 39.

4. The Icknield Way – a walker’s guide.  Publ. The Icknield Way Assoc. 3rd Ed. 1993.

5. Roman Roads in Britain  Ivan.D.Margary  Publ. John Baker (revised edition) 1973.

Hadstock’s Nature Reserve
On a recent circuit from Great Chesterford through Hadstock, we discovered an unusual nature reserve. It is on the west side of the B1052, at TL 557 441, on the hill nearly 1km from the centre of Hadstock village, and not far from the start of the bridleway running towards Burtonwood Farm.

A display board by the roadside gives its name, “Harrison Sayer”, after a previous owner.  It is a curious place, with residual concrete and two huge old fuel tanks amongst the grass and scrub, dating from its past use as a wartime airbase. When we were there in January, the site, on heavy clay, was partly flooded, but in the Summer, we are promised a display of wild roses, bee orchid, wild liquorice, twayblade, fairy flax and blue fleabane. An interesting place, rather than beautiful, but we shall go there again.

Len’s Path, Hadstock, Essex
This is the name of a smart new gravel path running from the end of the footway on the Linton Road, near the Zoo, at TL 557 460, to the edge of Hadstock village at TL 557 451. The path, a shared route for pedestrians and cyclists, was made by Hadstock Parish Council in September 2003, with financial assistance from the Countryside Agency.  Its southern end meets the road at the same point as the Icknield Way bridleway, and thus avoids walkers needing to use the narrow deep-cut road into Hadstock.

On a recent walk, the waymarking of Hadstock paths to a high standard was much admired.

Afoot in Collobrières, Provence
Collobrières is a most attractive village, with a population of about 1600, situated in the Massif des Maures, in central Provence, some 35 km ENE of Toulon.  The nearest towns are Hyères, and Aix-en-Provence. A network of narrow residential streets of tall old houses nestle together to exclude strong sunshine,  between Notre Dame des Victoires church at one end of the village, and below the ruined twelfth century church of Saint Pons on a rocky promontory. The village has banks, a doctor, a good range of shops, restaurants, two hotels, campsite, and overnight gites, and a tourist office* which produces a guidebook in English. The village is surrounded by vineyards shaded by peach-trees, and forested hills, including cork oaks and sweet chestnut trees, for which the place is famous. The area has wonderful flowers in the Spring, menhirs (standing stones), wayside shrines, ancient threshing floors, old monasteries on the hills, and ancient farms that look as though they themselves grew out of the soil, along with the trees.

From the village, Marrons Glacés are tranported throughout the world, and chestnuts can come in every culinary guise. The local rosé  wine is light and delicious, as well as a fuller red. There are wine festivals and Chestnut Festival weekends in the Autumn, when the village is very crowded.

For the walker, the hills and forests are a source of delight,  as we have discovered ourselves on several visits, when our walking has been guided by experts, Kalman & Marie-Claire Szaz. In recent years, a nature trail near the village has been waymarked with attractive plaques, but although the waymarked grande randonnée (GR) routes 9, 90 & 51 pass nearby, the local paths are sometimes obscure and overgrown.

Kalman & Marie-Claire are working to overcome this, by producing surveys which hopefully will be used as a basis for a new walkers’ guidebook to the village. Kalman writes,
“The Conseil General of the Var (equivalent of the County Council) decided to clear, waymark and maintain certain paths in the parish of Collobrières.  The idea is to guide tourists away from the crowded coast towards the interior, help the economy of the smaller villages, promote health by walking, riding, cycling…  Early in December, M-C and I were invited by the local councillor responsible for the forest to check the new waymarking.  With others, the two of us, or just myself did 10 walks in December and January. I prepared an illustrated report on each walk and gave them to the councillor.

“The work was nicely done but a few problems remain.  Paths already waymarked were not recognised as such, some old marks had been removed, others duplicated.  Certain guidebooks need rewriting. For some reason, connections with existing long-distance paths are poorly indicated;  maybe signposts are coming?  We are waiting for the publication of maps showing the newly opened and marked paths.

“I fear that the official recognition of some paths might lead to the closure of others.  Already, a notice ‘close the gate’ (because of the goats) has been replaced by ‘no entry’. On a track of transhumance (used in the old days for the migration of sheep between the South and the Alps) ‘private’ signs appeared.

“The FFRP (the French RA) also shows an interest in our area.  They publish TOPO-GUIDES, descriptions of the French footpaths and a representative recently visited Collobrières.  The plan is to create a guide covering the parishes of Collobrières, Pierrefeu, and Bormes. I hope they call it ‘Heart of the Maures on foot’  The village would benefit from the inclusion in such a guide but there is a little fear that the users of the guide in case of accidents hold the Mayor responsible.  So we propose that the new white-green paths (the waymarking livery) should form the circuits;  they are the County Council’s responsibility.”

All these problems associated with opening up of path networks, waymarking, and production of walking guides will be only too familiar to those of us who have been involved, over the years, with the promotion of path networks in East Anglia.

But central Provence is a wonderful area, which we would recommend for walking outside of the hottest months (mid-June to September, when temperatures are often above 30 degC).  If this article has aroused your interest, contact the Tourist Office,* Boulevard Caminat, 83610, Collobrières, France.

Cantab Rambler by E-Mail & Post
Cantab usually appears every two months. A large number of you now receive Cantab by e-mail. By hand, 10p is appreciated towards the cost of paper and ink. If you would like to receive an issue by post, please send a large SAE, and a 10p stamp.

Offers of brief articles will be gratefully received.

This is a privately produced magazine, and the views expressed are solely those of the editor, or of the author of an individual item. Janet Moreton 01223 356889


Price 10 pence where sold

© Janet Moreton, 2004