Between December 2013 and May 2014 the Cambridge Group revisited the West Anglian Way which follows the Cam, the Stort and the Lea rivers linking stations on the Cambridge to London Liverpool Street railway line. The walk was devised in 2002 by Janet and Roger Moreton of the Ramblers Cambridge Group and Mark Westley of the East Hertfordshire Group.
We started at Stage 2 (Dec 7, 12miles) from Whittlesford, where we crossed the River Cam at Hinxton and walked round Hinxton Mill before passing through Ickleton (Gt Chesterford station 1½ away) and Strethall, Wendens Ambo (Audley End station) and on to Newport.
Stage 3 (Jan 18, 11 miles) started at Newport, passing Stansted Mountfitchet (station) and joined the River Stort approaching Bishop’s Stortford.
Stage 4 (Feb 15, 10 miles) started at Bishop’s Stortford and followed the River Stort all the way to Harlow Town passing Sawbridgeworth (station) on the way.
Stage 5 (March 15, 10 miles) started at Harlow Town and followed the River Stort to its junction with the River Lee, with a diversion to Halls Green (passing Roydon station). The walks followed the Lee for about a mile before branching off to join the New River into Broxbourne.
Stage 6 (April 12, 10 miles) started in Broxbourne leaving the River Lee after about a mile to continue in countryside to the east. After visiting Waltham Abbey the walk returned to the River Lee and ran north to Cheshunt Station. This is the end of the original West Anglian Way.
Continuation 1 (April 26, 10 miles). From Cheshunt the walk retraced the way south along the River Lee and continued along the Lee Valley Walk to Tottenham Hale. There are several stations close by on the way.
Continuation 2 (17 May, 10 miles) was in the Summer Programme. This final walk started at Tottenham Hale and followed the historic route to Limehouse Basin and on to Tower Bridge on the Thames.
A Leaflet, which includes a map of the original route, is available for £5 from Lisa Woodburn, 140 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB1 7AJ, 01223 245566. Cheques payable to ‘Cambridge Group Ramblers Association’.
If you would like to see reports from the inaugural walks in 2002/2003, see CANTAB16 and CANTAB18.