Glen’s Messing about Messing Walk – Sunday, 27th February

Text contributed by Glenn T., pics by Glenn and Christina

Many thanks to Glen for organising and leading this lovely ten-eleven-mile walk from Kelvedon, Essex, on Sunday, which took us through some beautiful countryside. Thirteen of us turned out, with three, including myself, travelling by train from Colchester, the others by car from Suffolk. A beautifully sunny winter’s day with not a cloud in the sky.

From Kelvedon we passed through some lovely woodland, past a fishing lake and on to the pretty village of Messing which, incidentally, was named Essex’s Best Kept Village in 2007 and 2008! We stopped there on its attractive village green for our lunch break. In the afternoon in the course of our return to Kelvedon we walked through the large village of Tiptree (famous, of course, for Wilkin’s Jams) and the adjacent village of Inworth, passing another stretch of woodland with snowdrops aplenty and then Inworth Hall.

Arriving back at Kelvedon the group stopped at the Railway Tavern pub for some well-earned refreshment in the pub garden overlooking the River Blackwater – Sunday roast available – where we continued to enjoy the sunshine.

A very enjoyable day. The walk was well organised by Glen, started at a convenient ‘public transport friendly’ meeting location – especially for those of us travelling by train – and it was great to chat with both established members and new faces in the group.