Summer is on the wane. For the first time in weeks I had to inflate my car’s tyres rather than deflate them. As the temperature falls so does the pressure in the tyres.
Fifteen met in the car park by Stansted Forest for today’s ten mile walk. We headed west on the Monarch’s Way before turning north to go through the forest and emerge on the footpath by Warren Down. Here we caught up with the Kingston Ramblers and followed them to South Holt Farm and St Hubert’s Church at Idsworth. Our route went to Finchdean; theirs went to Chalton.
We stopped for coffee at the church. On a previous walk we stopped by the remains of the old ice house of Idsworth House (moved years ago to the west side of the railway line). The ice house remains have now been fenced off, presumably to stop cattle and sheep from falling in. The circular wall was a useful place to sit as long as one remembered not to lean back.
After lunch at Finchdean we headed east on a footpath that joined a track which took us to Forestside. Here we walked round the NE border of Stansted Forest, turned south through Wythy Piece, took a footpath across fields to Lumley Seat and reached the Monarch’s Way. We turned west and continued on the MW to the car park.
Six of us drove to the nearby Pavilion Tea Room at Stansted Park after the walk. We sat outside and competed with wasps for our cakes.
Map: OS X 120