The path itself is a disused railway line and goes from Takeley 15 miles east ending in Braintree. As much as I would have loved to have attempted the full 15 miles, there's the small matter of getting back to your car, etc, - not to mention the fact that walking 15 miles in one day is a pretty big ask, even for a mega-fit person! It actually took some patience to find the start of the path anyway because the "station" in Takeley is tucked behind houses, not sign posted from the road, so I had to do a wee bit of digging and take quite a few wrong turns before we eventually found it! When we arrived, we noticed that the old train station is now council offices and there was a meeting taking place as we walked past the front door! A very nice man came out and said we looked a bit lost, could he help us. I told him we were looking for the Flitch Way and he directed us to an opening in the fence behind the station where you can access the trail. He asked which direction we were heading, I told him we were going east towards Great Dunmow, but he recommended heading west which would bring us to Hatfield Forest - he said it was a much more interesting walk, so we decided to take his advice!
|The start of our walk, Takeley old station is on the right|
|Me and Verity at one of the "stations"|
|This was sweet - a swing on a rope at the end of someone's garden|
When we got back to the car, I decided to drive a few minutes to a pretty little village called Hatfield Broad Oak that we had driven through on the way. It was a typical old English village with a beautiful stone church and crooked old buildings. We wanted to find a tea shop to have a nice cup of tea (or coffee for me!) and a slice of cake, but apparently the only thing people in Hatfield Broad Oak like to drink is alcohol because there were two pubs and not a single tea shop!
|Crooked old archway in Hatfield Broad Oak|
|Crooked old house|
So, the reason I went a little bit mental today with my exercise is because I'm in a hurry to bring my running up to speed for Saturday. A bit slow on the uptake, I noticed that Adam at The Boring Runner is hosting a virtual 5k race on Saturday called Sweat your Thorns Off 5k! Basically, anyone can join in and you just run 5k where ever you want! He's got some wicked prizes up for grabs too! I thought I would join in because I'm running a 5k race at the end of August and if I run the whole 5k on Saturday, it will be a good benchmark for me.
I repeated session 2 of my 5k training today so walked 5 minutes, ran 3, walked 3 and then proceeded to run the whole way home. Walkmeter stopped counting after 25 minutes - but I reckon it was more like 27-28 minutes in total. The run was fine - it was a bit hard going, but I figured that was due to my long walk earlier in the day, and the heat (it was HOT today!). Now the only thing standing in my way is finding a 3.1 mile route! I added a bit extra to my usual loop, but it only seemed to add about 0.20 of a mile - making the total about 2.7 miles. My Walkmeter has a programme where you can set distance - so basically you tell it you want to run 3.1 miles and it will tell you when to stop. I think I'll just have to do this on Saturday and hope I can find a bit more distance somewhere!
Well, that was my very busy, very active day! Wish me luck for the race on Saturday!