The 5 rivers of Ware (April 2022)
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BOOKING OPENS 4 MARCH
Today's blockbuster 13-14 mile CIRCULAR strong-paced walk starts from the railway station in the attractive market town of Ware and takes in not one, not two, but FIVE different rivers.
We start by following the River Lee out of Ware towards the east, before quickly turning north and tracking the River Ash towards Wareside, picking up parts of the disused Ware-Buntingford railway (closed in 1964). Passing through forests and fields and past churches, moats and halls, we meet the River Rib at Thundridge before turning south west and ticking off several stately homes, a country club and golf course, a business park, a number of farms and a Carmelite Monastery before hitting the River Beane.
Following the banks of the River Lee (which has by this time consumed the River Beane), we head back to Ware, brushing past our fifth and final river (the excitingly-named New River) before finishing our walk and our series at the railway station.
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What to bring
Water: bring at least a litre
Medicines: if you have any ailments etc.
Rucksack: or any other bag
Footwear: hiking boots or sturdy trainers.
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally not jeans which become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
You will need a packed lunch, and plenty of water and snacks to see you through the day. We will stop for a picnic lunch at a suitably scenic spot; for your own comfort you may wish to bring something to sit on.