Friday, 4 April 2014

Haddenham Village

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 04 April 2014
Walkers - Steve Smith, Gina Smith
Accommodation - Two Acres Caravan & Camping, Little Thetford, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Start Point - Opposite phone box near Kings Head pub, Wilburton (TL 48187 74942)
Start Time - 12:06
Finish Point - Opposite phone box near Kings Head pub, Wilburton (TL 48187 74942)
Finish Time - 14:57
Duration - 2hrs 51mins
Average pace - 1.73mph
Distance Walked - 4.94miles
Height Ascended - 75.27metres

Peaks visited
Historic County Tops(49E - 63E&W - 94E,W&S)
Haddenham Village (22E - 26E &W -27E,W&S)
E: England
E&W: England & Wales
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Walk Summary
Although the purpose of the walk was to visit one of the few peaks in East Anglia and one of the few within a 50 mile radius of home, the highlight was intended to be a walk along part of the Ouse Valley Way along the River Great Ouse.

The plan was to walk about 11 miles but with a later start than planned and the need to be back in Ipswich by late afternoon to be home in time for a cross fit class at 6:30 meant we would not have time to do the full walk.

Also after a very pleasant warm week, today was somewhat murky, so when we turned south on to Linden End Field and saw the open views across Holme Fen shrouded in mist we decided with the peak of the day bagged to cut the walk short and head back to Wilburton along Fen Side.

More to the point getting lost, or at least not being where we expected to be on three separate occasions, meant more valuable time was eaten up. It is really difficult navigating through built up areas with an OS 1:50000 scale map.

At 39m, Haddenham Village - Isle of Ely Historic County Top qualifies as one of the lowest peaks in the UK.

Not quite in the 610m league of the English and Welsh Nuttalls but a peak non the less.Gina is not interested in the high hills but likes walking, so we will be walking more lower peaks and more National Trails together. We will be concentrating on the Marilyns, HuMPS and County Tops below 500m but will also walking National Trails with the wife. We have already walked the Great Glen Way and plan to walk the West Highland Way later this year.

In the mean time we will be using our trips in the camper van  to visit different areas in England, Wales & Scotland. Some of the time away will be set aside for walking, basing routes around the lower peaks and sampling sections of the multi-day walks.

Whilst I am still going to finish the Nuttalls and carry on with the Munros,  I expect there will be more walks with the wife I may therefore be changing title of my Blog to just just "Peak Bagging and Long Distance Walks".

Looks like next week we will be scaling even greater heights - Pinchbeck Marsh, the Historic County Top of Holland with Lincolnshire. I reckon at 8m it is the lowest altitude registered peak in the UK.

They may not be 2000ft but I am really pleased to share my passion with the most important person in my life. What is more we open up the rest of this lovely country we live in to find excuses to go to places we would never have dreamed of visiting. We will be back to walk along the Great Ouse and around Ely Marina.

More Photographs

Haddenham Village - Isle of Ely Historic County Top, from Junction of The Rampart and A1123

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