This morning my friend, Ana and I walked to White Notley Church. The weather was overcasted and threatened rain, but we decided to risk it. By the time we arrived back at our village it began to rain heavily.

St Etheldreda Church.

St Etheldreda Church is built on the site of the earlier Roman temple. St Etheldreda was a East Anglian princess, also a Fenland and Nothumbrian queen and Abbess of Ely. The church dates from the 10th century. My friend and I walked two and half miles from our village and back in two hours and forty-five minutes. We followed part of the Essex Way a footpath which is a long-distance path stretching from Epping to Harwich a distance of 81 miles.

I thought this window was amazing as it has a wooden frame.

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      1. It’s a growing trend where I live too, housing estates popping up in what used to be open fields. Many of them don’t have any infrastructure around them, no shops, schools, or surgeries.

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      2. That’s what happened here. The crazy thing is the people moving here are expecting it to be like living in a town. They want everything they had in the city they wanted to get away from 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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    1. They do it in parts staying at B&B or hotels. England isn’t like America or Canada with large wild places. England is a patchwork of parkland and farmland. We have areas of outstanding beauty which are protected for public use which can’t be built on. Public footpaths give people the right to roam free across the countryside but we must stay on the footpaths.

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      1. I like that the town (county? city?) councils thought ahead to preserve your areas of beauty. The additional rule about staying on the footpaths no doubt keeps irresponsible people from littering, too, so that’s good.

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      2. In the 1930 people demanded the right to roam. City folk wanted fresh air and place to walk so national parklands were set up and hiking and rambling became popular. A whole movement got started to protect footpath across the country. Farmers can move footpaths for reasons of safety etc but they must clearly mark them. Walkers must keep to the footpath and not damage crops or allow dogs to frighten livestock.

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