Muddy Walkers is an informal walking group based in Stansted Mountfitchet. We meet every week from March to October to walk together, talk together and connect with nature.
Everyone is welcome to join. You can come with friends or family or alone. We follow a different route each week, which can include some of the many paths and public alleys around the village, permissive paths through the fields and farms and the two nature reserves close by. We tend to walk in twos and threes so there is always someone to chat with. Many of our walkers have made new friends through the group. We also meet from time to time for social events which are completely optional.
The group facilitators are volunteers from Let’s Talk, Stansted! with mental health and emergency first aid training.
MEETING TIME: Currently 7PM every Thursday (March-October) and occasional evenings from November to February.
MEETING POINT: Outside the Coop off Lower Street, next to the car park.
GETTING THERE: The Coop is off the main roundabout on Lower Street. The postcode is CM24 8SP and parking is free of charge after 5:30PM, although we’d encourage you to walk or cycle to the start point if you can.
STRUCTURE: We walk together as a group. Children between 13 and 17 must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate. Children under 13 must be accompanied.
ROUTES: We follow different routes each week around Stansted. In the summer months we follow the paths, lanes and fields. In the winter months we try to follow well-lit, but quiet streets. Typically we walk between 3 and 4 miles (60-90 minutes) and there some hills involved.
PREPARATION: Please come dressed for the weather conditions with boots or stout shoes. We recommend you carry water, a snack, a fully charged mobile phone and a rain mac or umbrella.
REGISTRATION: There is no need to register in advance but we recommend you give us a call to check that we’re meeting on the week you wish to come along. Anyone can turn up and register before you start walking. Registration of basic details is necessary for insurance purposes, but we treat all information in the strictest confidence. YOU WILL ONLY NEED TO REGISTER ONCE.