Swimming and walks in the Stour valley

Ruth Philo and Stuart Bowditch present …

Walk Wissington to Wormingford, 13th September 10am – 1pm

 Words from Wissington to Wormingford with James Canton

James will be discussing the links between literature and landscape based around a visit to Wissington Church and a walk over the Stour up towards Wormingford. Dr James Canton has written widely in creative non-fiction forms and taught on the MA in Wild Writing at the University of Essex since its inception in 2009. His book Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape (2013) is inspired by rural wanderings in the county. His latest work Ancient Wonderings: Journeys into Prehistoric Britain is published by Collins in June 2017. The Oak Papers that James will talk about on the walk remains a work in progress.

Start point – Wissington Church    ​End Point – Wormingford

 Swim at Dedham, Saturday 16th September 10-11am

with Kevin Sheath from Dedham River Swimmers

Please contact us here if you would like to join Kevin on a swim in the River Stour. The swim will be suitable for all swimming abilities and the river is shallow enough to stand at any point along this stretch.

Walk 6 Saturday 30th September 10am – 1pm

A Walk through the East Country with Jules Pretty 

Jules Pretty will be leading and narrating a walk on the valley sides and bottom of the Stour Valley. It will begin and end in Nayland, taking in the Suffolk side, walking through buzzard and red kite country, through woods and meadows, dropping down to Wiston Church to see the wall paintings of the medieval dragon, and return along the river itself. Professor Jules Pretty is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Environment & Society (University of Essex) and the author of award-winning coastal book, This Luminous Coast, and the newly published The East Country.

Start point – Nayland       ​End Point – Nayland

All events are free but booking essential – from 9th July