North East Walks

  • Take your dog - or just yourself
  • Check the weather before you set out

Example walks Shadforth WI have enjoyed:
  • Walk to Marsden Cliffs    
         (Aug 2007)
  • Snowdrop Walk to Hawthorn Dene  
        (Feb 2009)
  • Bluebell Walk to Houghall Woods
        (May 2009)                                             
  • Clover Leaf Walk at West Rainton, 4 miles 
        (Oct 2009)
The Stepping Out, 90 Mile Challenge 
Shadforth WI took part in the 2005 Stepping Out challenge, part of the NFWI's 90 year celebrations of the WI in Britain. This challenged members to walk a minimum of 90 miles between January and December 2005. Walks were varied as to difficulty and length to allow as many people as possible to participate. The competition also involved making a scrapbook detailing the walks, competing for the Elizabeth Bell Trophy which was awarded at the 2006 NFWIs AGM.
Report on the 90 Mile Challenge - 2005 
(Report by Joyce St.Julian, Walks Group Coordinator and then President of Shadforth WI, January 2006)

"Six members have completed the WI Stepping Out 90 Mile Challenge 2005, having individually walked between 90 and 300 miles (a combined total of almost 1200 miles). These involved 6 planned WI walks, as well as jaunts with family and friends, in many parts of the country and abroad. Some members were already enthusiastic walkers, but others have been encouraged by the challenge and increased their mileage substantially. The WI walks have been great fun, chatting to friends whilst getting fit, in beautiful surroundings. 

Several additional members, who did not complete the challenge, still participated in some group walks and increased their normal level of activity. It is hoped to continue the walks in 2006. A scrapbook has been compiled by the members and submitted to DCFWI for the Elizabeth Bell Trophy competition."
ACWW:  Women Walk the World

2012 - 2014.  Leading up to 29th April 2014 (ACWW Day) members got involved with ACWW’s annual ‘Women Walk the World’ event. Members from various socieites, families and friends took part in sponsored walks across the world to raise money, and bring awareness to ACWW’s support, friendship and practical help in improving the lives of women and their families in communities around the world. 

To encourage involvement ACWW ran a competition, where the best/winning picture of a Walk would appear on the front cover of ACWW's magazine, 'The Countrywoman'. The best photo came from Ceredigion Federation of WIs, Wales