Jane’s Walk Returns

If you’re experiencing political fatigue once the CBC elections are out of the way this weekend, you could do a lot worse than to rediscover some civic pride with the ACE Jane’s Walk weekend taking place in Sunny Colch.

Jane’s Walk is a global celebration of Jane Jacobs – an urban activist who basically believed that you can change your patch by walking it, and celebrating the surroundings in the company of others.

It’s a simplistic approach that seems to fit our town just perfect. Colchester is the ideal size to explore on foot. The social history stories to share cover thousands of years.

Walk Colchester will be organising the 6th Jane’s Walk weekend over the 6th, 7th and 8th of May. An ACE schedule has been put together.

All of the walks are volunteer led. There’s still time to even suggest and lead a walk yourself.

We thought of pitching in with a post-election CBC Winners and Losers walk around the various wards.

But we’d probably just spend all weekend in Wivenhoe trying to take in the post-election fall out.

Sharing online and offline is actively encouraged. This is a great opportunity to capture the walks, and then to share online.

Here’s a snapshot of what we discovered back in 2012.

Plus all of the walks are very much family friendly. There’s even a Horrible Histories ramble around our town, led by a couple of enthusiastic young folk.

Walk it like you talk it, etc.


Fixing the Link – Colchester Station to the Town Centre
The elephant at Colchester Station (south-side forecourt)
Led By Jane Thompson
May 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM, 1 Hour

Fiona Broom’s Sites of Former Employment
The Three Wise Monkeys
Led By Fiona Broom
May 6, 2016 at 6:30 PM, 1.5 Hours

The Story of Colchester’s Water Supply
Jumbo water tower
Led By Brian Light
May 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM, 2 Hours

EVENT: Jane’s Walk lunchtime launch (this is NOT a walk!) and ONE-IDEA-ONE-MINUTE (open to all)…
Led By Rowena Macaulay
May 7, 2016 at 1:00 PM, 1 Hour

Tracing Britain’s Oldest Town Wall
Castle Methodist Church, Maidenburgh St (top end)
Led By Philip Crummy (Dir of Colchester Archaeological Trust)
May 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM, 1.5 Hours

Lagoon Blooms
The end of Haven Road opposite the Anglian Water site (CO2 8HP)
Led By Michael and Christine Lavelle
May 7, 2016 at 2:30 PM, 2 Hours

The Castle to The Tower
Entrance to the Castle
Led By Robert Johnstone
May 7, 2016 at 5:00 PM, 1.5 Hours

Haunted Colchester: North Hill to East
The Marquis of Granby PH car park (North Hill / Northgate St)
Led By Rob Brown
May 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM, 2 Hours

The Myland Orbital
High Woods Country Park Visitor Centre (CO4 5JR)
Led By Robert Johnstone, Pam Nelson
May 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM, 2 Hours

‘Landescape: The Defence of the Ancient Tribal Kingdom (foraging and history along Grymes Dyke)
The Leather Bottle PH car park, Straight Road, Colchester
Led By Mitch Mclean
May 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM, 2.5 Hours

All Trees Great and Small!
The Castle bridge
Led By Christopher Howard
May 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM, 2 Hours

The Surprise of the Hythe!
Meet at Hythe Station
Led By Belinda Federl
May 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM, 2 Hours

Observing Colchester, through the lens of Jane Jacobs
Firstsite art gallery (cafe)
Led By Rebecca Rocket
May 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM, 2 Hours