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Inaugural walk marks celebrated links with historical Magna Carta

Magna Carta walk from Clare country park to Castle Hedingham ANL-150427-084634009
Magna Carta walk from Clare country park to Castle Hedingham ANL-150427-084634009

Despite a soggy start, around 140 people took part in the inaugural Magna Carta walk from Clare to Castle Hedingham on Saturday.

The event, which started in Clare Castle Country Park, was enjoyed by walkers of all ages with the youngest participant, three-year-old Kira Hawkins, from Clare, successfully completing the 8.5-mile route.

Joint organiser Derek Blake said he was delighted by the turnout.

“We had about 140 people registered and one always expects a drop out, but we didn’t get one despite the rain,” he said.

“Virtually everybody who said they were going to walk did walk.

“We had over 100 people from Clare, which is fantastic. It’s a great start to the Magna Carta celebrations.”

The project, undertaken jointly by Clare and Hedingham as part of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, has created a permanently marked route between the two Norman castles.

Clare was the seat of Richard and Gilbert de Clare and Castle Hedingham of Robert de Vere.

These were three of the 25 barons who acted as guarantors to King John’s sealing of the Magna Carta, with the walk celebrating the two communities’ connections with this important event.

Mr Blake said the walk allowed people of all ages to enjoy the scenery, as well as learn more about the history of the two places. Another walk of the route is scheduled for June.

“It has opened up a part of Essex that many people didn’t know,” he said.

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