Long Distance Walkers Association
If you like walking you may be interested to know about a national organisation that exists to promote walking longer distance as a recreational or challenge activity.
The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) promotes distance walking through its regional groups. For example the nearest LDWA group to Great Gidding is the Beds, Bucks and Northamptonshire group who meet regularly on Thursdays for 15 mile walks and Sundays for 20 mile walks in the counties mentioned.
As stated previously the distances walked range from 15 miles and 20 miles. There are other organised events where greater distances are covered and these are regarded as challenge events. The ultimate being 100 miles in 48 hours !
All walks have a leader who is competent in map reading and social skills to ensure you enjoy the walk . They must count you out and count you back in and deal with any on route issue. Start points usually have decent car parking for the rural based groups.
As usual the web site is the best source of information. To find the group walks start from the LDWA Home Page and drill down the pages thus – Events – View Events List – Group Walks – Beds, Bucks & Northants (example)