SPRING has officially sprung, the weather has improved, and it’s time to get the walking boots out again and limber up for the annual Welwyn Hatfield Rotary Walk.

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And people taking part in this year’s event, backed as ever by the Welwyn Hatfield Times, will not be feeling blue, despite a change in date.

For the annual sponsored walk has been brought forward – from the second Sunday in May to Sunday, April 29 – to take advantage of the superb show of bluebells that takes place in our woods every year.

Event spokesman, Rotarian John Perren, said “Each year the walk has missed the best of the bluebells by about a week, so we thought that if we moved it forwards a bit then we could all see the marvellous display.

“We would like as many people as possible to walk and enjoy the day and our lovely countryside.”

The walk will start and finish at the car park at Campus West, WGC. Participants can choose between a short circular country walk of approximately five miles, or a longer walk of just over 11 miles which goes to Ayot St Lawrence and back via Brocket Park.

There is also the option of a new route this year – a two-mile jaunt along the footpath behind the Campus West car park, ideal for the accompanied very young, people with disabilities and for those in wheelchairs.

Walkers on all routes should start between 9am and 10.30am and make sure they finish before 3.30pm.

The Rotary club collects an entrance fee to help with admin and printing costs, but walkers are encouraged to raise sponsorship for a charity of their choice (although this is not essential).

For more details or to sign up call 01582 832679 or visit the website www.whwalk.org.uk

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