St. Stephen's Church, Tonbridge
with St. Eanswythe's Mission
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Walking Group

A Generation Of Walking


Nine o'clock, Saturday morning, and a group of people of mixed ages are gathering outside St Stephen's Church. More roll up until it's time to take to the cars to reach the starting point for the day's walk.


It could be a leisurely ten miles in Kent or Sussex, one of the regular monthly outings, or the start of a few days further afield in the British Isles, or even the annual week's holiday, e.g. Northumberland or Anglesey when you walk as much as you like. Occasionally there's a special challenge such as the Scottish mountains.

So how did it all begin? Thirty three years ago, eight St Stephen's people went on a sponsored walk along the South Downs Way in aid of a United Nation's child relief agency - Christian Outreach (now C.O.R.D.). One of the eight, Rowland Wills, then went out as a volunteer for the organization to the Philippines. The walking idea continued and the St Stephen's Church Walking Group was born. Rowland and Ann Wills have led it ever since.


The activity is open to anyone. You will encounter people from St Stephen's past and present: people from other churches or from no church at all; and people of all ages, single and married. The group's primary aims are fellowship and outreach while enjoying God's creation. There's plenty of time to chat en route, and you will probably be fitter for your efforts as well. Some of the more demanding walks (climbs) can be character-building, but everyone will have some sense of achievement from completing their walk, whatever the distance. Long-term friendships have been formed and at least three new walking groups, in Southborough, South London and Wales, have derived from it.


Walks are advertised in News and Notes; or contact Rowland and Ann Wills Tonbridge 356437.


2018 Walking Programme