The Sixth Newport Pagnell Muster takes place this Saturday, and is set to be a great day out for all the family. Each year a great number of people take part in the community walking event, many walking to raise money for charities. This year, there are five different walks to choose from, with varying difficulties taking different lengths of time. Each of the walks begins at the United Reformed Church on the Newport Pagnell High Street, and can be started any time from 10am. Full instructions and details of each of the walks will be given at the start from the United Reformed Church.
The key objectives of the Muster are to promote health, charity and fun. It also gives an opportunity to demonstrate the numerous benefits of Bury Field as a well-used amenity, and helps raise money for a number of worthwhile causes. As well as building on community spirit and helping local people get to know one another, it's a great event to invite visitors to the town and share some of the sights and local history. We'd really encourage you to get involved if you can!
See below for details of the different walks on offer...
'The gentle walk'- This is a new walk for this year, and takes you around the Britain in Bloom sites, ending with a cream tea at the Brooklands centre. This is a wheelchair friendly walk although there are still some narrow parts of the street so you are advised to take care. Expect to be walking from between an hour to an hour and a half. The price is £6 which includes a cream tea, or £3 if you'd rather not have a cream tea!
'The family walk'- This is the picnic walk around Bury Fields, and is approximately 3 miles long, lasting around an hour to an hour and a half. It's a particularly scenic walk, where you can enjoy walking alongside the river, with lots of greenery and the opportunity to spot some interesting wildlife. There will also be a picnic point checkpoint run by the Newport Pagnell Carnival Court, where there will be refreshments, music and the Carnival Queen!
'The Town Walk'- Also known as the 'beer walk', which in itself may be enough to get you interested, but we've got a few more facts for you incase it's not...This walk is approximately 6 miles long (so the beer will be well earnt!) lasting between 2 and 2 and a half hours. This walk also includes the picnic walk around Bury fields, and takes in most of the town centre and most of the existing and former pubs.
The 'Country Walk'- If you fancy walking a little longer, this one is around 9 miles long and should last between 4 and 4 and a half hours. It takes you across Riverside Meadow and heading out into the country across fields, a small plantation, bridleways and footpaths. This walk does include crossing the A509 dual carriageway, but there will be marshals to assist at this point. It is a perfectly manageable walk, but not recommended for inexperienced walkers.
Now for the longest walk on offer, the 'Fifteen mile hearty walk'. In fact, the walk is technically slightly over the 15 miles, coming in at 15.31 miles to be precise! It is estimated to take between 4 and 6 hours in total. A great one for seeing the countryside scenery, this walk takes you past lakes, rivers and woods, including Brownleys Spinney, How Wood, Linford Wood, an aqueduct, part of the Grand Union Canal tow path and the ruins of St Perter's church. It's not recommended for inexperienced walkers, and sensible walking footwear ought to be worn.
You can pre-register or pay on the day. Visit the website for more information.