It’s no surprise that the Tourist Information Centre’s range of walks books is proving popular at the moment – not only is it the start of a new year, when many people resolve to walk more, but it’s also a time of National Lockdown meaning our town’s population must only exercise locally. How lucky we are to have our heritage town of Saffron Walden and its surrounding NW Essex countryside in which to do just that, whilst also following the guidance at all times.

The Tourist Information Centre’s e-shop remains open on a free click & collect basis, or items can be posted out at a charge. Two sections are worth looking at for walks inspiration; firstly maps, listed here: and covering all areas to the north, south, east and west of the town. Secondly, walking books, listed here:, and again covering all areas around the town. The range includes some longer-distance and/or ancient routes for future investigation post-lockdown, such as the Harcamlow Way, the Icknield Way path, the Fleam Dyke and the Roman Road.

Anyone wishing to keep their exercise very local indeed can simply enjoy the wonderful open spaces of the town, the Common being the most obvious. The daffodils will soon be out! There are other green spaces to explore too, and the helpful free print out “Family Fun in the green spaces of Saffron Walden” should give further inspiration.  Find it from the list of downloadable guides here: . (Please note that during lockdown, only exercise is permitted: picnics or dwelling outside are not allowed.)

Once restrictions are eventually lifted, there will be so much to look forward to. Stay safe, and enjoy the privilege of being a local in Saffron Walden.