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This months Walk on the Wild-side is a return visit by popular demand to the Martlesham Heath Aviation Socieity Control Tower Museum on Wednesday 20 June.

There is so much to see in the fascinating aladin’s cave of memoriabilia that we are returning again to hear some of the stories and facts by the volunteer enthusiasts who are opening especially for our visit. Entry is free but donations to the charity for upkeep and maintance would be most welcome.

Leaving reception from 12:15 promptly we shall have a quick march directly to the control tower for a 12.30pm start (those with limit time or mobility can drive with parking off Deben Avenue or Eagle Way – refer to the google map walk #5)

Places are limited and we shall be visiting again in October. So for details and availability email Andrew Cassy.

Get ready for Bike Week and visit the Hub area from 11am – 2pm on Thursday 14th June

  • try a new bike – Electric, Recumbent, Mountain, Fold Away, Road, Multi Track, Hybrids, Tandems from several of the local shops including: Elmy’s, LEV JustEbikes, Pedal Power, Thomas’ Cycle Revolution, and more
  • find out how to maintain your own bike and ask the Bike Doctor for a prognosis or health check
  • discuss cycling touring with Suffolk CTC and national campaigns with Sustrans
  • launch of the new guided commute route scheme – arrange to meet our friendly bike buddies from key locations around Ipswich and east Suffolk for the best routes and advice on getting to Adastral Park with the Bike User Group
  • earn £1 per mile for charity for all your bike rides (runs and walks) with the Samsung Hope Relay smartphone app in the run up to the 2012 Games
  • get details on the public family cycle day event taking place at Port of Felixstowe on Sun 17  June
  • sign up to join our Chain Gang team for the SCC business bike week challenge
  • Ipswich Cycle Maps, hi-vis jackets, t-shirts, water bottles to give away courtesy of SCC Fresh Ways to Work
  • and lots more…. join us on the day

Further details available on the AP BUG Web site www.apbug.org.uk

Register here

Yes, it’s that time of year to dust off your walking boots (or wellies!) and make strides to walk to work. Get healthier and more active by taking part in Walk to Work Week. Following last year’s event:

  • 57% of people felt that their overall level of walking had increased
  • 49% walked some or all of their journey to work five days a week, compared with 27% before Walk to Work Week
  • Half of people were 30 minutes or more physical activity on five or more days per week, compared with under a third before Walk to Work Week.
  • They also told us that since taking part they feel fitter (45%), healthier (41%) and more active (39%).

There are four simple steps you can take get involved:

  1. Register with the Living Streets enhanced website and start logging your walk to work distance.
    Prize draw for those who register and book your steps online – don’t forget to add BT Adastral Park as your workplace too.
  2. Join us for a social lunchtime walk on the wild-side  on Monday 14th, Wednesday 16th or Friday 18th May to help you build up your muscles as well as your miles – leaving reception @12:15 prompt for a 2-3 mile stroll.
    I have a few free gifts to hand out for those who join these walks courtesy of SCC Fresh Ways to Work whilst stocks last.
  3.  Walk some or all of your journey to/from work, hold a walking meeting or take some of the W2WW challenges including the Suffolk Challenge
  4. Tell us your walking story…

The Adastral Park travel plan manager, Andrew Cassy, will be walking to work again on Thursday 17 May, despite saying ‘never again’ after he first did this!  His journey will be 13 miles from the coast, through Rendelsham Forest, across Bromeswell Marsh, along the Deben river wall from Melton railway station through to Martlesham Creek, and up through the woods to site. There will be a re-fueling stop at the Caravan Cafe on the quayside in Woodbridge (behind the station) before setting off on the final leg. If you are en-route and wish to join him please do so – see google map with estimated timings.

Our next social lunchtime walk will be on Weds 21 March to the heath area round the back of Tesco’s and Martlesham community hall. Quite short walk of 2.5 miles which should take about an hour. See our walkings website and map for details of suggested walks.

We are also considering arranging an evening social walk in Ipswich on the guided ghost tour. To assess interest in this for a possible private tour later in March or April I would welcome your response to the short survey form as detailed below.

 Ipswich Ghost Tour (on foot)

 We are thinking of organising an evening social fun walk around Ipswich with the ‘original Gemini Ghost Tour’ and would like to gauge your interest for a private party, family & friends welcome.

This is a two hour leisurely, fun and informative stroll through Ipswich which the website boasts ‘there will be parts of Ipswich that people really won’t know existed’.

If we can get more than ten people interested we can arrange our own date and benefit from a slightly reduced rate of £4.50 per person (children included, note some stops do go in to pub bars where children are allowed as part of the tour group).

Alternatively, you can attend these regular monthly walks with the public groups on the 1st Thursday in each month, starting at 8pm outside the Tourist Information Centre, St Stephens Lane, Ipswich. The normal charge is £5.

Please register your interest for a BT social group tour, without commitment at this stage, via this short survey form so we can gauge the popularity and best date(s) later in March or early April for a most spook-tacular evening out.

Andrew Cassy

This months social lunchtime walk is the first of two visits by special arrangement to the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Control Tower Museum.

Leaving from outside Adastral Park Reception promptly at 12:15, we shall have a brisk walk across the heath to the museum where they have opened especially for our group. Volunteers will be on hand to give an overview presentation with time to view the exhibits before returning after an hour or however long you can stay.

NB. this event is free but donations would be most welcome for this local history charity which has strong connections with the Adastral Park site.

List of forthcoming and previous walks walks (shown on google map):

  • December – evening ghost walk around Ipswich, subject to demand, date to be confirmed
  • 16 Nov – Second visit by special arrangement to the MHAS control tower museum
  • 12 Oct – Visit by special arrangement to the MHAS control tower museum
  • 21 Sept – Walk round the outside perimeter of the site, approx 2.5miles
  • 17 Aug – Martlesham Heath woodlands* (to south of estate), 1.5  miles
  • 20 July – Woodland by police HQ*, 2.5 miles
  • 29 June – Walk Farm wood* near to the RSPCA / behind Tesco’s 2 miles
  • 13 May – Walk round the outside perimeter of Adastral Park, 2.5 miles
  • 11 May – Walk round the inside perimeter of Adastral Park, 1.5 miles

*includes a Geo-cache point

Future destinations depending on interest include: Long Stopps and a historic walk around Ipswich (early evening in the Spring) – let us know of any other local walks we could do.

If you are interested to find out more, or have other suggestions, please contact Andrew Cassy by email Adastral.travel@bt.com or call 01473 628023.

This months social lunchtime walk will re-treat the steps we forged during Walk to Work Week and stroll around the outside fence and the 4 acre site.

Each walk will have a specific point of interest en-route and take between 60-90 minutes, with two guides to cater for a fast or slower pace. Unless otherwise stated, we shall leave Adastral Park Reception promptly at 12:15 – please come suitably prepared for the weather and walk.

If anyone wants to deposit their own Geo-cache we can help make this happen, just let us know in advance.

List of the next and previous walks walks (shown on google map):

  • 21 Sept – Walk round the outside perimeter of the site, approx 2.5miles
  • 17 Aug – Martlesham Heath woodlands* (to south of estate), 1.5  miles
  • 20 July – Woodland by police HQ*, 2.5 miles
  • 29 June – Walk Farm wood* near to the RSPCA / behind Tesco’s 2 miles
  • 13 May – Walk round the outside perimeter of Adastral Park, 2.5 miles
  • 11 May – Walk round the inside perimeter of Adastral Park, 1.5 miles

*includes a Geo-cache point

For October we hope to plan a trip to the Radio Tower Museum on Martlesham Heath. Future destinations depending on interest include: Long Stopps and a historic walk around Ipswich (early evening after work).

If you are interested to find out more, or have other suggestions, please contact Andrew Cassy by email Adastral.travel@bt.com or call 01473 628023.

Following the successful Walk to Work Week jaunts around the site, we have started a monthly social lunchtime walk to go further afield for those who would like to find out more about the local area whilst stretching your legs and increasing your step count (work fit).

Each walk will have a specific point of interest en-route and take between 60-90 minutes, with two guides to cater for a fast or slower pace. Unless otherwise stated, we shall leave Adastral Park Reception promptly at 12:15 – please come suitably prepared for the weather and walk.

List of the next and previous walks walks (shown on google map):

  • 17 Aug – Martlesham Heath woodlands* (to south of estate), approx. 2 miles
  • 20 July – Woodland by police HQ*, 2.5 miles
  • 29 June – Walk Farm wood* near to the RSPCA / behind Tesco’s 2 miles
  • 13 May – Walk round the outside perimeter of Adastral Park, 2.5 miles
  • 11 May – Walk round the inside perimeter of Adastral Park, 1.5 miles

*includes a Geo-cache point

Future destinations depending on interest include: the airtime radio tower on the heath; ; and a historic walk around Ipswich (early evening after work).

If you are interested to find out more, or have other suggestions, please contact Andrew Cassy by email Adastral.travel@bt.com or call 01473 628023.

This months social lunchtime walk will be out to the Long Stropps walk and returing via Grange Farm on Wed 18 Jan.

Leaving from outside Adastral Park Reception promptly at 12:15, we shall have a brisk walk across the heath where the Long Stopps walk starts/ends and continue through to the Grange Farm football ground and return via the footpaths. Please wear suitable atire and footwear for the weather. This walk is around 2.2 miles.

List of previous walks (shown on google map):

  • December – rest for Christmas!
  • 16 Nov – Second visit by special arrangement to the MHAS control tower museum
  • 12 Oct – Visit by special arrangement to the the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Control Tower Museum
  • 21 Sept – Walk round the outside perimeter of the site, approx 2.5miles
  • 17 Aug – Martlesham Heath woodlands* (to south of estate), 1.5  miles
  • 20 July – Woodland by police HQ*, 2.5 miles
  • 29 June – Walk Farm wood* near to the RSPCA / behind Tesco’s 2 miles
  • 13 May – Walk round the outside perimeter of Adastral Park, 2.5 miles
  • 11 May – Walk round the inside perimeter of Adastral Park, 1.5 miles

*includes a Geo-cache point

Future destinations depending on interest include: an evening ghost walk around town and a historic walk around Ipswich (early evening in the Spring) – let us know of any other local walks we could do.

If you are interested to find out more, or have other suggestions, please contact Andrew Cassy by email Adastral.travel@bt.com or call 01473 628023.

These walks started after the successful Walk to Work Week jaunts around the site. We have since introduced a monthly social lunchtime walk to go further afield for those who would like to find out more about the local area whilst stretching your legs and increasing your stride count. Each walk will have a specific point of interest en-route and take between 60-90 minutes, with two guides to cater for a fast or slower pace.

For those who were inspired by the recent Sky Ride in Ipswich or with aspirations for London 2012 Games it is Bike Week, 18-26 June.

We have a programme of activities to inform, entertain and encourage you to get on yer bike too.

Monday 20th June 

  • the Adastral Park Bike User Group will have a stall in the Hub with a wide range of information, experts and practical advice from routes to lockers
  • the Green Bike Project (Orwell Mencap) will take any unwanted bikes you can bring in for spares
  • the novel Whike sail bike will also be on display, and
  • Pedal Power (under new management) will have a presence too

Later in the week there will be led-bike rides in to work from key locations in Ipswich, Felixstowe and Woodbridge, hosted by experienced cyclists who can show the way and discuss alternative routes. Visit the BUG stall on Monday to find out more and sign up for your ride in and watch this website for further details.

Battle of the Workplace – Bike Challenge. The BT Adastral Park ‘Chain Gang’ team have entered this local competition against other companies to win cakes and a trophy for the most miles cycled to/from work and on business during bike week. We have a few spaces left so contact Andrew Cassy if you wish to join or find out more – email Adastral.travel@bt.com or call 01473 628023.

Further details are also available on the Grassroutes bike page and BT people can also access the corporate intranet cycle pages.

This week is national Walk to Work Week.  Hopefully some of you will have already clocked up some miles on your journey to work today or as part of the Work Fit steps challenge.  For those of you that can’t walk to work, don’t forget that you can find many other ways to walk during the day (and feel the benefits of walking more).

A circular walk around the outside of the Park, via the quarry, will take place on Friday 13 May, 12:30–13:30.  Meet outside Adastral Park reception at 12.30.  The route, which is the longer yellow walk of approx. 2.5 miles, can be found on Google Maps.

Make sure that you are logging your miles, minutes or steps walked at mylivingstreets and if you’re taking part in Work Fit remember they all count for that too. The Walk-It website now has local maps for the Ipswich area and has a good map and logging tool too. Just sign-up and join our workplace group on Living Streets, BT Adastral Park. And for those of you walking in or through Ipswich you could win an iPod Touch if you get noticed wearing your best footwear by the Shoe Spotters.

If you have any queries about the Adastral Park travel plan, please email Andrew Cassy, Travel Plan Manager.

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