From Stortford to Standon with Mary Epworth
Some people drive to Standon Calling, some people take the train and some people catch a coach. Mary Epworth walks and checks out the wildlife on the way. Ahead of Mary Epworth and the Jubilee Band making their Standon debut here’s what she discovered:
I live in Bishop’s Stortford, quite near to the Standon site, and though I’ve never been to the festival before, I visit the village itself every year, to see the Morris dancing, cake baking and all around air of merriment that surrounds May day. I love the village, but the journey there by car is a straight one, down a bypass that cuts a line through the countryside, and skirts past little hamlets and streams and fields, giving tantalising views of valleys and streams and woodland beyond.
So I decided, upon hearing that the band and I had been booked to play Standon Calling, that I would see if it was possible to walk to the site from my house. I brought my band member and producer, and all around cohort Will along with me for the journey, and we set off one sunny day in June, armed with an OS map, a bottle of water and a couple of muesli bars. We set off from Bishop’s Stortford, following a path that leads between two school fields, and quickly past an old farm, over another bypass, and into the green stuff proper. After approx 10 miles, we finally ended up in a pub in Standon high street, where we celebrated our achievement with cider, ale, and pork scratchings.