Author: Richard

Get Rid of Autumn Cobwebs – Walk!

Hodnet Footpath Group’s last public walk of the year will be from High Hatton to Hodnet Heath (and back) on Wednesday 6/11/2019 – commencing at 11.00am, finishing by 1pm (anticipated). All are welcome, including dogs and children, the former on leads please.

The walk starts at the ‘Old Club’ in High Hatton, where there is parking. We’ll then follow the route of ‘Walk 8’ in our series of published local Walks Leaflets.

You can download a copy via our webpage.

A Ramble and Real Ale in Hodnet

On Saturday 21st September, Hodnet Footpath Group has arranged an afternoon walk from The Bear Inn, Hodnet, up to Marchamley and then back via Long Lane and a field path to Hodnet running past the Hearn.

We’ll meet outside The Bear at 2pm for this walk, which is about 3 miles in length along easy to moderate terrain – with a few stiles having dog gates en-route.

All are welcome, including dogs on leads.

By chance this date coincides with the recently announced last day of trading of The Bear, so we will call in at the end of the walk for a sociable ‘snifter’ – and to toast the future fortunes of Greg and Pia, who have run things well in their time at the helm.

 

 

Free – Nature Talk/Walk

On Thursday 18th July Hodnet Footpath Group has arranged an evening walk along the old railway line (home of the famous Glow Worms) from Hodnet to Wollerton, then down to the Wollerton Wetlands (home of much wildlife).
Special Guest: This walk will be accompanied by Lee Fraser from Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Partnership team, who will talk about the current and future management of these two important habitat/wildlife sites.
This is a walk of about 4 miles length along fairly easy terrain, with no stiles. Dogs [on leads] and children welcome.
Meet by the old railway line bridge on Station Road, Hodnet for a 7 pm departure.

Have you ever seen a Glow Worm?

Hodnet Footpath Group are holding their annual Glow Worm spotting walk on Friday 21st June 2019.
This event takes place along a stretch of former railway line near Hodnet, and has regularly attracted a sizeable numbers of participants, from near and sometimes surprisingly far in the past. If the weather is kind, the evening will hopefully be a success again this year; but if it is cold/wet the Glow Worms are unlikely to perform, so the event will then be moved to 28th June instead.
The Glow Worm is an unusual creature and generally scarce, but in Shropshire very rare. No-one knows why they established a breeding site at Hodnet, but the conditions happen to be just right to enable them to survive. On a good night a hundred or so may be seen, at other times only 2 or 3. As with many things in nature, its appearance is not entirely predictable!
If you’d like a change from your usual Friday night routine, put a note of the date in your diary now.
We meet at 10.30pm by the old railway bridge at bottom of Station Road, Hodnet.
Accompanied children and dogs on leads welcome. Sensible footwear and  torch advised.
Glow Worm at Hodnet 2016
This Glow Worm photo was taken by one of our visitors on a past visit, and is one of the best we’ve seen. It now adornes the cover of our Hodnet Walks 1 leaflet. This walk and others in our series of ten local walks can be downloaded from https://www.hodnet.org.uk/main/?page_id=9330

Walk – 21st March

Hodnet Footpath Group’s first organised walk of the year will be on Thursday 21st March.

Meet at the Lyon Hall, Hodnet at 11.00 a.m, from where we plan to walk our Walk Leaflet Route 2 (Long Lane to Wollerton) with a possible addition of a detour around the Wollerton Wetlands.
The route is moderately difficulty with a few stiles and is dog friendly.
Everyone is welcome, including well behaved dogs.
There’s plenty of parking at Lyon Hall and good footwear is essential.
We hope to see you there.

New Dog Walk in Wollerton

A recent work party undertaken by members of the Hodnet Footpath Group [HFG] means a footpath through the fields in the centre of the village is now accessible to a wider group of users. This is a quiet/pretty route that runs from the road next to the former Squirrel Pub to the road bend by the entrance to the Tennis Club, all as featured in part of the Hodnet Walks 2 leaflet.
For some time now the hedge by The Villa (at the Tennis Club end of the route) has been heavily overgrown and impeding walker access, but this has now been cut right back and the path cleared and levelled. In addition, the various stiles on the route which were not previously ‘dog friendly’ now have dog gates/access provided.
As ever, dog walkers should keep their animals under control when walking (and on leads in fields with livestock present), and clear up any dog faeces.
HFG undertakes various works in and around the village to improve local footpaths, and welcomes others who may wish to get involved. See our webpage on this website for more details.
The photos below illustrate the improvements.
 

Hedge – before work

Hedge – during work

Hedge/path – on completion

Hedge/path with 1st customer!

Dog access by former Squirrel Inn

Dog Gate by old railway line

Dog Gate by The Villa

Hodnet Walks 2019

Hodnet Footpath Group [HFG] has finalised its programme of walks for 2019, and everyone is welcome to join us along with well behaved dogs – on leads where appropriate.
Our walks are leisurely paced and suitable for most abilities.
Suitable clothing/footwear are advised, and bring your own refreshments – if desired.
We will be continuing to promote/walk selected routes from our recently expanded series of walk leaflets – available from a range of local outlets and downloadable from our page ofr this website.
We’re a friendly bunch and always more than happy to welcome new faces. We hope you can join us.
Here are the dates for your diary: why not print them off and keep them with your calender?
Note. In the event of bad weather a walk may be cancelled at short notice, but will then be held on the same day during the following week.
Thursday 21st March 11.00 a.m.
Walk 2. Meet Lyon Hall car park, Hodnet.
Monday 6th May 11.00 a.m.
Walks 1 & 10. Meet Hodnet Social Club car park
Friday 21st June 10.30 p.m.
Glow worm Walk. Meet old railway bridge, Station Road, Hodnet.
Thursday 18th July 7.00 p.m.
Walk 5. Meet Wollerton Village room.
Sunday 22nd September 2.00 p.m.
Walk 3. Meet at The Bear Inn, Hodnet at 1.00 p.m. for a pre walk drink.
Wednesday 6th November 11.00 a.m.
Walk 8. Meet at the ‘Old Club’ High Hatton.
Any enquires please contact
Steve Alden on 07774969339

Walk CANCELLED: 21/9/18

PLEASE NOTE THAT OWING TO RECENT TORRENTIAL RAIN, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FRI 28TH SEPT, SAME ARRANGEMENTS AS DETAILED BELOW.

Everyone is cordially invited to join members of the group for a short[ish] evening walk on Friday 21st September to/around the Wollerton Wetlands and then, if the light lasts and participants wish to do so, walking onwards towards Stoke Heath via Helshaw Grange.
We will meet at the Wollerton Village Room [roadside parking] for a 6pm start.

Sensible footwear is advised. Children welcome, with accompanying adults.
Dogs welcome too, but on a lead please.
IMPORTANT – Should it be raining the event will be cancelled and rearranged for the following Friday [28th].

Phone HFG chairman (Steve) 01630 685697 with any queries.

Annual Glow Worm walk

Each year Hodnet Footpath Group organises a late evening walk to spot the famous Hodnet Glow Worms.
This year’s walk will take place on Friday 29th June from 10 pm – yes ten at night, as the glow worms only glow in the dark!
All are welcome to come along, and if you wish to do so meet up by the old railway bridge in Station Rd, Hodnet.
The plan is to walk towards Wollerton along the railay line walk (1 m approx), by which time it will hopefully be dark enough to see the main glow worm colony in action.

Sensible footwear and a torch are advised. Children welcome, with accompanying adults.
Dogs welcome too, but on a lead please.
If the weather remains warm and dry, the conditions are ideal.
IMPORTANT – Should it be cold/wet or raining the Glow Worms won’t be active, so the event will be cancelled [with this post updated accordingly], but we’ll then re-run the event the following Friday, i.e. 6th July.

Phone HFG chairman (Steve) 01630 685697 with any queries.