Author: Richard

Annual Glow Worm Walk – 28th June

On the evening of Friday 28th June Hodnet Footpath Group (HFG) are holding our annual Glow Worm Walk – weather allowing*

This is a late evening ‘walk’ when we try to spot some of Hodnet’s rare glow worms.

These rare beetles can be found in the vegetation alongside the old railway line from Hodnet to Wollerton, where during their brief breeding season the females can be spotted ‘glowing’ to attract a mate.

Ideally a warm, dark and dry night is the best time to spot them from mid June to mid July. Unfortunately there is no guarantee of spotting them but most years we see at least a few and it’s always exciting when you do.

Glow worms are not actually worms at all; they are beetles! The fact that they spend most of their lives as larvae and the wingless, glowing adult females don’t look much like beetles, may be why they have such a misleading name 

This year we are meeting at The Bear in Hodnet from 9 pm on and then making our way to the old Railway Line bridge on Station Road, Hodnet, ready for a 10.15 departure. Alternatively you can meet up at the bridge over the old railway line on Station Road, Hodnet, ready for a 10.30 pm start. 

Children and dogs (on leads) welcome. Sensible shoes and clothing and a torch advised (for the homeward walk).

Any queries, or if you’d like to be added to our email list and receive direct info from us in future, please contact David Wilson on 07970 304169

*Note. In case of rain the event will be be cancelled and take place the following Friday 5th July.

June’s Walk – HFG

On 4th June we have our regular “First Tuesday” walk.

Derek Orton will be leading us on a new circular route around Stanton upon Hine Heath. It will be about 5miles/2 hours and combine quiet lanes, cross country and a bit alongside the river Roden. For those interested we will then adjourn to the Tiddly (Royal Oak) for refreshments.

Meet at the Lyon Hall car park in Hodnet for a 10.00 a.m. prompt departure and car sharing where possible. At Stanton we will park/congregate at Stanton Village Hall, Church Road, SY4 4NF.

Everyone is welcome, including dogs on leads, with stout footwear recommended. Any queries please contact Derek on 07360 631654 .

April 2nd – HFG Walk

Our next “First Tuesday” organised public walk will be the Tern Valley – Hodnet Walk 9.

It’s a “there and back” walk from Peplow to Stoke on Tern and return, via a stretch of pretty countryside you’d never otherwise see. At about 5 miles (total there and back) it’s a fairly flat route with a few stiles.

Starting at The Church of the Epiphany at Peplow* we follow the Tern Valley up to Petsey and on to St Peter’s Church at Stoke on Tern – where we’ll stop for refreshments in the millennium garden.

*There is fairly limited parking by the chapel, so car sharing is advised. With that in mind you could also, if you wish, leave a car at Stoke on Tern beforehand and then just walk one way.

Everyone is welcome, including dogs on leads. You can find the Walk 9 guide on our web page https://hodnet.org.uk/maim/index.php/tourism/local-walk-leaflets/

Any queries please contact Steve Alden 07774 969 339. We hope to see you there. 

March 5th Walk – HFG

This month we invite you to join us for something a little different – a walk around Lee Brockhurst.

This is a repeat of an outing planned for last November, but which had to be cancelled because of the weather!

We’ve learned from the problems that flowed from that (late) cancellation; so this time we will all meet at the Lyon Hall car park at 09:30, then travel/car share to Lee Brockhurst together for a 10:00 start there.

The walk itself will take around 2 hrs, and is over varied terrain including an (unavoidable) short walk along the verge of the busy A49.

As ever, all are welcome inc. dogs [on leads] and children, with suitable footwear/clothing advised.

Further info, if required, from Rob Kinsey [07880 317934]

Feb 6th 2024 Walk – HFG

This month we resume our ‘First Tuesday’ walks, with a wander around Fauls – essentially following the route of our Walk 7 leaflet the ‘Fauls Circular’ walk.

We’ll meet outside the Holy Emmanuel church in Fauls [free parking] and aim to set off at 10.00.

The walk takes around 2 hrs, and is over varied terrain with some stiles.

As ever, all are welcome inc. dogs [on leads] and children, with suitable footwear/clothing advised.

Further info, if required, from Jake Williams [07474 – 974477]

HFG – Xmas Walk: Dec 5th

Our next walk is on Tuesday Dec 5th, starting at 10.30 from the Lyon Hall’s car park in Hodnet.

This month we are walking to Hawkstone Hall, where we have arranged for tea/coffee to be available – at an expected nominal charge.

Our route will be out via the Hearne to Long Lane, then up to Marchamley and down to the hall. After refreshments, participants can walk around the gardens before returning to Hodnet – but, of course, you are free to return earlier if time is pressing. The return route will be via the Marchamley to Hodnet permissive path.

As ever, all are welcome, inc. dogs [on leads] and children, with suitable footwear/clothing advised.

Further info, if required, from Jake Williams [07474 – 974477]

October’s 1st Tuesday Walk – HFG

Hodnet footpath group’s next walk takes place on Tuesday 3rd October 2023.

We will meet ready for 10.00 start by the old railway line bridge on Station Rd, Hodnet, with roadside parking adjacent.

We will be walking along the old railway line to Wollerton (benefitting from some planned tree/shrub clearance work this weekend), then down to Heathbroook and back to the bottom of Station Road. Those that have had enough can return from there, otherwise we will continue to and through Tunstall woods before returning to the start.

As ever, all welcome, whether old or new faces, plus children and dogs too.

Bring a drink/snack if you wish.

Queries to Jake Williams 07474 974477

Annual Glow Worm Spotting Walk

Hodnet Footpath Group are again running a ‘Glow Worm Walk’ on the evening of 27th June – weather permitting*.

This is a night time walk when we try to spot some of Hodnet’s rare glow worms, these rare beetles being found locally only in the vegetation alongside the old railway line running from Hodnet to Wollerton. During their brief breeding season the females can be spotted glowing to attract a mate. Ideally a warm, dark and dry night is the best time to spot them from mid June to mid July.

This year we are meeting at The Bear in Hodnet from 9 pm, for those who would like to have a drink/socialise beforehand, and then making our way to the old Railway Line bridge on Station Road, Hodnet, for a 10.30PM departure. If you prefer you can meet up at the railway bridge on Station Road at 10.30. There is roadside parking nearby.

Children and dogs (on leads) welcome. Sensible shoes and clothing and a torch advised.

*In case of rain the event will be be cancelled and take place at the same times/venues the following Tuesday, July 4th.

May’s HFG Walk

Our next “First Tuesday” walk will take place on Tuesday 2nd May.
It is different to our usual format, as by popular demand this will be a pub walk, so will start and finish at The Tiddly pub (The Royal Oak Hazles Road Ellerdine Heath TF6 6RL)

It’s  a mystery walk of approximately 5 miles,  taking about 2 hours. We’ll meet and park at The Tiddly and head out towards High Hatton.

As usual everyone including dogs are welcome and good footwear is essential. 

On return, drinks, coffee and bar snacks will be available to purchase.

It’s a friendly little country pub with half a dozen well kept ales, real cider, good value straightforward  food and open fires.

Children and dogs welcome.

Any queries contact Derek Orton

on 07360631654