Author: Richard

Footpath Improvements

Last Sunday, Hodnet Footpath Group added some steps and a dog gate to the rather basic existing ‘stile’ in a field by The Hearne – part of the popular walking route shown in our Hodnet Walks leaflet No 2.
We also repaired some finger post signs on Long Lane and added direction signs further on towards the route towards Fauls – the intended subject of a future walk leaflet.

'Stile' before improvement
‘Stile’ before improvement
If we had the time/manpower we would also have added a dog gate to the first stile into the field from Hearne Lane – but that will have to wait for another occasion. If you’d like to see this, or other local improvements, done sooner, then please see our webpage and get in touch.
Such work is not only of lasting benefit, but can also be good fun. We had brilliant sunshine coupled with a fair few laughs as we tried to solve the design problems of letting dogs through, but keeping livestock in!
After improvement - being tested by a dog 'we prepared earlier'!
After improvement – being tested by a dog ‘we prepared earlier’!

Footpath Group Meets – Help Welcome

Hodnet Footpath Group are getting together this week (on Thursday 23rd Jan at 8pm at the Bear Inn, Hodnet) to discuss their plans for 2014.
If you are interested in local walking, like some of the things the group has already done or would simply like to know more/meet us, please feel free to come along.
Further details from
Chairman: John Bourne Tel 01630 638965 or email
Secretary Mary Hardy Tel 01952 540970 or email

Enjoy Reading?

Are you an avid reader?
Would you like to read more in 2014?
Would you enjoy sharing your thoughts and views with others who’ve read the same thing?
……. then come along to meetings of the Hodnet Book Group.
We are a small friendly local group who meet at each others homes a few times year, having all read the same book – as provided by Market Drayton Library*.
Contact Sally Underwood for more details. Tel 01630 685286
*There is a small annual fee to cover the library’s book charge.

Take Care – Permissive Path Repairs

The exceptional rains of recent times have washed out much of the lower section of the Marchamley to Hodnet path. As a result it is now impassable to wheeled traffic, although walkers can still use it – but please take special care on the uneven surface.
As regular users will know, this isn’t the first time this has happened; seemingly because, since it was first constructed, we’ve not had a settled period of weather long enough to allow the surface to fully mesh together/bed down before it is washed away by another bout of heavy rain.
Shropshire Council and the landowner have just agreed a new plan for path replacement plus an earth embankment adjacent – to divert water run off from the adjacent field. This will take place as soon as the weather permits.

Margaret Jarvis

Margaret Elizabeth Jarvis, formerly of Wollerton Bank, Wollerton, and latterly of Swan Hill Residential home, Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully on 31st December 2013, aged 96years, after a short illness.
Widow of local veterinary surgeon Tony Jarvis, Margaret is survived by son William (Bill) and daughter Elizabeth and granddaughters Anna, Sarah and Nell and great grandson Buddy.
The Funeral service will be held on Thursday 16th January at 11am at the Shrewsbury Crematorium.
The family would like to thank all those in Wollerton and the surrounding areas, too many to mention, who were so kind, supportive and generous to Margaret over the many years she lived at Wollerton.
Thanks and best wishes for 2014.

A good walk had by all

Surprisingly lovely weather greeted those who turned up for the Hodnet Footpath Group walk to the Wollerton Wetlands last week.
The route traversed the new path from the village, which was deemed a hit with all those attending – which included a group from Stoke on Tern who had come from the Helshaw Grange direction to meet us, see photo below.

Meeting SOT Footpath Group 29th Dec 2013
Meeting SOT Footpath Group
Around 20 people walked the route that day and, as the weather improves and nature burst back into life, it will surely become a popular place for an evening stroll or longer trips out.
As it was, the day already felt quite ‘spring like’ as we crossed the bridge on the homeward leg, see below.
Crossing the River Tern bridge, 29th Dec 2013
Crossing the River Tern bridge
Details of the route can be found in one of the Footpath Groups latest leaflets, which are available here

Walk to Wollerton Wetlands

You may have seen the website ‘news’ announcement that a new path has been created from Wollerton down to the bypass Wetlands. As an introduction to the route, Hodnet Footpath Group has arranged an accompanied walk over it on Sunday 29th Dec 2013.  
Please come and join us – perhaps to walk off the Xmas excesses!
Meet at 11.00 AM by the Village Room on Mill Road, Wollerton – (That is where the bridge club meets, not the social/bowls club). As an alternative you can first walk from Hodnet, via the old railway line, to Wollerton – meet at 10.30 AM by the bridge on Station Road.
If you are driving, please park on the road by the Village Room – do not park on the private drive leading into Wollerton ‘Old Yard’ and ‘Cow Lane’ – which in fact forms part of the new route.
Children/dogs welcome, the former supervised please (water present) and the latter on leads. Suitable walking shoes/wellies and clothing advised.
Note. If it is pouring with rain the walk will be cancelled.

New path to Wollerton Wetlands opens

Wetlands Bridge

Hodnet Parish Council is very pleased to announce that a new public footpath has opened from Wollerton down to the bypass Wetlands.

Working with Shropshire Council, this long running project involved a detailed investigation of claimed past rights of way and, after a protracted period of consultation and a formal legal process, has resulted in the opening of a new access path via ‘Cow Lane’. See Map.
From the Wetlands an existing public footpath (FP 28) runs to Stoke Heath, via Helshaw Grange, providing access to a variety of wider country walks. 

Those who are interested in a fuller account of what this project entailed should click HERE
If you wish to gain access to the Wetlands, and the paths beyond, only use this new route – please do not create nuisance/trespass by trying to use other routes, even if you may have used them in the past. This new path is the only legal means of access.

Help requested this Sunday

This Sunday, (29th Sept) the Hodnet Footpath Group are
meeting at 10.30 AM by Websters Lane Farm [Ashley's Farm
Shop on bypass]to undertake a bit of light clearance work
on the path up to the bypass roundabout, where vegetation
has encroached.
We are few in number, so an extra pair of hands or two
will be welcomed!
No special skills required, just come prepared to do
some cutting back and clearance work - bring tools, gloves,
shears, etc, if you can.

Group Walk – Hodnet to Fauls Church

The Hodnet Footpath Group have organised a walk on Sat 7th Sept, starting at 10.00 at Lyon Hall, Hodnet. Likely duration 3.0 – 4.0 hrs.
Anyone [including dogs!] is welcome to join us.
Sensible footwear required plus, depending on the weather, either a rain mac or sun cream – or why not cover all bases with waterproof sun cream !
Bring a snack/drink too.
Further information can be obtained from the Secretary – See the HFG page for contact details
P.S. If you’d like to do only half the walk, you could drop off a car at Fauls Church in advance.