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 .

Views sought about proposed charges for garden waste collections

Householders in the Shropshire Council area are being asked for their views on proposals to introduce a charge for the collection of garden waste – and about proposals for the future operation of the council’s five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs).

six-week consultation runs from Tuesday 9 April to Monday 20 May 2024.

Shropshire Council is proposing to introduce an annual subscription fee of £52 – the equivalent of £1 a week – to collect garden waste from properties in the Shropshire Council area.

The consultation asks people if they would be willing to pay more than £52 a year if the additional money was used to keep all five HRCs open, and for views on whether the opening times of some recycling centres could be reduced.

The consultation also asks for people’s thoughts about a new permit/booking system for people visiting a recycling centre, to help ensure that they are only used by people from Shropshire.

The proposals are being made as Shropshire Council must make £62m of savings in 2024/25 to keep a balanced budget.

Charging for garden waste collections, and closing two of the council’s five Household Recycling Centres, are among proposals approved by councillors as part of Shropshire Council’s budget cuts for 2024/25.

While garden waste collections in Shropshire are currently free, 80% of English councils already charge for this service, and many have been doing so for several years. The average annual fee across the country is £55 a year.

To take part in the consultation and find out more go to

Easter 2024 changes to Waste Collection Days

Changes start on Easter Monday (1 April 2024) and end on Saturday 6 April 2024. Collections will be one day later than normal – and will return to normal from Monday 8 April 2024.

Collection crews will be working on Good Friday (29 March), with waste and recycling collected as normal that day.

The usual and revised collection days are:

Usual collection day / revised collection day

Friday 29 March (Good Friday) / No change
Monday 1 April (Easter Monday) / Tuesday 2 April
Tuesday 2 April /Wednesday 3 April
Wednesday 3 April / Thursday 4 April
Thursday 4 April / Friday 5 April
Friday 5 April / Saturday 6 April

Householders are asked to put their waste containers out by 7am on their revised collection day.

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

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]