Following another enjoyable walk around our local area we have decided to change the date of all our forthcoming walks to be on the first Tuesday of every month. That way you will be able to mark it up as a definite date each month till the end of the year. We will still send out reminders to everyone on our walking group contact list but by sticking to specific dates it should make it easier to plan ahead. Just turn up on the day, everyone welcome. Walks are a leisurely three miles so easy going for most abilities.
Next outing for the NMDCA Walking Group. Tuesday 10th April. Meet by the Farmhouse 10:30. It will be about 3 miles again.
After the bitterly cold weather and the snow we were wondering how popular our first outing of the North Millers Dale Walking Group would be, but thankfully the temperature rose and the snow disappeared. Twelve hardy residents turned up to take part in a three mile local walk taking in some of Valley Park’s lesser known footpaths. For the time being it was decided to keep off the muddier routes in favour of tarmac but I think many people found themselves in some unfamiliar places. It was agreed to try and make the walks a monthly event and the walkers seemed keen to repeat the experience.
The survey highlighted that people would like some organised events to take place on North Millers Dale. One of the activities that people were interested in was a walking group. We plan to hold a walk around the local area on Tuesday 6th March.
We will meet on the green in front of the Hiltonbury Farmhouse at 10.30am.
The walk that we are proposing will be about 3 miles and take approximately one and a half hours. People may like to finish off with lunch or a drink in the pub. If you are interested you could email firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up on the day. This will be a nice way to meet your neighbours.
We’ve had a good response so far to our survey which helps us get a better idea of the demographic of North Miller Dale and enables us to plan how to best serve our community. One of the items of interest that lots of you have mentioned is ‘Local Walks’ and given the great area that we live that is understandable. We plan to start a walking group in the new year and hope we get the support to make it successful. We’d be interested to hear from you the types of walk that would most appeal. Is it a two or three mile stroll to get a bit of fresh air and exercise or something more ambitious? Please add your comments to let us know.
On Tuesday 16th June 2015 a small but enthusiastic group were taken on an instructive tour of the Flexford Nature Reserve adjacent to North Millers Dale. It was a delightfully warm summers evening and Clare, our guide of the Reserve from the Wildlife Trust, took us through the varied habitats represented, just a stones throw from our homes. Even regular walkers were treated to some fascinating sights that could have been easily bypassed on a casual walk. The icing on the cake was being shown two different Orchids growing wild.
Walk on the Wild side
The weather was perfect for the our guided evening walk led by warden Claire Bishop from the Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust. Discovering that there were so many different varieties of wild flowers present in Lower Flexford Woods, evidence of wildlife and why cattle are brought in to graze the land, was very interesting. Claire kept everyone captivated, so much so that time flew and the walk carried on until 9pm! Ric Green from Rosemore Grove will often be found with volunteers in the woods, clearing and managing the woodland area. If you see him, do stop for a chat and he will tell you what they are doing. Ric is also a member of the Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust.