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Hodnet Footpath Group

Hodnet Footpath

The last time we had a write up in The Drayton Messenger we were setting out our programme of public walks for 2020.

All of which were scrapped shortly afterwards – due to you know what!

Nonetheless, over the past year we have seen a big increase in the number of people using local paths; partly because of the effect of Covid 19 exercise restrictions, and partly, we like to think, because our leaflets on 10 local walks have made it much easier for people to discover what is on their doorstep.

With uncertainty still ahead, we are not planning a programme of walks this year, our priority instead being to carry out neglected items of maintenance, e.g. stile repairs.

However, we do intend to run one event this year, and that is the annual late evening glow worm walk on the Hodnet to Wollerton stretch of the old railway line. This is scheduled for Friday 25th June and is always a popular event – around 60 people attended in 2019 – not least as glow worms are nationally scarce and locally rare. This year numbers attending will be limited to 30 pre-booked spaces – reflecting the Government’s limit on numbers attending outdoor events from 17th May (all being well!). Booking for the glow worm walk is free, and on a ‘first come first served’ basis, but with a reserve list. Details are posted on the Hodnet village website: www.hodnet.org.uk.

That aside, anyone can download our walk leaflets from the Hodnet Village website, or pick up hardcopies in the Hodnet Village Store and a few other local outlets. Incidentally, if any local outlets would like some leaflets or have run out, please do get in touch and we will assist.

As with many such groups, we are (surprisingly) few in number (and not getting any younger!) so would be very grateful to anyone who would consider joining us &/or assisting in our occasional work parties. We are a friendly, informal group and we not only do we do ‘good works’ but we have some fun too! So, if you’ve enjoyed our walks and appreciate the (hidden) work that facilitates them, please help to make a difference and get in touch. Contact details are on our webpage, or find us on Facebook.

Richard Underwood,
Chairman of Hodnet Footpath Group

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