Walks 2014

Currently we have one published walk from Old Down to Pardown that you can download below by clicking on the " down arrow" at the bottom of this page. 
Many more Hampshire Walks can be downloaded from the Hampshire County Council web page Walking in Hampshire

In 2014 we are doing themed walks, so as well as looking at the local fauna and flora as we find it we will also be talking about the theme or focus of the walk.

Saturday afternoon walks
1. March 15th
Chris circular - Focus: Tree management
Duration 1.5 hours 3 miles

2. April 19th (Easter Saturday)
The trains route - Focus: Manydown flowers and trees
Duration 2.5 hours 4.7 miles

3. May 24th 
Bull Bushes – Focus: variety of land use in south west Basingstoke
Duration 2.5 hours 4.6 miles

4. June 28th (note this is a change of date from 21st June)
Old Down - Focus: Wildflowers and butterflies. This will be a leisurely stroll with some identification involved rather than  a straightforward walk
Duration 1.5 hours

5. July 19th
Beggarwood - Focus: Mosaics for wildlife - flowers birds and insects
Duration 1.5 hours 

 August -No August walk on a saturday  as we will be running the Bugs and Butterflies event

6. September Original date Sep 13th. We need to rearrange this as Saturdays in September are proving very busy .The new date is Sunday Sep 14th 2pm as usual.

Oakley walk -4 miles / 6.5km Oakley Church and Hilsea. Involves driving to Oakley 4.4 miles. No problem if you need a lift from Old Down Hall at 2pm. Just let me know.Otherwise meet us at Oakley.

We'll park at the Oakley Surgery, Sainfoin Lane, Oakley RG23 7HZ leaving at 2.15. It's closed on Saturday so no problem. 

7. October 11th

Autumn colour on Old Down and Beggarwood plus a chance to see the nuts and berries before they all get eaten.Meet at Old Down Hall  as usual at 2pm

Details for Saturday Walks 

 Our local walks start from Old Down Hall (RG22 5UY) promptly at 2pm so please arrive a few minutes early to sign in.

This year we are going to ask for a donation of £2 per person as a contribution to group funds.

All walks are circular and on a Saturday afternoon unless otherwise stated. The pace is a steady moderate pace and dogs are welcome. All walks are on footpaths which can be muddy if it has been raining.

We will be there regardless of the weather for the local walks. If the weather is really bad. I will post cancellations here on the website by 11am.

 You are welcome to just turn up but it would be useful to have an idea of numbers. We do leave promptly.

Any questions please contact me  Chris Rose  old.downcr@gmail.com

Monday morning plus pub lunch walks - these all involve travel by car 

For details of time, parking and lunch arrangements for future Monday walks please let me know you are coming Chris Rose at old.downcr@gmail.com

Monday Jun 23rd Chineham nature trail includes LNR woodland and meadow. A suburban route involves crossing some quiet roads
Monday July 28th Pamber Forest and Silchester common
Monday Aug 18th Stockbridge Down (National Trust) an examlle of grazed calcareous grassland
Monday 29th September St Catherines Hill and the water meadows of St Cross (Managed by HIWT) This walk is now cancelled as no one has declared an interest in attending. I suspect there are a lot of autumn holidays planned.
Monday 20th October The Basing Trail including the Millfield LNR

  date to be confirmed  Dec or Jan Basing Wood and The Vyne, (parking at Popley community centre?) with the aim of seeing migrating wildfowl

ODBWD Wildlife,
3 Mar 2012, 10:58