Thursday 25th October 2012. Cat 2. The ramble in Hatfield Forest was a delight. Although the weather was cloudy and overcast for most of the day the lovely Autumn colours more than made up for it. A wide variety of trees, many of them hundreds of years old, formed the backdrop to broad, grassy lanes. The openness of this forest was a special joy and gave us the opportunity to be two abreast for much of the time to share the experience. The day was enhanced by Simon Cranmer, our guide, who gave a number of short, informative talks about the ecology, wildlife and rare breeds of sheep and cattle being reared in the forest. An extra bonus was the cafe that provided a variety of hot, home made food at lunchtime which was much appreciated by all. A most enjoyable day to round off our 2012 season. Tony D
Thursday 19th July 2012. Category 3. 5 miles. In the Hodder Valley John Alpe runs a fascinating farm. We were treated to an Archaeology talk, Sheep Sheering and an factual insight into how John has been able to expand his farming business by embracing organic farming, school, college and Tramper visits and so much more. The weather was great (for the wettest July ever) and the scenery wonderful. Many thanks to Tarja and her team from Lancashire Countryside Services for arranging these visits - and the lunches! (Yorkshire take note ;-)
Friday 15th June. Category 3. 6 miles. A day of mixed weather; rain then showers - but with some sun too! An interesting start to the day for the six staying at the campsite nearby. The route to the ramble start took us through some stretches of deep mud with four of the party needing a pull on the rope to get through. All good fun!
Thursday 29th March 2012. Category 2+. 6 miles. Following the AGM, this ramble took us high above the River Thames and around the grounds of the former home of Waldorf and Nancy Astor in the early 20th century. Cliveden was renowned for hosting exclusive parties and political gatherings, and later became infamously associated with the Profumo Affair.