Archive | October, 2012

Walk 1: Farnsfield – The Acres

21 Oct

Length of walk 2.2 miles

This is a short walk from the centre of Farnsfield along a pleasant circuit of the local paths, tracks and fields. It passes close to the Halifax Bomber Memorial before returning to the village. The walk is on good paths and only becomes muddy after very wet weather and then only for a short part of the walk.

For this first walk I have chosen to start at the Co-op, marked with a blue point on the map. This is almost exactly in the centre of the village at the junction of the Main Street and Tippings Lane. There is a largish car park for the Co-op on Tippings Lane which is convenient for anyone coming from further away wishing to start a walk from Farnsfield. The Co-op has only been open as a shop for a few years. The site was previously occupied by the Warwick Arms pub. However, like so many other pubs, especially in villages, this one was unable to carry on trading.

To the walk itself. From the car-park walk to the junction of Tippings Lane with the Main Street. From the entrance to the Co-op turn right along the Main Street and walk along the pavement. After 50 yards you will come to Atherley’s bakery. This is very popular with villagers and if you want a snack before or after your walk good quality food can be bought here.

Continue along the pavement past the entrance to the Pot Yard. After 100 yards you reach Quaker Lane. Cross the end of Quaker Lane and walk past the bus stop with The Plough pub on the other side of the road. There is a good size car park at The Plough as well if you wish to start the walk from here. Pass the bottom end of The Ridgeway, also on the opposite side of the road, and walk for another 200 yards and turn into the entrance to Parfitt Drive.

Parfitt Drive Field

 

Parfitt Drive is a quite new development of houses with a large grassy area nearby. Walk past the children’s playground and onto the grass. Pass just to the left of a clump of trees and walk straight on until you reach a metal gate (see photo). Go through the gap next to the gate onto a field with the village allotments. Bear slightly to the right until you reach a wooden fence with a gap which enables you to pass through onto a wide track. Walk on this track for thirty yards towards a metal barrier. Just to the left of this barrier is a gap to walk through where a patch of  shale has been added. Recently a wooden fence has been built which requires a jink to the left of five metres or so before you enter onto the Acres.

The Acres

The Acres is the main football field in Farnsfield with two pitches at right-angles to each other. The nearer pitch isn’t used by the football club. There were swings just to your left as you walk onto the Acres but now only the rubberised surround remains. Walk straight ahead towards a red-brick building which are the changing-rooms for the football club. After 200 yards you are at the far end of the Acres.

 

Follow the main path almost straight on as it enters an area of woodland. The trees in this plantation were only planted around twenty years ago but have formed a nice little area to walk through. Over the years various other paths have been formed through the trees. these can be explored if you have time. For this walk I am following the widest path which goes almost straight ahead. The path is a good one on short grass passing between the trees with a clearing and bench on the left after one hundred yards. Another hundred yards beyond this the path dips slightly to a ditch and you leave the woodland.

The path enters a field and rises for about two hundred yards. The field can get a little muddy after wet weather but dries quite well, especially when it is breezy as it is quite open. At the top of the field is a bench which you may wish to take advantage of after the short climb.

Just beyond the bench and hedge turn right down a grassy track with hedges on either side.  This is usually a good path which slopes gently down between fields with thick hedges bordering them but more recently has been churned up for a short section after heavy rain. You may find it easier to go up the bank and walk right alongside the path on the field edge, returning to the track as soon as you can.  It goes generally straight in a westerly direction with just one  slight bend.  After 300 yards the path flattens out and bends again to the right. On your left is a field where when it snows enough the local children go sledging.  At the bottom the path can after very wet weather partly become a stream.  This comes from the run-off from the nearby fields.  The stream is only a few inches deep and with a little agility you can hop over it.

At the end of the track you reach a road leading to Riddings farm. There is hardly any traffic as the farm is the only destination of the road. If you turn left through the farm gate you come to the Halifax Bomber memorial after 300 yards walking along the farm road. This memorial commemorates a bomber carrying Canadian airmen which crashed nearby in 1944.  It is a quiet spot and you will rarely find others there. If you have come this far it is well worth visiting.

Return to the farm gate to resume the walk route. Continue up a slight rise as the road bends to the left. After 150 yards you reach a junction with another road, Combs Lane.  Turn right here and walk for 200 yards to a bench.  The road is usually fine to walk along although in very wet weather shallow puddles can form across it. You shouldn’t meet much, if any, traffic as the road only goes to the farms from Farnsfield.

At the bench bear left along a path between hedges. This is a good path which only very occasionally gets overgrown. After 200 yards you come to a gatepost which you can go round to enter a field. Follow the path for 100 yards across the field to the hedge opposite and go through a small metal gateway. The gate here is sometimes open and sometimes closed.  There doesn’t really seem much point in keeping it closed as the livestock in the next field is contained by other fences. However, strictly speaking I suppose the gate should be closed.

 

Go through the hedge and gateway into a large grass field. The way ahead is clear as the path runs between two parallel fences. Farnsfield church is directly in front of you. The fields neighbouring the path often have sheep in them.  Walk along the path which runs gently downhill for 400 yards. On your right about halfway through the field is a clump of three oak trees which were planted for the millennium in 2000.  At the end of the path go through a gate onto Beck Lane.

The path reaches Beck Lane at a bend in the lane. Turn right and follow this quiet lane for 200 yards. On the right you can see the ditch which used to contain the beck (stream) which gave the lane its name. Now the beck is dry. At the end of the lane you reach a junction. Turn left onto Tippings Lane and carry on straight for 300 yards, going slightly uphill, to the Co-op car park and store where you started the walk.

Introduction

18 Oct

I’ve been thinking about writing this blog for a while now but on a recent walk near my home the path was particularly muddy.  It occurred to me that anyone walking that way wouldn’t enjoy it very much.  I thought that it would be worth giving updates on my local area so that anyone planning a walk would know where I recommend and where to avoid.

I regularly go walking and running near my village of Farnsfield and know the paths nearby very well. For these I will give information on the state of the paths and my advice on the best routes to take. For other paths further away I will give my opinion on which I think give the best walks based on my experiences over the years.

I will try to include links to maps of the walks and (hopefully) interesting background to some of the places on them.  I hope that you will enjoy reading the blog and will get some useful tips along the way.