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Summer Evening Walks Return - posted 22 April 2017 and 19 May

The weekly summer evening walks around Helmdon return again in 2017.

Twelve walks are planned, starting Monday 22nd May, and finishing with the last one on Monday 7th August.

Meet at 'The Bell', Church Street, for a 7 pm start and we will cover between five and six mles across farmland with some lovely views.

Boots are essential but no dogs please.

We aim to be back just before dusk for a pint!

These are in addition to the shorter Thursday afternoon walks that continue throughout the year.

Roger Miles

Walks Leader

01295 768964   e-mail

Winter Walks Continue - posted 16 October 2016

The winter walks continue.  Why not join us?  We start at 1.45 p.m. from the Reading Room every Thursday, getting back soon after 3 p.m. for a well deserved cup of tea.

Our walks are always full of interest.  October walkers were on a familiar path and rounding a corner were surprised to meet these new residents of one of the fields at Tanks-a -Lot! Their two little piglets are unfortunately not visible. As usual on this route we also met sheep, cows and horses!

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Summer Evening Walks Start Monday 23 May - posted 13 May 2016

The Ramblers Association and Macmillan Cancer Support sponsor the national Walking for Health scheme, which is run locally by South Northants Council;   the Helmdon Health Walks Group has been walking regularly since March 2009.

 

We have Thursday afternoon walks of up to three miles throughout the year.

 

In addition we organize longer walks on summer evenings and for 2016 we begin on Monday 23 May and continue until 8 August. We will start from ‘The Bell’ at 7pm and will cover between five and six miles in two hours, returning before dusk for a pint ! 

 

No dogs please and children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Stout footwear is required for walking field paths and of course suitable clothing in case of a shower!

 

For details contact Roger Miles (01295 768964) or David Mico (01280 702173).

Helmdon Walks Leaflet No: 5 Now Available - posted 29 February 2016

The latest in the series of Helmdon Walks, No. 5, is published and is now available. Indeed, thanks to monies from the Parish Council, Helmdon Hurler and HYHO we have good stocks of all five circular walks and of the footpaths map.  All available free to residents! Just contact Roger Miles on 01295 768964   e-mail

Health Walks Christmas Break - posted 11 December 2015

The last Thursday afternoon walk for 2015 will be on the 17th December, leaving the Reading Room at 1.45 as usual and getting back soon after 3pm. No walk on the 24th or 31st.

The first 2016 walk will be on the 7th January, weather permitting! 

If your New Year resolutions include thinking about joining this friendly group, please contact Roger Miles on 01295 - 768964. 

Thursday Afternoon Health Walks Continue - posted 17 September 2015

Thursday afternoon walks continue throughout the winter, with only a few cancelled for bad weather. We set off at 1.45 pm from the Reading Room and cover about three miles in about 80 minutes, before returning for tea and a chat.

No dogs please and children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Stout footwear is required for walking field paths and of course suitable clothing in case of a shower!

Summer Evening Walks Start Monday 08 June - posted 17 May 2015

 

The Ramblers Association and Macmillan Cancer Support sponsor the national Walking for Health scheme, which is run locally by South Northants Council;   the Helmdon Health Walks Group has been walking regularly since March 2009.

 

Thursday afternoon walks continue throughout the year, with only a few cancelled for bad weather. We set off at 1.45 pm from the Reading Room and cover about three miles in about 80 minutes, before returning for tea and a chat.

 

In addition we organize longer walks on summer evenings and for 2015 these will begin on Monday 8th June and continue until 10th August. We will start from ‘The Bell’ at 7pm and will cover between five and six miles in two hours, returning before dusk for a pint or two! 

 

No dogs please and children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Stout footwear is required for walking field paths and of course suitable clothing in case of a shower!

 

For details contact Roger Miles (01295 768964  e-mail

or David Mico (01280 702173)

 

Christmas Break For Helmdon Health Walks - posted 15 December 2014

The last Helmdon Health walk for 2014 is on Thursday 18th December at 1.45 from the Reading Room.

We shall resume on Thursday 15th January, usual time and place. New members of this sociable group will be most welcome to include healthy walking among their resolutions for the New Year.

For more details contact  Roger Miles on 01295 768964.

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Last Of The Summer Walks - posted 12 August 2014

                

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                              Way ahead of the rest

 

On Monday 11th August the last of ten evening walks around Helmdon was enjoyed by 15 walkers who completed five miles in under two hours and were back to the pub just after a glorious sunset! Some of this year's ten walks went a mile or so further to reach some especially lovely countryside. One walk was affected by light rain and some very warm evenings and the high pollen count sometimes reduced our numbers. Nevertheless 130 individual walks were recorded by a mix of regulars and some very welcome new members of this sociable group.  We ended the evening looking forward to next summer but meanwhile Helmdon's Thursday afternoon walks will continue throughout the year.

For details please call Roger Miles on 01295-768964

 

Summer Walks Start Soon - posted 18 May 2014

The Ramblers Association and Macmillan Cancer Support sponsor the national Health Walks scheme, which is facilitated by South Northants Council, and has been walking in Helmdon since March 2009. Thursday afternoon walks continue throughout the year, with only a few cancelled for bad weather. We set off at 1.45 pm from the Reading Room and aim to cover about three miles in about 80 minutes before returning for tea and a chat.

 

 In addition we organize longer walks on summer evenings and for 2014 these will begin on Monday 9th June and continue until 11th August. We will start from ‘The Bell’ at 7pm and will cover between five and six miles in two hours, returning before dusk for a pint or two! 

 

No dogs please and children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Stout footwear is required for walking field paths and of course suitable clothing in case of a shower!

 

For details contact  Roger Miles on 01295 768964.

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Leaders Wanted - posted 22 November 2013

The very successful Helmdon Health Walks on Thursday afternoons need more volunteers to train as back-up leaders.

These walks are part of a national effort to promote walking as a healthy leisure activity and are sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support and The Ramblers Association. There is no need for a regular commitment to how often you would help.  Free training is provided by SNC with the next course on Friday 29th November, 9:30am - 4:00pm.

Please contact Roger Miles (01295 768964) e-mail if you are willing to help with this worthwhile village activity.

                              

Possible Snakes On Footpaths - posted 05 September 2013

There has been a report of snakes, possibly adders, in Wicket Mead, which is the overgrown field South of the bridge at the end of the old station coach yard. There are three well-used footpaths crossing this field  so beware!

Start Of Summer Evening Walks - posted 18 June 2013

Summer evening walks start on Monday evenings, commencing on 24th June and ending on 5th August. We meet at the Bell in Church Street just before 7pm and aim to cover at least five miles before dusk and a welcome drink! So please put these dates in your diaries and do join us!

For further details contact:

Roger Miles (01295)768964

e-mail

Farewell Lesley And Date For Start Of Summer Evening Walks - posted 18 April 2013

On Thursday 11th April we regretfully said farewell to Lesley Kinghorn who has been a splendid walk leader. Lesley will be remembered for her lively good humour and inspirational enthusiasm, especially during our muddy, cold winter walks. At our post-walk tea we were pleased to give Lesley a token of our appreciation, which included a guidebook to walks near her new home in Lincolnshire.

This year there will be a shorter season of summer evening walks on Monday evenings, starting on 24th June and ending on 5th August. We meet at the Bell in Church Street just before 7pm and aim to cover at least five miles before dusk and a welcome drink! So please put these dates in your diaries and do join us!

For further details contact: Roger Miles

(01295)768964

e-mail

Health Walkers Lunch - posted 03 February 2013

On Monday 28th January, 26 members of this friendly group enjoyed a splendid buffet lunch at The Bell to mark the beginning of another walking year. Sally and Richard laid on a sumptuous spread and many of us were tempted to take hearty seconds before the puds appeared! During the lunch Judy Cairns was warmly thanked for organising the lunch, and for ensuring that we always enjoy tea and cakes in the Reading Room after our Thursday afternoon walks. Why not join us?

Roger Miles and Lesley Kinghorn
Walks Leaders.

Parish Walk Dates For End 2012 And Beginning Of 2013 - posted 09 December 2012 and 07 January 2013

We will walk on 13th December and then take a break until 10th January 2013.  Time: 1.45 p.m. and venue the Reading Room.

For details contact:

Roger Miles (01295) 768964 (walks leader)

Summer Health Walks - posted 30 April 2012

These begin on Monday 14 May at 7 p.m. from the Bell.

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Thanks Farmers - posted 27 August 2011

 

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The walking group approaching

     the Helmdon viaduct                 photo: Karen Jones      


 
The third year of Helmdon's summer evening walks began on 16 May and ended on 22 August. These popular walks of between 5 and 6 miles have enjoyed fine countryside and  varied routes,  some of which were possible only because of farmers generously allowing planned diversions from the public footpaths. The Helmdon walk leaders have very much appreciated this help with planning routes and the end of another season of Monday evening walks is a good time to say thank you. One evening a farmer also went to considerable trouble to corral his lively beef steers so that we could pass through to complete a lovely circular route! 
 
Helmdon's Thursday afternoon walks continue throughout the year, unless the weather is really awful, and these too are often helped by  farmers allowing access to private tracks and field edges. Of course the walk leaders always make clear when the group is going off public paths, stressing that this is by specific permission.

Roger Miles (walks leader) on (01295) 768964

Summer Health Walks - posted 6 April 2011

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Winter 2010 Health Walks - posted 21 February 2010

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Winter Health  2010 Walks - posted   2 August 2010

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Summer 2010  Health Walks - posted 5 May 2010

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Winter Walks Begin 7 January - 4th January 2010

Weekly Walks will be resuming after the Christmas Break, starting on Thursday 7th January at 1.45 from the Reading Room. Stout footwear and warm clothing essential for a one Hour Walk, returning for tea in the Reading Room!

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Winter Walks 2009 - 27th September 2009

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Summer Walks 2009 - 20th May 2009

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Winter Walks 2008 - 7th October 2008

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