Month: June 2020

Barley Mow to Odiham Paddle

Barley Mow to Odiham Paddle

Basingstoke Canal Overview The Basingstoke Canal stretches for 32 miles in total, from Greywell village in Hampshire to Woodham in Surrey. The scenery of the canal varies a lot, which adds to the interest of it. In Surrey you have the flights of locks, Mytchett contains the lakes and flashes, and then near Odiham are …

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National Insect Week

This week, 22nd – 28th June, is National Insect Week. This biennial event, organised by the Royal Entomology Society, encourages us to realise and understand the importance of these small creatures. During the alternate year, the Royal Entomology society put on an Insect Festival – so look out for that in 2021. There are over …

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Azores

Azores

Ever heard of the Azores? Well, I have to admit that when we chose them as our summer walking holiday destination, I hadn’t! Or at least I might have heard of them but couldn’t have told you where they were. And that seemed to be true of everyone I told about our holiday plans! My …

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Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

Looking for something fun to do outside with your children, friends or even just to motivate yourself? Well look no further than a scavenger hunt. There are plenty out there if you look on the internet; however, I recently did one by iPhotography. Not only does it combine the fun of searching and looking for …

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King Alfreds Cakes

What are King Alfred’s cakes, cramp balls & coal fungus?

King Alfred’s cakes (Daldinia concentrica), also known as cramp balls and coal fungus, are a type of inedible fungus. They are most commonly found in broadleaf woodlands. You will see them growing in groups, on dead or dying trees, most often, but not confined to, fallen Ash and Beech branches. King Alfred’s cakes are quite …

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Ashampstead Yattendon Berkshire Walk

Walk in Berkshire: Ashampstead, Yattendon

Overview County: Berkshire Area: Ashampstead, Yattendon Distance: 7.5 Miles (with optional short cuts) Time: 4hrs Refreshments: Pub, Café and Shop in Yattendon, and farm shop/café near Ashampstead This circular walk shows off the beautiful Berkshire countryside and the two lovely villages of Ashampstead and Yattendon– both of which we have said we want to revisit! …

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