Mountfield guided walks – Sundays 23, 30 April, 7 May 2017


Explaining our local landscape

Sunday 23 April, Sunday 30 April and Sunday 7 May 2017

Start: 9.45 am Distance/Time: Only 2 miles, just over 3 hours

© Simon Carey reproduced under Creative Commons Licence

© Simon Carey reproduced under Creative Commons Licence

Terrain: Easy but brambles and mud
Start: Mountfield Village Hall.
Clothes: Dress for all weathers, and for standing as well as walking.
Facilities: Free parking. Loos available at start/finish.

Following the success of this walk the last thre years, Peter Miles will be repeating it on three dates in 2017. The walk is based in a small area of Mountfield not normally accessible to the public and covers features ranging from pre-1250 to the 20thC.

The main purpose of the walk is to explain how and why our High Weald landscape looks as it does. To this end, the walk will cover details such as the network of old roads and tracks, woodland archæology (in particular, the pattern of woodland and clearance), mediæval earthworks (wood banks and a massive 13thC moated site), other industrial remains (mine pits, quarries, kilns), historic evidence of woodland crafts (coppicing, sawpits, charcoal platforms), plus local botany including one very rare plant population and an even rarer tree, foraging (with recipes), and more. Above all, the emphasis will be on fun.

One underlying theme of the walk is the network of old roads across the local High Weald including the old Sow Trail (Sow Lane) through the woods and fields from Panningridge Furnace in Penhurst to the Sidney ironworks in Robertsbridge.

Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. Not really geared for children, even if on leads. The cost is £8.00 per person on the day with all proceeds going to the fabric of the early Norman gem of All Saints, Mountfield. Numbers are limited, so first come, first served…

To book, or for more details, contact Peter on or 01580 880 614.

Walk sponsored by Darwell Area Conservation Society for All Saints Church, Mountfield.

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