Make a resolution to step into 2020 by joining our traditional New Year’s Day walk.
This year the walk will start at Castor and – weather permitting – give you the chance to brush off the cobwebs with a walk along the River Nene to Waternewton.
The preferred route is an amble along the river bank, an easy but possibly muddy, three miles. The problem is the route, taking in the Nene and over a weir before returning, frequently floods in winter so it may not be possible on the day.
So organiser Elaine Wakerley has another walk up her sleeve should it not be possible.
Anyone wanting to take part should meet at St Kyneburgha Church, Castor (pictured above) ready for a 1pm start.
There is parking along the roadway and at the rear of the village hall.
Clothing and footwear relevant to the conditions is suggested.
A Wednesday afternoon walk in December hopes to take in the spectacle of a fabulous Starling murmuration.
The murmurations happen during the winter months – usually from October to March – but peak in numbers in December when more birds come over from Europe and join our resident birds.
The December walk is on Wednesday, December 4 between 2pm and about 4.30pm.
The walk is being led by Bob Titman.
Anyone wanting to take part should meet at the Etton Maxey reserve car park in time for a 2pm start.
Bob says the route is yet to be finally decided but expects it to proceed from the parking area through the reserve on to the footpath between Vergette’s and Slurry pit through the Etton pits complex returning along the Maxey Cut.
Bob said: “The exact route can be decided nearer the date dependant upon what is around at the time.”
Anyone planning to take part is advised to make sure they wear clothing and footwear appropriate to the weather conditions.
The event is free for Langdyke members but non-members are asked to make a suggested donation of £3.
A performance of Romeo and Juliet, music, morris dancing and poetry renditions are just some of the highlights of Friday’s Langdyke 20th anniversary celebrations at Torpel Manor Field.
The Lamphouse Theatre Suitcase Shakespeare presentation of Romeo and Juliet is likely to be one of the key highlights of the evening.
The event – the first of two over the weekend- is between 6pm and 9pm on the Torpel site at the edge of Helpston.
The plan is to enjoy a summer’s evening on the site of Roger de Torpel’s Norman manor house with music, drama, poetry and Morris dancing. Bring a picnic and something to sit on. We will be providing some drinks in return for donations – beer, wine and soft drinks.
The programme for the evening in the paddock area around the Cabin is subject to change, but will run something like this:
6pm Opening of event
6-9pm Refreshments and bring your own picnic
6-9pm Langdyke exhibition
6-8pm Arts workshop (members only) in the cabin
6-630pm Music with Dave Maylor
630-7pm Morris Dancing
7pm Guided walk of Torpel, tour of meadow
7-720pm Poetry with Kealey Mills and friends
720-750pm Music with Dave Maylor
8- 820pm Poetry with Kealey Mills and friends Cabin area
820pm- Romeo and Juliet extracts
Please note; Parking is restricted, with some spaces at the Helpston Garden Centre, but access to the field is strictly on foot (or by bike).
If you come by car, you will need to park either at the garden centre or in the village and walk up to the reserve, entering along through the pedestrian gate off King Street.
There will be something for all age groups at Saturday’s open day at Etton-Maxey reserve – the second day of this weekend’s activities to make Langdyke’s 20th anniversary.
The event, starting at 2pm and finishing at 5pm has a a particular focus on family activities.
Attractions include arts workshops, nature trails, bug hunts, pond-dipping and guided walks and exhibitions of fossils, some of which have been found on the site during earlier gravel extractions. There might even be a dinosaur (but only in mascot form).
And, of course, there are the many nature attractions on the site including hundreds of orchids.
Tarmac, who are sponsoring the event, will also be on hand to show how the reserve has come about following the company’s work there over the years. They are also bringing along a giant loader machine with prizes for guessing its weight.
The weather forecast for the weekend is for high temperatures. There will be limited supplies of drinks, so you are advised to perhaps bring along some water (no single use plastic bottles please) and sunscreen. Toilets will be on site.
The site can be reached by driving through Etton village on the main road towards Maxey. Go past Etton church, over a bridge and then follow the road until you reach the site which will be signposted.
There is parking on site, through the gates off the road between Etton and Maxey (see map for details of the reserve). Please take care when you arrive at the site because there may be children making their way from the parking area. A 5mph speed limit will be in force.
Finally, as part of our Langdyke Stories project we encourage you all to think of an object that reminds you of our local countryside and particularly the Langdyke reserves and bring this – or a photo of it – along to the Saturday event. We will be publishing a collection of these images in our 20th anniversary book. Langdyke Stories is funded by the Peterborough Community Fund and organised by Art Pop-Up.
Timings for Saturday are subject to change, but the plan is:
2pm Opening of event
2-4.30pm Arts workshops in the main marquee
2-3pm Building a bug hotel
2-3.30pm Sweep netting
3.30-5pm Bug hunting
2-3.30pm Pond dipping
2-5pm Bird-identification 230pm and 330pm Guided walks Start from welcome table
4pm Nature treasure hunt from the Wildlife Trust stand
2-5pm Pop up poetry
2-5pm Wildlife Trust display
2-5pm Tarmac display
2-5pm Langdyke Trust display
2-5pm Fossil exhibition
2-5pm Museum of objects exhibition
5pm All events and stands close.
Two fascinating nature reserves feature in Langdyke’s programme of events for July together with a walk in the footsteps of John Clare.
On Friday, July 12 you can join the search for glow worms around the Barnack Hills and Holes. The reserve provides a great spot for catching a view of the little creatures.
The glow worm is not actually a worm, but a beetle. Males look like typical beetles, but the nightly glow of a female is unmistakeable – lighting up to attract a mate in the darkness of their grassland habitats.
To take part in this event please meet in the car park at the entrance to the reserve off Wittering Road, Barnack at 9pm. It is a good idea to take a torch.
On July 14 ‘A Walk with John Clare’ will give you the opportunity to stroll along in the footsteps of the poet John Clare and learn about the landscape that featured in his poetry.
This is a unique Langdyke joint event with the John Clare Society and John Clare Cottage and sets off at 1pm on the Sunday afternoon of the John Clare Festival in Helpston.
The five mile guided walk around the Helpston area will be led by Carry Akroyd of the John Clare Society and Langdyke’s David Cowcill.
The programme includes an introduction to Clare’s life and works with readings appropriate to the places he visited and commentary on the countryside he loved.
It includes a cream tea at the John Clare Cottage with the opportunity to undertake an audio tour of the cottage and gardens..
Places are strictly limited and bookings will be made on a first come, first-served basis and the cost per person is £9 – payable on the day. To find out more (including joining instructions) and to book your place, please contact Simon Bysshe by emailing email@example.com or ringing 01733 253164. Sorry: But this event is now fully booked.
On Sunday , July 21 there is another opportunity to visit the unique Bainton Heath(pictured, top) which is not open to the public.
A guided walk will give you the chance to see the unique content of this site, which includes a small wood and a large pond.
It is a former landfill site filled entirely with fly ash from northern coal-fired powerstations and the railways in the 1960s.
As a result many species of moss and lichen grow there which are not natural to Cambridgeshire – but are more northerly species.
The landfill area has grown over with dense scrub to the north gradually thinning out to open grassland in the south with some bare patches with lichens growing directly on the fly ash.
It is surrounded on three sides by mature mixed woodland with a good variety of large trees and shrubs.
It is currently the home of National Grid and supports two electricity distribution systems and a sub-station. Ironically, the tall pylons have become a home for wildlife.
As a result it is not open to the public and visits can only be made there for events like this one.
If you would like to take part please meet at the Torpel site at 2pm. The plan is to drive from there to Bainton in as few cars as possible.
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