Ramblers members plus their friends and families are invited to come along to a Members' Day event at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford on Saturday 6th August.
There will be a choice of three walk distances plus competitions and children's activities.
WALK 1 is approximately 7 miles and goes around the reserve and the lake area. WALK 2 is approximately 5.5 miles and goes around the reserve only. WALK 3 is approximately 1.5 miles and goes around the lake (ideal for families with younger children). Walks 1 & 2 will start at 10.30am and be accompanied by Reserve Wardens who will answer questions about the Reserve as we walk. Walk 3 is self-guided.
We have two 2016 OS Explorer Maps and other prizes to be won.
There are plenty of things for children to do at the reserve with their own play area and exploration areas. Children also have the chance to go on a bug hunt and do some plaque rubbings – kits are free but they MUST be ordered in advance from Judith on 01777 838 763 as numbers are limited.
Packed lunches (vegetarian or meat) can be ordered at £5 – book these through Judith as above.
The Visitor Centre will be open throughout the day from 10am selling drinks and refreshments.
Parking at the Reserve is free but there is a voluntary car park charge scheme – please consider paying £1.50.
Full details are available on the Ramblers Walksfinder or by clicking HERE.
Keith currently spends most of his time volunteering for the Ramblers but he is also a Governor for Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust. In the past, he was a factory supervisor for most of his working life but also worked for LTSB and has been a barman and a bus conductor. For many years, he was involved in amateur dramatics and had a couple of years trying to earn a living from acting. He has a first class honours degree and a PGCE.
Why did you join Ramblers? I've always enjoyed walking but always walked alone. When I took early retirement, I decided to start exploring a little further afield than my usual stomping grounds so the Ramblers seemed a good way to find new places to walk.
How long have you been a member? 8 years.
What is your most memorable walk? A walk/scramble up Crowden Clough and on to Kinder Scout. Aged 60, it was the first time I had been on to Kinder Scout and the weather was superb. There's a cover picture of me at the top of Crowden Clough on my Facebook page looking very pleased with myself.
Where is your favourite walking destination? On the moors above Hope Valley. I get out there whenever I can.
Have you ever got lost on a walk? Of course! But never when I'm leading, though. When I first started leading walks for the Ramblers, I used to get lost quite frequently when out on recces but that doesn't happen very often these days. Probably a good job as I now lead around 50 walks a year for Mansfield & Sherwood Ramblers plus walks for Walking for Health and other Groups.
What is your most treasured piece of walking kit? My Boots. Without them there simply isn't any walking!
Who would be your ideal walking companion? Good question. Funnily enough, I only ever used to walk alone before I joined the Ramblers. Now, I treasure those few chances that I get when I'm not doing a recce with someone, or leading a walk, to get out and walk on my own.
How do you relax? Watching Opera, Ballet and Theatre but I don't get as much as I would like. By the time people get to read this, I will have spent a week at the Royal Centre, Nottingham watching Opera North's version of Wagner's Ring Cycle – an event for which I bought tickets over a year ago!
What is your favourite meal? Curry. One of my indulgent pleasures is to cook curry from scratch, preparing my own spices mix, etc.
What is your guiltiest pleasure? I watch almost no television and yet I am completely hooked on The Good Wife. I have watched every single episode of every series since it started. I usually catch up episodes on ALL4 as I rarely get up-to-date enough to watch it aired at its scheduled time.
What music would you like played at your funeral? Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending as my body is buried in a cardboard box under a newly-planted tree.
Sum up your personality in three words Resilient – good-humoured – generous
43 people, representing 10 Ramblers Groups, attended our first Members' Day event at Cropwell Bishop on 7th May. The weather became increasingly warm as we walked the 5.5 miles at a very leisurely pace, spotting the clues along the way for the competition that had been set. Prizes of OS Explorer Maps and a compass plus other items were awarded after the end of the walk. During the walk, we visited the ruin of St. Mary's Church before arriving at Colston Bassett where we had our lunch. Many of the walkers also took the chance to look around the Parish Church of St. John the Divine. The return walk was across a couple of fields before walking along the towpath of the disused Grantham Canal. Upon returning to Cropwell Bishop, we called in at the Cropwell Bishop Creamery Shop where we were treated to samples of all the cheeses and the opportunity to buy a few of them. Finally, it was time to cross the road to the Chequers Inn to award prizes, socialise, quench our thirsts and, for some, to have a very enjoyable meal. Photos from the day plus lots of other news can be seen on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/nottsarearamblers