Exploring Sopwell's Farming Connection

SRA Farming Connection walk May 2017

On Sunday, 14th May at 2.30pm, we went on a free, guided walk through the fields, by the river and along the streets of Sopwell. A relatively easy stroll of about 2.5 miles.

Jennifer Taylor reporting back:

"On a fine May Sunday afternoon - with temperatures in the high teens - Maggie Douglas led 13 Sopwell Residents (and some from Park Street) on a delightful circular 'rural' walk along the footpaths and fields of Sopwell, giving us some background to the areas that we were passing through.

Our walk started at Mandeville School and took us along the footpath from Holyrood Crescent by the revamped children's play area, passed Mitchell Close prefabs, emerging into the far end of Butterfield Lane and through Hedges Farm. 

We crossed the Ver via the footbridge and came face to face with cattle, including a bull and a calf, who came almost too close for comfort. 

We emerged safely from the field by New Barnes Mill - and no, we didn't stop for tea at Sopwell House Hotel - and managed to negotiate safely the bridge and bend into Cottonmill Lane and then over to the mill end of Butterfield Lane, from where we wended our way back to Mandeville School via Goreham Drive and Abbots Avenue. 

It was a delightful walk - thank you Maggie."