MELBOURNE PARKLANDS NOON COLUMN WALK

Melbourne Park Noon Column situated at Staunton Harold

Our first walk begins at Staunton Harold Nursery and ends at Whistlewood Common music festival where Roots will be singing.

When: Saturday, 24th June, 2017

Meet: 1 pm at the Noon Column to sing a song whilst waiting for the sun to appear through the slit! Leaving at 1.15 prompt.

Parking: In the car park (Grid Ref: SK376.210) at the back of Staunton Harold Nursery – LE65 1RU (car park charge £1)
Lifts will be available back to the car park after the walk but time will be dependent upon availability of drivers due to the choir singing at 5.30 pm

Directions to Noon Column: Walk out of car park on to the road and on the opposite side to the car park you will see a sign and a gate. Go through the gate and walk straight up the wide grassy ride. Within 3 or 4 minutes you will see the Noon Column on your right.

Walk: A gentle 4.5 miles across some beautiful pasture land, passing through Calke Park, with its herd of rare Portland sheep and herds of Red and Fallow deer, and on to Melbourne with great views over Staunton Harold Reservoir. There are approx. 10 stiles along the way. Our destination is Whistlewood Common, a small area of land, owned and managed, in a sustainable way, by local residents. Here we will be singing (5.30 pm) at a small music festival.  Tickets are available  at a cost of £5 before the day or £10 on the day. (Visit www.shop.whistlewoodcommon.org for more information and to purchase tickets)

Refreshments: A possible stop, time permitting, at the Tea Room in Calke Park. Food at festival – see flyer or website as above

Noon Column Walks flyer can be downloaded National Forest Noon Column Walks 2017

Article by Widdershins

Widdershins Morris dancer, writer, part time farmer and melodeon player. Author of several sheep keeping books and also Kindle fiction stories including THE INBETWEEN THE DIGFIELD CONJUROR HOW TO BOIL AN EGG    

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