Useful walking links

The Deadwater Valley Trust has a website covering planned events across the reserve as well as useful links to help junior rangers and local volunteers support their local woodland reserve.

Living Streets is a site dedicated to making streets inviting and engaging places that encourage people to get out and about on foot.

Sustrans coordinates a ‘national cycle network’ which can be used for walking as well as cycling. This network has signposted traffic-free paths, quiet lanes and not so busy roads. Go to the website and type in your postcode to find your local routes.

Walk and Cycle Hampshire has numerous recreational options for walkers and cyclists.

Walking for Health and East Hampshire’s GetActiveNow programme are working together to offer short, safe and sociable weekly walks in East Hampshire. Currently there is are walks on both Monday and Tuesday in Bordon. (See Walking in Whitehill page)

Walking World is a website dedicated to finding walking routes across Britain.

Walkit focuses on improving walking options for people by providing them with routes in a number of cities and towns. Whilst most locations in Hampshire have not been included yet this is a brilliant guide and well worth a look.

Do you know of any other interesting walking routes and guides on a website? Drop us a line at whitehillbordon@easthants.gov.uk and we’ll include it on this list.

 

Family day out

Recent statistics suggest that British children aren’t being active enough. So help turn this around with a FREE day out for the family exploring the outdoors from your doorstep!

To get the most out of the day it is a good idea to get a few things sorted before heading off so that everyone can enjoy the day.

Pick a destination 

Going for a family walk can be great fun but you need to find a route that the whole family can do. Young children may not want or be able to walk far, so either select a buggy friendly walk, a short walk or take a picnic with you to split the walk up. Selecting the right route can  keep your child’s interest.

Prepare for getting wet and muddy

Clean and dry walking days are possible but be prepared for rain, puddles and mud. Wellies are great for any walks in woodland and for keeping little feet (or big feet) dry. It is also a good idea to take a bag or rucksac packed with rain coats, water and some nibbles, just incase.

Setting the ground rules

Sit down with the kids before you set off for a walk and discuss ground rules. If you don’t want them crossing any roads without you, make it clear. If you don’t want them running off ask them to keep within a certain distance. Discussing the ground rules in advance can help you to keep control over activities and eliminate stress along the way.

Activities to do

Whitehill & Bordon is surrounded by some lovely woodland and parks so make the most of them for walking adventures without having to drive anywhere.

The National Trust has come up with a list of things to do before you’re 11 3/4.

It includes activities like building a den, skimming stones and taking a look inside a tree, all things that could be done on a walk around the local area, including Dead Water Valley.

Another brilliant resource is Woodland Trust Nature Detectives. This website includes loads of FREE activity packs and downloadable suggestions for great activities whatever your child’s age, interest or ability.