Local Walks

Local walks in the Honingham area.

Honingham Milestone Painting

The Milestone Society paid a visit to Honingham a short while ago, and with the help of William, Polly, Noah and Daniel, the Milestone in Dereham Road was repainted. Well done volunteers!

(permission given by parents for these photo’s to be posted)

 

Thank you from Sally Blyth

At Christmas time, my daughter lost her puppy’s extendable lead on the field. Despite criss crossing the field, 4 of us failed to find it and had to bring the puppy home on a rope! A new lead cost £25.
Imagine her delight during her next visit at half term, to find the lead in a plastic bag hanging on the fence. Some kind person had found it and helpfully left it for whoever had lost it. We have no idea who it was but would like to say thank you via this site.
We now have a spare lead to keep in Honingham ready for her next visit.

Thanks a lot.

Sally 🐕 x

An Autumn walk around Honingham

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Autumn Wildlife Walk Round Honingham – with Jerry Bart

It was a beautiful cold but bright Sunday morning and I decided to go for a birding walk  from our house up Mill Lane and through the woods to Berry Lane. I had already seen a Little Egret from our kitchen window in the Tud so felt confident of a fruitful walk.

I am sure many of you dog walkers know this route well.

The first people I see are a couple walking back from Susan Grants house with two jars of her wonderful jam. Stopping just opposite the old pig sheds saw my first birds. Blackbird, Wood Pigeon and Blue Tit. Was just about to move on when I saw another bird fly away towards the giant poplars. I saw a white rump and thought …maybe a Bull Finch or possibly the very rare Brambling. I didn’t count it as wasn’t sure.

Moving through the woods the leaves were mostly blown down and I was able to see Natasha’s eco-house through the trees. I went off the path hoping to scare a  wintering Woodcock into the air. Unfortunately no luck.

Walking on Chaffinch and Great Tits appeared in the canopy. I scanned them closely looking for a Brambling or even a Redpoll. No luck until I nearly got to Berry Lane. From the field on the left up popped a Chaffinch. Then I took a second look and thought…that’s a bit different. I tried to double checking through the bins  and as usual it flew off just as I was focusing. However I saw the white rump. Now 80% sure it was my dream winter bird. Once in Berry Lane I saw a pheasant, a  flock of long tailed tits and then an unexpected bird. Willow Tit high in the canopy. Definitely a good day so far I thought. Then I caught some movement high up and hoped this was the bird I was really after. Then yes..a  beautiful male Brambling and realised the one I saw before must have be a female which is a bit duller than the male. Then I saw 4 more feeding on the seeds high in the trees. This was only the second time I had seen this bird in Honingham. The last time was 2010 in that very cold winter when Julie and I first moved here.

Feeling well pleased I moved on to the bridge hoping for a Kingfisher or a Grey Wagtail. No such luck but Jackdaw and a Carrion Crow flew over adding to my list. Turning into the field back to the village came Robin, Wren and more Blue Tits. Scanning high I hoped for a Red Kite. But no.

Passing Anthony’s plantation two flashing white rumped birds flew into the bushes. First Bull Finches of the day then a Wren and Hedge Sparrow (Dunnock).

Almost at The Buck and I scanned the field for Red Legged Partridge. No joy. Strolling back to the Old Mill I saw House Sparrow and Starlings. Stopping at the bridge I crept up over the wall hoping for that elusive Kingfisher. Now that would have capped off a great walk. It was however not to be.

That’s what I find so wonderful about bird spotting. You never know what will turn up and often the ones you expect to be around seem to disappear.

All in all a great hours walk.

When you are strolling around our wonderful village why not take some binoculars with you. You will be surprised what you may see. If you see anything different and are not sure what it may be just email me the description and I will try and help identify it for you.

 

Jerry Bart – The Old Mill Honingham

Berry’s Lane footpath stile

Due to the need for wider access to the field for a timber lorry, the footpath stile into Mr Meynell’s field off Berrys Lane has had to be removed.

Those walkers who are unable to clamber over the gate are urged to use the small gate
opposite the Fen footpath, and use the “Permissive” path back up to the proper path.

Honingham helpers – thank you!

This from John Skipper:

Chris (The Chef) Knibb has done a wonderful job strimming the whole Fen footpath – you could drive a small car through there now!!

Thanks from all the walkers.

I believe thanks are also due too, to Craig Matless for sorting out /cutting back the hedges along the bowling green 😀

A riverside walk

Now the horses have gone and the nettles have been cut, here’s your chance to walk the “Permissive” path shown on this map.

HPIM1886.JPGTo get there walk out along Dereham Road, enter the footpath on the left just past the new Eco House. Just before reaching Merrywood Childrens Home use the gate on the left.

 

Follow the instructions on the map to find a little bridge over the stream, then follow the river upstream to Berrys Bridge. Lovely place for a picnic, or letting the children or dogs have a paddle.

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