See it before it goes…

This spring, why not take a stroll around Worting Wood, part of Manydown? –  It’s a surprisingly rewarding walk but on borrowed time for the coming development.

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Manydown  – These fields are to be built on

It’s been reported in the last couple of weeks that the popular ‘Manydown Family Fun’ park is not to re-open. A shame for many, (and us, with a little boy who loves it), but not a real surprise as we are resigned to the Manydown development.

Ok, so Its not going to be built overnight, but I would really urge locals to venture out one weekend to walk around Worting Wood on Manydown sooner than later… I’m always surprised how many people don’t really know of its existence, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the walk and the views it offers. When we lived in Winklebury, it was a great gateway into the countryside. I remember some great summer evening strolls, and we have gone back at weekends since.

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Tranquility at Worting Wood Farm ©Nigel Smith

Thankfully, according to the plans, The area from Wooton and Worting Wood are now going to be kept as a ‘country park’, which is the right thing, but I think it will act as more of a buffer for the village of Wootton St Lawrence. The views to the south will be housing estates.

I’m afraid my own photo’s of the wooded parts don’t do it justice, so I found these examples to show the variety.  The seasons have their own qualities and some of the trees are very old.

 

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Worting Wood © Logomachy
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© Graham Horn 

 

 

Paths to explore…

There are several rights of way and bridleways to choose – the below map shows some of the options. From the Worting Village side, some of the paths can get quite muddy after rainful, so good shoes would be advisable. But the more north, the better the tracks.

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Worting Wood detail, Explorer Map 144 © Ordnance Survey
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Winklebury in the distance from the woods © Nigel Smith
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© Nigel Smith

I hope to make a film of the landscape at some point this year, which I’ll add here. If you’d like to know more about some of the History of Manydown, you can read my earlier blog here. We’re getting more detail to the development. Lets hope they are sympathetic. The fact is we are to loose some of this area’s richness, which always brings rewards for those who dare to venture…

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