Gnome Roam Toddler Walk

Posted 12/2/2018

Sorry to all concerned for the late write up for this one.

Starting from the car park at Newmillerdam Country Park, this short 1.8 mile trot had a bit of everything - uphills, downhills, woodlands old and new, a lake, a wild bear on the loose and lots and lots of gnomes.

We ascended sharply from the car park to the first of the gnomes and followed a well-signposted route round the woodland and parkland.  Passing through a relatively recent plantation, we proceeded past more gnomes into the coniferous forest.  Here we encountered a carving of a large brown bear, with a plaque detailing the story of his escape in 1867 from a travelling menagerie and antics around the local area until his recapture.  Our trail then descended in similarly sharp fashion past some more log carvings, including an owl and (inevitably) more gnomes.

Yet more of these infernal creatures were found on a circuit of the duckboards by the picnic area, before a lakeside return to the car park, with a couple of final gnomes for company.  Although the pace was steady - it being a starter walk aimed at our very youngest participants - it was an enjoyable jaunt on a cold, clear morning, culminating with refreshments in the Fox and Hounds across the main road.

Our thanks again go to all those who took the trouble to attend.