Woodland Trail

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As part of our Lottery Funded Stepping Forward Project we installed waymarking to the woodland paths in Troopers Hill Woods. This has created a marked route through the Woods between the Field and part of the Hill.

The Route

The route includes two woodland paths, linked by a short section of Lamb Hill where there are two direction posts.

The route is easy to follow but the links below takes you to a map and description of the route in case you need them. The marked trail is just under 600m and the complete circuit (including crossing the Field and the top part of the Hill) is around 900m or just over half a mile.

Woodland Trail in Google Maps

Route Description

The Trail Markers

There are four carved marker posts, each with different images that were designed and carved for us by Michael Henderson. The posts are recycled pitch pine - old roof beams. The Trail markers each have their own name - these were created for the Walkshops (see below). The stories told at each location inspired the carvings on them.

You might like to take paper and wax crayons with you to make rubbings of the carvings on the marker posts to take home.

The links below tell you some of those stories and describe what you can see at each post.

The Field

Not Lost

Little Elizabeth

Goat Willow

Creating the Trail

Our consultation for the Stepping Forward Project confirmed what we had been told by Hill visitors in the past - many people didn't use the woodland paths, either because the didn't know they existed or because they didn't know where they went. The installation of the Waymarked Trail aims to help people find these paths and explore this wonderful woodland.

We appointed Ruth Coleman to work with us on this part of the Stepping Forward Project along with with architect, artist and master-woodcarver, Michael Henderson. Ruth helped us organise 'Walkshops' for local people to inspire and influence the design of the carved waymarkers.

Following the walkshops Michael designed and carved the the 'Trail Markers' which were then installed in the woodland in August 2012 by offenders on the 'Community Payback' scheme.

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