Walking programme for National Nature Reserves Week

Posted: Wed, 8 May 2024 14:02

Walking programme for National Nature Reserves Week

Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve - Thorne & Hatfield Moors have a full calendar of events for National Nature Reserves Week, 20-31 May.

All events are free to attend - read on for a list of what's on and when and let's #GetDoncasterWalking

Evening Walks

  • Mon 20 May 6.30pm – on Hatfield Moors 4-5 miles at a good pace but taking in the warmth and special light on an early summer's evening. No need to book.
  • Fri 31 May 6.30pm – on Thorne Moors 4-5 miles at stroller pace just enjoying the space and freedom the Moors gives and the uplifting moods it evokes. No need to book.

General/Seasonal/Themed Walks

  • Fri 24 May 10.00am Guided Walk on Hatfield Moors For anyone who has never walked the Moors before and just wants a new experience in the security of a guide and with like-minded walkers. This walk will be pitched to who turns up and could cover strider or stroller walkers. Approx. 2.5 miles. No booking required but please call 07766 420290 to find out more about this walk.
  • Sat 25 May 10am Canine Walk on Hatfield Moors in partnership with RSPCA Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve will be hosting this annual walk but with a stand in the car park all day for dog walkers to come and chat to NNR staff about walking dogs on the Moors, Open Access restrictions and responsible recreation – treats available for dog and owner. Booking for the walk via RSPCA. T 01302 719790 E sarah.jenkins@rspcadrb.org.uk
  • Sun 26 May 2pm Heath Walk on Hatfield Moors Cotton grass seed heads should be showing and a walk on the old peat milling fields will widen the senses as you get a feel for the vast open space and big sky and horizon on this walk. Approx. 3 miles. No need to book.
  • Tues 28 May 1.30pm to 3pm Large Heath Butterfly ID Workshop The large heath is only found in certain places but it likes Thorne Moors – led by an expert from Butterfly Conservation, develop the skills to participate in Natural England's annual survey on Thorne Moors. Email lewys.wheeler@naturalengland.org.uk if you would like to sign up for the course.

Their family self-guided trail will be out along the Pink way-marked walk route during NNR Week. Pick up a
quiz sheet in the car park and just follow the route learning more about the reserve as you find clues and facts about this unique place. Some surprises along the way celebrating nature.

For more information or to book where stated call 07766 420290.

All events are free. Unless stated otherwise, all Hatfield Moors events are to meet at Boston Park car park, DN7 6BF and all Thorne Moors events are to meet at the Recreation Ground car park, Moorends – end of Grange Road, DN8 4NA .

How do I get to Humberhead Peatlands NNR?

The closest towns to the NNR are Goole, Thorne, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Crowle and Hatfield. By public transport Rail stations – Thorne North and South. Contact South Yorkshire Transport on 01709 515151. Moorends is served by bus from Thorne. Contact Doncaster Tourist Information on 01302 734309. Hatfield
Woodhouse village is served by a limited bus service.

For information about community group led walking groups, please visit the walking calendar.

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