A school 'Welly Walk' has been launched by Mayfield CE Primary School. Following a themed assembly, the whole school, armed with their new Welly Walk leaflet, explored the 2-mile route which starts and ends at the school gate and uses countryside footpaths.
The Welly Walk will enable the school to run outdoor education activities and explore the protected landscape in which it is located - the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Special features of the area on the school's doorstep include small, wildlife-rich fields; steep-sided streams (or gills); and Banky Wood, an ancient woodland which in the Tudor period was the location of an important iron furnace and forge (a cannon from the works is located on Mayfield High Street).
Welly Walks are an initiative of the High Weald Partnership whose High Weald Education Officer worked with Mayfield CEP school's Year 3/4 class to develop the route. Through indoor and outdoor sessions children learnt to use maps to plan and navigate local footpaths and discovered more about their countryside environment.
The walk is the latest in a series of school Welly Walks that have been developed by the High Weald Partnership working with the area's primary schools. There are now 50 High Weald Welly Walks across Kent, Sussex and Surrey, many of which are used by schools on a regular basis.