A school 'Welly Walk' was launched by Broad Oak Community Primary School on Friday 5 June.
The new walk completes a project between the High Weald Partnership's Education Officer and the school's Year 4/5 class to plan and develop the route. Through indoor workshops and testing walk options pupils have learnt to use maps to plan and navigate local footpaths, discovering more about their countryside environment along the way.
The 5.3 km (3.2mile) circular Welly Walk starts and ends at the school gate. The walk will make it easier for the school to run outdoor learning activities inspired by the history and wildlife of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the protected medieval landscape in which the school is located. Special features of the area which can be found on the school's doorstep include small fields; steep-sided streams (or gills) and wildlife-rich ancient woodland.
Year 5/6 teacher Michael Tooze is enthusiastic about the value of the Welly Walk "We are thankful for being given the opportunity to get out into the countryside and develop our Welly Walk. We are looking forward to using the walk with all our children as this is a great resource for Broad Oak primary school and the local community."
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 52 High Weald Welly Walks across Kent, Sussex and Surrey, many of which are used by schools on a regular basis.