• Jun

    Group HikeToday was the group hike for 15th North Baddesley Scout Group with the Cubs and Scouts joining together for a walk from Lepe Country Park.  We all gathered outside the Cafe on the sea front in the car park.  With everyone arrived it was time to set off for the walk.

    The first part of the Lepe Circle Walk is along the beach front for about a mile.  There were fantastic views of the Isle of Wright and the solent was full of sailing boats enjoying the sunshine.  It was slighty windy along the beach but it wasnt long before we had to head inland.  Following a small road for a short distance before joining a public footpath.

    Within the first 200 m of joining the footpath a small snake (possibly a slow worm) was spotted by one of the Cubs at the front.  The footpath continued over a number of foot bridges and through some fields before we hit a nice location to have a quick bite for lunch before crossing the road for the final leg of the work.

    With everyone refreshed from lunch we set off again crossing the road that led down a gravel path to the edge of a farm.  Walking along the side of the farm and past a field full of llamas!  Definitely an odd sight in the Hampshire country side.  After a short trip through a small wooded area we emerged into a field of Oilseed Rape with a small path going through the middle of the field.  It was higher than most of the adults!  Getting through the Oilseed Rape was really good fun.

    After the trip through the Oilseed Rape we were on the final leg to the end.  Around a field full of very small sweetcorn plants that were just beginning to grow and through another couple of fields and we could see the sea again with even more sailing boats.  With 5 minutes the car park was in sight.

    We gathered on the main field at Lepe to eat ice cream and to play quick cricket before everyone started to head off.

    Thankyou to everyone for coming and I hope you enjoyed the walk.  For the Scouts I will see you tomorrow and I will be joining Cubs this week for the GPS orienteering.


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  • May

    I’d like to invite you to a group hike for cubs, scouts, parents and friends at Lepe Country Park on the 6th June. This will enable cubs and scouts to get a walk towards their ‘hikes away’ badges, and provide an opportunity for everyone to get out and about as we approach the summer. The walk will start from Lepe Country Park car park at 11am and its roughly a 5 mile gentle circlar walk along the beach front and then looping inland.  The walk should last roughly 2 to 3 hours.

    Taking part is free, however there is a parking charge of about £4 for several hours parking.  Lepe is located at the edge of Southampton Water and the Solent close to Exbury gardens.  If you need further directions, or if you need help with transport, please speak to your section leader

    You’ll need to bring suitable footwear (trainers that you don’t mind getting muddy will be fine), and a packed lunch. Obviously its worth keeping an eye on the weather forecast to bring suitable clothing.  There is a small cafe at Lepe Country park that sells drinks and a section of food, and there are plenty of places to buy ice creams.

    If you would like to take part, please fill in the this form and return to your section leader so we know how many people to wait for. We hope to leave from the cafe at the car park in Lepe at 11:05 on the day.

    I hope to see you there on the day for what should be an enjoyable trip out.


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