Hello, I'm joining with Five on Friday for a walk on the last day of the school summer holidays in England. It was a few weeks ago now that we set off for a family walk at Hubbard's Hills, described as an area of Natural Beauty, in Louth. It was a lovely warm sunny day and a short walk was just ideal.
The paths follow along the river Lud with a mix of leafy woodland and open green land. On one side of the river you have a choice of paths, up this steep bank to follow the edge of the golf course or along the river itself. Low down you are free to cross the water on some stepping stones or bridges. The other side of the river is a wide open grass area, which as the weather was so nice and warm, people were enjoying picnics and family games.
Thousands visit this 32 acre site every year. The trust was set up to purchase Hubbard's Hills with the gift of money left in the will of Auguste Alphonse Pahud in the early 20th century. For an aerial view of the land see here. The steep hills are the result of glaciation, for more information see here.
A memorial for Annie, beloved wife of Auguste Pahud. There is much information on-line if you're interested but briefly, Swiss teacher Auguste came to England to teach German and French at the grammar school in Louth. He met and married a local girl called Annie who came from wealthy farming parents. After her death, he was devastated and sadly committed suicide. He did however leave money in his will which the trustees have purchased and gifted Hubbard's Hills to the people of Louth.
I'll leave you with a few more photos of what we saw on our walk, it really is a beautiful place. I've left off the photo of children sliding down the muddy bank. A pathway has been eroded into the hill which is wet and very muddy. There are signs up asking for parents to prevent this but... some children were covered from head to toe in mud and though they could wash themselves off in the river before their return journey home, environmentalists of course do not share their humour.
It's such a shame, as obviously the environment needs protecting for future visitors and habitat etc and of course it's great to see kids having 'screen free time'. Anyway, it's probably best left for others in official places to think more on 'how to protect' areas of natural beauty as clearly signs alone are not working.
For more info including the geology of Hubbard's Hills see here.
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