Shortly, we’ll be organising our second annual Weir-d Walk at Barry Mill. Back by popular demand, last year’s walk saw our intrepid Weir-d Walkers complete the circuit of the Mill Den, before writing some fabulous stories based around the tales they heard en route!
The purpose of the walk was to explore how our ancestors mapped out the land around them in terms of stories and poems, and to find out if we could, individually, create some new work from these traditional forms and ideas. The den at Barry Mill has something for everyone; running water, woodland, steep banks and the beautiful mill pond. Untamed yet strangely alluring, it’s easy to see how the man-shaped tree, the unfathomable water, the misshapen rock have been used as starting points for some of our best-loved folktales.
Over-use of digital technology is a cause for concern, especially when children prefer the screen to the great outdoors. Our Weir-d Walk is the perfect way for the whole family to re-connect with the landscape. Leave your phones at home and bring a picnic and a pencil. Let’s get creative and allow our imaginations to run wild for an hour or two!
We’re looking at Sunday, June 11th for the next walk, so keep a space in your diaries. More details will be available very soon – check the Friends of Barry Mill Facebook page and the NTS webpage. Here are some images of last year’s walk.