Ten things you never knew about Hob Moor

23 May 2012 @ 3.12 pm
| Entertainment

The moor the merrier: Hob Moor. Photograph: Friends of Hob Moor
It’s the Hob Moor Summer Fair on Saturday – May 26.

There’s plenty to do for all the family, including a falconry display, fun dog show, willow weaving, face painting, story telling, refreshments and stalls

Go along between 1pm-3.30pm. The activities are based to the rear of Lidl, off Thanet Road. There is limited parking so visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle or use the bus network.

To mark the event, here are ten things you may not have known about Hob Moor…

1The undulations as you walk across the Moor are the remains of a ridge and furrow field system from the time of the Napoleonic Wars

2Hob Moor was where plague victims lived (and died) during the plague. Nothing like that here now though

3There used to be a golf course on the moor – look closely and you can still see the fifth green

4Twelve years ago foot and mouth kept the cattle off the Moor, 5 years ago blue tongue disease kept them on. No problems now

5Kingfishers are to be seen on the becks, skylarks are sadly absent this year – we hope they will return

6A strange fungus that appeared last year is officially called “dog vomit slime mould”. Nice

7Our annual Summer Fair is on Saturday 26th May at 1pm. Lots to do and see, including live music and willow weaving

8Hob Moor is a geo-cache site (it’s a form of modern treasure hunt using mobile phones: find out more here)

9From the Moor you can see the Minster, the big wheel and the Holgate Windmill. And Lidl

10Anyone can join Friends of Hob Moor, just go to the website

A map of the moor. Click to enlarge. For full details of the walk go to the Friends of Hob Moor website
Hob Moor: fresh air in the city. Photograph: Friends of Hob Moor