Greetings Noble foresters and fine gentles who love nature and food!

I am Mistress Abigail Kelhoge, residing in the Barony of Thescorre (Nunda, NY, near Letchworth State Park). Master Morien has asked me if I would like to head up a regional saunter, and I said, “sounds like fun!” My father’s estate is vast and rich with game, trees, fields, water, and good clay. The paths are wide, if sometimes muddy, and there is ample room for all sorts of fun activities from May to September. If we wish to continue through the remainder of the year there are many beautiful parks to explore elsewhere.

Each saunter will begin and end in a different location around our property, with a game or skill for each (subject to change based on interest). A medieval meal will be shared after, from simple repast to great feast depending on what you want. Leashed dogs welcome, trails are open to horses, don’t forget your bug spray. All appropriate precautions must be taken according to how the plague is impacting our area. So, if it pleases you, come join me and my clever son John on the following dates:

  1. Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Field and Forest Hike will begin at our home (PM for address) and end at our campgrounds with a simple meal. Approx. 1 mile, 2 shallow stream crossings, terrain is up & down but not overly difficult. Farm, fields, scrub rich with deer, pine stand, and creek valley. Focus will be on animal track & scat identification.
  2. Sunday, June 28, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. The Greenway Hike will go East on the Greenway Trail from Oakland Rd. in Nunda, NY (park at Letchworth Canal Park just down the road, or at our house and walk ¼ mile down the hill). It will end at our campgrounds before Picket Line Rd., (park there for the return trip if you don’t want to walk back). Hike is about 1 mile, good ground, one steep hill at the beginning. There is a bench to rest about halfway. Focus will be on plant and tree identification. (Geocaching site if that’s your thing, I’ve never found it). If you want a longer hike, park on Short Tract Rd. and hike that section of the Canal Lock Park (it’s lovely).
  3. Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (AKA Pennsic Pity Picnic) Woodland Valley Hike will begin at our campgrounds and will loop around the creek and ridges with various forestry skill stations set up along the way (this will range from trivia to physical prowess), followed by a delightful repast. ¾ mile. Park off of Picket Line Rd. in Nunda.
  4. Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Harvest Hike will begin at our house and end at our campgrounds with a focus on food. Forage as you go (optional). 1 mile. Park off of Picket Line Rd. for the return trip if you don’t want to walk back.

For more information, see the Facebook group for the first saunter here and the second saunter here.