We started near the shop in Nassington, and made our way via the Jitty and a footpath to Church Street. We turned away from the church, and took the Apethorpe road as far as a left-hand bend, where we carried straight on, along Northfield Lane. The footpath turns off to the left, just after a house called Frog Hall, but the signage is not obvious. it goes through a complex of cottages, then a gate. Soon after this the path follows a narrow space between hedges before coming out into fields. We saw a few swallows flying over the fields.
The path here is clearly marked and easy to follow, crossing a bridge over the dismantled railway and passing an info board about Old Sulehay Nature Reserve. Part of the forest area is an SSSI. We heard what was probably a yaffle/ green woodpecker.
|The bridge over . . .|
|...the dismantled railway|
|Lovely industrial estate|
|The clay pits, marked on the map.|
|Accidental photograph - consulting the map I guess.|
which has the inscription:
Major Glenn Miller
conducted his Orchestra
for its last airfield hangar concert
Kings Cliffe USAF Station 367
3rd October 1944
DONATED BY K.S.R. INTERNATIONAL LTD
According to Wikipedia, while Miller was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France in December 1944, his aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel.
Unfortunately we were not in a position to play Chattanooga Choo Choo as a tribute, but we think we did a passable mime of conducting.
in spite of the wind . . .
We continued south along the track, and found the footpath on our left just after crossing a bridge over the dismantled railway. We saw some deer running across a field in the distance.
The path rejoined our route - at the flooded section - not very deep, but not avoidable, and I was walking in trainers. Soggy, but i did spot a couple of blue butterflies. We followed the byway as far as the road at New Sulehay, then turned left along the road and walked back into Nassington.