and occasionally rides a bike.
A word of warning. The walk descriptions are not detailed enough to guide you - please take a map. The batteries never run out, and you always have a signal. Oh, And don't take left or right as gospel!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Putsford Water - clockwise

With Marta, Wednesday 11 March 2020.

The usual almost 7 miles, in sun and wind, followed by a sandwich at the cafe.

Lots of fisher people around, and walkers and cyclists.  No lapwings, but plenty of mallards, tufted ducks, coots.



Monday, March 9, 2020

Market Harborough to Foxton Locks and back

The same 12 mile walk as last Thursday, with Norma, Maureen, Kate and Harry.

This time we did the detour via the ten-lock staircase before an early lunch at Bridge 61 pub.

Weather brighter than on Thursday, but a chill wind, and we got back just as it started to rain.












Sunday, March 8, 2020

Market Harborough to Foxton Locks and back

Thursday 05 March 2020.  A 12 mile flat walk, almost all along the canal towpath. With Eddie and Maureen. Dry, grey and muddy after earlier rain.


Reflections in the greylight
One of the millennium mileposts erected by Sustrans and the national Cycle network. This one, about 1 and a half miles from the Locks, needs some TLC. There is another by the Welland in Harborough, looking much smarter.

This is part of a time trail puzzle. Unfortunately some ejects have nicked some of the discs, making the puzzle impossible to complete now. For more info on these millennium  posts click here

Eddie and Maureen descend the slightly slippery cobbles of Bridge 61, before we go into the pub of the same name.
Into the Bridge 61 pub for coffee and cake...or a pint...and still a cake.
Spring is springing





Maintenance of the flight of ten locks



and back to the start.




We ended the walk with a sandwich and coffee in Market Harborough's Eco Village.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Irthlingborough, Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Higham Ferrers.

With Norma and Maureen. About 7 miles. Sunny, though there was still a wind. We parked in Church Street car park.


The Greenway path between Irthlingborough and Higham was posted as flooded, but in fact the water has gone down, though there was evidence of past flooding on the path.



Coffee at Rushden Lakes was far too tempting to resist, and it was warm and sheltered enough for us to sit outside.


From there we walked all the way back without another break.


Lunch in the cafe@25 in Irthlingborough. Though they were suffering from a power cut they were able to offer us tea or coffee and a sandwich.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Pitsford Water - again

Thursday 27 February 2020. With Maureen. 6.88 miles. Our first decent walk for about three weeks.

The morning began dull and wet, and a heavy shower of sleet at around 9am put us right off the idea of walking early on. For once we decided to go later, and were rewarded with sunshine, though the wind was still cold and strong.

The paths round the reservoir were fine, with a few muddy puddles, and we even managed to sit at a table and eat a scone, though we didn't hang about for long.
not too many birds seen today - the usual  lapwings along the causeway weren't there, though there were a few geese, coots etc.

We kept up a pretty steady pace and covered a distance of almost 7 miles. 





When gorse is out of season....

Monday, February 24, 2020

Corby Boating Lake

Monday 24th February

We've been inactive over the past couple of weeks - colds and sneezes and rainy or windy weather way beyond the normal can be blamed.

This morning the weather was dreadful again, so I arranged to meet Maureen. A walk through the woods from the town centre, once round the "boating lake", which no longer has boats - and a long coffee in the Cafe, while the rain continued.  

Then twice more round the lake and back for another hot drink and a toasted teacake.

Not up to our usual standard but the geese and waterfowl seemed to be enjoying the puddles, and we covered just over 2 miles - that has to be better than nothing.


Monday, February 10, 2020

Wing to Rutland Water , back via Edith Weston and Lyndon.

Thursday 06 February. Eight and a half miles. With Maureen, Eddie and Harry. A beautiful frosty morning.




The frost was still on the shady part of Wing Maze.





Daffodils beginning to bloom.

Down the bridleway to the railway line, and straight ahead.



Uphill to the road above the reservoir.

A coffee break at the cafe near the Fishing Lodge.




Through the village of Edith Weston. Along the roads to Lyndon, then the footpath behind the big house with the ha ha, and Lyndon Hall, with a glimpse of the church behind.



A few muddy bits now the ground has thawed.

Back across the railway line and then the uphill pull back to the village of Wing.

Lunch at Wellies.