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!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Wing to Rutland Water and Lyndon circular

Monday 08 January 2018.  With Maureen, Norma and Eddie. Almost 7 miles on a frosty grey morning.  The same route as in March 2014 when the weather was much brighter!

We set off from Glaston Road, by the maze in Wing, crossed Morcott Road and took the first on the left, which is a bridle way. This took us downhill and north over the railway line and the river Chater, then uphill to the main road. We crossed this and took the small road past the campsite towards the Manton Visitor Centre.  
View of Rutland Water as we breast the hill.
 From there we turned right along the waterside track, and continued as far as the Sailing Club. Here we took the road past the school, up towards Manton Road, turning right along the path near the houses. We took a brief break in the bus shelter before following the road as far as the left turn towards Lyndon. We walked down this minor road to the village, turning right, then left and taking a footpath to the right which leads past Lyndon Hall. The church is just visible behind this, to our right.  The path takes a zig zag route along field edges, then joins the bridleway near the Chater. It just remained to walk uphill to the railway line and back into the village of Wing.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Catch-up again!

Over the Christmas and New Year period we were out a few times. No 'serious' walks, but pleasant interludes.

Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey with Esther and family.


Following the trail


Sweet scented witch hazel

A walk in the New Forest on a frosty morning.


Corby Cube at sunset



Burrough Hill on New Year's Day.





Rutland Water looking moody.




Sunny Hunny, where we saw turnstones and oyster-catchers.






Friday, December 22, 2017

Rutland Water - Normanton to Sykes Lane car park and back

With Marta. Tuesday 19 December. Five miles and a bit.


The Great Tower by Alexander

Great Tower with person (Marta)


Walking back 

From Normanton car park.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Exton, Fort Henry, Greetham, Exton

Monday 18 December. With Maureen, Norma, and Eddie. A beautiful frosty morning with sun. Seven miles, with a break for coffee at the bar at Greetham Valley Golf Club complex.
Similar to this walk, but with two small variations.
From Exton we took New Field Road, which goes over a  cattle grid and becomes a track, heading east. It bends slightly to the left and comes to a junction of three paths. We took the mud track which goes straight ahead and it took us to the metalled track between Lower Lake and Fort Henry Lake.
Ice on the lake
 We continued along the path to the left, past the lake and fields to the steps.


 Down the steps on the other side, following the signs to Greetham, past the bird hide and bug hotel - there were only a few tits today. Then we followed the path beside the golf course, and called in at the bar for a welcome coffee. The staff were very welcoming too.

Quick photo call
From here the path is clear, and we arrived in Greetham itself. We turned left along the road and after a couple of hundred metres followed the footpath sign "Exton - 2 miles". A clear track, some of it muddy, especially near the chicken farm - chickens wandering everywhere, doing what chickens do. Then we joined the path we have already walked several times and followed our previous route into Exton.
Lunch at Wellies, near Rutland Water.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Gretton - Rockingham - Caldecott - Gretton

Monday 11th December. With Eddie.
One of those days when each of us expected the other to call the walk off. I'm glad neither of us did.  The snow had fallen on Sunday, and settled well. I took my trekking pole - first time for ages.  Seven and a half miles.

From West Hill



Rockingham village - unfortunately the cafe isn't open on Mondays!
 Our original plan was to walk to Rockingham, then return along the same path - this is about six miles. Then we decided to carry on following the Jurassic Way path almost to Great Easton, turning right where it meets the road into the village. We walked along the road towards Caldecott,and  turned left and crossed the bridge on the A6003.
We went past the plough and turned right along the Lyddington Road. A quick coffee pause out of the wind in the bus shelter, before we found the path to our right which took us over the fields towards the Welland .
The fields on the Welland valley between Caldecott and Gretton

Well wrapped up.
We joined Mill Road at the bridge near the fish ladder, turned right and followed the road back into Gretton.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Lyddington-Seaton-Bisbrooke-Uppingham-Lyddington

The same route as last Thursday. Seven miles and a whisker. With Maureen, Norma, Marion and Eddie.  The morning began frosty and misty, but was clearing as we left Lyddington



Little wind today, so we warmed up in spite of the lingering mist as we climbed to Seaton and on to the fields beyond.
Coming through the mist


 The mist was burning off by the time we were almost at Bisbrooke church.
 I nipped through the graveyard to catch the church's sunny side.
 A small disappointment at Uppingham, when the Coppergate Cafe was unexpectedly closed, but we bought takeaway drinks or drank our own. Uppingham has a few benches.

Down through the churchyard with its steep steps, then along the road to pick up the footapth.
Not an inviting seat!
The black pigs were not sunbathing today - indeed we saw just one. The goats and donkeys and the hairy pigs were out, and then a horse and a pig who seemed to be very happy together, and very happy to have their heads scratched or stroked.

 Up to the school playing fields where some teenage girls were practising football - and enjoying it! Then down the hill and back to Lyddington.  The route was a little muddier today - the price of the temperature being higher.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lyddington-Seaton-Bisbrooke-Uppingham-Lyddington

A fine frosty morning, crisp ground underfoot, sun shining, clothing well layered. Seven miles with Maureen. The same route as on several previous occasions, the last one around eighteen months ago. 

Across the village green, church away to the right, we head north past the ancient fishponds of Lyddington Bede House. Is that a ghostly monk? Maybe not.

We turn and skirt the wooded hill, through a gate and onto a path which used to be a mudbath, but has been surfaced - bliss! Uphill to open fields. The path is clear and well-marked, under a line of pylons, and soon turns left slightly and over a stream to Seaton Grange. From here a road climbs up into the village.
We turn right and walk until we find the footpath sign and steep steps up to our left. We've reached the plateau and the wind is blowing.
The signs are very good, the fields are clear, the path goes north as far as the dismantled railway, then turns to the northwest.   We can see Bisbrooke church with its tower away to our left before we go downhill then across a new footbridge. A lot of the stiles have been replaced by gates. That makes life easier!  The path goes between hedges and brings us out close to Bisbrooke church.
Someone has put windfall apples in a basket with an invitation to "Help yourself", but we don't want to carry extra weight.
We cross the Glaston Road and take a track (labelled Inmans Road at the start). This track heads directly west into Uppingham. It comes out on another Glaston Road and takes us into the town centre, past the cricket ground. 
We have a luxurious warm indoor cup of coffee at the Coppergate cafe, before taking our own sandwiches outside to a sunny bench, sheltered from the wind.

Then it's the footpath beside the cemetery, up a short steep hill, with a great view of the town behind us.
After a flat section, we reach a wider track where we turn left then right to go downhill again. Here be sleeping pigs warming themselves in the sun, looking like heaps of rich black soil near the fence.
And here be goats, an almost invisible donkey - and another sleeping pig, we think! 
Of course what goes down comes up again - another short steep climb before we cross the school playing field, and then descend an agricultural field to the Uppingham to Lyddington Road.
We meet horses who come to say hello, but are not interested when they realise we are foodless.
 We take the footpath across the road which takes us into Lyddington the back way, past a couple of large ponds and fields with more horses.
This route can be muddy, but today the ground is still frozen.