Friday 1 April. With Esther, who had 9-month-old Joseph in the back carrier - quite a weight. Along the Jurassic Way. One of my favourite very short walks which includes a fair amount of up and down, several stiles, woodland and open countryside. Goes across a field on the road up to Top Lodge, thorugh woodland, then pasture fields past Fineshade Abbey Stables and down to the main road. Fineshade Abbey's main building was demolished in 1956. Some of the history can be read here. Only downside is the need to cross the A43.
The path continues on the other side, leading towards Laxton Hall. After a hundred yards or so, at the field boundary, turn right - the path is clearly marked crossing another stile, and another field, then over yet another stile into Wakerley Woods. The walk takes about one and a half hours - a good one at bluebell time, or on a summer evening. Cafe at Fineshade Top Lodge, though it closes at 4pm in winter.