From Top Lodge car park, we walked back down the road towards the A43, turning left just after the bridge to take the path across a cultivated field, downhill then up towards the woodland.
Down through the woods, then follow the path across grassland, then through a stile and between fences to another stile above Fineshade Abbey stables and the house with a lake.
There's a fine statue of a magnificent stag, and a (live) flock of Jacob's sheep.
We took the path downhill, and just before the bridge we turned left and uphill through a field with woodland on the left.
After another field or two you come to a gap in the hedge and the path leads across a cultivated field diagonally to the right.
From here there are views of Blatherwycke Lake
|The only photo taken on Monday - note greyer sky.|
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The path continues past the lake, which you can glimpse through trees. Before long, you come to a gap in the hedge where you have a choice of two directions. On this walk we took the left-hand alternative, downhill to a footbridge over the Willow Brook.
|Looking back to the gap in the hedge (where's the sky gone?)|
|Footbridge over the Willow Brook|
- and then across grassland to a gate in the hedge, where we turned right towards Blatherwyck. After a couple of hundred yards there is a bridleway sign, between agricultural buildings
shortly before the restored watermill house.
From here there is a wide track leading up towards the woods.
You follow this until it enters the wood, turning slightly left and leading down towards a field gate. From the gate you can see the top of Fineshade Abbey buildings.
It is possible to cross the field without losing any height, arriving at the stile above the stables, from where you follow the narrow path between fences, cross a field, and walk back uphill through a section of woodland, before crossing the cultivated field where we began this walk.
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