and occasionally rides a bike.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tilton-on-the-Hill - Lowesby - South Croxton - Cold Newton - Tilton

With Barry, Eddie, Gordon, Maureen.  Sunny and bright. A total of 647 feet of climbing. Not far off 11 miles.

We set off from Digby Close, a small road to the right from the road opposite Tilton garage. Ominously downhill to start with.
Ye'll tak' the low road . . .

. . .an' I'll tak' the high road
The path is easy to follow, keeping along the side of the hill above the stream, past Springfield Hall, and a path which goes off to the right, then losing height towards the old railway line and station buildings.

After we'd crossed the old railway line we went through a field of sheep
and climbed gently upwards towards the village of Lowesby.

The path was not hard to find. It leads past Lowesby Hall, magnificently situated, with a ha-ha, and avenue of trees. 
This picture was taken in July 2008 - and I realise it's skew!

We went to the left of these trees and soon crossed a minor road. The path runs fairly close to the stream then goes slightly to the right, uphill above a spinney. It crosses the Midshires Way, passes Bell Dip Farm, crosses another three fields before meeting another minor road and continuing towards South Croxton, whose church spire can be seen ahead briefly and then to the right.

We walked past a pond, with ducks and water lilies, and a kayak, then through a small wooded area, and into the village. Our way was along King Street, left at the Golden Fleece pub, then downhill to a convenient seat near the bridge.
Our path was just before the bend in the road, off to the left. 

We climbed gradually, with a good view of South Croxton on our left,

In a while we turned left towards the enormous Waterloo Lodge Farm buildings. The path goes to the right of the farm and joins the farm road just after the buildings.  We followed this to the minor road just above Baggrave Hall and deserted mediaeval village, which we could see below us on the left.

When the road bent to the right, our path continued ahead.  Some of this path was enclosed between two hedges.  It eventually came out at a private road, and continued on the other side, forming part of the Midshires Way. After a short downhill section we had to turn right and walk up to the deserted mediaeval village of Cold Newton before crossing the corner of the village  and walking down through fields to the disused railway line again. After the railway line the path turns diagonally left and akes its way up a final pull towards Tilton . . .
and across this field where the chickens followed us all.

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