The CPRE's book on the Rutland Round is easy to follow, though we made sure we had a map as well.
We started from Braunston church, with its large clock and sheela-na-gig.
We walked along Wood Lane opposite the church and followed the road out of the village. At a left hand bend in the road, our path carried on into a lane. Just past the farm buildings the footpath turns to the left crossing straight over the field and down to the hedge. It crosses a small stream, then goes across another field to the corner of Prior's Coppice. It follows the western edge of the coppice, going south. As we reached the road at the south western end of the wood, we looked back to a stretch of water.
|Looking back from the end of Prior's Coppice|
|Marta. The way marks point to the way we have come.|
|An orchard of fruit trees in training - look at the wall at the back|
We came out of Belton, past the village green with its lime tree, and took the footpath soon afterwards. This goes to the left, through a gate, then right through another one immediately after it. it crosses the field to the far right hand corner, where there is a stile.
Then you walk along by the hedge on your left, and cross the stream by a small bridge. Walk parallel to the hedge on the right to the next stile. Keep the hedge on your right when you cross the bridleway. There is a short step downhill section, and a bridge, then the path goes up to a stile. Through the hedge you join the old A47, the Leicester Road. Turn left then right to walk to the present road. Cross with care - there is a traffic island in the middle of the road opposite the bus stop. Across the A47 is the road into Wardley, a small village with a tiny church and a few houses.
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