With Marta - 10 miles in warm dry weather, though the path near Eyebrook reservoir was muddy. Lunch at Lyddington.
We set off from Uppingham, walking along the Stockerston Road out of the town and taking this footpath to the right. It starts from a sort of lay-by on a bend in the road.
|The sign's a bit hidden, but the map and instructions are clear here.|
The path is clearly marked as it goes through the fields and along the ridge, past a building marked on the map as a meteorological station, and along to Kings Hill Lodge farm, where it turns left to join the Stockerston Road again.
|Views towards Wardley Wood|
At the road we turned left and after a hundred yards or so, opposite some houses, we turned right along a bridleway towards Stoke Dry Wood. This goes up to the entrance to the wood, and continues just outside, so that we kept the wood edge on our right.
|View of Eyebrook from corner of Stoke Wood|
|St Andrews church, Stoke Dry with the window to the priest's room over the porch|
|Steps up to the parvise or priest's room -rumours about conspirators of the gunpowder plot using the room seem to be without foundation, and the story that a local witch was imprisoned and starved in here are also unconfirmed.|
|Martyrdom of St Edmund. The painting shows men wearing feather headdresses shooting bows and arrows, and has been taken to support the theory that the Vikings discovered North America two centuries before Columbus.|
After the church we walked down the hill and took the footpath to the left just before the entrance to the woodland around Eyebrook reservoir. The path hugs the fence, and was pretty muddy on this occasion.
|Snack break by the water|
|Looking back towards Eye Brook Reservoir|
|Stoke Dry church behind us|
|The reservoir again|
The path turns left at the tarmac road to a gas pressure control station on the other side of the road. A stile took us on to the path - mud again just here, and cows who did little more than lazily raise their heads and watch us.
We followed the yellow-painted post waymarkers over stiles and fields. There's a footbride into another field, which we crossed diagonally. After whiles and stiles we headed fro the farm buildings, and followed the waymarks to reach the road and turned left into Lyddington. Lovely lunch in the Old White Hart's garden before setting off on the final couple of miles.
|Art in Lyddington|
|The medieval fishponds of Lyddington|
|One of mine|
Map and details