Thu, 2013 Mar 14 9:44 AM Western European Time
Led by me, with Barry and Maureen. Beautiful morning, grand views. Afternoon cloudy but fine. Hilly and muddy. lunch at Launde Abbey, Distance: 9.67 miles. 732 feet of climbing. Superb views from the high points.
|We look back at the muddy path in Owston Wood|
|onward and upward|
By now we’re more than ready for a break. The sun’s shining, the trees outside the wood shelter us from the wind and make good backrests. Irresistible.
|the view from the southern end of the Owston Wood path|
|Withcote Hall - listed and has seen better days|
|The muddiest part of the walk - part of the Stud Farm|
|There's a church or chapel as well. According to the link it's open every day and worth visiting.|
We return to the path, and head for the top of the next rounded hill, 172 metres (about 560 feet) high. We go down the southern side to a footbridge over the River Chater, then climb up a gully and down towards a cattle grid near Launde Abbey.
|Alison models this year's footwear|
We wonder if we'll finish this walk! By the time we're ready to move the sky is lowering a little.Map and details
|William Blake sky|
We follow the Leics Round path. From the cattle grid you walk a short distance along the road then turn off to the right going east, over fields to the edge of Launde Park Wood, then diagonally over the next field through a gate, and over the river Chater again. We keep the river on our right and join a wider track. Very soon we leave the Leics Round path and head left, north east along a footpath, this takes us through the edge of a small wood, and we turn left along a ridge, heading west, then north west.
We should have followed the clear path waymarked, but instead carried on and arrived at a very minor road, just at its highest point. We turned right and at the junction our path lay directly ahead, wending its way past Windmill Lodge and back to Knossington, via the Braunston Road.
|I do hope you're going to wipe your feet!|
|A fine house in Knossington|