and occasionally rides a bike.
A word of warning. The walk descriptions are not detailed enough to guide you - please take a map. The batteries never run out, and you always have a signal. Oh, And don't take left or right as gospel!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Great Brington circular

Thu, 2013 Apr 18 10:05 AM Western European Time 

Led by Barry. Sun and showers - gentle rolling countryside - mostly dry underfoot. About 8 and a half miles. 466 feet of ascent.

Great Brington Church - on top of a hill, dominates the skyline as you approach by road
One of the churchwardens claims this could be the prototype for the US stars and stripes . . .
. . . after all George Washington's great-great-great-grandfather had this on his shield. 
We saw plenty of the curiosities in the church - including a seating plan from the seventeenth century  - not easy to escape attending church in those days, and this fine window by William Morris, a Libyan marble floor,  some 13th century stained glass.

The tombs of early Spencers from Althorp are in the church, in full decorative finery.

We walked through the village and on to Little Brington, over fields and quiet roads.
There's a shower on its way
The old Forge on Blacksmith's Lane.
There's a bench in memory of a woman who lived in the cottage all her life, until she died aged 79, in 2005.
Lo, we have blue skies

We managed to avoid this muddy water for once
Nobottle, and not a lot else either
Wood anenomes on the way to Harlestone - windflowers indeed, today.
Dovecot and Dovecot Laundry in Harlestone - it used to serve the local grand houses.
Althorp House from the road

Great Brington Old Rectory and church on the skyline
Woodland ride between Althorp and the church
Not cursed by interesting times
Spring brings aubrieta
Seven chimneys

Old Rectory

Looking across the countryside from the hill where G. Brington stands. 
Great Brington is well worth a google.

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