Thu, 2014 May 22 9:11 AM BST
With Harry and Gordon. Fine and dry with rain forecast for later. Great views from the ridges. 7.5 miles.
I looked at the forecast - damp, then dry, then rain in the afternoon. We'll risk it. An early start and not much over seven miles. Go!
We park in Manton and walk back to the A6003, crossing to the bridleway on the ridge. From here we look back to views of Rutland Water.
We join the track from Gunthorpe Hall, still with great views.
Shortly after America Lodge Farm, we join a road, and at crossroads we turn right and walk downhill into Brooke.
The track continues and at a junction we turn right towards the wooded Brooke Covert East.
Once past the covert we have a clear view of Oakham on our left .
Young cattle in the field are no problem.
View of Oakham with a knoll between.
Our path goes gently down to the railway and the main road. We cross over and walk along the road to Egleton Birdwatching Centre, where we pause for a break.
It only remains to walk the two miles of reservoir track and to return to Manton. And we have seen no rain, though there are dark clouds as well as some blue sky.