Thu, 2014 Aug 28 9:15 AM BST
With Maureen, Eddie and Gordon. Drizzly before start but then dry and warm. Some mud early on - ploughed field. About 8.5 miles.
We walk from Brigstock Village Hall, across the bridge and round the cricket field to the kissing gate, and followed the path. Just after crossing the brook and walking through some trees we have a choice of paths. Ours leads to the left straight uphill across the field, Then we go over more fields where the crop has been harvested. Eventually we reach a huge ploughed field, and decide to follow the line of the path this time, rather than detour round the edge.
At the other side we go into a wood, emerging via a bridge into grassland. Another bridge and another small pasture brings us to the path into Stanion. We turn left and walk along the road until we reach the pocket park sign. Another left turn, and a walk through the park brings us to a small road where we turn left again. We cross a bridge on this road and soon afterwards find a footpath sign into trees. The path is pleasantly mud-free, but lead out to a recently ploughed field. We follow the rather muddy track round the edge and uphill. At the top our sign leads to the left of the hedge, and we take this direction until we reach the wooded Geddington Chase.
We can see Chase Lodge almost half a mile ahead and walk towards it. The path goes behind the dog kennels, and round past the garden. The sunflower below caught my eye.
We take the path keeping the garden on our left, and head gently southwest and downhill to the old brickyard, which is being converted to a community garden.
Directly after this we turn sharply to the left along the byway, known as Clay Dick Lane. We follow this for around two miles until we reach Chase Farm, and Windrush Farm and the track becomes Dusthill Road. Just before reaching the village we take a footpath to our left, which leads past a field full of vines.
From here we reach the back of the cricket pavilion and make our way back to the village hall.