and occasionally rides a bike.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lubenham to Harborough via the Judith Stone.

With Gordon and Maureen. A fine, very cold morning. Some muddy sections. Around five miles (estimate).
We covered  the same ground as this walk from November, but in reverse.  I found my way to the Stone more easily this time.

We started from Rushes Lane, heading towards the Tower House and the church, then past the Verger's Cottage and Eden House, with its A-frame and cruck beams. 
We crossed School Lane into Old Hall Lane, and took the footpath to the right shortly before the road bends left. The path is fenced off here and crosses the Welland, then the minor road to East Farndon, before heading slightly uphill across a field, through the hedge, then alongside the hedge of two fields. In the second of these fields is the Judith Stone, easy to see today in the ridged and furrowed field, especially since there were no sheep to distract us.

 The Judith Stone was probably deposited by a glacier and in the 11th and 12th centuries was a boundary marker for the estate of Countess Judith, a niece of William the Conqueror.
We walked back to the lower edge of the field and decided to turn left along the bridleway which leads to Harborough, since most paths promised to be a little muddy. The bridleway was not an exception. 
It crossed the Lubenham road and grew even muddier, with giant tractor tracks. They were cutting back the hedges today. At the end of the bridleway is a new housing development. We turned left just before it and found our way across a ditch and then walked with the Welland on our left. When the river met the disused railway we turned right parallel to the embankment. The footpath soon turned left under a bridge and we walked along the path between houses until it came out on Welland Park Road. We turned right, then left at the mini roundabout, crossing over to the entrance to Welland Park.  The information board about the Battle of Naseby is worth looking at too.

 We were pleased to find the park cafe open, and stopped for a coffee and snack, before making our way back to Lubenham. We walked along Coventry Road for a while, turning right into Gardiner Street, then taking the public footpath to the left to Brookfield Road. At Brookfield Road we turned left then into Spinney Close and picked up the footpath to Lubenham. This is a permissive path leading straight uphill through a field, then down on the other side to the main road. There are wide views from the top.  
Snow on its way?

Looking back to Harborough

and down to the main road and Lubenham
 The path comes out at the A4304, and continues on the other side, a little to the right. It is clearly marked as it makes its way back to Lubenham and Old Hall Lane.
Part of a moat by the footpath 
 We walked back past the church and saw the double railway bridge with the lower carriageway on one side for laden farm carts. A short distance further took us to the moat at Thorpe Lubenham Hall.
The (different) moat near Thorpe Lubenham Hall

Signs of spring?
 Finally we walked back along Rushes Lane to the car.  A few drops of sleety rain didn't last long.
The Tower House


Ida Jones said...


Love the "snow on the way?" photo - very atmospheric and looks like a painting.

More great pics and your words take the reader there.

aliqot said...

The colours in the sky were too good to miss! We got home before any snow, too. There has been a little, but not deep enough to cause much trouble, I think. I'm glad you liked this.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Much Civil War stuff up here in Newark, but no Judith stones! Nearest equivalent is a huge lump of Gypsum in Beacon Hill reserve

aliqot said...

History lurking everywhere in this area, Simon! i didn't know there was a Beacon Hill near Newark - though they seem to hide everywhere too!