Thu, 2015 Jun 11 9:27 AM BST. With Maureen and Gordon. One of the warmest and pleasantest days this year. Dry underfoot. Just over 8 miles.
This walk is almost the same as one from last year - but we stayed on the Midshires Way road to Welham this time instead of taking the footpath near Churchfield House farm. I reckon this is shorter by about half a mile.
We turn right from the main road, just past the pub, downhill past the car park, Caudles Cottage and a farmyard, and the road becomes a track 'unsuitable for motors'.
Just before the ford we take the path on the right hand side, which takes us to a stile, and Leics round signpost. Over the stile and into a long narrow field of brown cows. The path starts to climb gently towards some trees. All is easy to follow, with Leicestershire's fine yellow posts and Leics Round way markers. We keep the hedge on our left as we climb to the trig point - a short,steepish (for us) start to today's walk.
|View from the Caudle|
|Almost there - a steepish start to the walk|
|The trig point - 147 m|
After a short distance the road bends left, and we soon turn off this to our right, following a well-marked footpath alongside a field or two, through a hedge and across another field for a mile or so to reach Glooston.
|Open bell tower at Glooston|
|Window decorations at Glooston|
|Ancient yew tree|
|View from Midshires Way between Cranoe and Welham|
|New Forest ponies at Welham stud, Bowden Lane|
|Bridleway towards Thorpe Langton|
Not a lot in the way of wildlife today - a pheasant, some swallows, a red kite, the odd crow. A couple of butterflies - a brimstone and one I'm not sure of, and didn't photograph.
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