Mon, 2015 Sep 28 10:09 AM BST
With Maureen and Gordon. Late start after eclipse! Moonstruck leader wandered a little before finding the way. Around 7 miles in beautiful weather.
We parked on Drayton Road, near Mill Lane, then took Main Street out of the village.
|A door to the "Old George"|
After crossing a farm road, the byway became trickier to follow, but we made our way, turning south, to the junction of the roads to Twywell and Slipton. A large block of concrete , close to some splendid blackberries made a good place to stop for a break.
|The juiciest fruit is always just out of reach - luckily for the birds.|
|Toll Cottage with its rounded wall|
|I thought this gal and her mate were pigs from a distance!|
More llama/alpacas . . .
Our path took us north east and down into a deep cutting.
We decided to follow this path and miss out Slipton on our way to Drayton Park. There were a couple of recently ploughed fields - at least the mud was dry, but they were quite tough going.
|One field down, one to go!|
According to the Historic Houses Association, visits can be arranged at a price, and minimum group size 12. They describe it as still very much a family home, as it has been for 1000 years! More info here.
Another enjoyable walk in spectacularly good weather.