The walk was the same as this one, but in reverse. We had to negotiate six or seven stiles, but conditions underfoot were good, and as always the views over Rutland Water excellent.
We arrived at the cafe in Normanton car park soon after it opened at 11, finished walking arounf 12.30 pm, and drove to Wellies cafe at Rutland Garden Centre for lunch - sandwich and salad.
We saw lots of small birds with pale undersides in one of the fields - too small for fieldfares we thought - could they be corn buntings or meadow pipits? They had a fluttery up-and-down sort of flight.