We parked on a quiet avenue parallel to the A47, and walked a hundred yards or so down a cul-de-sac, before taking a footpath on our right, then leading south past a very large house and into fields.
|Snowdrops are still in bloom in shaded areas.|
When we reached the estate road we turned left and followed it past the lake and along a bridleway heading toward the road between Goadby and Noseley. Most of the way the path was easy to follow, over fields and then into a wooded area. After this the bridleway became rather muddy as it led down to the road.
right turn on the road, and walked for about a mile, passing the entrance to Noseley Hall, and then going up slightly to Top Lodge. We had a short break in the sun here, before taking a turning to the right, heading northwest.
This clump of trees is called Millfield Clump - a house, a sacred grove? Who knows?
A little further on there is a small wooded area on the right, as the road bends to the left, heading almost due west.
When we reached the B6047, at the entrance gates to the Rolleston Estate, we turned sharply right (northeast now), and followed the avenue of trees. Some of these horse chestnuts are just beginning to show signs of life.
We saw a fair amount of damage - I guess Doris is to blame again.
As we approached Rolleston Hall itself this fine carriage and four gleaming high-stepping horses drove by, with a small Jack Russell leading the way.
We followed signs to the gated road to Skeffington and followed this route back to the start.
|Dramatic lighting over the old stable block|
the occasional watery reflection
and some rather fine gardens in the village, including the crocus display above.