and occasionally rides a bike.
A word of warning. The walk descriptions are not detailed enough to guide you - please take a map. The batteries never run out, and you always have a signal. Oh, And don't take left or right as gospel!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Stamford and Uffington

Tuesday 04 April 2017. the weather forecast was good for the morning with rain later, so out I went. It didn't rain, mind!
This walk was published in the April 2017 edition of Rutland and Market Harborough Living. I walked it as a recce for the Striders.  Distance - about 6.5 miles. Conditions, dry and good underfoot. 
From Morrisons car park, turn left along Uffington Rd, and take the track to the right after the bridge, down to the mill. 

Our berberis was never like this. We've removed the prickly plant.
 At the mill turn left and go through the gate to cross the field - lots of sheep and lambs once more, very placid and accustomed to walkers.

These were on the other bank of the Welland

 There is a stile and a footbridge over the Gwash, leading to the bed of the old canal. Go through the kissing gate and follow the track of the old tow path for 2km as far as Uffington Bridge.

Looking back along the old tow path

Swans on the Welland

Along the tow path

Uffington Bridge

Turn left and walk uphill past Copthill School and the gates of Uffington Manor - the manor was burnt down in 1904.

Turn right at the main road towards Tallington. The path goes off to the left after about 200 metres, and heads north. The path is clearly waymarked and turns left, then right then left again, through a gate, and right over a stile into a garden.
The footpath where it leaves the Tallington Road

Going round the back of some of the Uffington houses
 Signs in the garden direct us past the pond, and between the pond and the hedge as far as a stile. Turn right past Linsey Lane and continue as far as Casewick Lane. Turn left and walk for a short distance, turning right when you reach School Lane. The church is on the left, the school on the right.
The church from Casewick Lane.
Go into the churchyard - there are several benches for a break about halfway through the walk.

Walk round to the front of the church and the avenue of yew trees.

The churchyard is full of daffodils, celandines and wood anemones - resplendent just now.
The gate is opposite an entrance to Uffington Manor, so I had to cross the road for a snap.
Turn right and follow the pavement for about 500 metres, almost to the end of the houses.
Just before a bungalow, the path is on the right, through metal gates.

The footpath goes north along the field edges for 1.7 km. This is very flat, but pretty easy walking.

A little further on I saw cowslips.
Eventually the path meets a bridle way. you turn left and follow this to the road near Cobbs Nook Farm.
Meeting the road

Looking back along the path
Follow the road to the left (south) for about 200 metres, then take the footpath to the right in a wooded area. It follows the Macmillan Way downhill with views of Stamford.

I caught up with the three walkers ahead and walked with them as far as the bridge over the Gwash. 
Over the Gwash
 The path then bears left across Gypsy Meadows, heading for the opposite corner and the disused railway bridge.
From Gypsy Meadows looking back uphill

The disused railway bridge leading to Ryhall Road

At Ryhall Rd, you turn left and walk as far as the Ryhall Rd Post Office. Turn left just before the PO, and walk through the industrial area, and into Morrison's via a green gate. Walk round the building past the cafe, and the walk is done.


Ida Jones said...

The berberis colours are stunning - more like Autumn! Yet all else so Spring-like and looking beautiful.

Gwash - unusual name and never heard of it before.

aliqot said...

The flowers are really colourful, aren't they? As for Gwash, all I know is that it's one of the feeders of Rutland Water, and joins the Welland near Stamford.

As for the name, wikipedia tells me:
The name appears to be derived from the Old English (ge)waesc 'a washing, a flood'.[9] The earliest form was "le Whasse" (c1230); the use of an initial G- is first recorded in 1586 and the spelling 'Gwash' appears to be a quasi-Welsh spelling.

But, a lovely little river, whenever I've seen it.

Ida Jones said...

Thanks for the interesting info.