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.|
|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|
|The footpath where it leaves the Tallington Road|
|Going round the back of some of the Uffington houses|
|The church from Casewick Lane.|
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.
The path then bears left across Gypsy Meadows, heading for the opposite corner and the disused railway bridge.
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|
|From Gypsy Meadows looking back uphill|