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!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tilton on the Hill, Marefield, Owston, Halstead

With Norma. A dry day which grew sunnier and warmer as we walked. Just under 9 miles, and about 500 feet of ascent. Undulating, I guess.

From Tilton we walked along Marefield Lane, which drops down to the valley. When the road bent to the right, we took the bridleway to Marefield. There is also a footpath that i may investigate in future.

The bridleway reaches the road and here we turned left into Marefield, and continued under the railway bridge. Shortly afterwards we took a small road to the right, towards Twyford.
After almost a mile we followed a footpath on the right. This took us along the bottom of a field. The cows showed no interest in us. We continued past a few sheds and under a viaduct. All around were plenty of meadow browns, an occasional red admiral, possibly a skipper of some kind, a small coppery butterfly - all moving too fast for my limited stock of patience!
The footpath continues in more or less the same direction for  a mile or so, though we did skirt round the first big field, and then found the original line to follow. Leicestershire's yellow marker posts are always a great help.
Norma thinks this would be a grand garden ornament

Looking back to the viaduct
 We crossed a small road at White House Farm, and followed the bridleway for a short distance, before the footpath turns left towards Newbold Grange Farm. Again, we had no problems with route finding.

At the road past the farm we turned right and continued past Newbold Farm. The main road swings to the left, but our route is through the gate and straight ahead down the hill.
We found a pleasantly shaded spot to have a break, just round the corner before we went on to the gated road.

Down the hill and through another gate, and we were looking for our path to the left. The finger post was there, but we wandered very slightly off track before finding the route - which was clearly marked, but we hadn't spotted it on the other side of a large bush. It was very easy to follow into Owston. We gave the church a miss, and took the footpath to the right from Main Street, going south west for a good couple of miles. 

Some of the paths were struggling against nature's claims, but at least they were clear.
We passed a couple of ponds, with water birds and their young, and dragon and damselflies.

We might have been tempted - but there were no oars.
Paths were all clear, though we had visions of a mad unicyclist with Boudica-style knives carving this one out - narrow and not quite straight.
 We had noticed a stream and contours on the map - it hadn't marked the lush growth of nettles, brambles and briars.  I have met far worse - this was not impassable, but it was a good excuse for another brief pause.
Looking towards Whatborough Hill
 The final couple of miles took us past Halstead House Farm, and on to the road to Tilton. A path to the right to Marefield Lane brought us back to the start of the walk.
Lunch at the Orchard Cafe at Welland Vale Garden Centre rounded off the walk.

See also this walk from Feb 2013.


Ida Jones said...

I think Norma's right - fascinating shapes and texture and looks like a piece of artwork! I find dragon and damselflies fascinating too.

aliqot said...

Then she spotted a huge tree trunk . . .