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!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Exton, Fort Henry, Greetham circular

Monday 27 November 2017. With Maureen and Marion. 7.3 miles. A dull day, but dry.
The walk covers some of the same ground as the walk on November 02 '17 and the walk on Nov 06 '17, but it is shorter.

We set off from The Green near the Fox and Hounds pub in Exton, and walked along Stamford Road, following it as it turns right, then crossing over and taking New Field Road when it goes off to the left. This road goes over a cattle grid and becomes a track, heading east. It bends slightly to the left and comes to a junction. We took the track which goes slightly to the right and it took us round the side of Lower Lake. We turned left round the lake and met the wide track from where you can see Fort Henry and its lake.

We followed the path (to Greetham)  with the lake on our left as far as the steps.This time we crossed the roadway and went down the steps on the other side. It's been two or three years since I've been here and it has changed a bit - the first thing we noticed was a well-constructed bird hide with feeders. 

A not very good video of the woodpecker! Visible if you can view it full screen size.

An ideal spot for coffee, but we were happily distracted by a great spotted woodpecker or two and lots of blue tits, great tits and coal tits. There are pictures of treecreepers and nuthatches, but we didn't see those.  

This is part of Greetham Valley Golf Resort, and according to an info sheet, they have erected 8 owl and 8 kestrel boxes. At least one barn owl chick was raised on site last year.
They have left certain areas in  more natural condition and turned some into meadow-flower to support pollinating insects.
 Checking out the accommodation.

The golf course greens staff have built the Bug Hotel and built woodpiles to attract insects and native snakes.
The view from the Lake Hide - a heron flew up just after we arrived.

There are two bird hides, one in the woods and one by the lake, for the use of the general public - the public footpath runs by these.
They plan more nesting boxes and feeding sites, and habitat for the resident kingfishers.

The path is easier to follow than I remember, and the resort now boasts a hotel and self-catering cabins, a restaurant and bar and the sign Walkers are welcome.

The path goes on to Greetham, passing some strange structures - Rutland Glamping, and a footpath there for residents only.

At Greetham we turn sharply left just ouside the village and head south. The path should go diagonally across the field, and along field edges to join the bridleway where we turned right, and then the Viking Way, where we turned left, and followed the footpath signs.   To arrive back in Exton, we took the footpath off to the left across two fields and down Old Dairy Yard into the village.


Ida Jones said...

Great to hear about all the birds, the hides, nesting boxes and feeding stations - love the vacancies sign on the bug hotel! lol. With all that encouragement I doubt it will remain empty for long and that, of course, will encourage even more birds!! Good stuff.

aliqot said...

I hope they manage to keep it up! It's looking very promising! Human intervention is not always bad.

Harry said...

Interesting to see the changes. Nice shot of the woodpecker.

aliqot said...

Well worth a visit! There were a couple of woodpeckers, but I needed the camera with a bigger zoom! Next time . . .

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Nice walk, and nice to see golf courses doing something for nature

aliqot said...

Very encouraging, i think. Definitely on the cards to do it again before too long.