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!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Kings Cliffe, Bulwick , Blatherwycke, Kings Cliffe

Thursday 24 January, with Eddie and Maureen. 8 and a half miles, but it seemed longer, and quite demanding.

A dull day, quite cold, with ice underfoot at the start, and a chill wind. 

We set off from Wood Lane n Kings Cliffe and crossed the main road to walk downhill along Orchard Lane. We passed the footpath alongside the allotments and followed the road uphill to Morehay Lane, which is just a track, where we turned right. we eventually came to a place where a permissive path was marked. In retrospect we would probably have done better to follow that route. With the help of the map and my phone app we made our way over several rather muddy fields, arriving at a trig point, all of 85 meters high. 
 we were bale to find our way, but the paths and underfoot conditions were not good here.

The summit trig point, at the dizzying height of 85 meters above sea level...
I'm not sure we'd have found this without the phone app..there were alternative routes. 
After the trig point we aimed for the corner of Briary Wood, then the corner of Hostage Wood, then the smaller Bushey Wood, all the while walking across fields in a southerly direction. 
A small hiccup around the deserted building, but we found the path and headed slightly north of west towards Bulwick, going past Cadge Wood, then heading down. we turned left along the road into the village, and made for hot chocolate or coffee and fruit cake at the Pickled Village in Bulwick, to recover some energy. 

We left Bulwick along the path beside the church, keeping left and going north east to Blatherwycke.  The later section of the walk was more sheltered,and pleasanter walking, close to the Willow Brook, but had a dozen stiles, some of them were very awkward, quite high and the wood was slippery today.  At least one seems to be broken.

Along the Willow Brook, not far from the lake we saw a pair of black swans and a pair of white ones. By this time my phone battery was low, so no photos!  Just before Alders Farm there was a track to the left, but we continued to the farmyard and on. Eventually we crossed the brook and made our way back to Kings Cliffe via the path near the allotments.

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