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!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Lyddington - Seaton - Bisbrooke - Uppingham - Seaton

Monday 11 Feb 2019.  With Maureen, Norma, Marion and Kate. Seven miles.
The first 5 miles to Uppingham followed our standard route, as on this walk just over a year ago.  Conditions today were not so crisp, and an early clear sky gave way to some cloud, before it cleared again.

From Lyddington village green, on the opposite side of the road from the White Hart, we head north past the ancient fishponds of Lyddington Bede House.

We turn left through a gate, and another one. Then we turn right and uphill to open fields. The path is clear and well-marked, under a line of pylons, and soon turns left slightly and over a stream to Seaton Grange. From here a road climbs up into the village. This has been about 2 miles of walking.

At the top of the road we  turn right and walk until we find the footpath sign and steep steps up to our left.  A dog walker warns  of slippery mud ahead.

The signs are very good, and we ignore a path to our left which leads to the Seaton Road.

Our path goes straight ahead, north as far as the dismantled railway, then turns slightly left to the northwest.   We can see Bisbrooke church with its tower away to our left before we go downhill then across a new footbridge. A lot of the stiles have been replaced by gates. That makes life easier!  
One muddy section conquered!

I wish she'd stop taking these photos!

The path goes between hedges, which have been savagely cut back,  and brings us out close to Bisbrooke church.

We cross the Glaston Road, ignoring Baulk Road, turn left then right onto  a track (labelled Inmans Road at the start). This track heads directly west into Uppingham. Some of this section was unpleasantly muddy, where a tractor had churned the soil up.  It comes out on another Glaston Road and takes us into the town centre, past the cricket ground. 

We have a luxurious cup of coffee at the Javawocky cafe, then decide to walk the final two miles beside the road, since the pavements are good and we know there's a mudbath on the other route.
Snowdrops in the cemetery
So along the A 6003 towards Corby, turning off at Uppingham Community College to walk downhill into Lyddington.


Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Snowdrops like cemeteries it seems

aliqot said...

They do! We have some lovely churchyards around here, and many of them are full of snowdrops and aconites.

Ida Jones said...

Happy hikers! Lovely to see clusters of snowdrops - we have some here but they are few and scattered.

aliqot said...

It begins to feel as though spring may be on the way!