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 A lot of the stiles have been replaced by gates.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!|
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|