Tuesday 1st June.
With Harry, Esther, Joseph and Hazel. Just over 7 miles.
Warm sunny day and we were pleased when clouds took some of the fierce heat out.
Harry and I cycled over to Uppingham, and then we decided to do the walk. After coffee and slices of cake.
It’s part of the route we’ve done several times before, most recently on March 21st this year. It involves following the Rutland Round path from Uppingham past Beaumont Chase Farm.
Then we turned left and walked short distance along the road until we reached the bridleway on our right opposite a couple of houses.
This way round is ideal for showing someone the route. After a mile or so, we reached the end of Stoke Dry Wood, and turned the corner for the “surprise view” over Eyebrook Reservoir. Lunch in our favourite spot. then onwards to the road above Stoke Dry. Across the main A6003, and thought the fields, with the nettles making stiles a little more uncomfortable than usual, and into Lyddington.
We took the footpath through the fields on the road towards Uppingham, climbed uphill, crossed the road and followed the path past the community college playing field. The next path goes down and up twice quite steeply, and in winter or wet conditions it is a mud bath. Today was no problem as everywhere was dry. It was so hot that the pigs and goats were sheltering inside in the shade.
After welcome cups of tea and yet more cake Harry and I cycled back home, before the others drove over for the evening meal in the warm garden.