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, February 8, 2023

Empingham, Normanton, Rutland Water


Monday 30th January 2023

Seven and a half miles with Norma. 

Another bright and sunny morning. Quite windy, chill in places.  First I walked to Norma’s for 9am. Out to Empingham and did walk through the village, along Crocket Lane to the footpath.

Over the field and across the brook (River Gwash), then turn right, with Mill Farm on the hill to the left. We follow the footpath across the field to another bridge, and continue uphill to cross the A606. 

Straight on across a couple of fields. At the next, smaller road we turn lroght and follow the road downhill to the first junction.  A left turn takes us past Normanton cottages, with views to the dam and Rutland Water to our right. The road turns slightly and we follow it as far a right angled bend to the left. Here we take the footpath straight ahead along the field edges .

At the road we turn right , heading for Rutland Water and Normanton car park. 

There’s a display of snowdrops and aconites in the grass by the road.

There’s a short section alongside the main road, but the verge is fairly wide.

The Waterside café is open (10-3) and we indulge in coffee and toasted teacake.

We continue along the reservoir path to the end of the dam

then turn sharp right alongside the trees, down hill towards a stil and path leading into a small wood.

Then across two fields and back into Empingham.

 We called in at Wellies for a sandwich before returning home. 7.3 miles

Monday, February 6, 2023

Gretton, Rockingham,Earlstrees

 Tuesday 24th January

Eight and a half miles with Marta.  A very fine, but icy morning.

From Gretton across to Rockingham via Arnhill Road and tracks, joining the Jurassic Way path. 

Rockingham tea shop is closed on Tuesdays at present, so we continued up the hill on the footpath next to the road, and followed the road past the cemetery and had a coffee at Greggs.

We returned to Gretton,via Princewood Road, Gretton brook Road and the footpath through the plantation.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Geddington to Fox and Peony

Monday 23rd January 2023

 Beautiful morning.

With Norma, Maureen and Kate walked from Geddington to the Fox and Peony through Weekley Hall Wood. Approx 6.5 miles.

Fordingbridge, Castle Hill, Woodgreen, Breamore,

Monday 26 December 2022

A short stroll round Fordingbridge in the morning and a look at the church.

They have buses, even on Boxing Day!

In the afternoon we set off at 2pm  and did a repeat of last year’s Boxing Day walk with variations, including looking at the Saxon church at Breamore.  About 8.5 miles without a coffee break.