Thu, 2015 Oct 1 9:22 AM BST
With Maureen and Gordon. Beautiful day - early mist then sunshine - dry underfoot. About 6.5 miles.
We set off from Drayton Road in Lowick once more, this time walking along the road as it passed several houses, then going through the gate where the private road and public footpath begin.
A gentle climb brought us to Drayton House, which looked splendid as the last morning mist began to lift.
|The avenue is a continuation of the present day road|
We followed the private road as it made its way down towards Slipton. Autumn fruits hung in the bushes.
Some fine chickens were ranging freely
Fields were freshly ploughed. Luckily we were not walking over these!
The tractor was still ploughing.
When we reached Slipton, we turned left and walked as far as the pub (The Samuel Pepys).
|A eucalyptus tree|
Just over the road from the pub is a footpath which we took through a field with horses. This led to the bend in a road, where there is also a footpath to the left along the hedge. The footpath comes out near Manor Farm, where the llama/alpacas are, then out on the road in Twywell.We turned right along the road for a short distance before taking the footpath to Hills and Dales. The path skirts the back of the gardens in the village, and by keeping to our left we emerged near Monday's field of strange sheep and out at the other end of the village, near cottages called Cyprus Row. Here is a fine bench on a patch of grass - an ideal point for contemplation and coffee and a scone.
From Twywell we had to walk along the road for about a mile - it's a road with little traffic, but rather spoiled by the noise from the nearby A14, hidden behind trees. At the junction with the road towards Slipton we turned left and quickly right on to the footpath we used on Monday. We followed this as it widened into a bridleway as far as the large locked agricultural building.
|One of the commas we saw|
|Starlings on the wires|
|A wide track between autumn hedges|
|A shaggy inkcap|
The path should go straight on and then left from here, but we went left then right to end up in the same place - there's a waymarker just before you cross a farm road. Then the path cuts across a field to the right hand edge of a wooded area, and follows the field edge round to the right to a footbridge over the brook.
|A different view of Lowick church|
A better walk than Monday's - we missed out a couple of muddy sections and some ploughed fields!