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!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Titchmarsh Lake, Thrapston

Tue, 2016 Jan 19 10:07 AM GMT
With Marta, fine and dry. very cold but no wind. Decent underfoot though some mud where the ground had thawed. We did an extra three miles at the start, before I switched the machine on to track the walk. Starting time is accurate.
Total around 7 miles.

Remarkable sky even around midday

Two of the many swans on the lakes

Can this be right?

This heron was still for so long that I was convinced it was not real . . .

. . . then it moved

Map and details of the second part of the walk. The first three miles were round the lake immediately to the right of our starting point!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Thrapston to Stanwick Lakes

Mon, 2016 Jan 18 9:21 AM GMT
With Maureen and Gordon. Fine, occasional sun, dry - some puddles still frozen. Along railway track - very flat - muddy in places. 11.25 miles in all - I thought it would be nearer 8!
Nine Arches Bridge

Under the A14

Lone moorhen

We chose to take the slightly longer path - adding half a mile to the walk.
Almost at the visitor centre - after nearly six miles we're ready for a hot drink

Marina near Woodford 

Figure in a landscape
The path was good apart from the sections from Nine Arches Bridge to the railway track, where there was some mud and a few wet patches.

Map and details

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Rutland Water - 2 weekend wanders

Saturday 16 January
From Normanton car park to Sykes Lane and back - around 5 miles.

Sunday 17 January Hambleton peninsula circuit - just under 6 miles
Lapwings on snowy field



Coots and tufted ducks

White-bottomed goose (!)


The church across the water

Friday, January 15, 2016


A 2 mile recce to check the condition of the path between the Nine Arches Bridge and the disused railway leading to Stanwick. Or  - any excuse for a short walk on such a beautiful winter day. I was snap-happy today.

The path was a little squelchy in places, with the occasional icy puddle, but passable.


Crescent moon

Frosted grass in a shady patch even at midday

Blue sky and sunshine

Old railway bridge

Ice on the puddle


Teasels - they attract goldfinches

The A14

Nine Arches bridge
A bridge was mentioned here in 1310. In 1663 there was a bridge with 24 arches. The bridge was rebuilt in 1795, and repaired in 1841.

Islip church
There was plenty of bird life - goldfinches, sparrows, crows - swans on the lake. So good to see the sky!