|Will the clouds win?|
|Maybe the sun will win..|
|Time to try a spider's web photo|
Once again we took the minor road directly opposite and walked along it for about half a mile, until we came to a small crossroads, where a bridleway turned right, heading southwest towards Ashton.
After about half a mile we passed another bridleway turning right (ignore this path). Next we passed a rifle range, and the grassy surface changed to a road. Before long we arrived at Ashton.
|The Chequered Skipper - pub sign made of nails.|
We followed the road where the wall has been built to accomodate some of the large old trees, and then took the Nene Way path which leads down to the road near the derelict Ashton Mill, with its pond.
Soon we reached the footbridge over the Nene.
There were a few people fishing along the bank. We turned right and followed the river round and under the A605 coming out at Oundle North Bridge.
|Sunlit sheep quick march|
We crossed the road at the bridge and took the Nene Way path past the boathouses, walking with the river on our left. Plenty of large bird life today - herons, swans with teenage offspring, cormorants perching on a tree.
One boat, today.
At Cotterstock Lock, we crossed the river and walked with it on our right, through fields to the converted corn mill.
From there we turned left, and walked up to the turning for the church. We paused on a bench in the sun before walking back to the corn mill and following the road to the junction for Tansor. We turned left, and walked along the road until we came to the footpath sign, which took us over a ploughed field, over a stile, then a pasture with a few cows and some sheep. Another stile, another ploughed field. Another stile and a narrow passageway between two gardens and we were back at our starting point.