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!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Holcot, Pitsford, Moulton

Wednesday 18 September 2019.  With Marta. 11 miles, including a couple of unintentional detours.

We parked in Holcot, just before the speed limit sign going towards Pitsford Water Causeway. The footpath goes to the left over a stile in the hedge close to the sign.
 It crosses a field, where there were lots of wild flowers.

We continued through another field going slightly downhll, then up again, and through a hedge. On the other side we had a great view of the reservoir.

Our path took us past the cricket ground with the memorial dome and seat to Lynn Anthony Wilson, a local business man.

The path crosses the road to the cricket ground and continues along the hedge in the next field. After a short distance a footpath sign directs us through the hedge and across a recently harvested field - luckily for us the weather has been dry!

We continue until we reach a wide grassy section. here the footpath turns left and uphill for a short stretch before turning right and carrying on roughly south west above Moulton Grange Farm.
Sweet chestnut tree...

 The path does not go down to the farm, but goes straight ahead through some trees. It's quite narrow and not way-marked - easy to miss from this direction.  It goes past Grange cottages and the entrance to Moulton Grange, and joins the track around Pitsford Water for a short section. Seemed a good place for a break!
We followed the road past Grange Road Car Park and on into the village of Pitsford. We turned left at the village green, and went past the primary school. There's a very short section of road with no footpath, and before the independent school we take a left hand fork and quickly meet the footpath we want. It is fenced on both sides for a short distance, and we come to an open field, just past someone's observatory.

We carried straight on to the end of the hedge and turned right. We kept the hedge on our right, turning left and walking alonside a couple of fields. At the end there are way markers for two directions. We turn left between a hedge and a fence, and then turn right, eventually passing a stud farm and reaching Pitsford Road. We cross over to Spectacle Lane - someone must have taken a fancy to the sign here, as it has gone!
After a stretch walking slightly downhill we cross the ford.

Then we pass the Spectacle - this folly.

A little further ahead is Holly Lodge, the fine residence of the Jeyes family.

with the gates designed by Philadelphus Jeyes in 1861.They include replicas of 2 hay forks, 2 sickles, a scythe, a rake, a shepherd's crook, a ditch cutter, a stable fork, a flail, a spade and a woodman's axe.

From here we turned left and followed the road into Moulton.

The JGallery coffee shop was an excellent stop for a coffee and sandwich before the last leg of the walk, from Moulton, along the Overstone Road to a footpath off to the left. The path is clear enough, with one fairly long stubbly field to cross, then it's follow the path to Overstone Grange, which we passed on the left hand side, near some PYO signs. At Rectory Farm the path turns a right angle to the left, and heads more or less north west back to Holcot. We pass the war memorial and turn left and back to the car.

Pitsford Water anticlockwise

Monday 16 September, with Maureen, Norma and Eddie. 
Just under 7 miles.

Lots of lapwings along the shoreline of the causeway.

Lunch at the Willow cafe.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Gretton, Harringworth Lodge, Bulwick and back

Thursday 12 September. Just over 9 miles. With Harry, Maureen and Eddie, on a very fine morning.

We set off from the village hall  and walked along the Jurassic Way to Harringworth Lodge with its lake. 

At the end of the lake we turned right and crossed the fields. We know the route pretty well by now. It's the same as this walk last November.
From the bridge on the road over the A43

The Pickled Village has not been restored after the fire several months ago. We had our snack break in the churchyard, where the trees are just beginning to chnge into autumn colours.

The brook as we left Bulwick

More of these luscious fruits.

Bulwick church.

On the way back.

Lunch at Lydia's cafe in Gretton.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tilton, Marefield, Twyford,Lowesby

Wednesday 11 September 10 20 am. 
Walked from Tilton wiith Marta. Just over 8 miles.

A day of changing clothes, too hot, then some drizzle, then too hot again. We left Tilton along Marefield Road and then down the track to the left. Downhill and over a muddy patch - unexpected as we've had plenty of dry weather.

We decided that a late start justified an early coffee stop, and found a spot where the track met a quiet road. A large group of cyclists passed us - clearly a decent road for a bike ride.
From here we turned left and followed the road through Marefield and past Manor House Farm. Soon after this we walked under a railway bridge, and continued along the left hand fork. There were lots of cows in the unfenced field.

At the next road junction we crossed over to a footpath which led almost due north and past Lowenva Lodge Farm. There is a short section where we had to consult the map and follow field edges before we picked up the yellow signs, and then we followed the path into Twyford. It was drizzling enough for us to be grateful for the shelter of Twyford church porch. I almost succumbed to the temptation of yet more coffee, but the sun came out and encouraged us on our way! 

We left the churchyard, and after a slight hiccup took the first road to our left, following it round until we found the footpath we needed.
This path was not hard to follow, and crops have been harvested. The electricity pylons are a useful aid to navigation around here.  
We went past Highfield Farm, then downhill to the Melton Road. We crossed the road and took the small road opposite, known as Park Road. This goes past the site of the medieval village of Lowesby, but we couldn't see much evidence.  We followed the road past an avenue of trees leadin to Lowesby Hall, and picked up the footpath to our left, near the bottom of the hill.

The path goes towards the hall and passes it on the left. It's clearly marked and leads round to the road to the church.

After the church our path crosses the road and heads southeast, with spelndid views of the countryside.

We went past the old Lowesby signal box and station , now marked on the map as Springfield Farm.

Then it was up the lane past Springfield House, and following the path over the fields, climbing gradually back to Tilton.

Lunch at Buttercups 

To Rockingham from Gretton and back

Monday 09 September 9am.

Walked to Rockingham with Marion. 

Tea shop closed on Mondays. I had looked it up online too!  The one day I hadn't taken my flask with me on a walk! 
However, we collected  two large yogurt pots of blackberries and the forecast rain did not arrive.

Fotheringhay, Elton, Warmington Mill

With Marta. Route the same as this one

Met Marta in Weldon and drove with her to Fotheringhay. Did the 6 mile walk via Elton and Warmington Mill. 

Lots of boats on the Nene

Elton chapel

Elton Mill

We picked a few blackberries and then lunched at Bosworth's, Elton Hall.