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 21, 2020

Exton, Greetham,Fort Henry

Monday 20 January 2020, with Maureen and Eddie. Almost the same walk as last Monday, with a slight difference towards the end, which makes the walk a little shorter, but more interesting. 7.2 miles, on a cold frosty morning.
Exton with long shadows in the morning sun

Lots of catkins

The stream near Fort Henry

Fort Henry

Massed fleet of Canada geese

At about mile 6, we kept to our left. Last week we took the right hand fork.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Pipewell airfield from Wilbarston

Thursday 16 January 2020, with Harry and Maureen.  Just over 5 miles, starting from Wilbarston village hall.

Rain forecast for later, lots of mud on field paths, so back to a walk we can be sure is dryish underfoot.

We followed the road past to the Fox pub and turned left at the Post Office/shop. Our route is under the main road and along the track and path to the airfield. This path was still quite muddy in places.

When we reached the airfield we turned right and walked clockwise, returning via the same route.

We arrived in good time for a mid morning coffee at Wilbarston's new and friendly cafe, The Milking Parlour - open Thursday to Sundays. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Exton, Fort Henry and Greetham

With Maureen, Monday 13 January. A dull Monday with the promise of drizzle, but the need to get out and walk took us into Rutland. There was no rain until we finished the walk.
Mossy roof in Exton

The early section past the chicken farm - with no sign of chickens today - was rather muddy, but it wasn't deep.

Quite a lot of the walk is on hard tracks, with some grassy field paths before Greetham Valley Golf Course.  As usual on this walk we had a coffee in the golf club bar - everyone very welcoming.

We were pleased to see lots of tits flitting about on the feeders near the hide.  

Another view of Fort Henry

The route was much the same as on earlier walks, making a total of just over 8 miles. We walked the shape of a manta ray - fun, but not deliberate!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Exton and Fort Henry

An afternoon walk, checking for muddiness close to the lake - verdict - not too bad. 5.6 miles.

Pitsford Water again

Thursday 09 January 2020 with Maureen

The usual anti-clockwise walk. Dramatic lighting effects, lots of lapwings by the causeway, masses of geese, coots, swans. Quite windy!

Irthlingborough again

Wednesday 08 January with Marta. The same route as on Monday, about 7 miles with a diversion for coffee in the shopping centre.

Another view of Irthlingborough church

The ground near the river is pretty wet

Sculptures at Rushden Lakes

The tunnel under the road on the Greenway,

Rushden's famous son, H E Bates and some of his best known books - My Uncle Silas, Love for Lydia, The Darling Buds of May, and Fair Stood the Wind for France.

One of the signs on the old station

A plaque outside the cafe in Higham Ferrers where we had lunch - the HE Bates connection again
and Chichele College

and blue plaques in Higham Ferrers

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Irthlingborough, Rushden, Higham Ferrers

Monday 06 January 2020. With Eddie and Maureen.  Six and a half miles.

Another route chosen to avoid muddy fields, though there was some water early on. But feet stayed dry, so all was well.

From Irthlingborough Church Street car park, then through the churchyard to St Peters Way, where we turned left and on to the Greenway at the bend.
We walked downhill to a broken signpost, and turned right - this part of the path was soggy, but we followed the path round until it joined the disused railway track. We turned towards Rushden Lakes shopping centre, and after a little over 2 miles in all we were there. 

No wandering around it today, so we made straight for the footbridge to cross the A45. we walked along Crown Way,  leaving t he Morrisons depot on our left, and turning right then left along the Greenway. we followed this cycle and walking route past Asda, then past the Railway Museum, and on to the school and Queensway. We turned left here and continued to Higham Ferrers High Street. 
A right turn took us to a tempting Bewi*ched cafe. Just outside was evidence of a very old style petrol pump.

After coffee we arrived on, along the High Street as far as Cemetery Lane. We turned left then right at Saffron Road, which took us on to another section of the Greenway. We crossed the A45 by a footbridge, and then the Nene, 
before following our noses back up to Irthlingborough church once more.

A short ride round the valley

Sunday 5 January 2020

This used to be my standard de-stressing route. It's only six and a half miles, but there's a fairly long hill on the way back.

I decided I need to do more cycling to regain fitness. So the intention is to get out and do this short ride once every few days.
Going hi-vis!

It took almost 39 minutes, but the hill was ok, with one brief pause.

Tilton and Skeffington

Monday 30 December, with Harry. Just over 9 miles in cold bright sun

The route I have walked several times in the recent wet conditions.

Ending December...

Sunday 29 December.

A 17 miles bike ride to Fineshade, returning via Laxton and Harringworth.