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, March 23, 2021

Gretton - Lyddington - Stoke Dry - Uppingham - Bisbrooke - Seaton - Thorpe by Water - Gretton

Sunday 21st March, 13.5 miles approx.

Beautiful sunny morning, but greyed by midday.

The trees no longer have their feet in the river

We walked from Gretton by road down to the Welland and on to Lyddington.  


We turned left up the Stoke Dry road, taking the footpath to our right through 5 fields, up hill to the A47.  We crossed the road and at the bend took the footpath to our right , part of the Rutland Round.
First view of Eyebrook reservoir

Just before reaching  Stoke Dry Wood, we paused at our usual spot for coffee with a fine view over the reservoir. Along muddy bridleway to the Stockerston Road.  We turned left  and walked downhill a short distance before picking up the Rutland Round footpath to the right at Beaumont Chase Farm.
Who are you looking at?

Wardley Wood

It was easy to follow yellow posts and RR signs back round to Stockerston Road just outside Uppingham. It was much pleasanter than walking along the road, which had a fair number of Sunday drivers and motorcyclists. We continued through Uppingham, and out via the high level footpath to Bisbrooke, where we took a breather behind the church.

Du Cote de chez Swann ...

Then it was downhill and up again through the fields and across the disused railway line towards Seaton. 

We had a late lunch stop at the church, but the bench was not such a sheltered sun trap as last time we were here! No crocuses left, but mini-daffs still glorious.  With bellies full and caffeine levels topped up, we headed down Baines Lane, and the road down towards Thorpe by Water.

We had a very good view of viaduct with a freight train. 

We made our way through Thorpe village and across the valley and the river

and back to Gretton up the muddy field , over the railway line and across the field behind the church.
Marsh marigolds/ kingcups at the pond behind Gretton church

Approximately 13.5 miles.

Gretton to Bulwick and back

 Sunday 14th March, with Harry, around 11 miles.

Mother’s Day, chocs and card. 

Then, as the weather was looking good we decided to walk over to Bulwick, lots of birds, skylarks, the odd kite, tits in the trees, and lapwings on the way back.

The plants are welcoming spring as well.  We saw sticky buds, catkins, primroses, violets, celandine and coltsfoot, as well as lots of daffodils.

We waited to broach our coffee and cake until we reached Bulwick and found a bench behind the church,  slightly sheltered from the cold wind.  

We had a brief chat with the local church warden who told us how they were coping with unusual services and festivals. She was pleased that we noticed all the primroses among the gravestones.

We made our way back along the path beside the pub, through the fields where the cows are now out, and across the A43. Then its the path through the swamp - heading for the teapot monument above Deene House.

We took the road through the village and turned left towards Kirby Hall.

We had lunch at Kirby Hall, then walked back along the Fullen Lane track.

It was quite hard work with the wind and some muddy patches - it was definitely a good move to wear wellies again.