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?|
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.
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|