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!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Barnack Hills and holes nature reserve.

 Not really a walk, but a lovely place to visit, with butterflies - blues and marbled whites, though we didn’t see any silver-washed fritillaries today.

Easton on the Hill, Stamford, Wothorpe

 Saturday 17 July, with Harry, 5.5 miles.

Another blazingly hot day.  We went out to draw Wothorpe Towers, 

then decided to walk the same route as last Thursday, 

but in reverse and without the overgrown diversion to Wittering.

Easton on the Hill, Stamford, Wothorpe

 Thursday 15 july - 7.2 miles.

Dry and warm, but not sunny.  Walked with Harry and Eddie - Easton on the Hill 

past the church

through fields down hill and across the railway line

and below the A1,

then across the River Welland

to the Meadows,

past the station

via Wothorpe

and the Old Great North Road. The footpath has views of Ketton cement works
and the ruined Wothorpe House

On an impulse we took the footpath to Wittering which disappeared under crops after the first minor road.

Very awkward walking and my socks ended up full of grass seeds.

Marbled white butterflies in a small wild area, lots of scabious plants. Returned to Easton via Cliffe Road.

Tansor, Ashton, Oundle, Cotterstock

 Tuesday 13 July, 7 miles.

I met Marta at Tansor at 10.

We walked to Ashton and Oundle,

and back via Cotterstock,

the Lock and Church.

Lunch - a shared pizza - very good - at T and K at the Wharf. Warm, dry , cloudy.

Gretton - Kirby Hall - part of Jurassic Way

Monday 12 July - about 8 miles. 
A damp, rather muggy morning. I walked with Eddie and Norma. Kirby Hall - chat re peacocks - if they have young they are often predated by stoats.

We took the footpath near the data centre, but as it is very overgrown we reverted to the road.  

We turned right on to Gretton Brook Road and followed the bridleway and footpath.  We took the track right to Corby Road, where we turned right then very soon left. This track takes us over the tunnel and railway line.

I think I saw a marbled white in the field …will have to go back and see if another appears.

Finally we came back along Jurassic Way footpath which comes from Rockingham - about 8 miles - gentle in comparison to last week’s efforts.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Short Outing from Ty’n Rhyd (4) - Porth Ysgo and a bit of drawing

 Friday 09 July

Our last full day here.

A quiet morning. Then down to the cove, drawing.

People: cyclists looking for a picnic spot. “I tried drawing once, at a lake in France…”
The skinny man with white hair “Far from the Madding Crowd”.

In the evening we bought fish and chips in Aberdaron, and made the acquaintance of the local heron once more.

and one last sunset…