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. Oh, And don't take left or right as gospel!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Gretton to Harringworth Lodge

About four and a half miles, fine windy morning. Norma, Chris W, Sue, Tommy and Gordon.
Ready for action after a short break!

Thursday, August 4, 2016


With Gordon. 9.15 am - finished at 11.10. 
A fine morning, but yesterday's wind is still in evidence. There are mini white horses on the water.

Cuckoo pint, a sign of autumn's approach.

The harvest is well under way

Two short strolls in Yorkshire

On Monday, I took my not quite eleven year old grandson, Isaac, who has his wrist in plaster after a sports accident a month ago, for a wander on Otley Chevin, when we eventually found the car park.
We picked a handful of bilberries and walked about two miles.
Grand views from there in spite of threatening clouds. And we found and ate a few bilberries, too!

Almscliffe Crag in the distance
Next stop Golden Acre Park cafe for lunch, then we walked for another three miles or so. 
Logging the mileage motivates youngsters (and oldsters) pretty well!

Tuesday, I had a couple of hours to myself and drove out to the Cow and Calf car park. A scramble wander to have a look at an old haunt, then a short stroll to a nearby cairn. Wonderful views again - I think I only realise how I've missed the hills when I see them again. But this was very short and no more than 200 feet of climbing!

From the car park

Looking down on climbing routes

View from the cairn

This is Bob. He runs on the moor most days, and takes a photograph of someone every day for his project of a thousand faces.  Well, I couldn't let him get away without turning the camera on him, could I?

Ah, these moorland paths!

I returned to the café, and tried out my Italian, which has now become hispanicised, on the man serving coffee - from Vieste in the Puglia region. The climate here looks a little different.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Gretton to Harringworth Lodge

With Maureen and Gordon, about five miles. The same route as last time but in reverse.
Fairly warm, some drizzle, then a bit muggy.

Following tractor tracks over the wheat field.

Handy seating for a break .

There were lots of meadow brown butterflies, and in one field a fair number of common blues, often on birdsfoot trefoil plants.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Gretton to Harringworth Lodge

Around five miles, with Maureen and Gordon, and the weather was still hot and dry.
One or two of the fields had invisible paths, which made for harder walking than we anticipated.

It's just a question of following the Jurassic Way out of Gretton, over a couple of fields and the old railway track, then heading to the edge of the woodland, along a grassy open 'ride'.

At the end of the lake, we turned left, still following the Jurassic Way past the house and turning left again behind the tennis court. Over the stile and turn right, and at the next waymarkers turn left across a field.

Keep heading more or less straight (southwest). with luck you find the crossing points, stiles or a bridge, with less luck you'll need to find them.

We arrived at a track and found a shady spot for a break.  The track turns sharply right and shortly afterwards the path should lead to the left. These paths were not clear, but we busked our way across, eventually joining our original path to return to Gretton.

Wadenhoe, Achurch, Pilton, Aldwincle, Wadenhoe

With Gordon and Maureen, on Monday 18 July. Just under 6 miles.

We parked in the car park near the Mill . . .

. . . and followed the route from last Thursday, across to Achurch.

This time we took the Nene Way path through the Linches.
It's a bit overgrown, road-less-travelled, and still muddy in the shady sections.

Over Lilford Bridge across the Nene
and then the stile in the hedge on our right, and the path to Pilton, through a field of Jacob's sheep.
As the weather was so hot, we had a brief water pause on the bench in Pilton, before setting off along the road to Wadenhoe. Just outside the village we took a footpath on the left, through trees. When we emerged into a field we headed for the opposite corner, between two sheds, and found ourselves by the cottages near the war memorial.

Too hot to use the seat there, so we continued along the road to Aldwincle, following the second footpath on our left, marked as the Lyveden Way. After walking alongside the hedge through a couple of fields we reached the sharp left turn along the old road, now a bridleway. We followed this until we met another track which turned left and led us into Aldwincle.

We walked through the village as far as the Nene Way signs just before the church.
Welcome shade

And a good place for a quick break
This path took us right back to Wadenhoe emerging at the village hall car park.
Wadenhoe church again
Lunch at the Old Barn before returning to the mill car park and away.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wadenhoe, Achurch, Pilton, Stoke Doyle

With Maureen starting at 10 am. We set off from The car park near the Nene Way at Wadenhoe Mill, and crossed the river by the footbridge.

Our path took us over a field and another footbridge. Looking back we could see Wadenhoe church on its hill.
We headed for Achurch church, and walked through the churchyard to the road. 
Soon we took the public footpath to the left, through woodland called the Linches, and emerged on the road near the gatehouses to Lilford Hall.
We turned left at the road junction, and noticed this disused gate.

We crossed the Nene once more over two small bridges.

We found a not very clear footpath beginning with a stile in the hedge on our right, and headed towards Pilton and its church. On the right we had a distant view of Lilford Hall surrounded by trees.

Pilton church
We had a brief look at the outside of the church, though later reading suggests a lot more to see. There are connections to the family of Thomas Tresham for starters. And the Manor house at the side was used by gunpowder plotters.   Another time . . .!
Afterwards we made our way back towards the village and found the footpath to our right leading towards Stoke Doyle. The Georgian tower is visible across the fields for some way. 
We headed for it, but had difficulty following the path through a field of long grass ( or skinny barley). Then we had to brave a large herd of cows and calves. These were curious, and a bit persistent, but no real trouble. 
We followed the path which cam out near Stoke Doyle, then found a bench opposite the Shuckburgh Arms. Time for coffee and a scone.
We walked along to the church, which is dedicated to St Rumbald.
St Rumbald was an infant prodigy of a saint. Son of Alfred king of Northumbria and Kyneburga daughter of King Penda of Mercia.  He was born at Kings Sutton, in Northamptonshire, and lived for just three days, dying on 3 November 662. He knew he was going to die, so miraculously asked to be baptised.

Cover for a ghost story?
 We decided to follow a footpath past the church and round the fields to Hatchdoyle Lane and back into the village
We passed two horses with zebra masks to keep off flies. . .

and an in-phone-box lavatera . 
 We returned to Pilton, partly along the road, and partly along the path.
where we passed a house with some stone carvings. I later discovered this is the Bede or Watch House
Then came a flowery wheelbarrow.
From Pilton we followed the road and then a footpath to our right to take us back to Wadenhoe.
After a quick look at the dovecote, 
outside  . . .

and in ,
we decided to call it a day and headed for the Old Barn for lunch.