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!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Walking in the Redwood Regional Park

A walk of just over 5 miles, with around 1 000 feet of ascent and descent, shaded through a cool redwood  forest, on clearly marked trails. Started from the Skyline Gate Staging Area. Good leaflets with map are available.

We followed the Stream Trail downhill through redwood forest with some eucalyptus. The stream itself was dry though the creek course is clearly visible.
We passed junctions with the Eucalyptus trail and Prince trail on our left. After about a mile and a bit we crossed a bridge and turned right, back on ourselves along the Mill Trail.  This turns sharply back itself to the left and climbs up to join the French Trail. 

We walked along this as it climbed up and then  descended several times before joining the west Ridge trail and taking us back to the parking area.

A fairly strenuous walk, but the two children (10 and 9) walked it very well.  Our reward was a delicious ice-cream from Smitten back in Lafayette. 


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lafayette Reservoir Shore Trail once more

The weather out here is even hotter than usual for September - it makes any outdoor activity more than a little more effort. The shore trail at the reservoir last Wednesday was very hot, without the high level breeze. Al the same there were runners and dog-walkers even just after midday - probably not the pleasantest time of day to be out. 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lafayette Reservoir, Rim Trail


Leonie warned us this walk was not flat, in fact"almost vertical in places". Taken with a pinch of salt, but certainly in one or two spots I could have done with the faithful trekking pole. It's travelled with me, but I left it in the cottage. It was a case of put your feet sideways and don't slip on the dry sandy sections.

A great walk, from the town centre out on the Mt Diablo Boulevard for a good half mile or so to the reservoir, then up to the Rim Trail, and follow it anti-clockwise on its undulating course well above the water.

There are fantastic views of distant mountains, towns, woodland and the reservoir below. Wall to wall blue sky, a crowd of chickadees, turkey buzzards and one or two homo sapiens. 

6 to 7 miles in all, including the walk from Lafayette centre. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lafayette Reservoir

7 September 2014

with Leonie, Brian, Eilidh and Aneurin.

A gentle wander of a couple of miles around the reservoir in warm sunshine, with a Californian blue sky.
Really too busy chatting and walking to take everything in - there are boats on the water, people on the trail, and the odd small lizard.

The Nature info boards tell us about trees, reptiles, birds . . . and Brian thinks he's spotted poison oak with its prickles. To be avoided.

We all feel relaxed and fresh after the airing.



Monday, September 1, 2014

Fineshade to Blatherwycke and back

Mon, 2014 Sep 1 9:27 AM BST
Drizzly at start, then dry. Cloudy. Under 6 miles.Led by Mel - with Norma, Tommy, Gordon, Terry, Steph, Barrie E, Chris, Sue, Marion, and me.

The reverse of this route:


From Fineshade, down the hill and take the path off to the left across the big field with a dip in the middle. At the far side we take the path down through woodland, and across a grass field and a path between fences to a stile above Fineshade Abbey.
Here we turn left along the field to a gate with way marker which takes us on to a track through Lynn Wood. We meet a bridleway and follow it slightly to our right.
This takes us gradually downhill, past farm buildings and on to the road  between Bulwick and King's Cliffe. We turn left then walk east along the road for about 400 yards. A footpath through a hedge on the right hand side leads south west over a field, then through a maize crop.

Another field, then through a gap in the hedge and we turn right, following the field edges, with Blatherwycke Lake on our right.
 After almost a mile we emerge on to the road at a sharp right hand bend. We turn right and walk along to Blatherwycke Bridge, where we stop for a break.
Our former stopping place on an old tree trunk has now been enclosed and put out of reach.


From the bridge we walk on past a junction where a road goes left and on to the next one. Our path goes through a gate, or over a stile for the athletic and heads north through the middle of the field. A few more fields bring us to where the land dips down, almost Derbyshire style, past woodland to a concrete bridge. Here we join the Jurassic Way and follow it uphill to rejoin the path above Fineshade Abbey, retracing our steps to the car park and then the café.

Thanks, Mel for a pleasant walk, in almost dry conditions - just the tiniest drizzle!

Map and details


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brigstock-Stanion-Geddington-Brigstock

Thu, 2014 Aug 28 9:15 AM BST
With Maureen, Eddie and Gordon. Drizzly before start but then dry and warm. Some mud early on - ploughed field. About 8.5 miles.

We walk from Brigstock Village Hall, across the bridge and round the cricket field to the kissing gate, and followed the path. Just after crossing the brook and walking through some trees we have a choice of paths. Ours leads to the left straight uphill across the field, Then we go over more fields where the crop has been harvested. Eventually we reach a huge ploughed field, and decide to follow the line of the path this time, rather than detour round the edge. 
At the other side we go into a wood, emerging via a bridge into grassland. Another bridge and another small pasture brings us to the path into Stanion. We turn left and walk along the road until we reach the pocket park sign. Another left turn, and a walk through the park brings us to a small road where we turn left again. We cross a bridge on this road and soon afterwards find a footpath sign into trees.  The path is pleasantly mud-free, but lead out to a recently ploughed field. We follow the rather muddy track round the edge and uphill. At the top our sign leads to the left of the hedge, and we take this direction until we reach the wooded Geddington Chase.
We can see Chase Lodge almost half a mile ahead and walk towards it. The path goes behind the dog kennels, and round past the garden. The sunflower below caught my eye.



 We take the path keeping the garden on our left, and head gently southwest and downhill to the old brickyard, which is being converted to a community garden.
Directly after this we turn sharply to the left along the byway, known as Clay Dick Lane.  We follow this for around two miles until we reach Chase Farm, and Windrush Farm and the track becomes Dusthill Road.  Just before reaching the village we take a footpath to our left, which leads past a field full of vines. 
From here we reach the back of the cricket pavilion and make our way back to the village hall.

A stroll at Fineshade

Two or three miles with Marta - fine weather.

A round trip from the car park past the tree house and youth base camp, and returning along the main woodland track - for coffee and scones at the cafe.