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, April 18, 2017

Stamford, Belmesthorpe, Uffington, Stamford Canal

With Maureen, April 17 2017 10 am.  This is the route I followed on April 10th 2017, and on April 4th 2017, but in reverse and with an extra mile or so added on to include Belmesthorpe and the lamas/alpacas.  Total 7.8 miles, in dry weather, with good conditions underfoot, but still cooled by the wind in spite of some sun.

We set off from Stamford and walked round the back of Morrisons to the Ryhall Road, where we turned right at the post office.  After a hundred yards or so we turned right at a public footpath sign, and followed the track through the demolished railway bridge and over the fields to the bridge over the Gwash, then climbed gently up to where the path meets the road to Belmesthorpe. We turned left along this road, as far as the village.
 At Belmestorpe we turned right then took the first road on the right (Castle Rise), which leads to a footpath between two fences and out into the fields. One short stretch of dry ploughed land, then a pleasant fenced footpath which led us past the lamas (alpacas) looking very woolly and quite tubby - I reckon the air is too oxygen-rich for these high Andean specialist, but they look happy enough.

 There are a few pigs as well, and the next field was full of sheep with lambs.

From here we joined the route I took the other day, not quite touching the same ground twice, though we could see the road. We turned left just before Cobbs Nook Farm and followed the bridleway ahead, then left, then right across a footbridge. We met a man doing a recce for a walk - he assured me the railway is still crossable just after Casewick - I shall have to investigate.  We continued and turned right again some distance further on. This bridleway took us to the main road into Uffington. We followed the road, as far as the gate to the church. The churchyard is looking a little unkempt now the daffodils are over, but we found a sunny sheltered bench for a break.

We walked along School Lane, turned left into Casewick Lane and soon right along Manners Close.
Soon we went over a stile on our left, following the permissive path through a large garden with a pond.  The path fro here is well signed, and took us out to the main road after about half a mile.
At the main road we crossed over to the footway, and turned right towards the gate to the former Uffington Manor, where this slightly stoned looking character is one a pair on the gateposts.
A left turn took us to Uffington Bridge over the Welland. Just before the bridge we took the footpath along the tow path of the former Stamford Canal. 

After a mile or so we went through the kissing gate annd walked along the edge of one field, and over a footbridge across the Gwash.  The path through a field of sheep with lambs leads to a gate and the track from Hudds Mill. 
The track turns right and heads to the Uffington Road. A short walk towards the town brought us to Morrisons roundabout, and lunch in the café.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Stamford, Stamford Canal, Uffington

Monday 10 April 2017.  With Norma and Eddie. 6.5 miles, mainly flat. Weather fine and dry, but not as warm as the weekend.

Exactly the same route as last Tuesday, with fewer photographs . . . I give the details on that post.

Uffington Bridge

A mystery tree

Coffee break outside Uffington church.

Norma and I finished with lunch in Morrisons cafe, and a mini shopping expedition.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Langton Caudle

Thursday 06 April
A lovely morning for a short stroll, and a chance to check part of "my" section of the Leicestershire Round.

Last time I walked over the Caudle from Thorpe Langton, a year ago in February, I met the worst three sections of mud for ages. Cattle, horses and farm vehicles had power-mixed soil that had been rained on. I've been waiting for better conditions, so today was the day.

I parked on the track opposite the road to Stonton Wyville and walked away from the village.
A few metres along the track I turn left on to the LR and take the bridleway uphill through a field of rape. A climb of around 50 metres is a good way to jolt muscles and heart into action! This mud is at least dry.
Looking back towards Stonton Wyville

At the top of field I go through the gate, ignore a wide opening on the right, and walk along the edge of a field, with a hedge on my right.
All signage good and clear asI follow the route to the "summit"-  (147 m).

Thorpe Langton to the south

Just 0.6 miles done, but hell, the view is good, the daffodils are blooming, the sun is shining and it's coffee time.

I follow the track south - it's possible simply to keep close to  the hedge on the right at this point. Very soon the bridleway and footpath diverge. I follow the footpath. (Note to self - a LR sticker wouldn't go amiss here, but of course I've left mine at home today.)

The footpath goes back to the hedge and continues downhill. The next yellow way marker isn't obvious at first

Before . . .

so I do my best, but it needs stronger securing in place.Maybe I need to carry a large hammer and long nails?
...and after.
Blackthorn and gorse are flowering profusely. Spring is indeed a lovely season.

The way marks are clear, but then I spot the slough of despond from last year.
This year I keep my feet and boots almost dry,
Look we have come through!
though it sure ain't pretty.

In the last field before the stile there are just a couple of horses now, with a bull in the field beyond.

It's a bit muddy near the stile, but there's a raised section and it presents no problem.
Across the bridge and round to the track

View toward the Caudle

Almost back . . .
I cross the stream, and turn back on myself on the other side to take the farm track back to the car. Quite a few butterflies seen today, and possibly a glimpse of a hare - I have seen a few recently. 2.8 miles in all, taken at a leisurely pace - very enjoyable and job partly done!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Stamford and Uffington

Tuesday 04 April 2017. the weather forecast was good for the morning with rain later, so out I went. It didn't rain, mind!
This walk was published in the April 2017 edition of Rutland and Market Harborough Living. I walked it as a recce for the Striders.  Distance - about 6.5 miles. Conditions, dry and good underfoot. 
From Morrisons car park, turn left along Uffington Rd, and take the track to the right after the bridge, down to the mill. 

Our berberis was never like this. We've removed the prickly plant.
 At the mill turn left and go through the gate to cross the field - lots of sheep and lambs once more, very placid and accustomed to walkers.

These were on the other bank of the Welland

 There is a stile and a footbridge over the Gwash, leading to the bed of the old canal. Go through the kissing gate and follow the track of the old tow path for 2km as far as Uffington Bridge.

Looking back along the old tow path

Swans on the Welland

Along the tow path

Uffington Bridge

Turn left and walk uphill past Copthill School and the gates of Uffington Manor - the manor was burnt down in 1904.

Turn right at the main road towards Tallington. The path goes off to the left after about 200 metres, and heads north. The path is clearly waymarked and turns left, then right then left again, through a gate, and right over a stile into a garden.
The footpath where it leaves the Tallington Road

Going round the back of some of the Uffington houses
 Signs in the garden direct us past the pond, and between the pond and the hedge as far as a stile. Turn right past Linsey Lane and continue as far as Casewick Lane. Turn left and walk for a short distance, turning right when you reach School Lane. The church is on the left, the school on the right.
The church from Casewick Lane.
Go into the churchyard - there are several benches for a break about halfway through the walk.

Walk round to the front of the church and the avenue of yew trees.

The churchyard is full of daffodils, celandines and wood anemones - resplendent just now.
The gate is opposite an entrance to Uffington Manor, so I had to cross the road for a snap.
Turn right and follow the pavement for about 500 metres, almost to the end of the houses.
Just before a bungalow, the path is on the right, through metal gates.

The footpath goes north along the field edges for 1.7 km. This is very flat, but pretty easy walking.

A little further on I saw cowslips.
Eventually the path meets a bridle way. you turn left and follow this to the road near Cobbs Nook Farm.
Meeting the road

Looking back along the path
Follow the road to the left (south) for about 200 metres, then take the footpath to the right in a wooded area. It follows the Macmillan Way downhill with views of Stamford.

I caught up with the three walkers ahead and walked with them as far as the bridge over the Gwash. 
Over the Gwash
 The path then bears left across Gypsy Meadows, heading for the opposite corner and the disused railway bridge.
From Gypsy Meadows looking back uphill

The disused railway bridge leading to Ryhall Road

At Ryhall Rd, you turn left and walk as far as the Ryhall Rd Post Office. Turn left just before the PO, and walk through the industrial area, and into Morrison's via a green gate. Walk round the building past the cafe, and the walk is done.