April 18, 2014
Walton on the Wolds
The Tuesday long walk is not well advertised which might explain the low turnout of just six for this fine walk in wonderful April sunshine. We met at Walton on the Wolds a back of beyond or politely, off the beaten track, village. The green presents the perfect location, grass, cottages, the pub and a village sign showing a flying man.
Map of the walk
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I’d attempted in the past to discover the origin of this but today Google had an answer. Montague Bertie Bird vicar of Walton was an early user of photography and he had a devilish wicked streak. As his hobby developed Monty, as he was known, turned a room at the rectory into a dark room, taking hours to piece together each of his incredible fictitious images long before such trickery became easier with digital photography.
We set off with one extra, Dave of Dalby had been passing on his way for a short walk so he joined us for the first few fields. These were easy walking mostly along headlands as we headed across to Coates before taking a bridleway on the ridge above Kings Brook. The views north to Stanford Hall across the valley were excellent in the sunshine but marked with some sadness as we could also see Underhill Farm site of the tragic fatal incident with a bull in 2012.
Crossing the Nottingham to Loughborough road at Kings Bridge we passed briefly into Nottinghamshire to follow the stream to arrive at our lunch stop in Wymeswold and the The Three Crowns a good choice by our leader of the day Di.
Wymeswold Three Crowns
The bulk of the eleven miles had been done so it was a shorter afternoon although there were some cross field paths to contend with one of oil seed with only a very narrow wheeling to pass through. No sign of Leicestershire’s largest, to date, 130,000 solar panel array located on the old Wymeswold airfield but it should have been pumping out the full 30 megawatts today.
Where’s the footpath?
April 13, 2014
The trial continues at Nottingham Crown Court of farmer Paul Waterfall who denies a charge of manslaughter by gross misconduct, causing the death of Roger Freeman who was attacked by a bull while on a public footpath at Underhill Farm Stanford on Soar.
Robert Smith and colleague Christopher Robinson, of Central Networks, had attempted to carry out emergency electrical repairs but were chased off by the bull.
Mr Smith told the court how the drama began that night when they had heard a loud bellowing sound as they went to the pole in the field. He saw a brown bull with big horns standing up 30 to 40 metres away “It wasn’t happy, to say the least,” Mr Smith told the court. “It soon made tracks toward us… pretty much instantly. It was sort of galloping down the field.”
Mr Smith shone his torch to dazzle the bull, while Mr Robinson assembled rods that they were to use on the job, to hold out in front. The bull butted the rods and pushed Mr Robinson into the hedge backwards, leaving just the rods poking out.
Jurors listened to a call from Mr Smith to his control room to report their predicament and loud animal noises could be heard in the background. Waterfall was contacted by the control centre and arrived with the tractor. The men dived into the bucket on the front and were driven out of the field.
After rescuing the two engineers Paul Waterfall said that the animal “kept ramblers on their toes”.
Read more on the Nottingham Post site. (opens a new page)
April 10, 2014
The Ridgeway National Trail starts at Overton Hill near Avebury and ends at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire near Dunstable 87 miles.
The southern half of the route justifies the name as it follows chalk ridges and offers some far reaching views over large fields, mostly along tracks.
The northern section follows the ancient lower tracks and often shares with the Icknield Way but finally climbs in the Chiltern’s Ashridge Estate to the grand finale at Ivinghoe Beacon (233M).
Read more about the walk here…..
April 10, 2014
A gathering to broaden our knowledge and skill has been arranged for Thursday 24th April 10am at Melton Mowbray. Sorry LFA members only.
Contact Ken if you would like to attend:- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
April 9, 2014
THE bull that trampled a walker to death at Underhill Farm, Stanford on Soar, had attacked electricity workers just weeks before and “should have been culled”, a court heard.
Read more on the Nottingham Post site. (opens a new page)
The incident occurred in November 2010, Mr John Freeman was trampled to death and his wife suffered serious injuries when they were attacked by a 19 month old Swiss bull while crossing a field on a public footpath.
What the Health and safety Executive say:
- Friesian, Holstein, Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey, Jersey and Kerry) are in all circumstances banned from being at large in fields crossed by public rights of way. Do not keep them in fields with public rights of way, statutory or other types of permitted access.
- If you are considering putting a bull of any other breed in a field to which the public have access you should carefully consider the animal’s temperament and behaviour and monitor its demeanour and state of health on a frequent basis. If there is any indication that the bull is likely to be aggressive or unpredictable, or if or if its behaviour gives you cause for concern, it should not be kept in a field to which the public have the right of access.
- Beef bulls are banned from fields or enclosures with footpaths unless accompanied by cows or heifers. This does not include open fells or unenclosed moorland. There are no specific prohibitions on other cattle.
For more information see HSE (opens a new page)
April 3, 2014
“Wonderful Land”, so an advert read in a recent copy of Metro, “England’s very best short breaks” (see VisitEngland.com) The three page spread featured Rutland so I started to read. “Rutland Water, the largest man-made lake in Europe. Set in 4,000 acres of land it’s a haven for walkers and wild-life watchers.” “Despite Rutland’s size, there’s a long distance footpath entirely within its boundaries. The Rutland Round is a circular route of 65 miles in delightful scenery.” Staffordshire offers, a corner of the Peak District, the Roaches and Cannock Chase, “where miles of footpaths and cycle trails criss-cross the rolling hills and purple heather.” Even East Lincolnshire, not my favourite walking county “now hosts the annual Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival which welcomes more than 2,000 walkers”. Although North York Moors and the Howardian Hills extolls the virtues of the countryside they don’t mention walking but there is a hint that it’s best to get out of the car. Moving north, Hadrian’s Wall is best explored using “The Hadrian Wall Path National Trail … offering to see the wall at close quarters.” While Northumberland offers miles of lakeside and forest trails, for an enchanting walk and a picture of a walker in the hills.
No mention of Leicestershire in this Visit England promotion but as we well know our county has much to offer the visitor or local in the varied countryside on our doorstep. We just have to hope that councillors value the income from visitors and continue to support spending on the path network so that we can all enjoy it.
March 26, 2014
The summer walks programme starts on Wednesday 9th April and should have already dropped through the letter boxes of our members. The now established Monday evening walks are again a feature and start on Monday 12th May and run consecutively for 14 weeks. Happy walking.
Tranquil pool on Tuesday walk near Willoughby Waterleys