Most people would be wary of crossing a large snorting bull in a field but, every year, scores of people are injured or even killed by other animals in the English countryside. Read more about this on the BBC site (click here)
Saturday walkers combined with Loughborough Ramblers on an eleven mile walk from Calke Abbey. Our route was via Melbourne, King’s Newton, Cloud Trail, Trent and Mersey canal and arriving a Swarkestone for lunch. We passed by the impressive Swarkestone Pavilion which was built in 1632 at a cost of £111.12s.4d. The building is Jacabean style with a two-storey centre, castellated parapet flanked by a pair of three-storey towers and leaded cupolas topped by balled finials.
In a field adjacent to the Pavilion our attention was drawn to a collapsed wall. Perhaps the mischievous cows in the photograph displayed, may have been responsible for causing this damage!
At the Harpur Crewe Arms at Swarkestone is a cain commemorating the site furthest south which the Jacobite army reached on the invasion attempt by Charles Edward Stewart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) in 1745.
Our return journey was via Stanton by Bridge, Robin Wood and Ticknell.
Reflections On A Summer Evening
Above Saddington Tunnel
Twelve walkers turned out for a glorious summer evening walk from Saddington Church led by Allen and Irene D. A 41/2 mile circuit towards Smeeton Westerby , Mill Lane,the Saddington Tunnel and the edge of Fleckney found us gasping for refreshment at The Queens Head. All joined in a glass of something in the garden before wandering home – priceless
Ian, Stuart and Richard Donkin walked ‘The Round’ in 5 consecutive days
while Dad, Allen, did the chauffering
After consultation with Dad and a 21 mile trial walk on part of ‘The Round’ , many lessons were learnt which required a review of the original plans. Sunday June 22nd was chosen for the start of our attempt to complete the Leicestershire round in 5 consecutive days.We are not regular walkers and many of the areas were unknown to us. The following are places and incidents which will be remembered for different reasons.
Day 1 Hallaton to Peatling Magna (starting at the church)
Foxton Locks on the Grand Union Canal
The views from Smeeton Gorse
The tennis ball we found which came all the way with us
Ian bitten by a dog ( owner said ‘only a friendly bite’)
After being stung, nettled, bitten and sun burnt, it was decided that shorts were not a good idea
Day 2 Peatling Magna toBarwell
High Cross with its Roman connections
At least 50 stiles (that’s how it felt)
Obstruction between Frolesworth Hill Farm and Claybrook
Parva road. We had to negotiate a gap in the hedge whilst avoiding a live? wire
Day 3 Barwell to Markfield
Sutton Cheney Wharf
Ambion Wood and Bosworth Battle Field
Shackerston and the restored old Midland Railway
Our pick up was delayed because Dad was caught in a treffic census and heavy rain,which missed Markfield.
Day 4 Markfield to Frisby 0n the Wreake
John’s Lee Wood (Our old Scout camp)
Bradgate Park and Old John
Blasting at Mountsorrel Quarry
Views of the Wreake Valley and its villages
‘The Bell’ at Frisby
Day 5 Frisby to Hallaton (would we make the last 24 miles?)
Borough Hill with fantastic views
Owston Wood, ankle deep in mud and guarded by 2 sheep’s
skulls on the gate
Allexton and the never ending hills
The sight of Hallaton
The Bewicke Arms and refreshment had to wait until we had limped to the church, which had been our starting point 5 long days earlier. Lasting memories will be the fabulous countryside, numerous pretty villages, friendly natives and some excellent pubs.
On a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon Cindy’s fund raising event was well supported. In her well maintained garden we sat and enjoyed a musical adventure by the Magna Music Band on a specially constructed band stand. Tea was enjoyed in the garden. Our hostess had organised a varied afternoon for supporters with a raffle, book stall etc.
Cindy dressed in her LOROS top thanked us all for supporting her fund raising event. Good wishes are sent to her for the walk she will be undertaking later this year. We hope good weather will accompany her on the walk and she will enjoy the wonderful scenery which Scotland will provide.
Eleven members supported a most enjoyable walk from Wyville, Lincolnshire. There was an abundance of wild flowers as we followed a valley leading towards Stoke Rochford Park. Later, on “The Drift” which is part of the Viking Way, has been planted with wild flowers by English Nature. The following flowers were observed, wild geraniums, field scabious, wild mignonette, bugle, teasles and rose bay willow herb.
Walkers had an excellent view of Stoke Rochford Hall and were amazed by the number of chimneys. Opposite the hall is an obelisk dedicated to Sir Isaac Newton, who was born in the nearby village of Woolsthorpe. We walked out of the park to the village post office. Then joined a footpath which led us to the church which we found full of interesting material.
The walk continued to Skillington where we stopped on the village green for lunch. The village has no shop but there are still two public houses open. Following a visit to St. James Church we continued through field paths to Saltby aerodrome where gliders fly from and we actually saw one take off. We then followed the Viking way and used a permissive footpath to take us to the village of Hungarton and then walked down the road to Wyville having completed eleven miles on a very humid day.
Saturday walkers enjoyed a day walk in the Warwickshire countryside. The sky was overcast with wet underfoot conditions but fortunately we escaped rain. Leaving Ansley village, we arrived at the Castle by 11.00am. The Landmark Trust acquired the property and from 2008 started repairing it and is now available to rent for a holiday. Free entry to the Castle allowed us to inspect the renovation and found the work completed to be of a high standard. The Castle sleeps up to eight people.
The walk then continued to Old Arley village where lunch was taken at St. Wilfrid’s church. The barn adjacent to the church was open for refreshments. The walk continued through Old Arley wood and thereafter through arable fields with crossing points marked by kissing gates. Certain sections of the walk were very overgrown with vegetation.
‘A road movie. On foot.’ In this new British comedy, four old school mates set out to complete an epic Coast to Coast Walk across Northern England. Quickly remembering why they haven’t met up in over two decades and contending with rain, wind and unrequited lust with local women, the friends’ journey becomes a trip straight into mid-life crises. With a superb homegrown cast including Karl Theobald (TV’s 2012) and Richard Lumsden (Sightseers) it’s poignant and very funny stuff.
Read more at http://downhill-the-movie.com/
Watch the trailer on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcYuhviGtEU
Or watch the whole film at the Phenix
Downhill – Coast to Coast – Film
John and I are planning to see this Movie next week at the Phoenix at the 4.00 p.m. showing on Monday 30th June 2014.
“Four old school friends reunite to attempt the epic coast to coast walk, across the United Kingdom. As their journey unfolds, this comically incompatible foursome walk full tilt into their mid-life crises.”
Click on Link to see more details of the movie
The Movie is on at the Phoenix in Leicester. Click on link for details of cinema and ticket prices etc.
The Plan is to meet at the Wetherspoon Pub (The Last Planagenet) on 107 Granby Street any time after 1.00 p.m. for drinks and meal (optional) and then we would walk down approx. 3.30 p.m. for the film.
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Would you like to join us? Just turn up at the Pub or at the Cinema.
Cindy West will be taking up the challenge of walking 96 miles in 6 days along the West Highland way to raise funds for LOROS. The walk includes the challenge of some of the highest terrain in the UK, walking over moors, through dense woodland, over rolling hills and up into the high mountainous region of the Scottish Highlands. She has promised to raise £750 for the hospice and as part of the fundraising she is inviting you to “tea in her Garden” on 20th July where there you will be entertained by a local community band, take a chance in the raffle and peruse the table top / book sale as well as spending time in the not so perfect, garden still in the making.. Tickets can be purchased from Cindy via email or phone. Many thanks to those of you who have supported her walk before from Coast to Coast and to those able and willing to do so again.
Regards to all,