Wysall – Saturday 27th October 2012

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Did anyone spot this in Wysall?

Did anyone spot this in Wysall?

On Saturday 27th October 2012 John R was lucky with the weather which had finally changed from grey overcast to bright blue sunshine. The flurry of overnight snow had disappeared and the wind was not as biting as predicted. The ground was, however very wet so care was needed.

Start of the walk - The Plough at Wysall

Start of the walk – The Plough at Wysall

The route was a figure of eight, six miles before lunch and four after an opportunity to sample the offerings of The Plough Inn at Wysall. This is the morning walk.

The paths out followed the ‘The Midshires Way’ a long-distance multi-user route across Middle England. At approximately 225 miles it starts at the Ridgeway in Buckinghamshire and travels north west to the Trans-Pennine Trail in Greater Manchester.  The route is particularly designed for horse riders and will also suit mountain bike riders so this section along footpaths is for walkers only avoiding the main route along metalled lanes.

Setting out across the mown field of turf

Setting out across the mown field of turf

These paths are also part of ‘The Rushcliffe 100’ a circular walk of 100km long around the Borough of Rushcliffe. The walk climbs up and down the hills and valleys of the Wolds, follows the Rivers Soar and Trent and crosses the Vale of Belvoir. It  passes through beautiful farmland, woodland and villages and crosses some of the highest land in the Borough.

Church Site Farm, Thorpe in the Glebe

Church Site Farm, Thorpe in the Glebe

No one appeared to notice, or care, that we did a 180 degree turn as we approached Willoughby on the Wolds to return, briefly passing through Leicestershire, to make our way back to Wysall via the deserted medieval village of Thorpe in the Glebe. Gentle humps and hollows in the fields mark the site of long gone buildings and all that remains is the Grade II Listed Church Site Farm.

I left the group to take lunch so can’t comment on the food, drink or afternoon walk. If you were present please report by leaving a comment below. Thanks to John for an interesting and enjoyable walk.

 

Map of the walk route

Map of the walk route

 

Download this walk as a gpx file to use for free on your SatNav device here

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