Winter walk from Kirby Muxloe

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Saturday, 1st February 2014  – L.F.A. – WALK FROM KIRBY MUXLOE  

(distance of 10 miles)

Kirby Muxloe sign-01

Despite this January’s unprecedented rainfall level, a group of 11 walkers left Kirby Muxloe in bright sunshine.  Keeping to its 16th Century name of Kirby ‘Muckleby’ (the village of the mud) ground conditions required a late change of route, in order to reach Ratby village.

Bridge under water

bridge-in-use

From Ratby the path led over the fields into Whirlybones Wood, a willow plantation which is on the edge of the National Forest. Reaching a ford, we entered Ratby Burroughs, picking our path carefully.

Wirleybones wood

Climbing up towards Old Hay Farm the group diverted again to avoid ‘swimming’ in places and eventually crossed Forest Hill Golf Course to reach Markfield Lane  and then on to Botcheston.

Golf Course

Golfing Lake

Leaving Botcheston we passed swathes of snowdrops a welcome sign of the Spring to come.

Further down the path we slipped, waded, ‘walked on water’,

mud

crossed the railway line and accompanied by a flock of sheep reached the outskirts of Desford

sheep

A very welcome lunch break was taken in the parish churchyard of St. Martin, Desford.

After lunch the weather deteriorated and the wind strengthened as the walkers headed from Desford, across more fields in varying depths of mud and water to Pendlewood Farm, before reaching Leicester Lane.  The final stretch took us to Elms Farm and then thankfully onto dry stone paths and tarmac roadway as we reached the outskirts of Kirby Muxloe. Fortunately the rain held off and this challenging but enjoyable walk was completed as it had started, in bright sunshine.

The leader, Colin Beardmore (undertaking his initial walk as Leader for LFA) remarked that ‘perhaps for today, the letters LFA, should be interpreted to mean Leicestershire Fellow Amphibians !’

group

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