Tuesday Long Walk – A secret worth sharing

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Walton on the Wolds

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

Map of the walk

Download a gpx file of this walk – click here

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.

Stanford Hall

Stanford Hall

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

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?

Where’s the footpath?

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