A visit to Leicestershire

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Perfect path through Oil Seed - Leicestershire

Perfect path through Oil Seed – Leicestershire

A group of 8 walkers from Orston Nottinghamshire visited Leicestershire on Tuesday 22nd April. They met at Saltby for a 6 mile circular morning walk taking in the sleepy settlement of Bescarby then joined the Mowbray Way to Stonesby and Sproxton before returning to Saltby.

Mowbray Way approaching Stonesby village

Mowbray Way approaching Stonesby village

Most of the paths crossed the Saltby Estate which extends to 2600 acres, including a 350 acre dairy unit. The arable fields grow wheat for Warburtons Bakery and Oats for Alpen and Jordan’s cereal bars. The oil seed rape is used either as cooking oil or biofuel, as the pictures show, footpaths across arable crops need not be difficult to negotiate. The walkers appreciated the excellent cross field paths and send their compliments to the de Capell Brooke family of the Great Oakley Estate of which Saltby is now a part.

Mowbray Way between Stonesby and Sproxton

Mowbray Way between Stonesby and Sproxton

After the walk a pint was suggested but achieving their mission was less successful than the walk. “We thought we’d try a beer after the walk but Saltby pub was shut. Someone suggested Buckminster but I thought it’s not on the way home. Gordon suggested Croxton, this too was shut, in fact it looked derelict? Gordon discovered on his smart phone that the “Manners ” at Knipton was shut at lunch time so we finished up at the Windmill in Redmile! (nice pint)”.

Heading back to Saltby - end of a good walk in Leicestershire

Heading back to Saltby – end of a good walk in Leicestershire

Thanks to John for the pictures, words by webmaster.

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