Sunday 15 February 2015. 15 walkers turned out for today’s walk: 13 from the Fenland Group plus Ann & Barry from the Peterborough Group. This 7.87 mile walk started from the very popular Forestry Commission’s “Top Lodge” visitor centre which although it is pay & display (£3), it has the advantage of toilets and a cafe for a post-walk tea.
We walked back down the access road and across the A43 into Wakerley Great Wood. By now, the early morning mist had burnt off and it developed into a warm and sunny day. Leaving the woods, we stopped for coffee overlooking Laxton Hall, which, through the wonder of the internet, I discover in now a residential care home. A short walk through the Hall’s grounds brought us back to another crossing of the A43 and into the area near the remains of Fineshade Abbey. The more modern house that has been built on the hill was recently on the market at the staggering price of £2.5M.
The main climb of the day, all of 130ft, took us from the valley bottom up to Lynn Wood. A nice but sometimes boggy walk took us through the woods to emerge onto a large sunlit field where we stopped for lunch. We joined Wood Lane, on the outskirts of King’s Cliffe, before following the Jurassic Way back through Westhay Wood to Top Lodge. It was nice to finish the walk with group refreshments in the very busy cafe.