Sunday 6 December 2015. We continued the Rutland Round today with visits to the villages, churches and landmarks of England’s smallest county. Today’s walk, which was 10½ miles with a total ascent of almost 800ft, took us from Duddington to Empingham.
Walking past a rather grand care home at Tixover Grange, we passed through Geeston before stopping after 3 miles for coffee at the church in Ketton. Our route then took us along the side of the Ketton quarry and cement works before following the road into the edge of Edith Weston and on to the Rutland Water visitor centre at Normanton. There was a light drizzle falling as we reached the shores of Rutland Water and, having walked a total of 7½ miles, it was time for lunch. We had a quick look around the Rutland Cycles shop before finding some shelter for our lunch break.
The drizzle soon eased and the sun was beginning to shine as we walked along the shore of Rutland Water, past the part flooded Normanton church, and across the dam wall. Leaving Rutland Water behind, it was only a short distance to Linda’s car which was parked near the church in Empingham.
As we drove back into Duddington we could see the East Anglian Air Ambulance circling low above us. On the drive home I could see that the helicopter had landed in a field next to the A47 and a white car which was on its roof in the ditch. I can’t quite understand how it finished on its roof on the wrong side of the road and hope that no one was seriously hurt. I wonder if Prince William was the pilot?