Sunday 28 February 2016. Today’s walk from Exton was only 6½ miles but I think that most of us enjoyed it as it took in a new route in a familiar walking area. 9 of us, including John Buck, met near the Fox & Hounds. Coincidentally, the Peterborough HF group, many of whom I knew from the Thursday Strollers, met at the same time and location. They were walking a similar route to us but the opposite way around and we would see them later in the day as we stopped for lunch.
Our walk took us north along the Viking Way before turning east just below the golf course and then south for lunch sat on the branches a fallen tree, looking out across the lake to Fort Henry. This gothic folly was built in 1788 for Henry, Earl of Gainsborough and is now used as a venue for civil marriages and partnerships.
After lunch we walked towards the trout hatchery at Horn Mill before walking past Cuckoo Farm and back to Exton. I took the picture of the geese unsure of which breed they were. Research on the internet suggests that they are Greylag as Pinkfooted don’t have orange bills.
The next day Linda and I completed the second and final leg of the Jubilee Way with a 12¼ mile walk from Scalford to Woolsthorpe by Belvoir. This took us past Belvoir Castle and through nearby woodlands. I was so inspired by the views that I’ve planned a 10-mile circular route from the Castle car park that I’ll put on at some time as an extra-curricular activity for the group. It is only 60 miles from Wisbech and is much nearer for an away-day than a drive to the Peak District.