Sunday 30 October 2016. It was a slightly misty and overcast morning which rather spoiled the autumn colours. In bright sunshine they would have been spectacular. There were just 6 of us (Linda x 2, Helen, Bea, Derek and me) on this new walk from Hallaton.
We’ve done a few routes out of Hallaton which is a good start/finishing point as there is a cafe in the village and it is surrounded by modest hills and rolling countryside. We headed out towards Hallaton Spinneys where we stopped for coffee. Our route then took us via Keythorpe Hall Farm and Pine Tree Stud before stopping again for lunch by the side of two ornamental lakes.
The last leg back to Hallaton would have taken us across a few cropped/ploughed fields so we diverted onto the unmade section of Goadby Road where the going was a little easier and made for a change from the usual route back into Hallaton. The walk was just 6.7 miles with 500ft of ascent.
Sunday 16 October 2016. It was pouring with rain on the drive across to Lynford this morning and I travelled more in hope than expectation of a walk today. Karen, who was leading, seemed as unimpressed as me about the weather and neither of us were too enthusiastic about setting off. The arrival of a few more members meant that Karen couldn’t back out but I was all for going home. It was only at the last-minute that I changed my mind and thankfully it stopped raining soon after.
There were 8 of us out today; 7 ladies and me. I was using my tablet instead of my phone today to track our walk but inexplicably it didn’t want to play ball and didn’t locate our position until we had walked for a couple of miles – perhaps it was all of the trees that blocked out the GPS signal? This was the usual 2 stop walk, once for coffee and again for lunch with 2 miles (post-walk measure) of road walking in between although Karen suggested it was only a mile or so. Perhaps its shorter in her car. I measured the total distance of the walk when I got home and it turned out to be 7.3 miles with very little ascent.
Although I’m trying to lose weight, I called in to Brown’s cafe at Munford on the way home and was joined by most of our group. I had a pot of tea and a fruit scone with butter. I declined the jam and clotted cream but Amanda made sure that it didn’t go to waste when I gave her a small piece of my scone. Surprisingly, I weighed a pound less when I got home compared to first thing this morning but I think this is due more to dehydration and I suspect that I’ll be back to where I started in the morning.
Whilst having our post-walk refreshments I mentioned to Josephine & Amanda that I’d talked about doing an evening walk during the winter months as a means of getting some practice of walking in the dark with head torches. It would be a good idea to do this at the seaside as we could combine a short walk with a fish supper. Coincidentally I’m leading a walk at Holme-next-the Sea on Sunday 18 December. The sun sets at 15:45 on this date and whilst the walk will finish by about 14:00, it means that we can kill the time in-between by having a fish & chips in Hunstanton. It will be low tide at 15:30 and there is a full moon just 4 days earlier so it shouldn’t be too dark. When we’ve finished tea/supper in Hunstanton we can drive up to the old lighthouse for a night-time walk of a couple of miles along the beach heading towards Old Hunstanton.
Sunday 9 October 2016. There seems to be fewer and fewer of us out each week. Today there was just 5 (Karen leading, Josephine, David, Phil and me.) We made a slightly delayed start as Karen, despite having done a recce some months ago with me, couldn’t find our meeting point at the recreation ground in Briston and went to the village hall instead.
Reunited, we set off along the lanes heading towards Hindolveston. Along the way we passed the renovated signal box at Culpits Farm. There was a notice on it advertising its availability on a short-term let as a studio or office. Soon after we saw a small group of black pigs rooting in a roadside field.
Lunch was taken sat on benches at Hindolveston sports field. This was well-timed as we were just packing up when the heavens opened. It poured for about 15 minutes whilst we took shelter around the side of the pavilion. This must have been a very isolated shower as the ground was dry just half a mile away. The walk was just 6.9 miles with only 330ft of ascent.
Sunday 2 October 2016. Despite the bright blue skies, there was a chill in the air at the start of today’s walk and Autumn isn’t far away. There was just 8 of us out today including 2 from the Hunts Group and 1 from PYW. The first part of the walk crossed a number of fields which had been ploughed and harrowed. The rain of yesterday meant that they were a little soft and muddy but we’ve seen worse.
Our coffee stop was the graveyard in Stilton where there were a few benches on which to sit. Folksworth was a little too close for lunch so we waited until we got to Caldecote, although it was just a road/field edge.
The last part of the walk was along Denton Road which, despite its name, is no more than a green lane but it was very nice in the dappled sunshine. The walk was just 6.5 miles with only 350ft of ascent most of which was on Denton Road.