Nassington

Sunday 4 June 2017. I was joined today by 12 other ramblers (8 from Fenland and 4 from other groups). It was a beautifully sunny morning as we met outside the village pub. I entertained thoughts of a post-walk meal but decided not to bother in the end.

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Our route on this 6.2 mile walk with just 270ft of ascent took us along field-side paths and tracks where one 300yd section was overgrown by oilseed rape on the one side and nettles on the other. I was wearing shorts and my legs were scratched and stung; so much so that they are still throbbing some 4 hours later. Eventually we made our way to the banks of the River Nene. The footbridge was unsafe so we walked a little further downstream to use the road bridge.

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The worst of the nettles were behind us as we made our way to a coffee stop, after 3 miles, in a disused pit/quarry. Soon after we passed a field sown with Linseed which was just coming into flower.

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Our route then took us close to Sibson airfield from where planes were taking off at regular intervals to offload groups of parachutists. I’ve added a couple of cropped close up pictures and a wider view in which they appear as dots against the background of a wonderful sky.

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Our lunch stop was at Yarwell station, the end of the Nene Valley Railway. From here it was just a mile or so back to Nassington.

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Nassington – walk route

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