Sunday 24 September 2017. Amanda hitched a lift with me to the start of the walk at the Gates Garden Centre. As we were early we took the opportunity to grab a coffee which Amanda kindly bought. She also had a bacon sandwich; I would have loved one too but, as I’m trying to stick to my diet, I had to sit and suffer while she munched away.
I was surprised to see that Sue & Cavin had made the long drive to join us and unexpectedly Bea pitched up. There were 11 of us on this 7.2 mile walk with a total ascent of just under 700ft. The main reason for doing this walk was to use the footbridge, shown, below, which Leicestershire County Council had fixed as a result of a report submitted by us over a year ago.
No problem Brian. Thanks again for the thanks.
Looks like the bridge survived the ‘load testing’ there. Seems you managed to get in before those fields were ploughed too. They’re heavy going when wet.
All the best
Rights of Way Inspector
Leicestershire County Council
It was a beautiful day and I came home with a sun burnt forehead. Our coffee break was taken in the vicinity of the highest point in Rutland (653ft above sea level). This was an undulating walk and after a few more ups and downs we stopped for lunch on a field edge just before Preston Lodge. A short section of road walking was required to get us on the path to Knossington where another stop was made to take on water. From here it was just a mile or so back to the garden centre.
Amand bought me a post-walk pot of tea as a bribe to allow her half an hour to browse and buy plants for her garden.