Nine Fenland members and two members from Peterborough met outside the church in the little conservation village of Apethorpe for Josephine’s 6.5 mile walk.
Many of the limestone cottages and houses are grade II listed. The village is recorded in the Domesday Book and was, for many years, the seat of the Earls of Westmoreland. Apethorpe Palace is situated at the southern edge of the village.
We followed undulating field paths, spotting deer in the distance, to King’s Cliffe, passing a mill house with mill race and up to the church, where we found a bench by Willow Brook, a tributary of the River Nene,
We then made our way out of the village and under a tunnel of the disused railway, skirting the perimeter track of the abandoned RAF King’s Cliffe with it’s buildings in ruins. We sat on one of the walls for lunch. It was cold and so we didn’t linger.
We made our way to the Glenn Miller memorial where he played his last airfield band concert in the big hangar at Kings Cliffe, long since disappeared.
A nice path led through woodland and we were back in Apethorpe.
Everyone behaved themselves, so we didn’t need to make use of the stocks opposite the church!