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Kibworth Rambling Group - Walking in Wonderland!

It was a glorious day for a walk. The sun was shining, the breeze light and refreshing, firm under foot - and dry! Three weeks previously when we first plotted the route it was heavy going as we encountered heavy mud and surface water was lying all around.


Setting off from the car park at Wakerley Woods, near Corby, we first skirted the edge of Wakerley Village and took a short walk along the road to Harringworth. After half a mile, and after first clipping the edge of a disused airfield, we headed back into the woods. Bluebell drifts entertained us as we picked our way through the trees and undergrowth before emerging on the outskirts of Laxton village. Here we gathered on the village green for our ritual coffee break.

Passing two splendid looking Highland cattle, looking fierce with their massive horns, but with a gentle nature, we next headed for Blatherwycke, which sits on an affluent of the River Nene. Crossing over the stately bridge, we turned into Blatherwycke Park which  is a fine mansion, delightfully situated in a park of about 400 acres, well stocked with deer. Overlooked by a centurion statue, we walked through well-tended grounds, planted with a variety of trees, and alongside a lake covering an area of 54 acres. This led us to the village of King's Cliffe for lunch at The Cross Keys. Our party of 18 filled the bar but the welcoming staff served us well.


After gathering our things together we left King's Cliffe behind us as we made our return journey. This took us across lush fields of vibrant green, bordered by hedgerows freshly adorned with leaves and May blossom. Crossing the A43 at Laxton Hall Gate Lodge we headed back into Wakerley Woods. Following clearly signposted and well maintained tracks, criss-crossed with cycle routes, we soon reached our cars and after appreciative thanks to the walk leader, Carol Birch, made our separate ways home.



Issue 403
June 2018

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