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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018

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This gallery is split over several pages. Each page displays pictures from a particular year or years as taken by members whilst on some of the shorter walks, including SWANS. The most recent are at the top of the page. The links below can be used to select the relevant year.

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2017

5 Milers - October's Walk

A circular walk from Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Woods, led by John. The walk took us eastwards to Heather Lane, through Miners Wood to the edge of Ravenstone, and, continuing anti-clockwise, back to Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Woods.





 

SWANS - August's Walk

A walk from Bosworth Battlefield, led by Janet and Jenny


A view of the Leicestershire countryside


The Battlefield Line - Shenton Station


The end of the line, but onwards towards the Ashby Canal...........



 

5 Milers - August's Walk


Stone marking the heart of the National forest passed on this month's walk from Ashby.

 

Strollers - August's Walk

A 4-mile circular walk from Warren Hills, Whitwick, led by Steve and Evelyn, passing Mount St. Bernard's Abbey, and walking through Ratchet Hill and Forest Rock Wood.


A not-so-well-trodden path


A view of Mount St. Bernard's Abbey


Heading towards the Abbey


Banana break at the Abbey


Looking northwards towards Nottingham


Single file across the corn field


Trust me guys - the path's up here

    
Just give me your hand - it's easy!! - (we all made it - thanks Steve!!)

 

Strollers - July's Walk

A walk from Hathern, led by David. This 4 mile walk was a repeat, in reverse, of a short 5 Milers walk in February, going past the Flood Protection Radial Gate at Zouch, along the River Soar past Normanton-on-Soar, to the corner of Dishley Pool and back across the fields to Hathern.


The River Soar at the entrance to the flood gate


The weir near the flood gate


Inspecting the flood gate


Onwards....


The River Soar


Normanton-on-Soar Church

 

5 Milers - July's Walk

A walk from Woodhouse Eaves and via Beacon Hill, led by Elaine and Martin. Lunch afterwards at the Copt Oak.


Some walkers ventured to the top of Beacon Hill.......

before rejoining the others for a refreshment break..............


........and yes, it did start to spit with rain!!

 

SWANS - April's Walk

A walk from Moira, led by David


Above, outward bound along the Ashby Canal...

........and below, inward bound along the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail.....


 

Strollers - April's Walk

A walk from Hartshorne, led by Sue and Ian


St. Peter's Church, Hartshorne




Interesting view......



Some friends we met on the way....

   

   

 

5 Milers - May's Walk

A walk from Smisby, led by Owen. Lunch afterwards at the Smisby Arms.


Some sheep!!


A gate!!


Some bluebells!!


A charming cottage!!


A very pleasant day


More bluebells!!


"I don't think that one over there is mine."

"No, I'm right here behind you!"


The beautiful Leicestershire countryside!!

 

5 Milers - April's Walk

A walk from Appleby Magna, through Norton-Juxta-Twycross, led by Pearl. Lunch afterwards at the Bird in Hand in Austrey.


Should be a nice lawn when it grows!!


Daffodils in Norton-Juxta-Twycross


Through a field of yellow

 

April's Saunter

A walk at Sence Valley Park

 

SWANS - March's Walk

A walk from Ticknall, led by Adrian. It was a lovely walking day for the 9 walkers.


Posing at the Hangman's Stone


Trying to avoid the mud

 

5 Milers - March's Walk

A walk from Ticknall, along part of the Ticknall to Ashby Tramway Trail and through the Calke Estate, ably led at short notice by Owen. We were again blessed with perfect walking weather. Afterwards some of us had an excellent lunch at the Smisby Arms.


Heading towards the Tramway Trail......


......and along the Tramway Trail


A handsome tree on the way.


A bit of rest.


A view of St. Giles Church on the Calke Estate.


Through the Calke Estate


A view of Calke Abbey (R) and the Stable Block (L)


At the Western end of Betty's Pond, Calke

 

5 Milers - February's Walk

17 5milers enjoyed an albeit slightly shorter walk than usual from Hathern, across the fields to Dishley Pool, to the River Soar, past Normanton on Soar, up to Zouch and back to Hathern. Earlier rain had ensured a good helping of mud, but on the day we were blessed with glorious sunshine. The walk was led by Bill and David.


En route


Dishley Pool


Black Brook


Negotiating one of many Kissing Gates


In the background is Normanton on Soar Church


The River Soar


The walkers, with Normanton on Soar on the other side of the river


The 11th century Church on the left and the 18th century chain ferry crossing, without pontoon, on the right


The Radial Gate flood management system at Zouch


The river entrance to the Radial Gate


Viewing the weir at Zouch

 

SWANS - January's Walk

A walk round Sence Valley Forest Park, led by John.

We started off cold but soon warmed up after a few steps.


Gathering in the car park


Down to the lakes


Walking on ice


A pair avoiding the ice


The lake's edge


A short pause


The end of a very pleasant walk

 

5 Milers - January's Walk

A goodly band of walkers assembled in Swannington to walk off some Christmas Pud, and were led by Roger on what turned out to be a mystery trip full of surprises. Despite being in an area close to home for most of us, we found there are many unknown places round about, including remnants of long lost railways, hidden playgrounds and nature areas, sports fields and mature trees, and footpaths in unexpected places. Although it was a grey day it remained dry for us (not so true of conditions underfoot unfortunately) and in good time we had covered 5 miles to Snibston and back and were ready for lunch.


Our walk leader in pensive mood


Banana break


Pretending to ignore the playground attractions


Exploring the woodland at Snibston

 

Strollers - January's Walk

A walk from Ticknall and through the Limeyards on the Calke Abbey Estate, led by Owen


Our walk leader testing the water pump in the village


Single file please!!


Having a look at the information board, below, at the lime kilns


The kiln entrances


The "Old Man of Calke" - second tree from the left


Entering the tramway tunnel....


....A light at the end of the tunnel.....


.....and into the light!!

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