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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tuesday, 13 Nov 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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2018

Strollers - September's Walk

Our September stroll was led by Phil and Lorraine. On a fine but blustery day 15 Strollers started from Cropston and had a most enjoyable three mile circular walk to Thurcaston with much interesting historical detail provided along the way, followed by lunch at the Bradgate Arms.


Our leaders provided interesting information along the way.


Thurcaston Church.


A view towards Bradgate Park.


Crossing the "Coffin Bridge". Cropston and Thurcaston share a church and this is the route the deceased from Cropston would have taken to the church at Thurcaston.


It can't be often that Strollers make it to the beach!

5 Milers - September's Walk

A walk around Attenborough Nature Reserve led by Phryne, with lunch at the Visitors' Centre afterwards.


Outside the Visitors' Centre before the walk


On the path along the side of the railway


It's a floodgate!


This is a flock of geese!


A view of the reserve

A couple of views of the River Trent.........



and finally a couple of pictures of a swan and ducks.......



 

SWANS - August's Walk

15 walkers gathered for a walk from Lount led by Bill. Lunch afterwards was at the Cross Keys pub.

Here's a few pictures taken en route..........







 

Strollers - August's Walk

A walk led by Steve and Evelyn, around the countryside north of Ashby. There was an optinal lunch afterwards at the Beeches.

Firstly, a couple of pictures en route...................



>Here's the group..........


A view looking north, showing Breedon Church and Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station..........


And finally, a couple of 4-legged friends........


 

5 Milers - August's Walk

A walk from Sutton Wharf led by Steve and Evelyn



St. James Church, Sutton Cheney.........

........and inside the Church........





Is this life on the Ashby Canal?


Back to Sutton Wharf, where the walkers had lunch.

5 Milers - July's Walk

A walk from Dimminsdale led by Elaine and Martin. Optional lunch was at the Smisby Arms.


Approaching Staunton Harold.........

.........and a some views of Staunton Harold Church.......



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A tight fit on a narrow footbridge


Looking over Staunton Harold reservoir.......

...........and a heron spotted by a keen eyed walker.......


 

May's Saunter

A walk in Stamford Memorial Park, Groby



Round the park then - you're never too old!

 

SWANS - May's Walk

A Walk from Moira led by Adrian and Norma. Lunch afterwards was at the Lakeside Bistro.


Forget-me-nots.


Battling through the undergrowth


Our walk leader having a rest!! Does the pooch look impressed?

Strollers - June's Walk

A walk led by Bill and David through Mountsorrel and along the River Soar.

There was an optional lunch afterwards at the Waterside Inn.


A weir on the Soar close to the Waterside Inn


At the 1860 bridge


On our way with the bridge in the background


At The Quay in Mountsorrel


The view from the top of Castle Hill


The route took us along part of the Leictershire Round

    
Two views of the River Soar - with the same swan in picture!!


Further along the Soar, nearing the end of our walk


The pub is in sight. We are nearly there.........


5 Milers - June's Walk

Juneís 5milers walk, led by Lynda, began in the car park of the Crewe And Harpur pub in Swarkestone. It took us along the Trent & Mersey Canal and through Barrow upon Trent.

There was an optional lunch afterwards at the pub.


View through a stile.


Single file across a field........


.......and along the Trent & Mersey Canal


A view of Swarkestone Pavilion


The walkers on the edge near Swarkestone Lock!


Not quite walking the line


Reflecting near Barrow upon Trent


Swanning on the River Trent

Strollers - May's Walk

A walk led by Peter and Val from Staunton Harold

    
A little friend came to see us off



What is it?


The happy 15


At David Nash's sculpture, which you need to see at 13.04 on mid-summer's day - assuming the sun is shining.

5 Milers - May's Walk

Mayís 5milers walk, led by Owen, began in Ticknall Village Hall car park and took us via Foremark before returning to Ticknall.

There was an optional lunch afterwards at the Smisby Arms.


Admiring the view from Knowle Hill.........



A few bluebells in Stantons Wood


After our banana break at Foremark Church


A view from the Church

and a couple more shots en route..........



SWANS - April's Walk

A walk in Bradgate Park led by John and Beryl.


A cool but clear day


Young Fallow Deer


A bit of sun to warm us up


Bradgate House


An Egret, spotted by our walk leader John


Very old oaks

Strollers - April's Walk

A walk led by Rose from Linton Heath




5 Milers - April's Walk

Aprilís 5milers Walk, led by Sue, began in Nailstone where the group of 13 walkers gathered by the Church. The skies were overcast but we completed the walk without getting wet.

The route took us over fields to the outskirts of Bagworth and gave pleasant views over the countryside in spite of few signs of spring. In Bagworth, we changed direction and headed for Barlestone. Nailstone Church spire is such a prominent landmark that the walk from Barlestone back to Nailstone was very straightforward.

After frequent rainfall during previous days, the paths were muddy and this hampered progress at some points. However, a more notable feature was the high number of stiles. We lost count but it could have been a record-breaking number for this Group! Afterwards, most of the walkers stayed on for a convivial lunch at the Gate at Osbaston.


Sheltering from light drizzle at Nailstone Church before we start


Leaving Nailstone behind


A happy bunch


Some 4-legged friends........



Nailstone in sight again


Getting closer.........


SWANS - February's Walk

A 2-mile walk round Grace Dieu Woods led by David, with the help of Ann who provided a bit of the history of Grace Dieu Manor and the woods.


The walkers on the stone bridge over Grace Dieu Brook


The original entrance to Grace Dieu Manor, with a view of the chapel.


Alongside Grace Dieu Brook,

and a view of the woods.............


Strollers - March's Walk

A walk led by Richard in the Swadlincote area.


Flooded woodland.


Walking through Swainspark Wood.


Ready to walk again after our Banana Break.


Part of the walk was on the Ennstone Trail.


Albert Village Lake.

5 Milers - March's Walk

A 5-mile circular walk, led by Pete, starting from The Belper Arms in Newton Burgoland, touching Shackerstone, and along the Asnby Canal.


All we want is a pre-walk pint!!


Outside the Congregational Church in Newton Burgoland


There was still a bit of snow lying around


The Ashby Canal at Shackerstone


"Snow Sculpture"


Strollers - February's Walk

A walk led by Ian and Sue round Willesley Wood.


Banana break over.


Viewing the gravestones at St. Thomas Church.


Snowdrops next to the Church


A pair of nesting swans

SWANS - January's Walk

A walk round Ibstock led by John S. An excellent lunch was enjoyed at the Queen's Head in Heather. The walk started at the cemetery on Pretoria Road..........



Outward bound into the bright sun


Early catkins


Inward bound back to the village

Strollers - January's Walk

A walk led by Owen from Shackerstone, through Bilstone and Congerstone.


St. Peter's Church, Shackerstone


Some paths were reasonably firm............


.......others not so!!


Approaching Congerstone


Group photo in Congerstone


Along the Ashby Canal back towards Shackerstone

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