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Saturday, 21 May 2022

Saturday, 21 May 2022

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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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5 Milers - December's Walk

Eighteen members met at the Robin Hood in Swannington for December's 5 milers walk led by Owen. It was a foggy day which spoilt some of the views we would have had. Amongst the pictures below are some that were taken on a bright sunny morning only days before the walk, showing the contrast. You should be able to tell which is which!! Afterwards 16 of the walkers were joined by 4 members who were unable to take part in the walk to enjoy a lovely Christmas lunch at the pub.

A bit wet in places

Looking over Swannington!!!

Into the unknown!!!

Were we wondering how "live" this exhibit at Hough Mill is?

The fruit of the Spindle Tree - near Hough Mill

One of the ponds near Hough Mill

Can you guess what this was used for down the mine? It may be a relief to know!!

Banana Break at the Mill

Another view of the Mill


SWANS - November's Walk

A walk round Thronton Reservoir, led by Bill

Here's the group posing en route......


5 Milers - November's Walk

Eighteen members met in Market Bosworth for November's 5 Milers Walk which was led by Sue.
The route followed that of the Leicestershire Round for a short distance as we walked south towards Sutton Cheney. Initially, we walked amongst mature trees which looked glorious with every shade of autumn amongst their leaves. Indeed, throughout the walk, the hedgerows and woods looked splendid.
The banana break was taken in Sutton Cheney, by the village church of St James. Happily, the church was open so we were able to look inside. Tradition has it that Richard III heard his last Mass in this church.
Unfortunately, the weather conditions deteriorated as we walked back to Market Bosworth over field footpaths. Undeterred, we reached Sutton Lane, the gated road, for the final stage of the route.
Most of the group stayed on for lunch at Ye Olde Red Lion pub, one of the oldest buildings in the attractive market town.

An Autumn scene in Market Bosworth Country Park

The walkers at Sutton Cheney Church, ready for their banana break

Inside Sutton Cheney Church


SWANS - October's Walk

A walk round the lake at Albert Village, led by Bill

Above, walking down to the lake,


and, below, another view of the lake.......


5 Milers - October's Walk

A walk from Swarkestone led by Elaine and Martin.

Firstly, some pictures of Swarkestone Hall..........

Now some pictures taken at Swarkestone Lock........

and finally, St. Wilfrid's Church in Barrow upon Trent..........


SWANS - September's Walk

A walk near Lount, led by Bill

Just curious to know what it is........


Strollers - September's Walk

An undulating stroll from Melbourne, through Breedon, led by Ann,

Over the lake towards the church

Breedon Church in the distance.........

..........and closer up......

Banana break at the bustop in Breedon

Heading back to Melbourne

Taking a breather!


5 Milers - September's Walk

A walk along the path of the Charnwood Forest Canal and through Osgathorpe, led by Bis.

The Charnwood Forest Canal - a little dry perhaps!

Something has been spotted in the canal!

At Junction House - it has certainly seen better days!

Osgathorpe Parish Cemetery.........

......high above the village

The former Headmaster's House and School in Osgathorpe


SWANS - August's Walk

A walk from Bosworth Battlefield, led by Janet

Heading down from the Battlefield Visitors' centre

Shenton Station on the Battlefield Line.

A couple of pictures along the Ashby Canal..............


Strollers - August's Walk

A 4-mile stroll from Ticknall, led by Owen

The group at Hangman's Stone

A tree!!

Yellow fungus

.....two views of St. George's Church, Ticknall.......

The Methodist Hall, Ticknall and...............

.........our walk leader checking the water pump


5 Milers - August's Walk

A walk from Thornton, led by Steve and Evelyn.

Heading down to Thornton Reservoir........

.......and then up the Bagworth Incline

Crossing the old Leicester-Burton line

Negotiating a ladder stile

Banana break!!


Strollers - July's Walk

A 3.5 mile stroll from Groby Pool, led by Evelyn

Maize or Maze?................


5 Milers - July's Walk

A walk from Carlton, led by Lynda.

Carlton Church with its unusual tower

Our walk leader telling us about the history of Carlton

Crossing a corn field

Passing under the railway at Shackerstone

Alongside the Ashby Canal......

Proud parents!!........

..........and gently does it!!!

18 of 21 at 44


5 Milers - June's Walk

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

Our walk leader telling us about Gopsall Temple............

The group in Bilstone - "I think we go that way"

The mill pond in Bilstone

Congerstone Church

A passing narrowboat on the Ashby Canal

Back to Shackerstone and the station


5 Milers - May's Walk

A walk through the Ticknall Limeyards and beyond, led by Owen and Jenny.

Approaching the Ticknall Tramway Tunnel

Inside the tunnel

Our walk leader explaining some of the history behind the Limeyards

A view of the Limeyards

High Road or Low Road?

We had a really lovely day for the walk - this is a view towards Staunton Harold Reservoir

A zoom shot of a heron on Mere Pond on Calke Abbey Estate

16 walkers sitting down!!! Don't worry - just a short break!!

Strollers - April's Walk

Our April stroll was a lovely 3.3 mile route from Hartshorne enjoyed by 13 members of the group. We were blessed with a wonderful day of spring sunshine, to add to the glorious views and the lovely spring flowers in the woodland. It was rounded off by a very good value lunch in the Bulls Head. A good time was had by all!

In dappled sunshine in Several Wood.

Some lovely views towards Daniel Hayes Farm

Our search for bluebells was rewarded

Wood anenomes too!


5 Milers - April's Walk

A walk from Stanton under Bardon led by Denis.

On the way

A wonderful display of bullrushes

Eighteen "5 Milers"

Approaching Thornton Reservoir

Making friends


Strollers - March's Walk

A stroll round Church Town and Farm Town in glorious weather led by David, with a welcome diversion round Coleorton Wood led by Owen. Lunch was at the King's Arms.

St. Mary's Church in Church Town. Unfortuately it was not open.

On the road to Farm Town

A view towards Coleorton from Farm Town

Some walkers and some donkeys - but which are which??

Try clicking in the picture below....


Happy grazing!!

A distant view of St. Mary's


5 Milers - March's Walk

A walk from Swepstone Church led by Pearl. "Mud, mud, glorious mud!!!!".................


SWANS - February's Walk

A walk round Thornton Reservoir led by Bill


Some of the "wild life" en route......

"Please let me into your boat!!!"


5 Milers - February's Walk

A walk of two halves, led by Bill and David - two and a half miles round Charley with lovely views over the Leicestershire countryside and through Burrows Wood, followed by two and a half miles around the diverted path skirting the Bardon Quarry extension works. Some pictures below....

Two of the ten stiles!!

Through Burrows Wood

19 happy walkers in the February sun

Not the most picturesque part of the walk!! The quarry workings and crossing the quarry road.

On the left is Copt Oak, our lunch destination

Getting nearer to lunch

Rise Rocks - apparently destined to disappear!!

These boots were made for walking!!......But no more!!!!


Strollers - January's Walk

A stroll round Thornton Reservoir, led by Pat

Setting off round the reservoir

Cormorants - perhaps waiting for the reservoir to be stocked!!

A selection of birds

Banana break


5 Milers - January's Walk

Twenty-two members met in Ticknall on a damp morning for the first walk of the year. Ann led the group along the Ticknall Tramway Trail which follows parts of the route of the old Ticknall to Ashby horse-drawn tramway. After all the heavy rain of recent weeks, we were all pleased to be walking on gravel paths. Being out and about in the fresh air was a welcome change too.
Most of the group stayed on for lunch at The Staff of Life in Ticknall.

The walkers having had their Banana break.


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