Walk 01/2012 – Exton

Monday 2nd January 2012

A good turnout of members for the first walk of the New Year, and not one crazy Christmas cardigan on show. Starting from one of Rutland Water’s car parks, we set off along our route being given local history lessons by Dawn, as she was born and bred [Ed – well, that’s debatable!] in the area. She informed us that The Who’s vocalist, Roger Daltry, owned local property and a fish farm – we won’t get fooled again! [Ed – I Can’t Explain]

Coffee was taken overlooking the romantic Fort Henry on one of the lakes formed by the North Brook, in Exton Park. The lake is said to be covered in the summer with water lilies [Ed – Pictures of Lily!] and at times host to hundreds of swans.

We headed towards Greetham where we were told of more tales of Dawn’s misspent youth in the bus shelter and pubs – best not to expand on the details!! [Ed – Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere?]

Following the Viking Way, we stopped just outside Exton for lunch. Exton is a beautiful village with a mixture of stone cottages, several thatched cottages, converted barns and modern detached houses. It is mainly a farming community and neighbored by RAF Cottesmore.

Continuing along the Viking Way, we skirted Tunneley Wood, which lies within Exton Park – a large traditional country estate which has been home to the Noel family – (Earls of Gainsborough) for over four centuries. Perhaps jazzy jumpers would have been appropriate – think about it!

Back to the car park via Whitwell, a good trek, which blew away the cobwebs, especially at times when walking into the chilly wind.

Post walk drinks taken in The White Horse in Empingham – a lovely pub with a welcoming open fire [Ed – Happy Jack!].

Report – Sue

Pictures – Alan

Walk rating – Good

Who’s fish farm is this?
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Spring is around the corner.
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The Lower Lake at Fort Henry.
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On the edge of Fort Henry Lake.
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Fort Henry Lake.
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Fort Henry.
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A small lake as we skirt Greetham Valley Golf Course.
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Church at Whitwell.
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A sculpture back at Rutland Water.
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