Walk 17/2012 – Ab Kettleby

Sunday 28th August 2012

We finally had a day without rain for this walk which starts in Ab Kettleby to the north of Melton Mowbray and descends into the Belvoir Valley.

The route passes though Long Clawson. The dairy there was founded in 1911 when 12 farmers from the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire, formed a co-operative to produce Stilton Cheese in the village. The company has prospered and today is supplied by over 40 farms, all from within the Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area. As Stilton is protected by a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) it can only be made with milk from these Counties.

We stopped for lunch in the village recreation ground where they have built a magnificant village hall, changing rooms and community centre.

On returning to Ab Kettleby, we discovered it still had a pub for us to finish up at.

Report – Alan

Pictures – Alan

Walk rating – Average

After leaving Wartnaby, we get a view over the Belvoir valley.
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After the wet summer we have had, some of the paths are somewhat overgrown.
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Caged at last! Was it here we started talking about Christian Grey?.
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Hang on a minute, is this really the English countryside? Those look like bison.
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Or how about a bit of venison?
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And yet more bison.
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The windmill at Long Clawson.
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There were one or two tricky sections of path requiring an adaptation of technique.
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The wheat is waist high as we return to Ab Kettleby.
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