Sunday 11th October 2020

Note to Martin about the word backpack. Runaway Ed Sheeren “Back pack, and a flat cap, turned to the back” Only those in group 3 will understand this comment- let’s keeps the others in suspenders!! [Ed – I have no idea what this is all about, but hopefully it makes some sense to those in group 3!]

Well the current COVID-19 restrictions meant that we had to walk in 3 groups today. Our group had a very convenient starting point - the car park right next to The Willow and Brook pub in Apethorpe and the old water tower. This stands on the old quarry site in the village. It is now disused but has been left as a landmark in the surrounding area. It is a very narrow design compared to the many in the UK.

It wasn’t long before we met with group 2 who were walking in the opposite direction to us. After yesterday’s rainfall, it wasn’t easy finding a suitable coffee stop and even when we did it went unnoticed by our leader, as the saying goes - you snooze you lose, as a couple of fellow walkers parked themselves there as we back tracked. We eventually sat in the sunshine amongst some dry reed beds, not quite sure of the reason for their growth.

At the 2nd meeting of group 2, Geoff very convincingly informed us of the alligator up ahead, warning us to be careful as there were no barriers around it. Martin very bravely approached with caution giving it a wide berth as he neared the area. Thanks Geoff for the advanced warning 🤥

As we sat having lunch still enjoying the sunshine, we were circled above by several Red Kites - maybe they had their eye on Ali!

Group 1 and 2 had post walk drinks at the Shuckburgh Arms, whilst we decided to stay at the Willow and Brook after all, we had used their car park and felt a little beholden. At the Shuckburgh Arms, Groups 1 and 2 walked into the middle of the World Conker Championships, which fortunately, rather than the thousands of spectators who have atended in the past, comprised only of 8 to 10 people in total (competitors and spectators). As a result the small marquee tent that had been erected at the rear of the pub was totally empty and was ideal for a socially-distanced drink.

Just for the record and a final walk report note - Martin will not walking on the next walk as he has a painting job that needs doing. 🏡

Report - Sue

Walk rating – Average.

Pictures - Alan

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This sculpture made of plough blades has been here for years.

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This alligator can take you by surprise.

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