Sunday 19th July 2020

Just 2 groups of 6 walking today on what turned out to be a lovely sunny day but with a chill in the wind at times. We passed Lowersby Hall - a grade II listed Georgian mansion before meeting the other group coming towards us. Having exchanged niceties, we carried on, where normal service resumed at one point as Brexit was actually mentioned.

We came to a disused railway station at Lowesby which is now somebody’s house with a very nice conservatory I might add! The station opened in 1882 (as Loseby) and was one of two stations serving Tilton, the other being Tilton station. For Tilton villagers travelling to Leicester, however, Lowesby station was preferred, because it was nearer by public footpath (1 mile vs 1.2 miles), had more trains, and because the train journey was 2.5 miles shorter and therefore cheaper. Reflecting this, several commuter trains from Leicester terminated at Lowesby, although these were withdrawn in 1916 together with the Leicester to Peterborough trains; the station was renamed Lowesby. The station closed to regular traffic in 1953, although summer excursion trains to Skegness and Mablethorpe continued until the end of the 1962 season.

At some point after this, I’m not going to mention that ‘we were now on the scenic route’ having missed the village of Tilton and had to climb a very steep hill (total elevation over 1000 ft according to Judith's Fitbit) to get back on track [Ed – How can you miss a whole village, especially one the size of Tilton-on-the-Hill?]. I’m also not going to mention that we had to negotiate a barbed wire fence or enter private farmland [Ed – The walk leader definitely gets marked down for this, who was it again, Martin?]. Thankfully (or not if, as we later pondered) we might have witnessed a robbery as the ‘friendly farmer’ was holding an oil painting !! We were allowed through the electric gates after removing the cap covering the sensor [Ed – There's lost and then there is "really lost"!]. 🤔 Having got our witness story together regarding the imaginary crime, we decided he was a tall chap, wearing a blue T-shirt, khaki shorts carrying a blue backpack and answered to the name Alan! All joking aside, it was onwards through the waist high nettles and thistles to a great lunch spot with some great views.

Following lunch, we met the others again (it’s OK folks - I’ve now worked that conundrum out !) before reaching Hungarton. Some of us missed the joke about name pronunciation and when explained to us, it was one of those ‘you had to be there’ moments, so I won’t mention that either.

All in all a good walk with plenty of stiles to make us work that little bit harder - still no end of walk drink. 🍺

Report - Sue

Walk rating – Excellent.

Pictures - Alan

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It's a great day for a walk and the countryside ahead looks enticing.

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There were a few ups and downs.

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The old station at Springfield (or Lowesby), now a private residence.

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There were plenty of views.

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The church at Lowesby.

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Lowesby Hall - who lives in a house like this?

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A scenic lily pond just before South Croxton.

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And still a lovely day near the end of the walk.

Pictures by Alexandra

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Simon leads his group into a valley.

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Another picture of Lowesby church.

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The groups cross paths for the first time?

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A gate to nowhere.

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Our socially distanced meet-up second time around.

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Somebody screwed this fairy to the top of a gate post.

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