Having chosen our car parking spots in the village, due to £8 car park fee at the visitor centre and after Martin had been politely told by a resident to park elsewhere, off we set on an overcast morning. The pretty village of Edith Weston stands on the south shore of Rutland Water. The unusual name recalls the history of the village, which was given by Edward the Confessor to his queen, Edith. Quite a few grumpy cyclists out and about today and only 1 with a traditional bell!
On reaching the centre at Lyndon we were kindly told we could go through the nature reserve only to be then told this was incorrect, but as we had been wrongly informed we were let through at a reduced cost, normally £6 each. The walk through Lyndon nature reserve took us along the shore of Rutland Water, through wildflower meadows with the reservoir and bird hides on our right and who should appear in front but long time no see Barbara (Doyle) which was a lovely surprise. Coffee was a long time coming despite several pleas to Roger but he eventually relented around ‘brunch time’. Conversation turned to the groups recent West Highland Way trip, as we wanted to know who misbehaved etc. but no stories were forthcoming except Janet recommending her 1000 mile socks. Clearly what went on in Scotland stays in Scotland!
There was quite a bit of train activity on the line where there is usually no activity except when being used as a diversionary route. We soon arrived in Wing, home to some beautiful 17th century houses built from ironstone quarried in nearby Barnack or Clipsham and roofed with slates from Collyweston, 1 in particular being a lovely shade of blue/grey. Kate informed us that the signposted maze was not the traditional type but my research says the ‘turf maze is one of only eight known to exist in England'. Mediaeval Monks may have crawled along the lines, stopping at points to pray and repent, creating the pattern that exists on the ground.
Lunch was taken in the next village (which I didn’t make a note of [Ed – Pilton?]) sitting on the bank where the church stood. Once back in Edith Weston a welcome drink was taken at the Wheatsheaf, where COVID rules were strictly adhered to, even outside. Roger was able to check his stats on his new gadget and was glad to report he was still breathing having arrived on the 61st floor.
Lovely walk in what managed to stay dry conditions.
Report by Sue