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Leader:  Bob Baxendale - walks@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 481435


The leader will be at the meeting place whatever the weather and only cancel the walk in consultation with those who turn up on the day. All dogs must be kept under control at all times. Walking boots or strong shoes are recommended. Be prepared for bad weather by taking warm WATERPROOF clothing. Leaders act in a voluntary capacity. All ramblers walk at their own risk.

During the Coronavirus Lockdown we may occasionally report on the walks that we had planned to do, in the hope that we can actually walk them sometime soon


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Tuesday 21st April. Not Stathern and the Vale of Belvoir

We didn't get to do our group walk again, and this time we didn't get to walk around the Vale of Belvoir. However Steve and I pre-walked the route in early March just before lockdown so this is what we didn't get to do. We didn't start from the Plough Inn and walk through the village and around the churchyard to pick up the footpath towards Harby. We didn't have to cross the abandoned railway nor walk up the Green Lane into Harby. We wouldn't have missed a turn and walked up someone driveway before finding the backlane though the village. We wouldn't have noticed that the fields were getting softer underfoot as we walked down to the canal and along the towpath. At Stathern Bridge we wouldn't have crossed back over the canal and walked half a mile up the road before realizing we had gone the wrong way! At the next bridge we wouldn't have entered a wood along a muddy, slippery track nor slithered through a farm paddock full of sheep. From Plungar we hopefully wouldn't have found 3 or 4 fields that resembled the Somme where the mud was ankle deep for the next two or three miles and we wouldn't have had to divert onto a busy road instead. We wouldn't have returned to Stathern at 2.15 to find the pub about to close as it would now be closed anyway. We wouldn't have walked 7.5 miles. Today was a lovely day and the views would have been lovely too. Hopefully it wouldn't have been as muddy as early March. Maybe we will have a chance to enjoy it properly before too long.

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