The Short Walking Group
Leader:  John Howlett - ShortWalk@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 461774
|Fri 20th Jul||10:00 am||Meet at Bradgate main car park||Carole|
|Fri 17th Aug||10:00 am||Meet at Conkers for walk to Spring Cottage||Cynthia|
Friday 15th June. From Staunton Harold around Lount Wood
With Cynthia, our walk leader, having an unexpected early appointment was not able make the start in order to lead the walk, and with her deputy and the group leader both being away, Mike was rapidly promoted to 3rd substitute walk leader. Nine gathered at Staunton Harold with the promise that our original leader would arrive later and walk the wrong way round the route to meet up part way round, so there was pressure on our substitute leader to take the correct route or we may not have met up at all!
With a mix of sun and cloud and a light breeze, it was a perfect day for a walk so we set off back down the approach road to the first corner, going straight on into a green lane. Some 600 yds further on we turned sharp right and a little later, right again through a gateway into Jaguar Car's walnut plantation, part of Lount Wood. We noted how rapidly the trees have grown since first planted such a seemingly short time ago. The path then meandered through various plantations of oak and ash until we met our leader with about half an hour to go. Mike happily relinquished the lead as we all headed back to the car park and on to the important part - the coffee shop. A lovely morning's walk but unfortunately, in the rush to organise a leader, no-one remembered to bring a camera, so there are no photos to record it.