Bottesford and Allington, 14th January 2017

Gail's walk today took twenty six of us from Bottesford Station via Beacon Hill, across fields and part of the Viking Way to watch a football match in Allington.
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Gail describing the route at the station
Beacon Hill - outbound
The Vikings probably turned back at this point and went home

A much better route
Beacon Hill  - inbound

West Leake Hills, 7th January 2018

A good turnout (23) of regular ramblers for Sue's 6-mile morning walk ...
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... starting at St Helena's Church, West Leake.
Climbing West Leake Hills
Excellent panoramic views to the north
Return to St Helena's Church ...

... soon to be surrounded by snowdrops.

Caythorpe, Hough on the Hill and Carlton Scroop, 31st December 2017

Mike led twenty seven ramblers on this 8 mile walk in a figure of eight? circuit ...
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 ... from Caythorpe to Hough on the Hill and (almost) Carlton Scroop on field paths with views to the west across the Trent Valley.

The start in Caythorpe
Caythorpe was the base for the First Airborne Signals who fought in the battle for the Arnhem bridges in WW2.  An annual ceremony and parade is held to maintain the links with Arnhem.

The weather was good with clear blue skies and the ground conditions were only slightly muddy after recent snow and melt water.
Above Frieston Road
Beacon at Carlton Ashes
Our leader
The Church of All Saints at Hough on the Hill dates from the 11th century and is notable for its Saxon Tower with unusual circular staircase and lumpy stonework
Renovated Ransommes and Rapier Crane, machine number 1340 made at the Waterside works in Ipswich.  Well it beats trainspotting!
Large aerator alongside lots of other agricultural machinery
If you can't decide where to go, just have a rest and wait for someone else to decide
Saint Vincent's Church, Caythorpe,
only one of four churches in England dedicated to Vincent of Saragossa
After the walk some ramblers enjoyed a pint of Lancaster Bomber beer at the Caythorpe Red Lion pub to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Branston, Eastwell and Eaton, 17th December 2017

Richard's undulating walk near the Leicestershire / Lincolnshire border ...
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 ... explored the headwaters of the River Devon and the Belvoir Ridge from Branston to Eastwell and Eaton making use of sections of the Jubilee Way.  Ten miles, mud and 330m of climbing left all of us needing refreshment at the end.

The start - St Guthlac's Church, Branston
Just after the start - steps down to (or in some cases up from) an ironstone gullet - a long, deep and narrow trench or pit from which the ironstone was quarried.

Descent from the Harby Hills

Approaching Eaton

St Denys Parish Church, Eaton, one of the Leicestershire Ironstone Churches
What a difference a day (or two) makes - here is the same view taken on the recce by Roger.
And an even better view showing the much weathered ironstone.

At Eaton, the route rejoined the Jublilee Way before leaving it to head back to Branston.

Kinoulton and Hickling Christmas walk, 10th December 2017


Twelve brave souls managed to walk the walk from Kinoulton along the canal to Hickling and back instead of Roger's original route to Colston Bassett, abandoned due to the sudden snowfall.

 At Hickling we enjoyed the customary mulled wine and mince pies ...
... as did the camouflaged swans (the mince pie crumbs that is)...
... before heading back along the canal ...
... and joining the non-walking VBR members at the Nevile Arms ...
... for Christmas lunch, a quiz and a raffle.
This will be a short speech, very short
Thanks Roger, Sheila & Elaine (mulled wine), Brenda & Sue (lunch and raffle), Dave (quiz), John (The Boss) and the staff at the Nevile Arms who coped very well with the unexpected number of diners.  And sorry to those members who could not make it due to the weather.

Queniborough, Gaddesby, Barsby and South Croxton, 3rd December 2017

Another good VBR turnout (27) on Paul's Queniborough walk ...
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 ... to Gaddesby, Barsby and South Croxton, originally planned for March this year but postponed due to very inclement weather and probable flooding near the Queniborough and Gaddesby Brooks next to the route.  No problems with rain this time but plenty of mud.
The start next to St Mary's Church, Queniborough
St Mary's Church
Queniborough Dovecote, built in 1705 but rebuilt when it threatened to fall down
And this is what it looks like inside
Coffee stop at the Cheney arms. This unusual and interesting name is of Old French origin, introduced into England by the Normans. The derivation is from the Old French "chesne, chesnai", oak tree, oak grove, from the medieval Latin "casnetum".
Barsby Farm - "straight ahead at the red building", but don't use these instruction next time
Lunch - St John the Baptist, South Croxton
South Croxton - celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubileee, 2002