We set off from Barrowden, with an unaccustomedly chill wind today. Walked through the village to the road towards Wakerley until we found the footpath going off to the left. We walked with the hedge on our left through three fields, then when the path meets a bend in the river we went through a stile and along above the river for another three fields before entering Welland Spinney.
The path is clearly marked. When you come out of the spinney it is usually easier to follow the edge of the field, rather than cut the corner as the official path does. Turn left and right following the field boundary, then carry on, ignoring paths to the right, including the one to Tixover Church, which stands in splendid isolation away from the village. The key to the church is available at Manor Farm - there is a large sign nearby.
|Is this really a cairn?|
The path goes past Manor Farm, Pear Tree Cottage and other houses before turning to the right and downhill. After Tixover Hall and Lodge the road peters out and becomes a footpath, separated from the A47 by some shrubs. Before long you arrive at the point where the road to Duddington leaves the A47, and you can see the bridge over the Welland.
|Bridge and old mill at Duddington, seen from the path|
Just before the bridge the path turns to the left - it is both Rutland Round and Jurassic Way for some distance here. We walked this on 25 July 2012.
The blue paint - anti-vandal paint perhaps - is still on the gate, as before, and still sticky, but this time the gate was open, so we had no contact! We followed the path over a large field with sheep, and up to a stile into a strip of woodland. While we were walking we heard a green woodpecker, then saw it fly and land on a nearby telegraph pole. There were a couple of herons across the river, and a red kite. We chose to have a break at about the same spot as last time, but today, instead of seeking shade, we looked for somewhere out of the wind.
Next we crossed the playing field - or so marked on the map. The path goes straight across the middle of the field, and emerges on to the road near Tixover Grange. Just after the drive the path leaves the road on the left hand side, and cuts diagonally over a field, cutting the corner off the road. The route continues directly opposite and there is about a mile of perfectly straight walking along the edge of arable fields. Near Kilthorpe Grange it has been slightly re-routed, but is clear and easy to follow. It continues along a narrow path with fencing from large gardens on the left, and trees on the right, until it meets the Collyweston to Ketton Road. At this point the Rutland Round diverges from the Jurassic Way again, so instead of turning downhill we carried on into Geeston and Ketton. Signs for the Hereward Way are also good for the R.R.
|The old surgery - there's a convenient bench just across the road|
|You can just see the signal|
Then we wandered along the main street in search of food. We had lunch at the Northcliffe Arms, which has a pleasant outside non-smoking area.
|The Railway Inn was closed|
|The word Ketton was removed pre-world war II, in case of invasion|
After we had eaten we found the path close to the Post Office. It leads past Home Farm, and climbs gently up towards the huge quarry. The path is clearly marked and easy to follow across a very strongly built bridge.
We had a little trouble working out the way just after this section, but with a bit of map work and aligning the cement works with our position we sorted ourselves out before we'd gone off track.
We turned off the Hereward Way to go to the left past New Wood Lodge and made our way to the road. It was straight over the crossroads, and in about 200 yards we turned right. This road took us directly past Normanton village - we didn't take the turning to the right, but carried straight on. We went past Oak Tree Farm, and Rutland Water was visible ahead of us. When we reached the main road we crossed over and turned left into the car park.
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