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Friday Informal Walking Group

The Walking Group is an informal group who meet outside the Village Hall on Friday mornings, leaving at 10.30am. Walks last about 3 hours, we try and stop for coffee somewhere on the route. We like to keep to field paths however in wet weather hard surfaces/quiet roads are walked.

On Friday 13th January 2012 we took cars to Draycote Water for a five mile walk round the reservoir. February 10th was cold and there was snow for the walk round a frozen Thornton Reservoir. It was warmer, but wetter on Feb 17th and we stayed local with a walk to Broughton and back with a stop for coffee in the Bull. February 24th we walked from Wistow church enjoying an amazing displays of snowdrops on route. There were snowdrops out on the walk on March 2nd from Bouskell Park to Wigston.

March 30th we enjoyed a walk from Peatling Magna to Peatlling Parva for an excellent coffee at The Shires. A different route back to Peatling Magna took us behind Peatling Parva Hall with a fine view of the gardens. Good Friday saw us walking from Wistow to Kilby and back for coffee at the Garden Centre.

Burroughs Wood, Ratby was the destination on May 4th with bluebells and coffee at the Golf Club. May 11th we went to see King Lear and on May 18th we had bluebells again in Burbage Woods. On May 25th we walked in fine weather to Croft and back.

June 1st was Willoughby Waterlees to Glen Parva. The man in the phonebox is still waiting for his taxi. The wet weather limited the walks we could comfortably make and on Friday 22nd June we returned to Thornton Reservoir which was full (if we had taken the walk a week later we would have found sections flooded). July 6th was very wet, puddles everywhere. A reduced group drove to Foston Church for the walk.

July 13th was planned as a full day at Monsal Head in the Peak District and 13 of us turned up with packed lunches. It was wet and misty and we decided to postpone this walk until later in the year and went to Rutland Water instead. Despite the rain we enjoyed the walk. Rain again on July 20th when the walk was round Blaby.

July 27th, proper summer sunshine and we took to the fields starting at Leire and stopping for a drink at The Chequers in Ullesthorpe. Great to be out of waterproofs. Close encounter with a Buzzard towards the end.

August 3rd, the first time we got lost; all within two miles of Cosby. We had intended to walk to Croft Hill and as we could see our destination at all times that shouldn't have been too difficult. August 10th was a warm summer day, quite a change, and we started our Walk at Fosse Meadows walking part of the way on the Fosse Way.

On September 28th we eventually took our Monsall Trail walk leaving the Village Hall at 9.00am. It wasn't looking too good on the journey North with heavy rain, but it had cleared up by the time we reached the Peaks. Stunning views, and an excellent walk with ice cream to finish.

We walked towards Leicester on October 12th using the old Great Central line and the canal towpath. Coffee at the lock-keepers cottage where Keith photographed the frog. He also photographed a couple of dragonflies doing what comes naturally on the way back.

October 19th saw us taking advantage of the closure of Croft Road to include the road on our walk. October 26th was arranged for our visit to the Cotswolds. The day started damp but quickly brightened when we started to walk. We split into two groups, one concentrating on the Arboretum, the other walking a circular route from Moreton to Brockley and back. Both groups meeting just outside the Arboretum for the end of the walk.

November 17th, having checked out the field paths we took a hard surface walk starting in Dunton Bassett and ending at the Bull in Broughton Astley.

The end of the walk on November 17th

The Road To Dorn - October 26th

Batsford Church

In the Arboretum

Autumn Leaf October 26th

Spectacular Leaf Colour at the Arboretum, October 26th

October 19th - Walkers take over Croft Road

Early Autumn Colours on the Canal, 12th October

12th October - Dragonflies

12th October, Frog who joined us for coffee

Stunning Views - Sept 28th

Sept 28th, Along the river

Sept 28th - Checking the signpost

10th August: Luckily the fine weather had encouraged the bull to go eleswhere.

10th August; More ripening corn.

3rd August, the wet weather had produced many wild flowers

3rd August, A cock in full cry

3rd August, Bullocks running in a field just before the railway crossing

July 27th , Sunny and out of waterproofs

July 27th Through ripening corn

July 27th, Ken describing the buzzard

The buzzard flies away

July 20th, A damp day in Blaby

July 13th Passing Normanton Church

July 13th, towards the end of the walk - the sign was appropriate.

July 6th, wet in Peatling Magna

After the rainstorms earlier in the week we avoided any field paths.

15th June - Leaving Ashby Parva Plant Centre after the rain

8th June - Plenty of water around

Watching the train go through Narborough Station

June 1st

Still No Reply

May 25th - To Croft - Is That A Plane?

Buzzed by the RAF

Just Time for a quick exercise class

May 18th - Burbage Woods

And a cup of coffee

May 11th - A walk to see King Lear

May 4th - Bluebells in Burroughs Wood, Ratby

April 27th, Keeping cheerful in the rain

20th April - Bravely crossing the M1

Friday 13th April - In Fields of Gold

Good Friday, Walking from Wistow to Kilby

March 30th Peatling Parva Church

The Gardens at Peatling Parva Hall

A mistty morning for the March 23rd Walk

16th March, Benson leading the group.

9th March Setting off with Harry pointing the way

Coffee Overlooking the Cove

Over the bridge on the way home

March 2nd, A fine day for a walk

Walking to Wigston

February 24th - A fine display of Snowdrops around the Church

A fine display of snowdrops and crocuses under the trees

At the cafe at the end of our short walk

Friday 17th Feb. On the way to Broughton, under the disused railway bridge.

February 10th and warm hats and gloves were needed

For a walk round Thornton Reservoir

A good walk keeps you warm

For the ducks it was quite a change

February 3rd, Checking out Thorpe Meadows Conservation Area

January 27th 2012 - crossing the bridge at Watermead Park.

Watermead Park has its own obstacle course - Here Celia tries the rope bridge.

January 20th and it rained but we kept cheerful. They keep telling us that the exercise does us good.

Jan 13th was a frosty, bright winter's morning as we set off to walk round the reservoir

The bare trees in the winter sunshine were colourful

Lots of birdwatchers about. Anyone know a good recipe for a goose?

January 6th 2012 was a fine sunny day, just right for a walk. We started at Foston Church and walked to Peatling Magna

We walked a loop

Keeping to hard surfaces as the fields were pretty wet underfoot.

Walkers having refreshments at the end of their last walk in 2011.

Foston Church, the start of the 21 January 2011 Walk

Peatling Church, our destination

Wistow Church, the start and end of the October 2009 walk

Views of the canal

We finished up with a small piece of cake and coffee at Wistow Garden Centre