Sunday May 5, 2024 09:30

The Bluebell Walk (Ratby and Groby)

Leader: Kathy

Bluebell walk map 2


Go on, count them!

As usual, we will meet at Fleckney village car park (///loses.always.huts) by 9.30 a.m.

Kathy will be leading us through the Bluebells from Ratby.

We have permission to park at the top left of The Plough car park (///cloud.deed.curl). We then walk along the lane to Burroughs Wood, wander through the trees among the Bluebells, and then onwards to Martinshaw Woods. Last time Kathy didn’t stick to the footpath shown on the map as she wanted to extend the route further into the woods … she turned this into quite an adventure! Who knows where I will lead you on Sunday?

Then we cross the A50 in Groby and go through Lady Hay Wood up to the edge of Newtown Linford. We then turn back along the road to go past Groby Pool and through the Dowry Furlong Wildlife Area which is managed as a hay meadow to increase the diversity of plant species. By now we could probably do with a little refreshment so a pub stop at the Stamford Arms (///folds.raft.snack) will be on the cards.

The route back to Ratby is by way of road, footpaths, and part of an old railway track.

The entire walk is between 8 and 9 miles, but there are no stiles along the way and only medium undulation from what I can remember. There could well be some mud in places so walking poles could be advantageous.

Last time we had an extra drop of sustenance after the walk at the Plough, and at £2 a pint (cash only) it would have been rude not to imbibe! I wonder what awaits this time!?!

Away Breaks for 2024

10 to 12th May - Nene Valley (Helen and Dave Morrison)
28th to 30th June - Derbyshire (Janet Earwaker and Kathy Kilsby)
3rd to 5th September - Somerset Levels (Tony and Kathy Kilsby)

General information:

The Fleckney Walking Club meet every other Sunday for a walk of about 6 to 9 miles with a pub stop somewhere along the route.
What3Words is used to pinpoint start and other relevant locations for the walks.
We leave Fleckney village car park at 9:30 a.m. (///loses.always.huts).
For these walks you are advised to wear good quality walking boots and carry weatherproof clothing.
We suggest you also bring refreshments as a coffee stop and/or a picnic stop is also usually on the cards.
For those who are car sharing to walks outside of Fleckney, passengers are requested to subsidise their driver by the amount of 20p per mile (one way). For example, if the start of the walk was 10 miles from Fleckney the fee would be 10 x 20p = £2.

If you fancy leading a walk, there are plenty of ideas for walks here.

During the summer months we also have Thursday evening walks of about 4 to 5 miles in length.
These generally start and end at a not-too-distant village pub!
We meet at the village car park, by 7 p.m. (///loses.always.huts).

In the event of a walk being cancelled due to inclement weather (or any other reason) the walk leader will communicate the cancellation to club members by email and be at the start meeting point to advise anyone who turned up regardless.

The annual cost to join the Fleckney Walking Club is £10 (Sundays and Thursdays) or £5 (Thursdays only) payable on your first walk.

You can find The Fleckney Walking Club Group on Facebook. This is a private group but you are welcome to apply to join us.

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