The Belvoir Witches Walk 210517

The walk was billed as a joint outing with the Sherwood Grp but in the event we enjoyed the company of walkers from four groups, B,B&N, High Peak, Sherwood and Lincs, 19 in total. Lead by Sandra Butcher we set off from the village of Bottesford on a bright, sunny spring day. The origins of the walk are well documented by John Merrill, its instigator and Sandra added more interesting comments as we progressed. Our mid morning stop was at the Harlaxton Quay, a renovated seating area on the Grantham Canal. With Belvoir Castle almost permanently in sight we entered its parkland around lunchtime. Some in the party wanted to stop at the attractive pub in Woolsthorpe but Sandra had other ideas and we pushed on to the picnic area by the Castle entrance. In the Castle grounds we witnessed an event called the Tough Mudder, lots of people running through thick mud on an organised charity event - most seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves! After a welcome break we progressed towards the finish through mixed countryside, all very peaceful until we reached the A52 where we had to dodge some fast moving Sunday drivers to get across. Back at Bottesford some of the group went to look at Bottesford Church where Peregrine Falcons were nesting. A lovely walk, thanks to Sandra for her leadership and to everbody who came along. No witches were encountered but perhaps if we had waited for darkness..?