'Wimpole'

Sat 20th May 2017

Walk Details:

Event Details Updated
Updated 2/5 Slightly revised start time and extended walk description
Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
21ml.
Start Time
09.45
Route

After Lonica’s successful walk from Royston to Cambridge in March, this is a second chance to see the large mansion of Wimpole Hall. A longish walk west of Ermine Street with a mid-morning break, and a shorter walk east of Ermine Street in the afternoon, returning to Royston by 1800; 20 miles. Chiefly open and gently rolling countryside with some pretty villages and extensive views.

Through Royston, where James I signed Raleigh’s execution warrant, and out via Litlington, Abington Pigotts, and Croydon (!) to the 3,000 acres of the Wimpole Hall Estate. If the Group wishes, there will be time to visit the Hall – National Trust members please bring your NT membership card – there is a small exhibition inside explaining the connection between Philip Yorke and John Soane.

Back via the long broad avenue south of the Hall, crossing the River Cam for the second time, and thence via Whaddon direct to Royston Station.

General Notes
Late (14.00) picnic lunch in grounds of Wimpole Hall (National Trust members bring membership card). Bring own food and water Preferably no dogs due to the presence of farm animals
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Walk Report

"Wimpole", Saturday 20th May 2017
14 walkers, 20 miles - leader Roderick Smith
A group of 14 assembled at Royston Station, leaving there at 09.55 to walk south into the town and west to leave the town. Turning north-west we crossed the railway line and the Royston by-pass followed by several large fields to reach Litlington. The village church contained a memorial window for a US Air Force Squadron based nearby. On via Down Hall Farm to Abington Pigotts for coffee at the Pig & Abbot. Under-used footpaths via Shingay took us to Croydon where the village church had a memorial tablet to the Downing family, an interesting window featuring Judas, and in the churchyard, a more recent burial, Colin Pillinger of Beagle 2 fame. 2pm arrival at Wimpole Hall for a sandwich lunch, before a heavy shower. One person decided to walk a slightly longer route home to Cambridge, but another caught the group having been delayed by traffic from joining at the start. Headed south through the 2-mile Bridgeman avenue, originally of elm trees, now comprising several hundred limetrees, and then on the Harcamlow Way via Whaddon and Ermine Street back to Royston Station. A brisk pace covering 31kms, slightly less than 20 miles, in just under 7 hours including an hour for all stops.
Photographs by Roderick Smith; more photographs by Gavin Fuller on the group Facebook page

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