This week Sue, Sarah and I went on a family walk to Fineshade Woods organised by Harborough Council. I was late catching the bus outside the Market Place in town as earlier I had been refereeing a soccer match at school and had to run the mile between home and the bus, I did it in just over four minutes (really!) Sue and Sarah were waiting along with a group of old and wrinkly people and a few young uns’ (like us), they were relieved to see me.
Fineshade Woods is located between Corby and Peterborough, sitting on a packed 53-seater bus on a hot day without the aircon on was stifling, it was with some relief that we could gulp in clean fresh air when we eventually disembarked at the lodge. We were given a choice of walking 6 miles or 3 miles. We chose the less popular 6-mile route.
Frustratingly, the leaders of our group took the wrong path at the beginning and didn’t realise until we ended up back at the lodge. We had to start again. During the first part of the walk, there was a light drizzle, but then the sun came out and cheered everyone up. Sarah got on well with the leader and spent most of the walk chatting at the front of our growing crocodile. Sue and I chose to trail 30 metres behind, observing the flora and fauna on show and generally putting the world to right. We saw deer, red kites, rabbits and several million trees (slight exaggeration).
Though we seemed to be taking our time, we actually arrived back before the 3-mile walkers. We ate a late but very pleasant lunch in the Lodge Cafeteria. With 1.5 hours to kill before the coach left for Harborough Sue and I decided to venture further into the woods to collect cobnuts. After gathering we would break them open with small stones, they were plentiful and delicious, and we took very few home.
The return journey was a lot more pleasant as the driver had taken notice of the earlier complaints and put the aircon on. Disembarking in Harborough, despite a few It was a nice way to spend a day!