A combination of fields, forest and footpaths for this week's walk
The first challenge this morning was to find the car park on Church Field Road which having no identifying sign caused most to overshoot, and calling the walk leader for directions.
Luckily everyone gave themselves plenty of time and there were no late arrivals, we hope none gave up altogether though. The forecast today was for light rain, so in some respects a
gathering of seven is quite respectable.
Although starting from Campsall the walk basically
circumnavigates anticlockwise around Norton, using local footpaths through field and forest, and the occasional tarmac road.
Exiting the car park we turned left along Church Field Road
dashing right at a fingerpost into woods following the tree line and field edge along Ings Lane turning right at a T junction then left along a wide path passing industrial units to head into
Following the High Street right we turned left into Stubbs Lane heading north crossing the River Went at Tanpit Bridge before turning left and left again to head back south along a field cultivated with corn one side and oats the other.
Heavy rain in recent days left many of the paths wet and overgrown, so waterproofs were the recommended kit of the day.
Reaching Walden Stubbs Road and the site of Norton Priory we stopped for a short break, but there was nothing to see. Norton Priory was developed on the banks of the River Went but this never grew to be particularly significant and was subsequently demolished following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1588.
The route continued west along Norton Mill Lane which despite the name showed very little sign of traffic on what is a public right of way.
The same could not be said for other roads travelled i.e the public highway. To be fair not only do we take care but most motorists are cautious and careful too.
Eventually we are back in fields heading for Windmill Cottages continuing on to reach Ings Lane heading south and retracing our step back to the start.
Wet through but happy we completed this 5.7 mile ramble in two and a half hours.
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