The walk resumes today from The Peacock pub at Redmile and on to sleepy Woolsthorpe in the shadow of Belvoir Castle. the canal reveals another interesting historical story today about a horse-drawn tramway and manifests the waterway’s industrial past in the ‘Woolsthorpe Flight…
The Fifth Dimension.
Once again we had a quartet of canal walkers padding the towpath today. Barbara, Mel, Stu and Gino Dog. To re-trace our steps we met by The Chequers Inn in the dreamy village of Woolsthorpe, dominated by the imposing presence of Belvoir Castle standing high on Blackberry Hill, residence of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.
Leaving a car we drove back to The Peacock at Redmile, starting our walk at 11.40am. Our penultimate section today would be of six miles duration, leaving a similar distance for the finale into Grantham next week.
Stage four of the Grantham Canal Walk begins at Harby and follows the ancient waterway to the picturesque and popular village of Redmile.
Four go ‘fourth’ – that’s the fourth section of the Grantham Canal Walk on a stroll which almost didn’t happen due to wet weather. After a series of phone calls discussing various problems including a lack of the two cars necessary on the day to carry out our linear walking routine, we finally awoke in the morning to pouring rain. A quick rain check confirmed that we should postpone today’s walk. An hour later the show was back on as the heavens cleared enough for us to go for the Harby to Redmile section.
Four walkers today then, Mel, Barbara, Stu and Gino Dog! Gino came along to protect us from any killer rabbits along the canal. Gino enjoyed himself immensely sniffing, exploring and even in the early stages taking a dip in the canal – from which he had to be pulled out of!
We began today’s walk at Harby Mill Bridge, the point we had left the canal the previous week. The afternoon was now a surprisingly warm one with clear skies and the foliage around us drying in the sunshine. The early stages were characterised by little in the way of views due to the high hedgerow on one side and the very tall reeds clogging the canal. At times the canal could not be seen at all. Continue reading