Rutland Round Section 1a - Oakham to Prior's Coppice

>>  Saturday, July 11, 2020

Because I joined the group 'doing the round' late, I'd already done sections 2 & 3. So with my ever patient walking partner, we started at Oakham to do the first part of section 1.

Because of the lock-down and not car sharing we have to do each section in  two parts.

So this was a planned 14 mile round walk out from Oakham, the first 7 miles on the Rutland Round then a different route back to Oakham

 It started fine, although I had a nag of something happening in my right foot.

Egleton was lovely.
 The fast London line that still has a walk over crossing (no signs or clues about when the trains might be coming through) in this day an age, given the speed the trains run, it's madness but there we go, bridges cost money.
 Up a steep incline to get a view of Rutland water behind us.
 And on toward Brooke.
 The Macmillan way and the Rutland Round share this path.
 The Lime (or Linden) trees smelt incredible, so strong
 Brooke is a little village but very select and well kept.
  There's no affordable housing going to be built here anytime soon!
 The land around holds its medieval past in plain sight.
 And the footpaths are maintained as well as the houses around here!
 And so to Braunston-in-Rutland - never forget the 'in-Rutland' part, it adds a million onto the house price!

 And out past Prior's Coppice - a last remaining part of the medieval Royal Forest
 By this point the nag in my foot had become an unbearable pain and we stopped for lunch and painkillers but it was clear I could not walk another 7 miles.

Forever patient walking partner picked off a much shorter route back to Oakham, a fair amount of it on road.
 So we turned around and headed back towards Braunston(in-Rutland!)

But it was becoming a pain that was bringing tears to my eyes and a pathetic hobble

A problem of being out in the fields is no one else can walk you out of there.

Finally we finished through Brooke Hill Wood and the Leighfield Way.

A round walk of 10 miles.

Ice on the foot and a wonder about what on earth this injury is and is it going to prevent me finishing this Round anytime soon.


Promise Renewal (digital and dirty)

>>  Sunday, July 05, 2020

The climatic end of a huge Midlands Guiding Challenge was a mass digital promise renewal.  This coincided with our Midlands Commissioner finishing her 5 year tenure so it was a very big moment in guiding.  She has been a great commissioner at many levels and I'm sure she could be the Chief Commissioner if she wanted to embrace that challenge.

 Leading up to this event I'd been watching the news (and local forums) talking about hundreds of people gathering at a local private reservoir.  Drinking, swimming, drugs and everything else that goes with large groups of young adults and sunshine.

I spend a lot of time round this way, it is my main long run route.  But as lockdown has progressed I stopped going, the numbers of people went from rarely seeing anyone to tens of people and now 400 at a time.  Knowing there were so many people there was no way I was going close but the photos of litter coming up were annoying, there is rarely any litter there at all.

There's only 2 things you can do if something is really annoying you

1) moan about it on Facebook
2) do something about it
 A huge number of people already had number one covered off so I opted for number 2.

The weather was wet, blowy and turning chiller so there was unlikely to be a beach party happening,. So I shoved some bags, gloves, and a pokey stick in the boot and set off.
 When I got there it looked like someone had already cleared it.  But they had done the first pass.

 I went over it and picked a heavy bag of gas canisters, balloons, bottle tops, sweet wrappers etc

I felt pleased with myself but also a bit unfulfilled

So I took a wander further along the water and the different pull ins.

 People never fail to disappointed do they!
 4 large bags later and I was feeling like I'd done a jolly good job.

I bumped into a guy down there that is working close by and is clearing up this much and more regularly and the Canal and Rivers Trust are also sending people down to clear up.

I'll probably go again.

So back to the promise.

I had renewed my promise the best way I know how, I went and did something positive.

 “I promise that I will do my best,
 to be true to myself and develop my beliefs, 
to serve the Queen and my community, 
to help other people and to keep the Guide Law”

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