Ned’s Lane, Willey and The Smithies

We’ve walked this route several times, with a difference. It’s been a good standby in winter and/or very wet weather, a pleasant stroll around quiet lanes. Today’s difference is the inclusion of the track up behind Round Hill, and back down Ned’s Lane to get to Willey (a route that can be seriously muddy in poor weather). It’s a Sunday, and there are one or two other people about, on Round Hill and near Willey Lower Pool – after that, we’ve got the place to ourselves.

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Walking on a windy day

Willey and Linley: we walked this way before Christmas (see “The depth of December“) – a route which was good underfoot when the fields were soggy. After last night’s heavy rain, the field paths will again be worth avoiding. It’s cold, and with a strong westerly wind, a bit of shelter would be good too. So we’re returning to the quiet roads linking these hamlets, stretching our legs and making most of the (fitful) sunny intervals – the sun is pleasantly warm when it’s allowed to shine. (Just for variety, we’re doing it clockwise – last time, we walked widdershins)

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