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When Choice Can be a Problem…

As 2017 draws to a close (is it just me or has it only been five minutes since last Christmas and New Year?!) I am sure that everyone’s thoughts are turning to next year’s adventures.

I am no exception but when I try to decide on what to do next year I have a dilemma- the dilemma of Too Much Choice!

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Autumn’s Appeal at Bradgate Park

I am not usually a big fan of Autumn. For me, Autumn means the end of Summer, the end of those lovely long light evenings, the onset of winter with rain, cold, mud, mud and more mud…

I prefer Spring- when the countryside starts bursting into life, the days get longer and you start being able to go for a walk after tea. However, I must admit that Autumn has a certain appeal, especially those gorgeous colours.

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Walking in France- Azay le Ferron

We had planned another route in La Brenne for our last day’s walking. Helen had a route card displaying a variety of routes, and our intention was to put the longest one and the shortest one together…

… well that was our intention. On waking (every morning we both woke up at exactly the same time… 7am. We weren’t psychic- the village church is only feet away from the gites and the bells ring at 7am every morning…) I went down to make a drink, took Helen’s in to her and settled back in bed with my book.

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The Spires and Steeples- an Event Report

It was time for another Spires and Steeples rematch and to my delight Helen decided to join me again- makes it so much more fun when there‘s someone to walk with. The Spires and Steeples is a 26.6 mile walk from Lincoln to Sleaford, and as the bus leaves Sleaford for Lincoln at 7am this involved a very early start, driving half asleep through dark country lanes and trying to force down an instant porridge pot in the car park (Helen rather unwisely entrusted me with her not quite empty pot which inevitably ended up upside down under my seat on the coach)

We were expecting warm weather according to the forecast so had both donned shorts for the occasion along with many other people, but the sun didn’t make an appearance until about 3pm- it stayed rather cloudy with rain in the air a couple of times although it wasn‘t cold.

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The Grand Randonnee of the Valley of the Creuse had turned out to be an unexpectedly delightful walk, so, eager to see more of it we decided on a slightly longer route, 22 miles from Argenton-sur-Creuse to Le Confluent and back to Argenton along the other side of the valley.

 

 

 

Argenton-sur-Creuse has some lovely old buildings, best viewed from one of the town’s bridges. It was a sunny day and so lots of photos were taken!

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A Walk Along the Valley of the Creuse

Studying the maps back at the gite, we noticed an interesting looking long distance path that performed several large loops around the valley- the Grand Randonee of the Valley of the Creuse. This path starts at Argenton-sur-Creuse and winds its way around the river down to Crozant, so walking part of it seemed like a plan for today.

We parked at the viewpoint looking over the Boucle de Pin- a large bend in the river- before dropping steeply down to the shore. The first part of the walk followed the river closely along a narrow rocky path that rollercoastered its way along the wooded shore, stepping over tree roots and at one point utilising a wooden staircase.

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Walking in France- La Brenne National Parc

Today we ventured into La Brenne National Parc, heading for the village of Rosnay- we were hoping to see some wildlife and were not disappointed when a pine marten ran out in front of the car before thinking better of it and doubling back.

We had a card detailing a number of walks, but as we are keen walkers and all we felt that they wouldn’t be long enough for us and extended the longest one by using a long-distance (Grand Randonee) trail that twists its way around La Brenne.

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Walking in France; Le Pont-Chretien-Chabanet

Knackered from travelling most of the day before and very little sleep on the overnight ferry due to losing an hour to the time difference and quite possibly drinking beer until 1:30am, we decided to make use of a card detailing a variety of walking routes we found in the gite.

Le Pont Chretien-Chabanet, where we were staying, is a lovely part of rural France, in the Indre Department near La Brenne National Parc- the ‘land of a thousand lakes’. Our gite was rustic but charming, part of a converted mill with its own balcony overlooking a stream.

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