Sunday, 2 August 2009

Melbourne to Breedon

Old sign on Melbourne Lane, Breedon.
Photo taken about 2004. Now gone.

Route: Parish Church - Pool - Weir - Chestnut Park - Green Lane, Wilson - Golf Course - Melbourne Lane - Wilson - Chestnut Park - Melbourne. 5 km. Walk 2 in the book.
A breezy day with sunny spells. Pleasant walking. Newish stiles in Chestnut Park, especially good one at the top of the hill.
Still no finger post on the Derbyshire side of Green Lane opposite the handsome Leicestershire sign pointing across the golf course.

Green Lane Wilson - footpath sign still missing despite being reported.
The golf course seemed different - new tree planting? Certainly very attractive. At the Melbourne Lane end of the golf course Leicestershire has installed a metal kissing gate. Very sensible - should last 50 years without much maintenance. Melbourne Lane is always a delight even with the occasional car passing by. It was a blow however not to be able to find the sign at the top of this post, one of my favourites. It got me thinking about how important it is that we preserve these lovely old signposts. The one at Riding Bank sprung into mind.
The walk back to Wilson is along the road. This wasn't too bad with not a great deal of traffic. Great to see the Bulls' Head is open again and is serving Everards Tiger!

The stroll back through Chestnut Park was enjoyable as usual with its panorama over Melbourne, the Hall and the Parish Church.

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