Stockerston, Great Easton & Gretton from Lyddington
County/Area - Rutland & Leicestershire & Northamptonshire
Author - David McMahon
Length - 15.0 miles / 24.4 km Ascent - 800 feet / 242 metres
Time - 8 hours 20 minutes Grade - moderate
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Walk Route Description
This walk through counties starts at the picturesque village of Lyddington. The village is reached by turning south off the A47 near Uppingham onto A6003 and then down a signed secondary road on the left. Note there is no official car park so leave your car near to the White Hart Inn. Please make sure that you do cause any inconvenience to residents and park responsibly. It is also worth remembering that Lyddington is the site of Bede House, maintained by English Heritage, and is a fine example of a medieval almshouse.
To start the walk, take the side road by the inn (Stoke Road). After a short way join the footpath on the right (grid ref SP873970). Follow this path as it continues uphill. On reaching the road at a junction go straight across and up the lane opposite. Where the lane goes left, take the bridleway to the right of the house. As you follow the bridleway it will become a fenced path. Take time to look to the left and you will see a magnificent view of Eyebrook Reservoir. This reservoir was used by the Dambusters (617 Squadron) for practice prior to their epic raid during the Second World War.
Continue along the path and you will see a stile on the left-hand side which leads into a plantation of saplings. Take this path which will take you into Stoke Dry Wood. Follow the path as it descends and then cross the field. Go over the bridge over the Eye Brook and diagonally left to the road and the tiny hamlet of Stockerston. Go straight across into Church Lane and take the signed path on the left (grid ref. SP835975). This leads across fields to reach Stockerston Cross Roads (grid ref. SP826963). Take Uppingham Road (B664) towards Medbourne. At the first road junction stay on the B664 and continue for 400 metres passing Priory Farm on your left. Just past the farm take the footpath on the left (grid ref. SP819953).
Take this path straight across the first field, then diagonally to the right until you have the stream on your left-hand side. After a short distance, you cross the stream with the stream now on your right. The path leaves the stream as you go diagonally to the left towards the village of Great Easton. Reaching a farm lane, turn left and some yards further on go right. This will lead you into the village proper. Reaching the road bear right and walk through Great Easton. At the far end of the village is the public house 'The Sun' and also seating by the war memorial if you need a break.
To continue the walk follow the Rockingham Road until you see a footpath sign 'Jurassic Way' on your right. You will see Rockingham Castle rising up in front of you as you walk along this path. On reaching a road, turn left and then after a short way go right following the footpath sign. This will lead you into the village of Rockingham.
On reaching the main road through the village, via a public house courtyard, turn right. Cross over and higher up amidst the houses you will see the continuation of the Jurassic Way. Turn left through the gate immediately after the houses, then go diagonally across the field. The route then continues in more or less a straight line until you reach a railway line on the edge of Gretton. Go under the bridge, go to the left and climb the slope. At the top you will see the village of Gretton in front of you.
When reaching the road, follow it to the left and then right, then left again until you arrive in the village square where there's a newly opened coffee shop. After refreshments, take the lane to the left of the church. This leads you to a footpath. Walk diagonally across the field to the railway line. After crossing the line carry on to the right to reach the River Welland. A little further on cross the bridge over the river. Continue on the path under a disused railway to reach a road. Continue straight up the road facing you and soon you are back in Lyddington.
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