We set off from Tollgate Road which is just beyond Rudyard. It was dry and warm as summer lingered into autumn. We set off on a steady climb across a grassy field.
It was not long until we started to enjoy the views
Which were even better from the top.
The old church at Horton looked regal against the blue autumn sky.
It was good to see a craftsman working hand made lead
as they installed a roof to a new ‘orangery’.
Again we took to the open fields
as trees took on their autumn colours
we passed splendid houses with their well kept gardens
and the village hall
which is available for hire
and friendly ponies which seek attention
before passing a yard which cuts stone
The proprietor invited us in for a closer look at the stone being cut
and across the road carefree donkeys enjoy the lingering sun.
On the top of the hill stood a cottage
with a tremendous view
and the clematis still bloomed
and yet another cottage demonstrated autumn at its best
and hidden gardens in the autumn sun.
We journeyed on passing old pig styes which reminded of farming in the past
before we took our break in a sunny field
On our return friendly cows watched us walk by
as we tracked back
noting fungi against a tree (but no Rachel to enlighten us)
and yet more of a different kind
as more cows mark our passing
Then back to Horton and passed the old vicarage which betrays the oppulance of some 18th centuary vicars
I assume that is the date and not the house number!
Then back passed the gate house
of the old church
across the road from the coronation bench where some of us lingered
before returning to the cars.