A walk round Horton

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.

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It was not long until we started to enjoy the views

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Which were even better from the top.

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The old church at Horton looked regal against the blue autumn sky.

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It was good to see a craftsman working hand made lead

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as they installed a roof to a new ‘orangery’.

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Again we took to the open fields

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as trees took on their autumn colours

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we passed splendid houses with their well kept gardens

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and the village hall

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which is available for hire

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and friendly ponies which seek attention

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before passing a yard which cuts stone

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The proprietor invited us in for a closer look at the stone being cut

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and across the road carefree donkeys enjoy the lingering sun.

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On the top of the hill stood a cottage

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with a tremendous view

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and the clematis still bloomed

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and yet another cottage demonstrated autumn at its best

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and hidden gardens in the autumn sun.

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We journeyed on passing old pig styes which reminded of farming in the past

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before we took our break in a sunny field

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On our return friendly cows watched us walk by

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as we tracked back

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noting fungi against a tree (but no Rachel to enlighten us)

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and yet more of a different kind

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as more cows mark our passing

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Then back to Horton and passed the old vicarage which betrays the oppulance of some 18th centuary vicars

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I assume that is the date and not the house number!

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Then back passed the gate house

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of the old church

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across the road from the coronation bench where some of us lingered

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before returning to the cars.

 

 

 

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