Next thing I know, it's 2pm and I'm waking up from a doze furious with myself!
Luckily the rain had stopped by then, and the although the skies were still battleship grey it was actually rather warm and muggy. So after a pate and pitta lunch, I saddled up my steed and headed off for a cycle with no particular destination in mind.
It was after I set off that I remembered this post on the Nottinghamshire Villages blog, and decided to ride out to Cotham to find this little footpath I'd always missed before.
Cotham is only a tiny village, and although it has a very pleasantly un-ornate church and surrounding countryside rich in bird life, I'd never really thought there was much to the village.
Not having a pub maybe doesn't help in this regard!
I found the the little row of 17th century houses quite easily, it is virtually the only side street in the village, and then found the charming, if slightly intrusive I felt, route through the private gardens of the listed cottages. I immediately wished I owned one, it would be a wonderful place for a writer to live. Writing by night, drinking large jugs of icy fresh lemonade in the garden by day. With a cat close to hand.
The last house had a larger patch of land, where a group of chooks were huddling under a bush from rain that wasn't happening. I continued around to a narrow tree lined path that opened up through the cunningly constructed rustic gate at the end.
This opened up onto a large field, a far reaching view of...nothing very much. A lot of grey sky and farmland looking towards the village of Elston. I'm sure on a warm day it be a lovely spot in it was a field of oilseed rape mind you, just not today.
The path seemed to wind around the field boundaries, and I was a cyclist today, not a walker, so I returned to my bike. As I suspected, the path emerged on the Elston road, and resolved to perhaps do a training run out in this direction.
All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 05.10.15
|Entrance to The Row|
|The path narrows|
|Along the path|
|A very cunning latch!|
|Wide open space|