Rutland Walking Week

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Walking in Rutland – Year 3

For the third year, we organised a walk starting at the Museum to investigate and explore some of the industrial archaeology of the area, as part of Rutland Walking Week.

This year a dozen participants (including one dog) took part in the eleven mile walk, which started by following the 1957 Cottesmore Quarry concrete lorry road to the final 1965 working face, past the remains of the narrow gauge line to the airfield workings, the picturesque Barrow village, onward to follow the Market Overton quarry lines almost in their entirety from South to North, past the former loco sheds, the site of the old rail weighbridge and towards Pains Sidings on the old Midland & Great Northern Joint line to swing round through Edmondthorpe Drift dropping back over the escarpment to the Oakham Canal and joining our Museum nature trail.

The day was extremely hot and the weather was somewhat of a surprise given the recent unseasonal weather. After a mid-walk refreshment stop, provided by Charity Trustee Trevor and his ‘mobile café’, the walkers were extremely pleased to take a longer break in the Museum Café. Needless to say, given the theme for the walk, freshly baked Rock Cakes were on offer!

The Museum thanks all of the supporters of the walk and hopes to see even more next year!