20090207_Into Rugby in the snow
When : 7th February 2009
Who : Me and Craig
Where : From Cawston Grange Estate into Rugby
Maps : 1:25,000 OS. Explorer Map 222, Rugby & Daventry.
Start + End Point : 47,73 Cawston Grange to 503,753
Approx Distance : 2¼ miles, 3½ km
Summary : Cawston Grange, Bilton Village, A4071, Rugby School and William Web Ellis Statue, Rugby Town Centre.
A bit of a flippant post in a walks blog, but “chucked in” to show that given a little bit of time, you don’t have to drive everywhere … AND … kids ARE capable of walking places (with a little encouragement).
It’s also not often we get a decent snow fall, so it was a good to get wrapped up and out in it with my 7-year old Craig. The green areas around Cawston were very picturesque (where we’d also done a bit of sledging, on some of the small slopes in the landscaped areas, earlier in the day).
Once past Bilton, we followed the main A4071 into town, where the snow wasn’t very deep at-all, and certainly no longer very picturesque. A little over half way, Craig was beginning to flag a bit, especially as the way ahead climbs steadily after passing Lidl … I think walking in the slushy snow had tired Craig a little and he was getting a tad fed-up.
I picked up the pace by playing a game :- There was a man up ahead, walking a dog, maybe 200 yards in front of us, and we tried to reach a pre-determined lamp-post or other such landmark ahead of us, before he reached a different point ahead of him. It was working a dream, the pace quickened; I was clever enough to make it so we “won” each little “race”, but only just! and we were making brilliant progress up the hill, then a minor disaster, just as we were about to “win” again, the gent and dog turned off right and disappeared into their home …. Game over! … until another gent’ passed us moving really quite quickly … and the game commenced again.
This post is also a bit of an excuse to post a few of my pic’s on the Flickr photo hosting site under the guise of Rugby Town as a place …. because …. If you web-search images of “Rugby” you get swamped by pictures of hairy men with funny shaped balls! (Gilbert rugby balls made in Rugby I hope!).
Now I’ve nothing against the game of Rugby, the town gave it its name after all, and I do enjoy watching the game, but there are so many rugby match pictures it’s difficult to get to see any pic’s of the town itself!
A-ha, [do I hear you say?], why don’t you search for images of “Rugby Town” … good idea, I tried it …. It is more successful, but you can get swamped with pictures of Rugby Town Football Club … this time, lots of hairy men with spherically shaped balls! not to mention lots of the Kid’s teams as well, many images courtesy of our local newspapers.
Just as an aside, The A4071 will soon be downgraded to become the B4500 … The A4071 name will be assigned to the Rugby Western Relief Road (RWRR) when it opens later this year (2009). This little bit of info’ from our local government website, so I suppose it must be accurate.
I hope you enjoyed my scribblings ….
Next walk = 20090301_Bilton Green Crocuses Etc….. link = https://tothehills.wordpress.com/2009/04/02/20090301_bilton-green-crocuses-walk/
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