Swaby Valley Walk

We set off from South Thoresby Church, climbed over the stile and took the path on the left across the meadow. The bright clear morning early January was frosty making the ground good for walking but it was beginning to thaw.

 

South Thoresby Church

South Thoresby Church
stile and gate near South Thoresby Church
stile and gate near South Thoresby Church
across the meadow
across the meadow
bridge over Calceby Beck
towards the beck
 Calceby Beck
Calceby Beck
The 'path' now goes straight over an undrained field with wooden 'stepping stones' in the middle. This bridges the old water course. This area is good for lapwing, snipe, goose and duck.
undrained field
undrained field
wooden 'stepping stones'
wooden 'stepping stones'
Swaby Beck
Swaby Beck

Swaby Beck
Swaby Beck

We crossed the field heading towards the bridge beside a large willow. This took us over Swaby Beck after which we turned left and walked alongside a cultivated field. Then leads into a wood.

walk alongside a cultivated field
through a wood
through a wood
dead tree
dead tree
junction with the Bridle Path
junction with the Bridle Path
Just after a dead tree we came out into the open again near the junction with the Bridle Path. We turned left onto the Bridle Path. At this point there is also a private circular path off to the left which the general public are permitted to use.
Bridle Path
Bridle Path
private circular path
private circular path
We carried on down the wooded path and through a gate which lead into the open Swaby Valley.
wooded path
wooded path
through the gate
through the gate
Swaby Beck
Swaby Beck

Swaby Valley
Swaby Valley

The steep sides of Swaby Valley show that it cut out by a glacier. We could see the chalk not far below the surface soil covered with grass.

Swaby Valley
Swaby Valley
Swaby Valley
pond
pond near the end of the Valley
pond
pond near the end of the Valley
pond near the end of the Valley
pond near the end of the Valley
the way back
the way we came
The Bridal Path travels alongside a beautiful pond and comes out in Swaby village; the area is covered with daffodils in the Spring.
Continue the walk to Bellau.....