Last day for strolling with Pete and we’d got a grind it out 22 miler to deal with. South out of Oundle and down the Nene navigation for a while and then on to Barnwell – castle remains, high church spire and the last of the ‘Cotswold’ stone villages. The 16th century Montagu Arms with its local ales looked perfect in the morning sun – at this early hour we pressed on.
Farm tracks and country lanes delivered us to the perimeter of RAF Molesworth, otherwise known as a USAF air base since 1951. We were hoping for a bit of jet action but then worked out there wasn’t a runway. It’s a centre of ‘military information’ with 600 personnel in the middle of nowhere. The USAF are reportedly leaving soon.
More tracks and the joys of walking along the B660 brings us to Bolnhurst. A night out at the local Plough. As gastropubs go this is at the top of the pile. Superb food and good beers including Adnam’s Southwold, a Langton rugby special as well as Tribute. More of a restaurant but excellent nevertheless.
It’s my last big walk tomorrow – 25 miles to Hitchin, it’s been a walk and a half, 300 miles through the centre of England.