Iona goes to Nottinghamshire

Midshires Barn, East Leake – Trip:6. 

April 25th – 28th,2017.

We were going to a Temporary Holiday Site at Epworth in Lincolnshire, there was not EHU (electric hook up) so we would have to rely on solar power. This is not a problem but the weather forecast suddenly changed to sleet, rain and possible snow.  Not the sort of weather to wild camp in. We decided to look for a small listed site and Sue found Midshires Barn camping site, which has five hard standing pitches with all the amenities. We have booked three nights.
After trying to ignore the sat nav I gave up because it rerouted us every time back to the original route. We arrived after just over an hour and after paying and getting instructions we made our way to the pitch. They are still working on a shower block and toilet but the pitch did have water and waste which was a first for us, the downside is that the CDU is 200yds away by the entrance along with the rubbish bin.
The sun was out when we arrived but it is now clouding over, which is why the pictures look so dark.


Day 2:

Near the centre of the village is the historic St. Mary’s Church, which dates back to the 11th century. The church has six bells. One of the earliest mentions of East Leake is in the Domesday book recorded as ‘Leche.’

We awoke to sunshine and the forecast gave a dry morning so we walked into East Leake. It appears to be a very affluent village with plenty of facilities and some history. We walked the entire length of the village and it was apparent that the original cottages are still there although modernised. We counted five churches .

John Bley (1674-1731) who built the Bley Free School his school (1724) where the old Brookside Primary School now stands, and then his Georgian house on Main Street (1718). John’s tomb is to be found below the west window of the parish church.


The Millenium Stone


Great Central Railway
We walked back home and went to look at the resident Alpacas. One of which took a liking to my bald head as I tried to get a selfie to outdo a friend’s selfie with a goat.




This was my attempt at a Selfie


She took a liking to my bald head

The rest of the day was spent reading as plane watching as the site is under the flight path for East Midlands airport, however unlike Heathrow the planes came in batches as opposed to one every minute, and the noise was minimal.



Day 3:
Today it is raining and it is forecast for the day so we may just have to stay in and read. Although this evening our eldest son is coming to pick us up and we are going for a meal at the Windmill inn in Wymeswold..
The meal was very good and we were back in Iona by 21.30, where there just happened to be some wine, a good end to a great evening.
Day 4:
We headed for home at 11.00am and the route was better and we were home by 12.30pm.
Trip 6 : 87.5 miles, 26.2 mpg, av speed 29 mph, 2hrs 55min.

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