Making Strides

Our plans to do a walk last week were beset with problems with a number of participants being struck down with Covid.  However, we didn’t give up and managed to gather together four of us this week on Thursday 13th October and enjoyed a lovely 5.5 mile walk around the National Trust’s Wimpole Hall estate on their multi-user trail.  The trail covers the perimeter of the estate and takes in some of the few hills in Cambridgeshire affording stunning uninterrupted autumnal views of farmland and woodland belts, as well as Wimpole Hall itself.  Some of the “Woodland Thrones” offered rest and points of interest.  An example of this was one dedicated to John Kipling, son of Rudyard Kipling and brother of Elsie Bambridge, the last private owner of the Wimpole Estate.  John was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards at just 17 years old.  He was reported missing in action in September 1915.  We also revived ourselves halfway round with coffee and cake in Wimpole’s Rectory Restaurant.  It was a lovely way to catch up with friends and appreciate our beautiful countryside.