This morning we left Crick, heading for Welford Junction. We planned to stop just short of the junction and make the short trip up the arm to Welford tomorrow. It is very empty on this stretch of the Leicester Section on the GU, but very pretty. Nothing much to take photos of except fields, trees, red-brick bridges and the occasional tractor. It started to rain quite heavily at one point, and after 20 minutes of getting wet the sun came out again. Shortly afterwards we found a nice spot to moor a little earlier that planned, just past Bridge 36 and in the shadow of Downtown Hill. We have had rain showers on and off since then, so we are glad we moored up when we did. I took a walk between showers to the site of the Medieval village of Downton. Nothing to be seen there now except for a stubbly field. Up on the top of Downtown Hill there is what looks like a gate-house or lodge to be seen, but neither Nicholson’s or Pearson’s mentions anything about a it. We have checked Google and OS maps and can find nothing, except several farms with ‘Lodge’ within their name. Very puzzling! Downton Abbey perhaps?!!
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