Thirty walkers set out from the Cross Keys Inn, Kings Cliffe, spot on
schedule, at 10 a.m. on January 9th.
Our way took us along the path beside the churchyard, and from the end
of this lane up the slope, across the main road and thence via the old wood
yard into Fineshade Woods. We then
followed hardcore tracks to Top Lodge, where we stopped for our "coffee break”.
We then returned via different tracks through the woods to Kings Cliffe; overall
the walk was a shade under 5 miles and we were back soon after 12.15.
After what seemed months of almost incessant rain it was good to be out
and about in dry weather, and we even had sunshine for most of the way after an
overcast early morning. Despite heavy
rain the night before, we went round almost dry shod as we were on forest
tracks; just a short length about 150 yards near the wood yard necessitated
negotiating large puddles.
A new licensee had moved into the Cross Keys a few weeks before our walk
and renovation and decorating work was under way which required lunchtime
opening to be very limited on weekdays.
Despite this the licensee agreed to open the pub specially for us and
looked after us very well; a good omen for future rambles from Kings Cliffe
which is such a good centre for a wide range of walks.
Thanks to Robert and Rosemary W for organising and leading a very enjoyable Winter walk.
Thanks also to Julie S for providing the pictures.
If you want make a nomination for recipients of the Goodwill Fund for 2020/2021 then please pass your nominations to any member of the committee by Saturday 15th February latest
The aim of the fund is to support local charities so bear this in mind when making nominations. You should be prepared to make a brief statement as to why the club should support your nomination at the AGM to be read out in person or by a nominated person.
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As reminder the recipients for the money for the current session are the Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Kettering Branch of the mental health charity MIND who will receive their cheques at the AGM in march.
Latest update from Biddy at Rumpus Media. I think they have discovered that Northamptonshire isn't somewhere 'oop North and now think they will be at Welford around 11.00/11.30 on Monday rather than 2.00ish as previously
I would suggest we meet in the Wharf car park no later than 11.00 and if they are running late we can adjourn to Tiny Teas Tea Room while we wait. She was asking if it would be possible to walk to the aqueduct just after the end of the Welford Arm which would be about 1.5 miles. I'm still not sure they have grasped that at this stage the Avon is only a stream so be prepared for changes on the day.
I have just spoken to Imogen from Rumpus Media and she has confirmed that filming will be on Monday 13th starting around 2.00pm(ish) I have given her a couple of possible stretches to be walked. One starts at Welford and the other at Naseby itself so no long drives involved.
I will keep you posted as more info is received.
Rosemary W has sent the following message about parking:-
"For those walking on Thursday 5 January, parking at the pub in Kings Cliffe is limited but there should be room for about 15 cars if we all park neatly and double bank – we should be the only people using the car park there. Some members do not like going into the pub car park because the entrance is narrow and awkward. If you don’t want to go into the car park, alternative parking is usually available either in the road opposite the pub, near the church, or in Forest Approach a fairly wide road which joins the road going past the pub about 50 yards on the Kettering side of the pub and on the same side. Go a little way up this road and it broadens out allowing on street parking."