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Saturday 19th January 2019 Walk Report.

Today, 18 walkers including one visitor set off from The Ship Inn, West Street in Oundle for a 5.5 mile long walk, mostly beside the River Nene. 

Firstly though, we negotiated our way through some narrow streets, some by the Public School buildings, to come out by North Bridge and Oundle Wharf. It was here that we turned off across a field and onto the riverside footpath which is part of the Nene Valley Way.

 We followed this for a good half of the walk winding our way alongside a large loop of the river. 

In places the going was a bit 'soft' but generally we were fortunate that there was no flooding.  Although cold, there was no wind. The sky was grey and stayed that way. 

 We met other walkers and some friendly dogs, also saw a gaggle of geese, swans and ducks. We passed two guillotine style locks and associated weirs.

Part way round we passed what we think was a field of grass or reeds being grown for thatch which was nearly as tall as us.

 We twice walked under the Oundle bypass (opened in 1985) which is  part of the A605 Thrapston to Peterborough road. One bridge is long and concrete, the other has many arches and was originally a railway bridge (thanks David for that - obvious when you pointed it out).

 At Oundle Marina we came away from the river and briefly visited Barnwell Country Park before heading back into the town.

At the The Ship we were joined by Margaret B in company with Margaret and Clive C whom we have not seen for a long time.

 We felt that most people thought the meals were very good and we were looked after very well, not having to wait too long to be served.

Altogether an interesting walk that could be repeated, especially in the summer - one without many hills!

Thanks to Ian B for organising and leading an excellent walk and to Carna B for acting as back marker, providing photographs and this report.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 20, 2019 15:06  under Walk Reports

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2019 Club Weekend Reminder.

Just to remind members that the annual club weekend takes place Friday 4th October for two nights. This year it is being held at Newton House Hotel in Derbyshire, near Ashbourne.. The cost is £198pp for a double or twin and £218 for a single.. All meals and three guided walks are included.
A deposit of £25pp is needed by the end of January. For more details contact Sue H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 16, 2019 9:35  under Special Occasions

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Goodwill Nomination Reminder.

If you want nominate a charity for the forthcoming year's Goodwill Money please let any member of the committee know by 28th January.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 14, 2019 12:52  under General

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Gaiters for sale.

Vonnie M has a pair of ankle gaiters for sale as per the picture below.
Asking a very reasonable £7.
If you fancy them contact Vonnie on 07899917229.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 14, 2019 12:48  under General

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Thursday 10th January 2019 Walk Report.

On 10 January 25 of us set off on our 5 mile walk from beautiful Easton on the Hill, down through fields across a couple of stiles.

Then  across a railway line into the park lands of Stamford where Boudicca chased the Romans.

Our back-marker valiantly chased us to benches for banana break.

 We then skirted the rivulet near the town and made our way through narrow passages and a tunnel to the High Street, 

 Passing The George climbed the hill and on up to St Martin’s Without passing an ornate entrance to Burghley House.

 We were in cheerful spirits. 

Although the skies were mainly overcast, there were brief glimpses of sunshine and conditions underfoot were easy. Views were long. The final stage of our walk took us along a field track, past the astonishing ruins of Wothorpe Tower (we understand the Cecil Family from Burghley House moved there in summer while Burghley was being "deep cleaned”), 

We passed through woodland where a Montessori Forest School meets, to the A43. We returned to The Blue Bell on the dot of 12.30, Where we were warmly welcomed and enjoyed a delicious lunch promptly with John C joining us.

We were all really grateful to be able to share such valuable friendship and to start the New Year as we hope to go on. Good health and happiness in 2019 everyone.

Thanks to Jane G and Celia S for organising and leading this very enjoyable walk with additional thanks to Julia Brookes for acting as back marker.

This report was prepared by Celia S who also provide some of the photographs with the others being provided by our resident photographer Carna B.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 13, 2019 14:40  under Walk Reports

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 Saturday 19th January 2019 Walk Report. 

-January 20, 2019

 2019 Club Weekend Reminder. 

-January 16, 2019

 Goodwill Nomination Reminder. 

-January 14, 2019

 Gaiters for sale. 

-January 14, 2019

 Thursday 10th January 2019 Walk Report. 

-January 13, 2019