SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018
Saturday 17th March 2018 Walk Report.
Thankfully the forecast snow made no appearance as 13 hardy souls met in the car park of the Wharf Inn at Welford although a persistent Siberian wind was blowing at gale force. Whether this was part of Mr. Putin's retaliation for recent events it is not possible to say.
It should have been 17 members but 4 members couldn't tell Welham from Welford and picked the wrong one to go to.
After walking through the village our route took us over some squelchy field edge paths and over some undulations, finally arriving at the canal. Always accompanied by Putin's Revenge but thankfully only the occasional snow flurry.
On joining the canal towpath the sun began to peek through the clouds but the wind never abated. Indeed the first boat we saw appeared to be struggling to make any headway at all.
We had our first break in the shelter of a canal bridge where we were passed by three horse riders.
Apart from a couple of hardy boaters these were the only other people we met on what is normally a popular walk with locals.
We eventually reached the Welford arm of the canal which took us back to the pub where we were joined by the four navigationally challenged members for a well deserved lunch.
Thanks to John A for organising and leading the walk in spite of his recent surgery and to Julie S for acting as back marker.
posted by CHANGERINGER on March 17, 2018 16:12 under Walk Reports
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018
Thursday 8th March 2018 Walk Report.
16 members met in the car park of the Dukes at Woodford under glowering skies that promised rain if not sleet as per the forecast for the area. it was good to see Shirley H back with us and BIll J back from the Antipodes complete with new beard.
The route was a bit different from the normal Woodford walks and came courtesy of the chairamn's wife. it led us through the villag to cross a field with views over the Nene Valley which by this time were obscured by steady drizzle accompanied by a strong driving wind. We then passed up through Woodford Spinney which kept us out ofr the wind for a short time. From the edge of the Spinney views were obtained of the eyesore that is the Primark across the A14.
After a couple of fields we had to walk up the slip road to the A14 which although it has a proper pavement is very narrow and extra hi-vis waistcoats were worn. This must be one of the worst footpath diversions in the county.
After about half a mile on a good concrete tracks we joined the old Nene Valley railway line and stayed on it as far as Woodford Lock. A loop following the river took us to Denford bridge where civil engineering works are in progress which has resulted in a good temporary track being laid which was gratefully utilised apart from the section where it had sunk causing a flooded gateway. At least it cleaned our boots on the way back to Woodford Lock.
Following the river bank for a short distance we then crested a rise and re-entered the Spinney where a fallen tree which hadn't been there the previous week proved a source of hilarity with the variety of crossing techniques adopted.
Exiting the Spinney we crossed the last field back to the village where we soon arrived at the warm and welcoming Dukes for an excellent and well priced lunch.
The Dukes does main courses during the week for £6 which as the say in Glasgow is "pure dead brilliant so it is".
The walk was led by the chairman and thanks are due to Mrs. H for providing the route and to Lou L for acting as abck marker.
posted by CHANGERINGER on March 09, 2018 14:48 under Walk Reports
MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018
NEW A.G.M DATE.
The new date for the A.G.M. is 16th March. Same venue as before, St. Andrews Church Hall at 7.30pm.
posted by CHANGERINGER on March 05, 2018 8:44 under General
FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2018
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT AGM CANCELLED.
Due to further snow and the reported state of the car park at St. Andrews Church tonight's AGM has been cancelled. The new date is Friday 16th March, same venue and same time 7.30p.m..
posted by CHANGERINGER on March 02, 2018 16:07 under Special Occasions
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018
Thursday 22nd February Walk Report.
18 walkers met at a new venue for us, The Griffin at Pitsford on a cold cloudy morning with a bit of cold wind. Not much sign of Spring springing.
We drove to the reservoir car park on the outskirts of the village but unfortunately one car load drove to the main car park. Oops!
However we were soon re-united and walked around the perimeter of the reservoir starting on the North side.
This is a good Winter walk as the going is good hard surface all the way round. The only drawback as with most reservoir walks is that you can see hjow far you have to go.
After crossing the causeway and being informed we were more than two thirds of the way round we had a very welcome stop for our banana break.
On arrival back at the pub we were joined by Gervase F. The food came quite quickly and the bowls of chips which accompanied the sandwiches were pronounced excellent.
A venue worthy of further usage.
Thanks to Robert and Rosemary W for organising and leading a wonderful Winter walk.
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 22, 2018 19:25 under Walk Reports