TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018
2018 Club Weekend Report.
36 members travelled to the Wye Valley and The Forest of Dean to stay at The Speech House Hotel for the club weekend. The weather on arrival and on the Sunday was excellent however the Saturday was a little wet.
On arrival we set off from the hotel into The Forest for about a three mile walk round one of the lakes which used to be open cast mining. We walked through the Arboretum where the early signs of Autumn made this a pleasant picturesque walk. The signs of wild boar were everywhere as lots of the soft terrain had been dug up. Walking was a little uneven at times.
On the Saturday after travelling by coach to Tintern Abbey we split into two groups. The longer and more hilly walk set off climbing high into the forest above the River Wye to reach the Devil’s Pulpit. The view was good despite the damp and misty weather. Much of the route followed Offa’s Dyke long distance footpath. The descent was quite slow as the ground was rocky and covered in wet leaves. We made it back to the Abbey with no mishaps having walked just over 7 miles.
The second group did a much lower level walk along by the Wye which is tidal. Both groups had an excellent lunch at a pub near the Abbey.
After lunch both groups did a shorter walk; however, quite a few of the walkers decided that some retail therapy was needed and spent the time looking round the nearby craft shops.
The evening meal was excellent with plenty of choice and was held in the Verderers Court room which was the hotel restaurant, a grand setting. Apparently Verderers are officials in Britain who deal with common land in certain former royal hunting areas which are the property of the crown.
The position was developed in the Middle Ages to administer forest law on behalf of the King. Verderers investigated and recorded minor offences such as the taking of venison and illegally cutting the woodland. Today Verderers are still found in forests such as the Forest of Dean where they serve to protect commoning practices and conserve the traditional landscape and wildlife.
Sunday was a beautiful sunny day and again we split into two groups to do local walks. The short walk set off to explore the sculpture trail in the forest looking at the various exhibits and hearing their history.
The longer walk took a six mile circuit round the forest. There were a surprising variety of woodland habitats and lakes. The Forest has lots of trails and cycle paths but it is also easy to use paths that are deserted and very peaceful. Having the sun shine through the autumnal colours made for an enjoyable walk.
We all met up again at the hotel for a sandwich lunch after which, rather than have an afternoon walk, many members set off to visit the food festival which was happening in the grounds behind the hotel.
It was again a lovely and fun weekend. Thanks go to Secret Hills who organised the hotel and all the walks.
Thanks also to Carna and Celia for some of the pictures.
An extra special thank you is due to Sue H who organised the weekend in conjunction with Secret Hills and to Sue C for looking after the the financial arrangements.
Thanks are also due to Sue H for providing this detailed and informative report.
A wet start
A wet climb up to the Devil's Pulpit.
A dry break in the Moravian Chapel.
Breakfast in the Verderers Court.
The long distance Sunday walkers.
The shorter distance Sunday walkers.
The Cathedral Window on the Sculptor Trail.
posted by CHANGERINGER on October 16, 2018 18:37 under Special Occasions
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 1, 2018
The funeral of Hugh Bauchop will take place at Kettering Crematorium at 2.00pm on Tuesday 13th February.
The funeral of John Sellers will take place at 3.00pm on Wednesday 7th February at Kettering Crematorium.
Would members reading this post please spread the information to other club members?
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 01, 2018 21:30 under Special Occasions
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017
Saturday 9th December Christmas Walk and Lunch Report
33 walkers gathered in the car park of The Dukes at Woodford which was to be the venue after the walk for our Christmas lunch. One guest walker was the chairman's son Alastair complete with Frankie the dog.
Although the sun shone throughout there was a biting icy wind to see us on our way.
Our route took us past the church and out into some fields where several new kissing gates had been installed replacing the previous stiles ( although three stiles were to be crossed later)
Our route then took us in a loop to the outskirts of Little Addington then via some field edges to the River Nene which features several channels at the point we crossed.
We paused here for a well deserved banana break before joining the former Northampton to Peterborough East railway line at site of the old Ringstead and Addington station.
We stuck with the line for a couple of miles before turning at the Woodford Lock and heading back to the village for lunch where we were joined by an additional 11 members for lunch taking the total to 44.
The chairman's welcome speech was brief as always and included thanks to Sue and Jem C for organsing and leading the walk and an extra thanks to Sue C for collecting the money and collating menu choices etc. He also wished everyone a Happy Christmas.
The venue could best be described as snug and cosy but the lunch was good and as far as the author is aware was enjoyed by all.
To add to the festivities the photograph album with the pictures from the 80th celebrations was circulated and brought back memories of a very pleasant evening.
Some pictures taken en route are shown below and thanks to Carna B for providing these.
Our start point and lunch venue, the Dukes at Woodford.
Woodford village across the fields.
Difficult to belief this was once a gravel pit, now a beautiful home for swans.
posted by CHANGERINGER on December 10, 2017 15:42 under Special Occasions
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
2017 Club Weekend Report.
26 members attended the 2017 club weekend which took place
at the beginning of October.
at The Lion Hotel in Shrewsbury. This
Grade 1 listed 16th Century Coaching Inn is situated in the heart of
Shrewsbury in Shropshire. Everyone thought that the rooms were comfortable and the food good.
The weekend was planned in conjunction with Secret Hills who
organised and led the walks.
On the Friday afternoon we did a short walk along the River Severn
cutting up through Shrewsbury School and
then back through the town. We explored
some of the tiny medieval streets that were named after businesses eg Fish, bakers
etc. We walked up Grope Street!! No
guesses for knowing what went on there!
On the Saturday we took a coach to The Bog centre in the
Stiperstones area. From here we split into two groups. The longer walk of 9 miles went up to the
Stiperstones Ridge before desending to
Snailbeach and onto the pub in the village for lunch. We passed several old tin
mines and Squatters cottages with
The shorter route
of 6.5 miles took in the same sights but kept to a lower level. After lunch we
made our way across grassy and muddy tracks back to the centre for a welcome
cup of tea and for some, cake! The
weather was really kind to us with only a very short light shower. The views were
spectacular and a good day was had by all.
After checking out at the hotel on Sunday all made their way
by car to Church Stretton.
Here we split
into two groups. A small group headed off for the Longmynd up a steep and fairly long climb finally
reaching Polebank. This is the highest point on the Longmynd and the 360 degree views were wonderful
thanks to the beautiful weather.
then headed down using some beautiful grassy tracks to Little Stretton for a pub lunch. Afterwards they completed the walk back to
Meanwhile the other group walked along Cardingmill valley
and into the Batch Valley. A few deviations were added to stretch the legs a
bit more before heading back to Church Stretton
An excellant weekend was had by all thanks to the organisation
from Secret Hills and the lovely
Some members were already getting enthusiastic about next
year’s club weekend in The Forest of Dean.
Thanks to Sue H for providing this report and for all her efforts in organisng the weekend. Thanks are also due to Sue C for looking after the money side of things.
Friday Shrewsbury Walk.
Mine on Stiperstones Walk.
Shrewsbury Chain Bridge.
Top of Longmynd.
posted by CHANGERINGER on October 09, 2017 9:10 under Special Occasions