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Walk Reports


Saturday 6th April 2019 Walk Report.

8 walkers took the x 4 bus to Oundle. We walked through fields and footpaths to Warmington past the mill and the river which gave rise to some excellent photo opportunities as shown below.

Then through the rape fields on towards Fotheringhay and into the church.

We saw the place where Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded we were told it took the axe man three goes to chop her head off. The picture below shows the house where the executioner was reputed to have lodged prior to the grisly event.

We then went to The Falcon pub where we had a very enjoyable lunch. After our lunch we wondered through more fields along by the river and on towards Elton. We took the long way round almost into Nassington. Our last field was a climb into the main street where we waited just 10 mints for the 4 o clock bus home. Guess what no mud no need to clean boots. Weather was fine a little windy towards the end. Thanks to Steven T for a very interesting walk.  

The happy walkers are shown below.

Thanks are also due to Julie S for acting as back marker, providing this report and some of the pictures. Thanks to Andy N for providing the remainder of the pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 10, 2019 9:27  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 4th April Walk Report.

On a frosty but bright morning 29 walkers set off from The Overstone Arms at Pytchley.  Five new potential members were welcomed.  The walk worked its way, mainly on footpaths, in a northerly direction over to the A14.   Here the path ran next to the main road in a cutting.  Not a pleasant experience having the traffic and its fumes roaring by above our heads.  But the main thing was the enormous amount of rubbish.  Empty cans, takeaway food boxes and countless other items of peoples throw away garbage.  It was a disgrace.

Soon we left this and joined the road towards Broughton Grange and the golf course.   Much more pleasant walking and environment even though the wind had now got up and somehow there were quite a few undulations to puff up!

Signs of Spring were to be seen including the first yellowing oil seed rape fields.

New lambs were also to be seen as the pictures below show.

Break Pictures below.

Roger seems to be very proud of his black banana.

                           Ken C again plus new walker

        "They might at least have told me they were leaving"

This wide bridle path lead towards Broughton cemetery with the church in the distance.  Turning left the footpath led past Underwood’s Hill Spinney before reaching the outskirts of Pytchley. A short road section led back to the pub where we were joined by Sue, David and Margaret for an excellent lunch efficiently served.

Thanks to Keith and Lou for leading the walk.

Thanks to Sue H for providing this report.

Picture s were supplied by Sue H, Ian B, Julie S and Caroline C.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 08, 2019 14:31  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 30th March 2019 Walk Report.

17 walkers inc 2 new ladies and 3 dogs met at Thornhill Arms Rushton Northants.
The weather was warm and sunny as we set off on footpath opp. pub passing pocket path.
On gently rising ground we crossed railway and passed a wind farm, the going was firm and dry.
After a couple of fields we reached a road at Pipewell where we turned left and after 100 yds took the left fork s.p. Rushton
On a quiet road no f/path we continued for 1/2 mile then followed s.p. through hedge on right
crossed the field then had our break. 

We carried on to a farm track 

This led us back to a bridge under the railway and to the road again. Turning left with no f/path to Triangular Lodge where the path restarted.
This took us  back to the village and pub where four 4 extras joined us for lunch.
The new ladies thanked us and said they would come again.
The walk was approx 4.75 miles and enjoyed by all.
Thanks to Vera & Glyn W for organisng and leading this walk and for providing this report.
Thanks also to Judith E for providing the pictures

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 02, 2019 10:52  under Walk Reports

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MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019

Thursday 21st March 2019 Walk Report.

With a spring in our step and feeling that Spring was certainly in the air we set off from The Swan with Two Nicks PH in the centre of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire. There were 23 people walking, including Paul on his first walk with the group.

Prior to leaving Ian B explained that the unusual name of the pub came from the custom of marking swan’s beaks during the Swan Upping wher two livery companies carried out a swan census and marked the swans beaks with one or two nicks depending on which company identified the swan concerned. 

Also Ken C very generously donated a number of hi-vis waistcoats to the club for which we thank him.

Our walk took us through the churchyard of St Peter’s Church with a large memorial ‘chest’ to the Magniac family, Huguenots who traded in Asia.

 Then, while going through an area of woodland called Castle Close, we passed a new totem pole. 

This is full of carvings of insects and other little critters and apparently took 10 people to move into place.


Then it was into the Colworth estate now home to a large science park including Unilever research.  This was reached via a pleasant woodland stretch where several pictures were taken and seasonal flowers were to be seen.


                               "Just can't get away from the paparazzi"

We walked all around, having a break at the railway bridge on the road going to Souldrop. 

Plans were to make it as far as Souldrop Church but, with time pressing, we turned around here, reducing slightly the distance of the 6 mile walk.

This part of the walk was through another wooded area where we were overtaken by another group but as they were only doing 2.5 miles they were fresher than us.It also gave a good view of the new railway bridge in the distance.

The village was re-entered via one of the original gate houses to the estate which also attracted attention for the photographers in the group. 

                                                           " Not him again!"

Margaret B joined us for lunch at the Swan with Two Nicks PH.  Lunches were enjoyed and we heard no complaints – the chips certainly looked and smelt good.

Thanks to Ian B for organising and leading a most enjoyable walk in early Spring weather.

Thanks to also to Carna B for acting as back marker and providing this report and some of the photographs.

Thanks are also due to Roger K, Julie S and Caroline C for providing pictures.

Apologies for any pictures not used but viewers will have seen enough pictures featuring the chairman.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 25, 2019 11:49  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 16th March 2019 Walk Report.

15 walkers including one visitor/new walker ( welcome Andy N.) met in the car park of the Hare at Loddington on a blowy March morning although the very high winds kept the rain that was forecast away, 

                        Welcome Andy N.

Leaving the Hare at Loddington we crossed the fields up and down over the feeder 

streams to the reservoir to Cransleyvillage, then along the Mawsley Rd 
to Cransley Wood where we had our banana break.

The  path through the wood was a bit muddy and then we were  onto the old iron stone railway track.

After leaving the railway track we were back to grass fields, one gateway had about 4 
inches of muddy water.

As we came back to Loddington we passed a field  

with alpacas who thought that we were interesting.

Also some horses who were probably after some food only to be sadly disappointed

 Back in Loddington we passed some expensive houses and then the church.

Back at the pub we were joined by four non walkers for a very good meal.

Thanks to Bill J for organising and leading his first and hopefully not last Saturday walk .

Thanks to Julie S for back marking and taking photos which probably explains why she is in so many of them.

( Only joking Julie)

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 19, 2019 11:06  under Walk Reports

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 Saturday 6th April 2019 Walk Report. 

-April 10, 2019

 Thursday 4th April Walk Report. 

-April 08, 2019

 Mobile phone problems 

-April 15, 2019

 Long delays at Weldon roadworks. 

-April 15, 2019

 Road Walking Reminder. 

-April 02, 2019