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Walk Reports

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Thursday 17th May 2018 Walk Report.

31 walkers plus two dogs met in t car park of the Bell Inn at Finedon on a gloriuosly sunny but slightly chilly morning for a six mile walk. The pub does not normally open at lunchtimes but had opened specially for us.
We set off through the village parts of which were completely new to the author which proves that walking takes you to places that other modes of transport cannot reach.
We then joined what is referred to as the Pocket Park but is in actual fact the track of the old narrow gauge railway which brought ironstone from the local quarries to the point where they were tipped into standard gauge wagons for the journey down to Wellingborough Iron Works. Traces of the sleepers were much in evidence.
An unremarkable concrete  platform was passed and this is part of Finedon Slabs where the ore was tipped. From the bottom level it is much more impressive structure. and the local schools used to use the structure for climbing lessons.

                Following the track of narrow gauge ironstone railway.

On exiting the park a long road section was followed by a traverse of some fields to Bosworth's Garden Centre but sadly no pause was made to allow a cuppa at the cafe.
On attempting to cross a stream shortly afterwards a scaffold pole had been used to to try and prevent motor cycles or horse crossing the bridge. Its height was such that it required some nify Limbo dancing as evidenced by the picture below.

Soon afterwards our break was taken adjacent to the railway line. By this time all trace of the early morning chill had vanished and the ritual of removing layers began.

Our next port of call was Finedon Sidings which is now a n industrial estate and all trac eof its railway history has been oblitersted. Some very pleasant fields were crossed. See picture below.

Evetually what used to be a quiet lane was reached but due to the closure of the Finedom Wellingborough road for bridge works had become a rat run with a continual stream of cars one of which contained Margaret B who was joining us for lunch..
Good road discipline and extra hi-vis waistcoats helped prevent any mishaps.

A short stretch of the old standard gauge railway line and some up and downs brought us back to the pub where a good lunch in very pleasant surroundings was enjoyed. 
Thanks to Roger K for making an excellent job of organising and leading his first walk for the club and to Sue H for actinf as back marker.
Thanks also to Carna B for providing the pictures.

                                   Journey's end.

                  Finedon church. I wonder who the vicar is?

posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 18, 2018 19:43  under Walk Reports

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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018

Saturday 12th May 2018 Walk report.

14 walkers plus 2 dogs! set off from the Bulls Head Arthingworth for a figure of 8 walk consisting of a six mile route via Harrington stopping off at the church for a short break. We took the path that leads from the rear of the churchyard continuing across a small valley leading to a short climb into the hamlet of Thorpe Underwood. The route continued over the River Ise at Newbottle Bridge and thence along the bridle path back into Arthingworth. A very pleasant route with excellent views. 

7 of the party remained for the afternoon walk( plus an additional walker making 8 in total) of 4 miles approx , the route of which commenced in a northerly direction via round spinney before turning left onto the lane leading down to Oxendon. It was torches out time as we walked through the Oxendon tunnel on the Brampton valley way avoiding some inconsiderate cyclists who were racing through without putting lights on. The leader gave a brief history of the route and explaining that it dated from 1859 and linked Market Harborough with Northampton. Our  route continued southwards along the Brampton valley way before exiting left onto a pleasant metalled track leading across the fields back into Arthingworth. The weather was good until on the approach to Arthingworth what started off as a shower soon became torrential making driving conditions unpleasant driving back home on the A14! But all in all an enjoyable days walking with encouraging support.

Thanks to David S for organising and leading this walk and also for providing this report. Thanks to Sarah S for acting as back marker.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 17, 2018 14:51  under Walk Reports

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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018

Thursday 3rd May 2018 Walk Report.

Around 29 walkers in the car park of the Dukes at Woodford in glorious Spring sunshine for a five mile walk. Good to see Val W back after a long absence also Pat D and dog Darcy.

Our route took us down through the village past the church and along a good hard surfaced track then across the old railway line to Willie Watt Mill.
This was followed by a section along a raised footpath then turning right along the side of Ringstead fishing lake. Considering this road does not really go anywhere a surprising amount of traffic was encountered.

We then turned onto the track of the old railway line and headed in the direction of Thrapston. After a mile or two we took our banana break on one of the old bridges which provided seating for all. A group picture was taken and is shown below.
On reaching Woodford Lock the path then led up into Woodford Spinney whose shade was most welcome.

A final field took us back to the village and the pub where we were joined by Ann R for a most excellent lunch where the chairman partook of the pub's famous " Dog's Dinner" which is a mixture of meat and vegetables in large Yorkshire Puuding all within a dog' dinner bowl. A picture is shown below.
Thanks to John A and Julie S for organising and leading an excellent walk.
Thanks also to Carna B for providing the pictures below.

                                      Passing Willie Watt Mill.

                                                         Mother Goose and family.

                                       No such thing as a quiet country road

   At least Dr. Beeching gave us some nice paths to walk on.

                                                            Banana break bridge

                                        "This Happy band."

                     The path through Woodford Spinney

                               The Dukes at Woodford.

                                                           A real Dog's Dinner.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 07, 2018 13:52  under Walk Reports

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MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018

Saturday 28th April Walk Report.

15 walkers set off from Blisworth for what turned out to be a challenging walk!  The plan was to walk along the footpath which heads over the Blisworth canal tunnel to Stoke Bruerne and then back on the other side over the fields. 

The weather forecasted occasional light showers.  This turned out to be rather inaccurate as it rained continuously all day.  This, added to the previous 36 hours of rain, turned the footpaths into streams, ponds and a complete quagmire in places!   The walkers slipped and paddled on without grumbling with five people finding themselves sitting in the mud at some point.  However, there was another problem as after about twenty minutes walking they encountered a heard of cows, their calves and a large bull in the middle of the narrow footpath.   There was no way round possible and after a few minutes of arm waving and shouting they conceded that in this stand off the walkers were the losers!  They reversed back to join the road and made a deviation.

Work began on the Blisworth tunnel in 1793 and is 3km in length.  It was dug by hand claiming the lives of 19 navvies over the years.   Originally the only methods of travel through the tunnel was by ‘legging’ where men lay on their backs on top of the narrowboats and pushed the boats using their feet against the tunnel walls. In 1871 steam tugs were used and extra ventilation shafts were built.  These can be seen from the footpath running parallel to the tunnel. 

The tunnel emerges near Stoke Bruerne and the walkers made their way down the old tram path to the canal side.   The previous week when the walk had been recce’d had been sunny and the canal side was buzzing with visitors and trading boats.  Today in the dismal weather it was deserted which was disappointing.   Still, not to be daunted, most of the walkers headed to the pub where they enjoyed a good meal in the dry.  Some went to the café where the bacon buttie was excellent.  The canal museum is very interesting and worth a look round.   Outside the museum the Historic boat, Sculptor, is moored.  This war time working vessel was commissioned as a firefighting boat during the London Blitz based in Middlesex.  It now part of the museum.

After the break the walkers set off back to Blisworth following a route away from the tunnel line and over fields.  Much more mud was to follow but luckily no more cattle.  Some animals were seen away in a distant field.  It can only be presumed that many people need a visit to an optician as there was considerable debate whether they were Alpaca, llama or even deer!

A large solar farm had been installed over several fields.  Not much power being generated today!

The weary eventually arrived back at Blisworth at 3.30pm after an eventful and testing walk.

The leaders would like to thank them all for being to patient, stoical and cheerful despite the conditions.  Also for walking so conscientiously on the rather long stretch of road that we were forced into doing.   

Thanks to Sue and Peter H for their heroic efforts in leading this walk under the prevailing conditions and to the walkers who were undaunted by a little drop of rain. Thanks also to Sue H for providing this report and the pictures below.


                                          N.B. Sculptor

                                        Soggy Swan.

The rice harvest looks a bit iffy this year.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 30, 2018 9:14  under Walk Reports

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19th April 2018 Walk Report.

On by far the hottest day of the year so far 26 walkers gathered in the car park of the Black Horse at Nassington ready for a five mile walk.
A variety of warm weather fashion was on display including a pair of khaki shorts which had probably last seen the light of day at El Alamein in 1942.

Our route took us past the parish church where a magnificent Magnolia was in full flower.
An easy walk across some fields led us to a bridge crossing the old Market Harborough to Peterborough railway line then to Ring Haw Field Centre which is run by the Wildlife Trust. 
This building was at one time the weighbridge/office from when the area was extensively quarried for both ironstone and limestone to feed the blast furnaces at various steelworks including Corby.

A nice steady pull up a gentle slope on a good track took us across old workings past banks of primulas.

After a short road stretch we entered Sulehay Woods and found some shade from the relentless sun. 
The Bluebells were just starting to appear and in another week or so will make a brilliant display.
Our break was taken over looking an old sand quarry where the chairman had to remind members that the club's liability insurance does not cover skinny dipping.

On leaving the woods a short road section took us to the outskirts of Yarwell then after a number of fields we passed under the old railway line which we had crossed earlier and back into Nassington.
On returning to the pub we slaked our thirsts and had an excellent lunch.

Thanks to Keith B and Lou L for organising and leading the walk.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 21, 2018 10:48  under Walk Reports

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