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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019


Thursday 21st february 2019 Walk Report.






21 walkers assembled at the Bull’s Head, Arthingworth, on an unseasonally warm and dry February morning. We were pleased to welcome two new ladies, Caroline and Ann, who joined us for the walk and were keen to join the club.



After a short briefing, Chris S led us on her first walk as leader. We walked along the road, past St Andrew’s Church then headed east across the the undulating fields with clear views towards Harrington, eventually dropping down to cross the River Ise at Newbottle Bridge.





By now the sun was shining as we steadily made our way up the hill on a country road to St Peter and St Paul’s Church Harrington for our "banana break”.  The numerous snowdrops and aconites in the graveyard were at their peak of perfection so the keen photographers of our merry band were able to snap away.


















We then continued on the  pavement up into the village of Harrington and past the Tollemache Arms to reach the footpath to take us back to Arthingworth.  From the footpath, we were able to see "The Falls”, the remains of the medieval fishponds and terraces as well as sunken garden belonging to the manor, which was pulled down by the Lionel Tollemache in 1745.




               Back marker and chairman

  After climbing a few stiles, we reached the old bridge to, once again, cross the River Ise and then walk back to the Bull’s Head  where we were joined by Margaret B and David S for a well-earned lunch.

Thanks to Julie S and John A for all their help as support and back markers.


Chairman's note. A very big thank you to Chris S on leading her first walk which she did in a most assured manner and provided a wealth of information en route. She also provided this excellent report.

 


posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 22, 2019 21:10  under Walk Reports


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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019


Saturday 16th February 2019 Walk Report.



17 walkers gathered at the Stag at Maidwell on a dry, overcast day with a light wind blowing.
Three new walkers ( Mark T, Chrissy O and Margarite H) were welcomed by Julie S.



On leaving the pub and taking the side road to Manor Farm they paused to to view the magnificent waterfall and dry ironstone wall with a grinding stone as a feature.



Continuing on to Blueberry Lodge the footpath became very muddy. 
Had the horse been on the same footpath?



Next they turned towards Houghton crossing and en route saw a pack of foot beagles in full flight accompanied by hunting horns.
As if that wasn't enough excitement they next met up with a group of twitchers with scopes on tripods and they were kind enough to let the group view a distant Great grey Shrike, a very rare sighting .

On following the Brampton Way to the Maidwell turn by way of the old railway cast iron footbridge they arrived back at the pub where they were joined by Honourary Life Member John C plus Margaret B, Ann R and Shirley H.
All agreed that it had been a good friendly and happy walk as evidenced by the smiling faces in the pictures below.




                                         Who's a naughty boy then?

Thanks to John A for organising and leading this very interesting walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing the photographs.















posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 17, 2019 14:29  under Walk Reports


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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019


Thursday 7th February 2019 Walk Report.



26 walkers left home in bright weather to arrive at the Bell in Gumley with a leaden sky and strong winds.
Lunches were ordered and announcements made.

We set off down towards the canal made easier by stile being replaced by gates.
Over the canal and around past the canal junction to return to the bridge by a field path ( around not across).


A steep muddy path took us back to the towpath. This proved difficult for most.

Jane: Dot can you remind me how much fun 
I am having?

The towpath  to the break point was easier travel but the wind increased to produce a sharp heavy shower as we paused for our break.

The second towpath stretch to bridge 68 proved harder after the night's heavy rain.
Two stiles were crossed.







Then it was up the hill to Debdale Grange ( no barking dogs this time).

Then along the road to join the path past the woods and back into Gumley via a last muddy gate and hill.



Back at the Bell a well deserved meal was had by all. At this point the weather had cleared and the wind dropped as we sat in the pub proving that you cannot control the weather!

Thanks to Stephen P for organising this Winter walk and for providing this report. Thanks to Helen P for acting as back marker and to Sue H for providing the pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 08, 2019 19:45  under Walk Reports


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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019


Saturday 2nd February Walk Report.



It was a very ,cold,frosty but sunny Saturday morning.when twelve hardy walkers ( including one visitor welcome to Mark T) met at Woodford mill car park.
We dutifully ordered our lunch at the Mill tea rooms and set off walking by the frozen Ringstead lakes.




Grass was frosty so not much mud and the sun still shining,so a photo shoot of the group was taken here.




We left the pretty lakes and took the road to the fishing lake and passed cows eating their winter feed by a gate and had another photo shoot here.







We pressed on along tracks,then we had a coffee break before coming to the bridge and lock over the river Nene.
Onwards, and the now more muddy field track to Great Addington. Through the village and up
the track with, looking back,  a good view of the church.


One more field and we are on the track back to our lunch stop at the Mill tea rooms where our three non walking  members were waiting for us.
Some delicious food and drinks were consumed in good company.


Thanks to Judith E for organising and leading this walk and for providing this report and some of the pictures.

Thanks to Jean H for acting as back marker and also to Vonnie M for additional pictures.



posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 04, 2019 10:28  under Walk Reports


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019


Thursday 24th January 2019 Walk Report.



25 walkers braved the icy road conditions to get to Glooston in rural Leicestershire and met at the Old Barn pub.
After the ordering lunch and the safety briefing we quickly crossed the first two stiles and over a couple of cultivated fields which thanks to the early frost were not too claggy. Next followed the first downward undulation closely followed a sticky upward one into Nosely Wood.

A walk through the attractive parkland of Nosely Hall took us to a handily placed gate for our break. A goodly stretch of road walking followed then a right turn took us to towards the village of Goadby. If instead of undulations we had hills in KDRC then the ascent to Goadby would qualify as the latter.

On leaving the village we stayed on a road which followed an ever ascending upward path giving rise to some excellent views of the surrounding countryside. 
On leaving the road we followed a very quiet  well surfaced track all the way back to Glooston.
One diversion on this section was the presence of four donkeys in a field as witnessed by the pictures below.








Back at the pub we were joined by John C for lunch which was served in the cosy dining area complete with open fire. Lunch was served promptly and offered excellent value.

Thanks to Richard G for organising and leading this undulating walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing pictures.



posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 25, 2019 16:04  under Walk Reports


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