TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018
A Christmas Cracker of a Walk and Lunch Saturday 8th December 2018.
26 walkers met in front of the Bull's Head at Arthingworth prior to the start of the traditional Xmas walk.
Also in attendance was Maddy the dog in festive costume as below.
Our route took us through the village and over some undulating fields to the village of Harrington. Just prior to the village some earthworks ( known as the Falls) associated with the long gone manor were passed.
On looking back from the edge of the village it could be seen that the bright Winter sunshine cast long shadows.
Walking through Harrington we entered the churchyard to have our banana break.
During the break the opportunity was taken for a group picture.
After the break a downhill stretch of road brought us to the start of a path over several undulating fields. Thankfully the track was in good condition after recent rain.
Thanks to the undulating nature of the terrain the group were able to enjoy some good views.
Are we there yet? Nearly!
On returning to the pub we were joined by a number of non walking members plus one guest.
Prior to lunch the chairman made a short speech thanking everyone for coming plus special thanks to Sue and Jem C for organising not only the walk but also all the luncheon arrangements including collecting monies etc.
Thanks were also given to Sarah S for providing the charming individual menu reminder cards.
Thanks are also due to Carna B for providing the en route pictures.
The lunch pictures will be the subject of a separate post.
posted by CHANGERINGER on December 11, 2018 20:34 under Walk Reports
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018
Thursday 29th November 2018 Walk Report.
21 walkers met in the car park of the The Bell at Little Addington on what could be described as a fairly miserable morning with strong gusty winds blowing and the threat of rain..
Our route took us up through the village and on to a couple of fields which in the pre-walk briefing were described as "claggy" and proved to be so.
We then reached the River Nene and followed the route of the Nene Way which to the writer's mind is synonymous with mud as shown in the picture below.
The path led us past the Frontier Activities Centre where in the distance archery practice could just be seen.
We then crossed the River Nene ( or was it a backwater? It seems to have so many channels) by the bridge below.
After this we joined the route of the old Nene Valley Railway line on and a good surfaced patu took us past the Stanwick Lakes Centre. It is amazing to think that the lake are the result of sand and gravel extraction as they look so natural.
We took oor banana break near the curious structure shown below. It appears to be a part completed roundhouse or is it an art work?
Sculpture or structure?
Continuing on the old railway track the skies darkened and a very sharp but thankfully very short rain shower occurred but this soon passed and was followed by some blue skies as below.
The railway track was left at the site of the old Ringstead and Addington station and the various channels of the River Nene were crossed before some field edge paths took us back to the road into the village and back to the pubwhere lunch was served promptly and offered good value for money.
Thanks to Robert and Rosemary W for organising and leading this walk and to Carna B for providing her always delightful pictures.
posted by CHANGERINGER on December 02, 2018 11:42 under Walk Reports
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018
Saturday 24th November Walk Report.
Meeting at the Half Moon Pub and having given our food order
in 8 ( plus Patrick the dog) of us set off on a 4.5 mile walk
from Grendon village, crossing fields and coming down to view Castle Ashby
House where we had a "photo opportunity".
The walk took us into
Easton Maudit before branching off thru fields again bringing us back to
Grendon. The walk was mainly fields
with a short distance on road, mainly flat but with a couple of inclines and a
couple of stiles.
The weather was good
for us with a few spots of rain and by the time we had got our hoods up it had
stopped. A 2 hour walk and back to the
pub for a well deserved drink and meal.
Everyone enjoyed the walk and several asked if we could do
it again in the Summer, perhaps doing it "backwards".
Thanks to Nonnie for acting as walk leader on the day.
Thanks to Vonnie for organising the walk, taking the pictures, acting as back marker and providing this report.
posted by CHANGERINGER on November 27, 2018 16:46 under Walk Reports
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018
Thursday 15th November 2018 Walk Report.
22 walkers met in the car park of the Wharf Inn at Welford
on a fairly gloomy morning which later turned into a glorious Autumn day with lots
Our route took us past the Pocket Park in the village which
is fronted by a colourful carved wooden figure of a man. No clue is given to
who it represents but it may be Postman Pat looking slightly worse for wear. Attack
of the phantom woodpeckers perhaps?
On leaving the village a cross some fields a short stretch of
Hall Lane was traversed before heading off across some field edge paths which
were reasonably dry underfoot. The terrain was slightly undulating with the
summits of the undulations giving rise to some good views.
Our first crossing of the Grand Union canal led us across a
slightly claggy field then through Sybold’s Spinney to again meet the canal where
our banana break was taken in the lee of a canal bridge which provided some shelter from
a somewhat chilly wind.
Turning left we followed the towpath for a goodly distance but
without sight of any boats. The only sign of activity was when we met two men
painting a footbridge.
However on turning onto the Welford Arm a bit more traffic
was seen but unfortunately all the boats were going the wrong way so were
unable to offer us a lift back to the pub.
On reaching the pub the food was served quickly and with
daily roasts costing only £6.50 offered excellent value.
Thanks to John A for organising and leading this walk and to
Julie S for acting as back marker,
posted by CHANGERINGER on November 19, 2018 15:20 under Walk Reports
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018
Saturday 10th November 2018 Walk Report.
Morning walk 5.5 miles
It was a beautiful late autumn day as 12 walkers (including 2
visitors) set off from Gumley walking in a northerly direction through
the village and passing through the churchyard. We followed part of the
Leicestershire round enjoying wonderful views all around from Smeeton hill
which is one of the highest points on this route. We made a brief stop in
Saddington village where a passer by kindly agreed to take a group photograph.
We took the Mowsley road out of the village (quite a lot of traffic)
before bearing left onto a minor road passing by Saddington reservoir
continuing to Gumley encountering a steep gradient before entering the
perimeter of the village. At this point again lovely views all around, before
turning left through a short area of woodland leading into the churchyard, and
retracing our steps back to the pub.
Afternoon walk 3.5 miles
Five walkers did the afternoon walk which took us towards Laughton
village passing by what appears on the map as a mound and also a mot? The route
passes close to Gumley lodge and continues straight ahead before coming to a
minor road on which we turned right. This lead us to the outskirts of Laughton.
The route back to Gumley was a gated road. Again great views along the way, at
one point Leicester could be seen in the distance and the hills of Bradgate
park beyond. (about 15 miles away)
All in all a good days walking catering for all abilities.
The Bell at Gumley was excellent value,enjoyed by everyone.
Thanks to David S for organising and leading this the walk and for
providing this report.
Thanks are also due to Sarah S for acting as back marker and to our
visitor Gail for providing the pictures.
posted by CHANGERINGER on November 19, 2018 14:21 under Walk Reports