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Walk Reports


Saturday 3rd August 2019 Walk Report

10 members met at Bosworth's Garden Centre on a pleasant morning at 09.45 to order food and started off at 10.00hrs through the fields of horses tha were liable to end up on some French dinner plate or some unsuspecting burger.
We clipped the edge of Burton Latimer past the football pitch where the Poppies were to play their first match of the season and on to the A14 where we took the footpat along side this busy road, this was the bed of the old Kettering to Cambridge  railway line.

After posing for a photo by Roger K on the steps down to the lower level we took the wrong path only to find the correct path was over grown with nettles since the recce due to the wet warm weather. 

Two ladies with bare legs and one dog turned back at this point, the others carrying on expecting Dr. Livingstone to appear at any moment.

We then went past the rear of Weetabix where the path had been trimmed and into Burton latimer Pocket Park.
Due to the length of time getting through the jungle we went direct to Bosworth's cutting a mile or so off the route.

Back at Bosworth's we were joined by three non walking members for lunch.

Thanks to Bill J for organising and leading what appears to have been a an adventurous walk.
Thanks also to Roger K for acting as back marker. Roger also posted some pictures of the walk on our Facebook page. Find us at "Kettering and District Rambling Club" to see them.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  August 13, 2019 17:18  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 8th August 2019 Walk Report.

Twenty-eight KDRC members met on a warm sunny morning at The Bell Inn, Little Addington. Leader Paul took us through Saint Mary's Churchyard and across the Woodford/Crow Hill road to join the Nene Way. 

This first section was pretty hard going as the farmer had ploughed the rape-field, footpath and all. Then down the hill to the river.

 On reaching the Nene we headed west following the river, the wildflowers abundant with butterflies and dragonflies.

 We then passed the Frontier Centre Outdoor Pursuits Camp.

 We then emerged into Marsh Lane passing the old Rushden & Diamonds football ground and the new ALDI store. 

Walking parallel to the A6 roadbridge and crossing the Nene on the old bridge at an opportune moment to witness a canal boat heading towards Thrapston. Entering Stanwick Lakes we passed the old Irthlingborough Station platform closed in 1961.

 Heading on past many families having picnics in the country park we arrived back at the Nene.

After crossing it on the zig-zag iron bridge it was time to do the return uphill climb and trudge through the fields again.

An enjoyable six mile walk rewarded by refreshments and an excellent lunch at The Bell. 

Thanks to Paul B for organising and leading his first and hopefully many walks for the club. Paul also provided this report.

 Many thanks to Elsa H for acting as backmarker and to Carna B for providing her always delightful pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  August 12, 2019 9:38  under Walk Reports

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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2019

Thursday 25th July 2019 Walk Report

A short walk of 4.5 miles for the K.D.R.C.Thursday walkers on a very warm and sunny morning.
We walked around the Kinewell Lake then left a smaller group to go back and have coffee the at Watermill tea rooms.
(For more details of this group and pictures please visit our Kettering and District Rambling Club Facebook page)
Then we took took the track past a private fishing lake.
Onto the River Nene where we had a mid morning stop on the bank.

                    Can you spot Private Godfrey in this group?

After this onwards walking through the pretty village of Great Addington.
Crossing the road to the fields leading out to a track taking us past a farm and back to the lunch
stop at Watermill tea rooms.
Thanks to Judith E for organising and leading this walk on what proved to be a record breaking day for UK temperatures. Judith also provided this report.
Thanks to Jean Hazard for being the back marker.
Pictures were provided by Julie S.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 30, 2019 10:51  under Walk Reports

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2019

Saturday 20th July 2019 Walk Report.

 9 members walked 6.7 miles from The Manor House Hotel Alconbury.

 Prior to setting out photos were take of the group under the old carved tree in the pub garden.

Then we walked across golden fields of barley in perfect walking weather, sunny and windy.

On reaching Buckworth we paused for our banana break in the church. 

Onto Alconbury Weston and back to Alconbury passing this lily pond en route.

Then back to the pub for lunch. where we enjoyed the food so much  that we have booked again for a 5.5 mile walk on Thursday 5th September.

Thanks to Sue and Jem C for organising and leading what looked like a really good walk a bit further afield and also for providing this report.
Thanks also to Julie S for providing pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 23, 2019 8:20  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 11th July 2019 Walk Report.

On a warm and sunny morning, having ordered food for lunch in advance, we arrived in an already full car park (to the surprise of leaders Keith and Lou) because it was also being sports day at the nearby Barton Seagrave Primary School. Our leaders, having guided us to the remaining parking spaces, and after announcements from Keith and Chairman David, 26 walkers set off through a shady wooded path, past Barton’s cricket field with views opening up of the old church and buildings of Barton village and Kettering beyond.

At the bottom of Barton Hill we crossed to open fields along a clear bridle and cycle way, past a large skate board rink following close to the River Ise.

 Then over Deeble Road, and along a nettled path to Warkton.

 Here we had we had our banana break in the churchyard of St Edmunds church which is home to the famous Roubiliac Marbles.

After walking through the village we returned on a parallel path – with a slight detour where a friendly farmer had opened a gate to allow easier access than using the overgrown path for a section.

Good views were to be had looking towards Kettering including a field with masses of poppies in bloom as shown below.

Some resting ruminants were also passed.

 Passing through the grounds of Christ the King Church we again crossed Deeble Road, before crossing the old A6 near Wicksteed Park and then walking up through the Castle Field nature reserve to Barton Village.

Climbing again the gentle Barton Hill, noting the slope on the cricket field (and also delighted to hear that in the World Cricket Semi-Final Cup against England, Australia had already lost 5 wickets for 118 runs – England went on to win superbly!) the now rather hot walkers arrived back at the pub at 12.45. The total distance was 6.5 miles.

Considering the numbers involved lunch was served promptly by friendly staff and was good value.

Thanks to Keith B for organising and leading this somewhat hot and sweaty walk. Lou L acted as back marker.

Roger K provided this report and some some of the pictures with the rest being provided by Carna B.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 13, 2019 11:08  under Walk Reports

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