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SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019


Saturday 19th January 2019 Walk Report.



Today, 18 walkers including one visitor set off from The Ship Inn, West Street in Oundle for a 5.5 mile long walk, mostly beside the River Nene. 

Firstly though, we negotiated our way through some narrow streets, some by the Public School buildings, to come out by North Bridge and Oundle Wharf. It was here that we turned off across a field and onto the riverside footpath which is part of the Nene Valley Way.



 We followed this for a good half of the walk winding our way alongside a large loop of the river. 



In places the going was a bit 'soft' but generally we were fortunate that there was no flooding.  Although cold, there was no wind. The sky was grey and stayed that way. 

 We met other walkers and some friendly dogs, also saw a gaggle of geese, swans and ducks. We passed two guillotine style locks and associated weirs.




Part way round we passed what we think was a field of grass or reeds being grown for thatch which was nearly as tall as us.



 We twice walked under the Oundle bypass (opened in 1985) which is  part of the A605 Thrapston to Peterborough road. One bridge is long and concrete, the other has many arches and was originally a railway bridge (thanks David for that - obvious when you pointed it out).

 At Oundle Marina we came away from the river and briefly visited Barnwell Country Park before heading back into the town.



At the The Ship we were joined by Margaret B in company with Margaret and Clive C whom we have not seen for a long time.

 We felt that most people thought the meals were very good and we were looked after very well, not having to wait too long to be served.

Altogether an interesting walk that could be repeated, especially in the summer - one without many hills!


Thanks to Ian B for organising and leading an excellent walk and to Carna B for acting as back marker, providing photographs and this report.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 20, 2019 15:06  under Walk Reports


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SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019


Thursday 10th January 2019 Walk Report.



On 10 January 25 of us set off on our 5 mile walk from beautiful Easton on the Hill, down through fields across a couple of stiles.




Then  across a railway line into the park lands of Stamford where Boudicca chased the Romans.





Our back-marker valiantly chased us to benches for banana break.



 We then skirted the rivulet near the town and made our way through narrow passages and a tunnel to the High Street, 




 Passing The George climbed the hill and on up to St Martin’s Without passing an ornate entrance to Burghley House.



 We were in cheerful spirits. 



Although the skies were mainly overcast, there were brief glimpses of sunshine and conditions underfoot were easy. Views were long. The final stage of our walk took us along a field track, past the astonishing ruins of Wothorpe Tower (we understand the Cecil Family from Burghley House moved there in summer while Burghley was being "deep cleaned”), 




We passed through woodland where a Montessori Forest School meets, to the A43. We returned to The Blue Bell on the dot of 12.30, Where we were warmly welcomed and enjoyed a delicious lunch promptly with John C joining us.

We were all really grateful to be able to share such valuable friendship and to start the New Year as we hope to go on. Good health and happiness in 2019 everyone.


Thanks to Jane G and Celia S for organising and leading this very enjoyable walk with additional thanks to Julia Brookes for acting as back marker.

This report was prepared by Celia S who also provide some of the photographs with the others being provided by our resident photographer Carna B.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 13, 2019 14:40  under Walk Reports


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SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2019


Saturday 5th January 2019 Walk Report.



18 walkers met in the car park of the Piper in Kettering for our first walk of 2019 including three visitors and four dogs. Weather was cold and cloudy but thankfully not as frosty as day before.
Visitors were Sheri C and the chairman's two sons Iain and Alastair.

We walked passed the Ise Lodge skate park and across what is shown on maps as "The Wilderness" to the A6 after crossing which we turned left up Barton Hill then near the top turned onto a path much frequented by dog walkers.

After passing St. Botolph's church we crossed Polwell Lane and skirted the back of Wicksteed Park and circumnavigated the fishing lake then walked up to the top of the park and like the Grand Old Duke of York walked back down again pausing for our banana break.

We made our way back towards the A6 and re-traced our way back via the Wilderness to the Piper where we were joined by John C and Glyn W for an excellent lunch.

Thanks to Gloria S for organising and leading this walk and Vonnie Mc for acting as back marker.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 05, 2019 15:12  under Walk Reports


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018


Thursday 13th December 2018 Walk Report.



26 walkers met in the car park of the Horseshoe pub at Sywell on a cold and sunny Winter morning. Thankfully the car park was not an ice rink this as it had been the previous year.

After ordering lunch we drove to the car park at Sywell Reservoir Country Park where after mastering the complexities of the Pay and Display machine we were ready for the off.

                                        Under starter's orders.

Much work has been done to improve the path around the reservoir and provides good going.


The reservoir is home to a substantial bird population and some of its inhabitants are shown below.



Half way round a stop was made for the traditional seasonal refreshments of mulled wine ( alcoholic and non-alcoholic for the more abstemious) and home made mince pies.


Mr.Kipling may make exceedingly good cakes but Sue H makes absolutely scrumptious mince pies.
They were so good that nothing was left of them on the nearby bird table.




The final part of the walk was along the dam wall and completed a magical morning's walking.



We then returned to the Horseshoe where most of the food was delivered fairly promptly in spite of the pub being busy. The only exception was for those who had ordered fresh cooked liver and bacon which when it came looked to be well worth the wait.

The most enormous thanks are due to Peter and Sue H for organising and leading the walk and for providing the seasonal refreshments.

Thanks are also due to Carna B for providing a photographic record of a classic KDRC Winter walk.



posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 14, 2018 20:27  under Walk Reports


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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


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