SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018
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
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018
2018 London Walk Report
28 members (including three first timers) set off from Kettering station on the 8.26 Happy Wanderers Express bound for the annual London walk. They were met at St. Pancras by David and Sarah S and Ian B . Unfortunately Carna B was unable to join him as she was looking after her mother who had been in hospital.
Travelling by underground overground Wombling Free we arrived at Kew Bridge station and after a short walk we had a leisurely refreshment stop at the nearby Empire pub where we were joined by Sue and Peter H.
In brilliant Spring sunshine everyone opted to sit outside. What a change from all the recent rain
On leaving the pub our route took us towards the River Thames for a short stretch. The tidal nature of the Thames was very noticeable. Then via a number of streets to Brentford Dock and onto the Grand Union Canal where our walk started in earnest.
Our perambulation along the towpath was only slightly disturbed by numerous cyclists none of seemed to possess a bell.
A couple of nesting swans were observed en route.
A welcome rest was taken at a set of locks before proceeding to our end point at Hanwell Locks where some of the thirstier members availed them selves of the nearby Fox Inn.
London has a number of secret rivers and we then followed one of them namely the River Brent till we reached the Wharncliff Viaduct on the GWR mainline out of London. This is one of Brunel's lesser known masterpieces but is impressive never the less.
A short walk brought us to a bus stop close to Hanwell station where we took the bus to Northfields tube station for a bum numbing thirteen station underground ride to Russell Square.
Twas then but a short hop to the President Hotel for some well deserved pre-prandial refreshmentsand then the usual excellent three course meal with coffee.
Prior to the meal the Chairman offered a vote of thanks to Sue and Jem C and Ian and Carna B for all their hard work n organising and leading another excellent London walk.
Footsore but not downhearted we made our way back to St. Pancras by a somewhat circuitous route in some cases for the 20.01 train back to Kettering
posted by CHANGERINGER on April 20, 2018 15:06 under Walk Reports
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018
Thursday 5th April 2018 Walk Report.
A terrific turnout of 34 including two visitors ( plus Harry their dog) met up in the car park adjacent to the Billing Mill pub on a gloriously sunny Spring morning.
The route took us along the River Nene the over the bridge to Clifton Mill then via a slight detour due to ground conditions up the hill to Little Houghton.
From the outskirts of the village there were terrific views over the Northampton Washlands and Northampton itself. Descending the hill we joined the Old Nene Valley railway line for a short distance before starting around the perimeter of the Washlands. This is a dual purpose nature reserve/ flood alleviation scheme where flood water from the Nene is fed into a vast basin to reduce excess flow downstream and when the river level has dropped water is fed out from the Washlands via sluice gates.
Shortly after our break we passed the carcass of a swan. On a happier note their were several live ones to be seen.
On completing the circuit we entered the mysterious world of moorings, backwaters, ponds, pools and paths of all descriptions which took us back to Billing Aquadrome which stretches for a very long distance which surprised many walkers.
On returning to the pub there was a fairly long wait to get drinks but the food actually came bit quicker than we had been advised it would be. The meal deals on offer were the best seen in a long time.
We were also joined for lunch by Margaret B.
Note to pub chain owners: during school holidays and with large parties booked in for meals why not put on a few more bar staff on to avoid queues?
Thanks to Sue and Peter H for organising and leading a brilliant walk and to Carna B for providing the pictures below.
"And the award for the best view from a car park in Northamptonshire goes to....."
Around the Washlands
Dog takes man for walk.
A ghostly galleon amidst the floods.
posted by CHANGERINGER on April 07, 2018 9:10 under Walk Reports
SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018
Saturday 31st March Walk Report.
Seven hardy souls set off from Oundle on what promised to be a somewhat damp ten mile figure of eight walk. The route was from Oundle to Glapthorn Cow Pasture to Glapthorn and back to Oundle.
The morning was cloudy and the afternoon was very wet and due to flooding it was not possible to walk along the river from Cotterstock to Oundle so the return was made via the road.
Lunch was taken at the Ship in Oundle and the food was good.
The return to Kettering was made using the 3.48 No 4 bus.
Thanks to Steven T for organising and leading the walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing this report.
posted by CHANGERINGER on April 01, 2018 10:32 under Walk Reports
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018
Thursday 22nd March Walk Report plus Pictures.
24 walkers met up in the car park of the Black Horse at Elton on what appeared to be the first Spring like day for a long time.
There was a slight delay whilst one member who hadn't even booked in arrived as everyone else was about to set off. If she had been much later she would have missed the walk completely.
Note: If you haven't booked in it's your own fault if people don't know to wait for you if you turn up late.
Eventually we set off past the church and down through the fields to join a track which gave views of the back of Elton Hall, see picture below.
Passing through some woods a number of poly tunnels were passed which gave rise to much discussion as to what was being grown in them.
A noisy stretch close to the A605 took us to Warmington Mill which is a lovely spot. Until recently the mill was occupied by a company called Fired Earth who among other things sold AGA cookers.
We then crossed some meadows and made another crossing of the Nene and headed towards Fotheringhay but turned off to the right after about half a mile and stopped for our banana break.
Sheep May Safely Graze
Much refreshed we walked along good dry field edges then joined the route old Nene Valley railway before turning off back towards Elton passing Elton Mill and crossing the Nene yet again. Re-tracing our route back passed the church we soon arrived at the pub for lunch.
It has to be said that the Black Horse is towards the upper end of the cost spectrum for pub food and their take on the old Ramblers favourite of ham,egg and chips varied from from very dry to inedible ham certainly at the writer's table. There is another pub in the village, perhaps worth a try next time.
This was the debut walk as leaders for Jim and Fiona R and an excellent job they made of it.
Many thanks to them and hopefully they will be tempted to lead again some time in the future.
posted by CHANGERINGER on March 23, 2018 20:05 under Walk Reports