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Walk Reports


Thursday 6th January 2020 Walk Report.

Over thirty walkers met in the car park of the George at Brixwoth including two visitors who were under the impression that they were joining a Ramblers walk so were already members of the group. Sue C explained that we were a separate group ( as the Chairman said Kettering oldest and independent walking group) and lost no opportunity in giving them application forms.
The route took the group out of the village heading for the reservoir where it looked more like Autumn than Winter with a touch of mist if not mellow fruitfulness as shown in the pictures below.

The going was a bit heavy in places but nothing daunted our intrepid band carried on regardless.

On returning to the pub were accommodated in the Library Room and service started very swiftly as we were back slightly later than forecast. There was then a hiatus for some ten minutes when nothing came out then the rest of the meals arrived accompanied by some confusion as to who had ordered what culminating in the Chairman having someone else's dessert. This occasioned much water extraction at his expense.
However considering the numbers involved the staff did well.
 Thanks to Sue and Jem C for organising and leading this walk and to Carna B for providing the pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 16, 2020 14:50  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 7th December 2019 Walk and Xmas Lunch.

Just under thirty people met in the car park at the Stirrup Cup in Barton Seagrave for a fairly short walk due to the conditions underfoot. The weather was dry and fine for the time of year.
On leaving the pub they headed for the woods adjacent to the Primary Scholl passing on route a most unusual Nativity display in someone's garden

Then through the Woods and across some fields with views to Barton church.

From Barton they entered Wicksteed Park where in a scene reminiscent of the Railway Children they waved at the train.

Then round the lske where seagulls were roosting on each post.

Then past the playground where it can be stated that there is no truth in the rumour that Julie S and Ann R were chased off the swings by Park Security.

Banana break was taken in the roundhouse.

On leaving the park there route took them via Ise Lodge where a crossing of the mighty River Ise made swollen by recent rain was made.


Thane back to the Stirrup Cup where they were joined by a number of non walking members for an excellent meal which was served most efficiently by the very pleasant staff.
Pictures below of the assembled throng are from Caroline (Wheels of Steel) C.

Additional pictures were provided by Carna B.

A massive thank you is due to Sue and Jem C who not only organised and led the walk but handled all the financial arrangements

posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 13, 2019 20:48  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 28th November 2019 Walk Report.

25 walkers met at the Wharf Inn at Welford amidst light rain, overcast skies but with fair temperatures.

On leaving the Wharf proceeded through the village to St. Mary’s Church which was first mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086), mentioned in Parish Records (1561). The present structure dates from 1872.

Continued down Hall lane then across bridge very muddy path to Bridge 38 on the Leicester Arm of the Grand Union canal which runs from London to Birmingham.

After coffee break proceeding towards Welford Arm saw three Kingfishers along the bank plus loads of Fieldfares.

Arrived back at the Wharf by 13.00hrs where the excellent food was served very promptly.

Everyone enjoyed the walk in spite of the extreme muddy conditons.

Thanks to John A for organising and leading this walk which he did at short notice . John also provided this report. Thanks also to Julie S. who acted as back marker and provided the pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 10, 2019 20:19  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 23rd November 2019 Walk Report.

13 members met at the Dukes at Welford for a six mile walk on a slightly damp overcast day but with a fair temperature.

Left the village via the church and on to Woodford MIll passing fields with much lying water and which was playing host to lots of gulls, wild fowl and cormorants. 

On reaching the mill adjacent to Willy Watt Marina the river level was very high, not surprising after all the recent rain.

Continued past Kinewell Lake on Ringstead Road.

Turned right at site of Ringstead station then joined the disused Northampton to Peterborough East railway line which was closed in 1966.
When approaching Woodford Lock the iron Bridge over the River nene was being painted top and bottom ( undercoat and matt black.
The footpath along the river was very slippy but all walkers survived without falling over.

Arrived back at the pub after 2.5 hours for a very welcome lunch.

Thanks to John A for organising and leading this walk and for providing this report.
Thanks also to Julie S for back marking and providing pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 29, 2019 14:47  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 9th November 2019 Walk Report.

Leader Paul and eight fellow walkers met at The Needle & Awl, Rushden in the heart of pre-xmas weekend shopping mall country. Heading off over the A45 iron bridge venturing through retail therapy land to the peaceful countryside. Crossing the very swollen River Nene and heading east towards Stanwick Lakes it was cold but the sun had cleared the early morning frost and mist. The leaders originally intended route was found to be blocked by floodwater just beyond Higham Ferrers Lock so we had to retrace our steps to firmer higher ground. Heading north parallel with the A6 we turned west over the fields heading into Irthlingborough. Past the Express Shoe & Bootworks factory site ex Wearra shoe makers, past St Peters Lantern Church for a banana break in the park. Then time to head south through flooded plains lapping the footpath like inland seas, spying lots of swans, the occasional heron and even a hot air balloon, many happy dogs and their walkers. It was soon time to re-emerge from the peace and serenity to a hectic frenzied Christmas shopping environment. Lunch was very enjoyable and good value. 
Many thanks to Julie Stairs for backmarking and photography contributions (some of which are shown below.).
Thank you to all those who supported a very enjoyable walk.
NOTE. Thanks to Paul B for organising and leading this walk and also for providing this report. David H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 12, 2019 11:39  under Walk Reports

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