!8 members met on a very cool morning compared with recent days for a five mile walk led by the chairman in lieu of Robert W who was attending the funeral of a former member.
We were joined by John H doing his first Thursday walk in a long time.
After ordering lunch we made our way across a pretty stream which still had some water flowing in it Se picture below.
On the rising slope to Southwick Woods the ground was absolutely parched with many large cracks. A sign that rain is desperately needed.
We passed through the woods and on emerging crossed a stream which had dried up completely.
Following a number of field edge paths (as per picture below) we made our way past Cheeseman's Farm and via a diverted footpath to pass Lodge farm then to Tomlins Wood where we had our break.
Following our break we made our way downhill via a fairly rutted section made worse by the recent dry weather and back into the woods.
After a few hundred yards ( none of these metres here) we turned left onto a good hard track which took us back to where we originally entered the woods. There was a nicely placed bench here and a good view to be had so a brief rest was taken .
As we were back slightly earlier there was time for a brief visit to the church to view the marble statue as below.
Then back to the pub where we were joined by Julia B for lunch which although took a little while to come offered good value for money. Due to the prevailing coolness we did not avail ourselves of the large gazebo outside.
Thanks are due to Robert W for providing the route and to Sue H for acting as back marker.
Thanks also to Carna B for providing her always delightful pictures.
16 walker met bright and early at the Corn Market ready for the trip to Derbyshire for a ten mile walk in the Peak District.
Their destination was Bakewell and soon after arriving Julie S was in seventh heaven as she came across a dog show with all sorts to be seen.
Their route took them onto Rowsley where they passed some calves being reared for veal.
Next stop was Beeley for lunch at the Devonshire Arms where the landlord had thoughtfully provided a supply of "Doggy Ale" which would be most welcome to any passing canines due to the temperatures. Unfortunately it was marked as 0% alcohol so of less value to dog owners.
Also at St Anne's Church at Beeley and example of the Peak District tradition of Well Dressing was on display this celebrating 100 years since the granting of the vote to women by way of honouring the sacrifice of Emily Davison who took the Suffragettes motto of "Deeds not Words" to extreme lengths by throwing herself in front of the King's horse during the 1913 Derby and later died of injuries sustained.
After passing Chatsworth House their route took them down the hill to Baslow where their minibus was waiting to return them safe and sound to Kettering after a very welcome ice cream.
An outing like this requires an enormous effort and all credit is due to Steven T who organised every aspect of the trip including transport,route planning and leading on the day. and giving members a truly memorable day in this beautiful part of the country.
Thanks are due to Roy's Minibuses who provided transport and driver.
Thanks are also due to Julie S who acted as back marker and also provided this report and photographs.
In the words of Old Mr. Grace "You've all done very well".
Around 25 walkers met in the car park of the Red Lion pub at Crick on what promised to be another warm and sunny day. The group included Alan and Angela D who have been absent from our ranks for a while and also Ann R making a welcome re-appearance. A warm welcome was also extended to Chris S who is a fairly new member on her first Thursday walk.
We walked across a number of fields passing Crack's Hill en route but due to the temperatures no one was tempted to climb it for the view.
A crossiing of the Grand Union canal was made and shortly afterwards Yelvertoft was reached where we took out banana break in the cool confines of the parish church.
It had been announced at the start of the walk that one our former members Walter Jones had passed away last week and Robert W took the opportunity to pay tribute to Walter who was an accomplished musician and on some occasions when walk breaks were taken and churches were open played the organ in them with great gusto.
(Details of Walters funeral arrangements are the subject of a separate post.)
Shortly after leaving the church we joined the Grand Union Canal and followed it all the way back to Crick passing several boats and Yelvertoft and CRrck marinas en route. It may be illusory but even on the warmest day the canal seems to have a cooling effect on those walking its towpaths.
At the pub lunch was speedily served and at £5.95 for main course represented excellent value.
Thanks to Steven P for organising and leading the walk and to Helen P for acting as back marker.
21 walkers gathered in the car park of the Old Barn tea room at Wadenhoe on a very breezy morning which was the residue of Storm Hector.
The route took us past Wadenhoe Mill and across the meadows and River Nene to Achurch.
A longish road section took us to Thorpe Waterville and via two or three crossings of parts of the Nene to Aldwincle. During these road sections exemplary single file walking was maintained and not once did Julie S have to have to blow her corrective whistle.
The church on the approach to the village is now used for "champing" ( i.e. overnight accomodation) Must try it some time.
Shortly after this our banana break was taken before proceeding on to the Nene Way heading back to Wadenhoe. This was an interesting up and down section which finished up close to the river. The nettles encountered proved challenging to walkers in shorts.
We arrived back to the Old Barn around 12.00 hrs and several walkers seemed happy with the route and time taken. We were joined by Julia B for lunch.
Thanks to John A for organising and leading a very pleasant walk and for providing this report.
Thanks to Julie S for acting as back marker even though she never got to blow her whistle once.
Six members met in the car park of the Fox at Hallaton on a cool and overcast morning ready for a six mile walk around the Leicestershire Wolds.
Their route took them out of the village on the Goadby road passing two donkies and two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs en route. The dogs did not appear to be very friendly but given their job as farm guard dogs in their native Africa this may not be surprising.
On joining the footpath to the right their route took them past fields where many horses were seen enjoying good grazing. After arriving at Keythorpe Hall Farm the group turned onto the Midshires Way.
Julie S supported the rural economy by buying some free range eggs at a farm gate.
Just before re-entering Hallaton the remains of the Motte and Bailey castle were passed which proved very interesting.
Lunch at the Fox was excellent as always and everyone departed for home at 1.30.
Thanks to John A for organising and leading the walk and also for providing this report.
Also thanks to JUlie S for acting as back marker. It is to be hoped she enjoyed her eggs with a Sunday morning fry up.