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Saturday 9th December Christmas Walk and Lunch Report

33 walkers gathered in the car park of The Dukes at Woodford which was to be the venue after the walk for our Christmas lunch. One guest walker was the chairman's son Alastair complete with Frankie the dog.
Although the sun shone throughout there was a biting icy wind to see us on our way.
Our  route took us past the church and out into some fields where several new kissing gates had been installed replacing the previous stiles ( although three stiles were to be crossed later)
Our route then took us in a loop to the outskirts of Little Addington then via some field edges to the River Nene which features several channels at the point we crossed.
We paused here for a well deserved banana break before joining the former Northampton to Peterborough East railway line at site of the old Ringstead and Addington station. 
We stuck with the line for a couple of miles before turning at the Woodford Lock and heading back to the village for lunch where we were joined by an additional 11 members for lunch taking the total to 44.

The chairman's welcome speech was brief as always and included thanks to Sue and Jem C for organsing and leading the walk and an extra thanks to Sue C for collecting the money and collating menu choices etc. He also  wished everyone a Happy Christmas.
The venue could best be described as snug and cosy but the lunch was good and as far as the author is aware was enjoyed by all.
To add to the festivities the photograph album with the pictures from the 80th celebrations was circulated and brought back memories of a very pleasant evening.

Some pictures taken en route are shown below and thanks to Carna B for providing these.

                            Our start point and lunch venue, the Dukes at Woodford.

                                              Woodford village across the fields.

      Difficult to belief this was once a gravel pit, now a beautiful home for swans.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 10, 2017 15:42  under Special Occasions

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