11 walkers met at the Duke’s in Woodford ready for a 10.00a.m. start amidst heavy and persistent rain which probably accounted for an additional five people who cancelled.
The forecast from the pub’s weather stone being remarkably accurate.
Walking through the village our route took us past the Church of St. Mary the Virgin whose origins go back to the 13th century.
Everywhere was quiet ( probably due to the weather) and only the occasional dog walker and a couple of walkers were passed.
Continued along a concrete road past Glebe Farm then the Nene Way was joined with distant veiws of the Primark sheds (sorry warehouses)
Then on to Woodford Mill/ Willy Watt Marina and onto the route of the old Northampton to Peterborough railway line and still it rained.
This route is a favourite with horse riders as much horse manure everywhere.
Passing under Ham Lane Bridge which leaves Ringstead by the pumping station. If you turn left the track hits the River Nene which is a bit of a mystery.
We stopped for coffee on the next bridge where Roger proudly showed of his banana.
On leaving the track by Woodford Lock we passed a half- submerged river cruiser.
On returning to the pub we were as our Caledonian Chairman might say like "drookit rats" but with spirits undaunted as can be seen from the pictures below.
On entering the pub for lunch there was the luxury of an open fire ( much needed in view of the weather conditions).
Vonnie Mc joined us for lunch which was enjoyed by all.
Thanks to John A for organising and leading this somewhat damp walk and for providing this report. Thanks to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing some of the photographs as did Roger K.
"Wot no Prosecco?"