26 people in total met at Wansford Station on the Nene Valley Railway on an overcast and showery morning. We started off with a short railway journey from Wansford Station to Yarwell. Due to Thomas the Tank Engine derailing at Yarwell Junction the previous weekend and damaging the points the train was topped and tailed by a steam loco at one end (Battle of Britain Class "92 Squadron” ) at one end and a Class 45 Diesel ("The Royal Tank Regiment”) at the other.
Much excitement was exhibited by some of the passengers.
This took us under the A1 road, to near the caravan park and river at Yarwell. Three people stayed on the train and went to Peterborough while the rest walked 4.5 miles along the River Nene.
The route took us along the Nene way by Yarwell Lock, across a field of alpacas to the edge of the village before crossing a hay field to another guillotine style lock by a small island where some people had pitched tents. Then passing newly planted trees and some horses we approached the elegant stone bridge at Wansford.
Further on, after passing under two much larger and less graceful bridges carrying the noisey A1 traffic, we had a short break, where once there had been a rest point for lorries and cars.
We continued along the river, only seeing one moving boat, to Sutton village where this beautiful display of flowers was seen and a house typical of the area with thatched roof.
Then back through fields of docile cows with young to Wansford signal box and station.
Here we went our separate ways - some people had picnics, others food at the station cafe or nearby Stibbington Diner and some made their way home.
Thanks to Ian and Carna B for organising and leading this well attended walk with the added bonus of a train ride. Thanks are also due to Carna for providing this report.
Pictures were provided by Julie S.