On a warm and sunny morning, having ordered food for lunch in advance, we arrived in an already full car park (to the surprise of leaders Keith and Lou) because it was also being sports day at the nearby Barton Seagrave Primary School. Our leaders, having guided us to the remaining parking spaces, and after announcements from Keith and Chairman David, 26 walkers set off through a shady wooded path, past Barton’s cricket field with views opening up of the old church and buildings of Barton village and Kettering beyond.
At the bottom of Barton Hill we crossed to open fields along a clear bridle and cycle way, past a large skate board rink following close to the River Ise.
Then over Deeble Road, and along a nettled path to Warkton.
Here we had we had our banana break in the churchyard of St Edmunds church which is home to the famous Roubiliac Marbles.
After walking through the village we returned on a parallel path – with a slight detour where a friendly farmer had opened a gate to allow easier access than using the overgrown path for a section.
Good views were to be had looking towards Kettering including a field with masses of poppies in bloom as shown below.
Some resting ruminants were also passed.
Passing through the grounds of Christ the King Church we again crossed Deeble Road, before crossing the old A6 near Wicksteed Park and then walking up through the Castle Field nature reserve to Barton Village.
Climbing again the gentle Barton Hill, noting the slope on the cricket field (and also delighted to hear that in the World Cricket Semi-Final Cup against England, Australia had already lost 5 wickets for 118 runs – England went on to win superbly!) the now rather hot walkers arrived back at the pub at 12.45. The total distance was 6.5 miles.
Considering the numbers involved lunch was served promptly by friendly staff and was good value.
Thanks to Keith B for organising and leading this somewhat hot and sweaty walk. Lou L acted as back marker.
Roger K provided this report and some some of the pictures with the rest being provided by Carna B.