Twenty-eight KDRC members met on a warm sunny morning at The Bell Inn, Little Addington. Leader Paul took us through Saint Mary's Churchyard and across the Woodford/Crow Hill road to join the Nene Way.
This first section was pretty hard going as the farmer had ploughed the rape-field, footpath and all. Then down the hill to the river.
On reaching the Nene we headed west following the river, the wildflowers abundant with butterflies and dragonflies.
We then passed the Frontier Centre Outdoor Pursuits Camp.
We then emerged into Marsh Lane passing the old Rushden & Diamonds football ground and the new ALDI store.
Walking parallel to the A6 roadbridge and crossing the Nene on the old bridge at an opportune moment to witness a canal boat heading towards Thrapston. Entering Stanwick Lakes we passed the old Irthlingborough Station platform closed in 1961.
Heading on past many families having picnics in the country park we arrived back at the Nene.
After crossing it on the zig-zag iron bridge it was time to do the return uphill climb and trudge through the fields again.
An enjoyable six mile walk rewarded by refreshments and an excellent lunch at The Bell.
Thanks to Paul B for organising and leading his first and hopefully many walks for the club. Paul also provided this report.
Many thanks to Elsa H for acting as backmarker and to Carna B for providing her always delightful pictures.