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Saturday 9th November 2019 Walk Report.

Leader Paul and eight fellow walkers met at The Needle & Awl, Rushden in the heart of pre-xmas weekend shopping mall country. Heading off over the A45 iron bridge venturing through retail therapy land to the peaceful countryside. Crossing the very swollen River Nene and heading east towards Stanwick Lakes it was cold but the sun had cleared the early morning frost and mist. The leaders originally intended route was found to be blocked by floodwater just beyond Higham Ferrers Lock so we had to retrace our steps to firmer higher ground. Heading north parallel with the A6 we turned west over the fields heading into Irthlingborough. Past the Express Shoe & Bootworks factory site ex Wearra shoe makers, past St Peters Lantern Church for a banana break in the park. Then time to head south through flooded plains lapping the footpath like inland seas, spying lots of swans, the occasional heron and even a hot air balloon, many happy dogs and their walkers. It was soon time to re-emerge from the peace and serenity to a hectic frenzied Christmas shopping environment. Lunch was very enjoyable and good value. 
Many thanks to Julie Stairs for backmarking and photography contributions (some of which are shown below.).
Thank you to all those who supported a very enjoyable walk.
NOTE. Thanks to Paul B for organising and leading this walk and also for providing this report. David H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 12, 2019 11:39  under Walk Reports

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