On a frosty but bright morning 29 walkers set off from The
Overstone Arms at Pytchley. Five new
potential members were welcomed. The
walk worked its way, mainly on footpaths, in a northerly direction over to the
A14. Here the path ran next to the main
road in a cutting. Not a pleasant
experience having the traffic and its fumes roaring by above our heads. But the main thing was the enormous amount of
rubbish. Empty cans, takeaway food boxes
and countless other items of peoples throw away garbage. It was a disgrace.
Soon we left this and joined the road towards Broughton
Grange and the golf course. Much more
pleasant walking and environment even though the wind had now got up and
somehow there were quite a few undulations to puff up!
Signs of Spring were to be seen including the first yellowing oil seed rape fields.
New lambs were also to be seen as the pictures below show.
Break Pictures below.
Roger seems to be very proud of his black banana.
Ken C again plus new walker
"They might at least have told me they were leaving"
This wide bridle path lead towards Broughton cemetery with
the church in the distance. Turning left
the footpath led past Underwood’s Hill Spinney before reaching the outskirts
of Pytchley. A short road section led back to the pub where we were joined by
Sue, David and Margaret for an excellent lunch efficiently served.
Thanks to Keith and Lou for leading the walk.
Thanks to Sue H for providing this report.
Picture s were supplied by Sue H, Ian B, Julie S and Caroline C.
The committee have worked hard over the last few years to try and maintain high standards of discipline when walking on roads with no footpath as per the Highway Code i.e walk in single file facing on oncoming traffic."
Comments have been made that this is not always being adhered to on some walks particularly where new walkers are doing their first walk.
Having walked with other groups I know that some of them are not as concerned as we are about this issue and this may be why new walkers tend to be a bit more relaxed if they too walk with other groups.
Could I ask all walk leaders when new walkers join their walks that they explain our policy in this respect and that other walkers may remind them of the need to stay in single file if requested to do so.
Could I also take this opportunity to remind all walkers of the need to adhere to the requirement to walk in single file if requested to do so and not wander all over the road. I know we all love to chat and it is difficult to do when in single file but you know it makes sense to do so.
17 walkers inc 2 new ladies and 3 dogs met at Thornhill Arms Rushton Northants.The weather was warm and sunny as we set off on footpath opp. pub passing pocket path.On gently rising ground we crossed railway and passed a wind farm, the going was firm and dry.After a couple of fields we reached a road at Pipewell where we turned left and after 100 yds took the left fork s.p. RushtonOn a quiet road no f/path we continued for 1/2 mile then followed s.p. through hedge on rightcrossed the field then had our break.
We carried on to a farm track
This led us back to a bridge under the railway and to the road again. Turning left with no f/path to Triangular Lodge where the path restarted.
This took us back to the village and pub where four 4 extras joined us for lunch.
The new ladies thanked us and said they would come again.
The walk was approx 4.75 miles and enjoyed by all.
Thanks to Vera & Glyn W for organisng and leading this walk and for providing this report.
Thanks also to Judith E for providing the pictures