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Thursday 13th July 2017 Walk Report.

22 walkers including two potential new members set off from The Bell at Gumley on a pleasant summer’s day.  The fields were dry and it was easy walking. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The route went towards Laughton before arriving at the Grand Union Canal.  From there the walk was along to Foxton Locks.  A lot of boats were travelling up and down the locks which was interesting as these are staircase locks.   Ice creams were purchased and time spent following the passage of the boats.

On arrival back at the pub Margaret, Hugh and Ann joined us.  The pub was overflowing with people and a good meal was had by all.

Thanks to Sue and Jem for organising the walk.
Also thanks to Sue H for providing the report.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 13, 2017 16:04  under Walk Reports

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SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017 Walk Report.

8 of us ( plus Patrick the dog) set off from the Queens Head at Orlingbury on a pleasant enough but not too warm day fora  6.25 mile walkacross the fields to Hardwick where the church and the Old School were much admired.
On leaving Hardwick we crossed numerous fields before reaching the back end of Wellingborough Cricket Club where where what one can only presume was the detritius from a barbeque or some such event had been thrown through the hedge onto the footpath.
However nothing daunted we continued on and after numerous fields arrived in Little Harrowden for the last ascent up the hill to Orlingbury.
The pub was not serving lunches so we made our way to the Lamb at Little Harrowden where we were joined by Linda D for lunch.
Hopefully we will see Linda out walking again in the not too distant future.
A good lunch was had by all with two members staying behind for pudding and very it nice it was too.
Thanks to Jane T for organising and leading the walk and to to the chairman for acting as back marker.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 02, 2017 15:09  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 29th June 2017 Walk Report

Around 16 of us set off from the Wharf Inn at Welford on what was billed as a 5 mile walk  but which turned into something akin to a Magical Mystery Tour probably finishing up being neare 61/2 miles.
It has always been my belief that when undertaking any form of organised activity that one one should remember the "Seven P's" which are:-
"Proper Prior Preparation and Planning Prevent Poor Peformance"
Sadly our organisers on the day had not attended the same training courses as I had and shall we say that not having a map, walking the route in reverse direction to the reccy walk and having the person with most route knowledge acting as back marker lead to some interesting diversions and back tracking en route.
However we did have an entertaining walk with good easy stretches along the Grand Union Canal, the weather was ideal for walking and no one fell in the canal.
Finally arriving back at the Wharf Inn we were joined by Robert and Rosemary W and Robert's sister who  had travelled all the way across the Atlantic to be with us.
.Such is the fame of KDRC worldwide
It has to be said that the Wharf offers excellent value for money with good quality and large helpings of food for £6.00 which is a real bargain in this day and age.
Thanks to Keith B  for organising and sort of leading the walk and Lou L for acting as back marker and back seat navigator.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 29, 2017 15:14  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 24th June 2017 Walk Report.

17 members plus Patrick the dog assembled at the White Horse at Stoke Albany on a very pleasant morning for walking compared with the extreme temperatures seen earlier in the week.
(Note: 17 is a good number for a Saturday walk as given the effort that goes into preparing the Saturday walk card six months in advance sometimes the numbers turning up are very small and are disheartening for the organisers on those days.)
Our route was of an undulating nature but on reaching the top of the various undulations superb views across the Welland Valley were to be had.
We took our banana break in Ashley churchyard and most of us took the opportunity to have a look inside the church which is a most interesting structure in that part appears to be the original and the other half is what can only be described as being in the style of St. Pancras Station Victorian.
On reaching the top of the first undulation a superb view of Ashley nestling in its valley was too be had with one walker remarking it looked like a scene from Brigadoon.
On returning via various fields and with more superb views we crossed the edge of Stoke Albany golf course and returned up the final slope to the pub where we were joined by Linda D and John C for lunch which seemed to take a long time to come but was enjoyable none the less.
Our thanks are due to Peter and Sue H for organising and leading the walk and for their jungle clearing of overgrown footpaths prior to the walk.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 24, 2017 15:26  under Walk Reports

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SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017

Saturday June 17th "Peak Border" Walk Report.

On what proved to be the hottest  day of the year so far 7 hardy souls set out from Kettering station for a journey to Cromford on the edge of the Peak District.With only one steep climb they were indeed fortunate in the choice of route as the Peak District is not short of severe undulations.
Proceeding via Cromford Wharf and canal ( historical note: Cromford Mill was the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill and was built in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright and is said by many to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution). Plenty of wildlife was to be seen along the canal.
Their route then took them via Ambergate to Belper where a very nice lunch was had at the Hurt Arms.
The route then took them to the river gardens in Belper where the walk finished with an ice cream.
In view of the temperatures peaking at 27 Deg. C and after walking 11 miles never was ice cream more richly deserved.
Thanks to Steven T for organising and leading the walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 18, 2017 8:23  under Walk Reports

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 2018 Club Weekend Report. 

-October 16, 2018

 Thursday 4th October 2018 Walk Report. 

-October 10, 2018

 Mobile Phone NUmbers. 

-October 08, 2018

 Saturday 29th September 2018 Walk Reort. 

-October 08, 2018

 Club Weekend. 

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