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Thursday 15th November 2018 Walk Report.

22 walkers met in the car park of the Wharf Inn at Welford on a fairly gloomy morning which later turned into a glorious Autumn day with lots of sunshine.

Our route took us past the Pocket Park in the village which is fronted by a colourful carved wooden figure of a man. No clue is given to who it represents but it may be Postman Pat looking slightly worse for wear. Attack of the phantom woodpeckers perhaps?

On leaving the village a cross some fields a short stretch of Hall Lane was traversed before heading off across some field edge paths which were reasonably dry underfoot. The terrain was slightly undulating with the summits of the undulations giving rise to some good views.

Our first crossing of the Grand Union canal led us across a slightly claggy field then through Sybold’s Spinney to again meet the canal where our banana break was taken in the lee of  a canal bridge which provided some shelter from a somewhat chilly wind.

Turning left we followed the towpath for a goodly distance but without sight of any boats. The only sign of activity was when we met two men painting a footbridge.

However on turning onto the Welford Arm a bit more traffic was seen but unfortunately all the boats were going the wrong way so were unable to offer us a lift back to the pub.

On reaching the pub the food was served quickly and with daily roasts costing only £6.50 offered excellent value.

Thanks to John A for organising and leading this walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker,

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 19, 2018 15:20  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 10th November 2018 Walk Report.

Morning walk 5.5 miles


It was a beautiful late autumn day as 12 walkers (including 2 visitors)  set off from Gumley walking in a northerly direction through the village and passing through the churchyard. We followed part of the Leicestershire round enjoying wonderful views all around from Smeeton hill which is one of the highest points on this route. We made a brief stop in Saddington village where a passer by kindly agreed to take a group photograph.


We took the Mowsley road out of the village (quite a lot of traffic) before bearing left onto a minor road passing by Saddington reservoir continuing to Gumley  encountering a steep gradient before entering the perimeter of the village. At this point again lovely views all around, before turning left through a short area of woodland leading into the churchyard, and retracing our steps back to the pub.


Afternoon walk 3.5 miles


Five walkers did the afternoon walk which took us towards Laughton village passing by what appears on the map as a mound and also a mot? The route passes close to Gumley lodge and continues straight ahead before coming to a minor road on which we turned right. This lead us to the outskirts of Laughton. The route back to Gumley was a gated road. Again great views along the way, at one point Leicester could be seen in the distance and the hills of Bradgate park beyond. (about 15 miles away)


All in all a good days walking catering for all abilities. 


The Bell at Gumley was excellent value,enjoyed by everyone.

Thanks to David S for organising and leading this the walk and for providing this report.

Thanks are also due to Sarah S for acting as back marker and to our visitor Gail for providing the pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 19, 2018 14:21  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 1st November 2018 Walk Report.

Today, 25 walkers set off from Rushden Town Bowling Club for a 6  mile walk. It was a wet day and continued to rain steadily for practically the whole of the way.

Prior to setting out the chairman intimated that he had brought  new walk cards and newsletters for distribution and asked for the help of members in distributing these.

He also asked that members support the walk on the 10th November at Gumley.

Peter H informed the group that following her recent surgery Margaret B was getting out of hospital that day and he would keep us up to date with her progress.

After a section through scrubby woodland we crossed over the busy A45 and River Nene via a footbridge. 

This led us into a large wetland area comprising four nature reserves managed by the Wildlife Trust. A series of flooded gravel pits, wet meadows and reed beds provides a range of habitats for primarily water birds, all part of what is called the Nene Valley Living Landscape. A few swans and ducks were seen but generally it seemed that the wildlife was hunkering down while it rained.

                                                     Too wet for ducks even.

It was an easy walk without stiles or hills and the many paths were well-marked (some a little soft today).

                                                      A little soft?

 We had a break at St Peter's Church, Irthlingborough, sitting in the pews in the warm. Once a church with a college attached, this church is unusual in having a lantern tower.

 It was built before the river was drained or bridged and the fires that were lit at Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough helped guide people across the wide, flat, boggy, often foggy valley. Some bedraggled cattle were encountered en route as below.

                              Misty Islands of the Highlands? No; murky Northamptonshire

We returned to the Bowling Club for lunch. We were well catered for by Joan and her staff - many people commenting on the generous portions and some also requesting a return visit. Perhaps then it would be a drier day!

During lunch a card was circulated wishing Margaret B a speedy recovery was circulated and a collection for flowers to go with it was taken. Thanks to all who signed and contributed.

Dorothy W informed the group that following discussions with Margaret she would be leading a walk followed by a picnic at her home sometime in August 2019 when  some of Hugh's pictures would be available for sale to help raise money for the purchase of some Hornbeam trees to be planted at Lyveden in Hugh's memory.

We hope that you have 'dried out' and look forward to seeing you again soon,

Thanks to Ian and Carna for organising and leading the walk and also for providing this report and pictures.



posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 05, 2018 10:00  under Walk Reports

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Please support the Saturday 10th November Walk

David and Sarah S are leading a figure of eight walk from the Bell at Gumley on Saturday the 10th of November. The walk is a figure of eight with the morning section being 5.5 miles and the afternoon part around 3.5 miles with lunch at the Bell after the a.m. section.

Given the recent poor support for some recent Saturday walks and that some of the Saturday stalwarts will not be able to do the walk could I ask that you lend your support to this walk.
There is no need to do both sections so if you only want to do the a.m. or p.m parts that is fine.

The other reason for asking for support is that  the pub have agreed to open at 09.30hrs to allow those taking part to order lunch and it would be a shame if only a handful of people turned up to repay their kindness in opening up specially early.

Gumley is in an attractive part of the world close to Foxton Locks so come on give it a go.

If you fancy it please contact David and Sarah on 01536 510425 / 07876152840 to book in.  

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 01, 2018 20:21  under General

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Saturday 27th October Walk Report.

6 walkers set off on a crisp sunny morning from Thorpe Langton.  We took a field track passing by the Langton Caudle to the village of Stonton Wyville. After a look in the church we carried on footpaths to Tur Langton, where was had a coffee break.  Then on to a bridleway and footpaths to Church Langton where lunch was taken at the Langton Arms - Very Good.

After lunch it was raining and we carried on past the church which was closed due to repairs.  We walked on to East Langton and the  Leicestershire round footpath back to the cars at Thorpe Langton.

We encountered three bulls (two in one field) during the day but they were docile with cattle.

A 9 mile walk.

Thanks to Steven T for leading what sounds like an interesting walk and for providing this report.
A shame it wasn't better supported.
David H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 01, 2018 20:14  under Walk Reports

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