MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018
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
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
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2018
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
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2018
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.
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
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
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018
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
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018
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.
posted by CHANGERINGER on November 01, 2018 20:14 under Walk Reports