MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019
Saturday 2nd February 2019 Walk Report.
16 walkers and two dogs met at The Snooty Fox in Lowick ready to set off for a late Winter/early Spring walk.
started off with a bit of a chilly breeze and then within half an hour the sun
was out and it became very warm. After leaving the pub we walked from Lowick up to Drayton Manor which
is a beautiful building as seen in the pics and is one of the hidden gems of Northamptonshire. The walk actually skirted within
feet of the side and back of the main building. We also took the opportunity for a group photograph in front of the house.
We then cut through fields ending up in Slipton, another lovely village and home to the Samuel Pepys pub whose gable end could do with a visit from Lou and Keith.
Then the footpath actually went through a 5 bar gate right into
someone's garden and about 20 feet further on another small gate which went
across fields and down to Twywell, coming out at The Old Friar.
The worst of the walk was then a 3/4 mile
trek along a busyish country road which was a little unpleasant but then back
through fields, across a bridge over a "babbling" brook which had
suprisingly very clear water.
We then came out onto the main road in Lowick and a
short distance from the Pub. Two members
joined us then at the Snooty Fox for very reasonably priced meals.
Thanks to Gloria S and Vonnie M for organising, leading and back marking this walk. Thanks also to Vonnie for pictures and providing the report. Thanks also to Julie S for additional photographs.
posted by CHANGERINGER on March 04, 2019 14:48 under Walk Reports
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019
A brief reminder that the 2019 AGM will be held this coming Friday 1st March at St. Andrews Church Hall. Kettering.
Car Park entrance off Crown Street.
7.30 p.m. prompt start.
Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting whilst members take the opportunity to renew their subscriptions.
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 25, 2019 12:07 under General
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019
Thursday 21st february 2019 Walk Report.
21 walkers assembled at the Bull’s Head, Arthingworth, on an unseasonally warm and dry February morning. We were pleased to welcome two new ladies, Caroline and Ann, who joined us for the walk and were keen to join the club.
After a short briefing, Chris S led us on her first walk as
leader. We walked along the road, past St Andrew’s Church then headed east across
the the undulating fields with clear views towards Harrington, eventually
dropping down to cross the River Ise at Newbottle Bridge.
By now the sun was shining as we steadily made our way up
the hill on a country road to St Peter and St Paul’s Church Harrington for our
"banana break”. The numerous snowdrops
and aconites in the graveyard were at their peak of perfection so the keen
photographers of our merry band were able to snap away.
We then continued on the pavement up into the village of
Harrington and past the Tollemache Arms to reach the footpath to take us back
to Arthingworth. From the footpath, we
were able to see "The Falls”, the remains of the medieval fishponds and
terraces as well as sunken garden belonging to the manor, which was pulled down
by the Lionel Tollemache in 1745.
Back marker and chairman
climbing a few stiles, we reached the old bridge to, once again, cross the
River Ise and then walk back to the Bull’s Head where we were joined by Margaret B and David S for a well-earned lunch.
Thanks to Julie S and John A for all their help as support and
Chairman's note. A very big thank you to Chris S on leading her first walk which she did in a most assured manner and provided a wealth of information en route. She also provided this excellent report.
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 22, 2019 21:10 under Walk Reports
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019
Saturday 16th February 2019 Walk Report.
17 walkers gathered at the Stag at Maidwell on a dry, overcast day with a light wind blowing.
Three new walkers ( Mark T, Chrissy O and Margarite H) were welcomed by Julie S.
On leaving the pub and taking the side road to Manor Farm they paused to to view the magnificent waterfall and dry ironstone wall with a grinding stone as a feature.
Continuing on to Blueberry Lodge the footpath became very muddy.
Had the horse been on the same footpath?
Next they turned towards Houghton crossing and en route saw a pack of foot beagles in full flight accompanied by hunting horns.
As if that wasn't enough excitement they next met up with a group of twitchers with scopes on tripods and they were kind enough to let the group view a distant Great grey Shrike, a very rare sighting .
On following the Brampton Way to the Maidwell turn by way of the old railway cast iron footbridge they arrived back at the pub where they were joined by Honourary Life Member John C plus Margaret B, Ann R and Shirley H.
All agreed that it had been a good friendly and happy walk as evidenced by the smiling faces in the pictures below.
Who's a naughty boy then?
Thanks to John A for organising and leading this very interesting walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing the photographs.
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 17, 2019 14:29 under Walk Reports
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019
S has decided to step down as Rambles Secretary after completion of the 2019
Summer card and the club requires a replacement for this important position
which includes membership of the committee.
main duties involved occur twice a year and are as follows:-
February/September each year, approach potential walk leaders to fill programme
card for the next 6 months. Weekend walks mostly take place on alternate
Saturday/Sunday, the week when there is not a Thursday walk. (Summer card runs
from beginning of May to end of October, Autumn/Winter card from beginning of
November to end of April)
dates are filled, forward details to Sarah S, who will type the programme card
and publicity leaflet. Liaise with Sarah as to the date this information is
required. Printing is done at Bishop
Stopford School,so there is a need to be aware of school closures, particularly
at Easter for printing of Summer Card.
labels from the membership register.
for envelopes to be distributed
(weekend) rambles on to website (inform Sarah of any changes/cancellations of
rambles) for updating on website
delivery of forthcoming card, should be completed at least two weeks prior to
the first ramble on programme.
you are interested in taking on this important role in the club please contact
the chairman via his normal contact details.
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 13, 2019 7:58 under General