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General Data Protection Regulations.

The General Data Protection Regulations will come into force in May this year and will replace the existing Data Protection Regulations.

To enable us to comply with the new regulations we have to ask members if they are willing to let us collect and use data for specific purposes. To allow us to do so a form will be included with the  new Summer walk cards and newsletters which will be distributed soon.

Please do not ignore the form but fill it in and return as requested to enable us as a club to comply with the new regulations.
David H.
Chairman KDRC.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 01, 2018 10:44  under General

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Saturday 31st March Walk Report.

Seven hardy souls set off from Oundle on what promised to be a somewhat damp ten mile figure of eight walk. The route was from Oundle to Glapthorn Cow Pasture to Glapthorn and back to Oundle. 

The morning was cloudy and the afternoon was very wet  and due to flooding it was not possible to walk along the river from Cotterstock to Oundle so the return was made via the road.

Lunch was taken at the Ship in Oundle and the food was good.
The return to Kettering was made using the 3.48 No 4 bus.

Thanks to Steven T for organising and leading the walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing this report.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 01, 2018 10:32  under Walk Reports

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Need a pair of walking poles?

Grace Brown has kindly donated a pair of Highlander Mull walking poles to the club. If any member could make use of them please contact the chairman on the usual number.
A contribution to the goodwill fund would be much appreciated.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 27, 2018 16:18  under General

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018

Thursday 22nd March Walk Report plus Pictures.

24 walkers met up in the car park of the Black Horse at Elton on what appeared to be the first Spring like day for a long time.
 There was a slight delay whilst one member who hadn't even booked in arrived as everyone else was about to set off. If she had been much later she would have missed the walk completely.
Note: If you haven't booked in it's your own fault if people don't know to wait for you if you turn up late.

Eventually we set off past the church and down through the fields to join a track which gave views of the back of Elton Hall, see picture below.

                                               Elton Hall
Passing through some woods a number of poly tunnels were passed which gave rise to much discussion as to what was being grown in them.

A noisy stretch close to the A605 took us to Warmington Mill which is a lovely spot. Until recently the mill was occupied by a company called Fired Earth who among other things sold AGA cookers.

                                          Warmington Mill
We then crossed some meadows and made another crossing of the Nene and headed towards Fotheringhay but turned off to the right after about half a mile and stopped for our banana break.

                                        Sheep May Safely Graze

Much refreshed we walked along good dry field edges then joined the route old Nene Valley railway before turning off back towards Elton passing Elton Mill and crossing the Nene yet again. Re-tracing our route back passed the church we soon arrived at the pub for lunch.

It has to be said that the Black Horse is  towards the upper end of the cost spectrum for pub food and their take on the old Ramblers favourite of ham,egg and chips varied from from very dry to inedible ham certainly at the writer's table. There is another pub in the village, perhaps worth a try next time.

This was the debut walk as leaders for Jim and Fiona R and an excellent job they made of it.
Many thanks to them and hopefully they will be tempted to lead again some time in the future.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 23, 2018 20:05  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 17th March 2018 Walk Report.

Thankfully the forecast snow made no appearance as 13 hardy souls met in the car park of the Wharf Inn at Welford although a persistent Siberian wind was blowing at gale force. Whether this was part of Mr. Putin's retaliation for recent events it is not possible to say.
It should have been 17 members but 4 members couldn't tell Welham from Welford and picked the wrong one to go to.

After walking through the village our route took us over some squelchy field edge paths and over some undulations, finally arriving at the canal. Always accompanied by Putin's Revenge but thankfully only the occasional snow flurry.
On joining the canal towpath the sun began to peek through the clouds but the wind never abated. Indeed the first boat we saw appeared to be struggling to make any headway at all.

We had our first break in the shelter of a canal bridge where we were passed by three horse riders. 
Apart from a couple of hardy boaters these were the only other people we met on what is normally a popular walk with locals.

We eventually reached the Welford arm of the canal which took us back to the pub where we were joined by the four navigationally challenged members for a well deserved lunch.

Thanks to John A for organising and leading the walk in spite of his recent surgery and to Julie S for acting as back marker.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 17, 2018 16:12  under Walk Reports

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