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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018


Use Them or Lose Them?



It is becoming increasingly difficult to get enough walk leaders to commit to leading Saturday walks so that we have a full programme for the card.
What makes it even more difficult is the continuing poor numbers attending some of these walks which is extremely disheartening for the leaders concerned.

it is now getting to the stage that some previous leaders are considering giving up on leading walks which  would be a sad situation.
If you don't like the walks on offer please tell us because if nothing changes it might be a case of use them or lose them.

David H,
Chairman.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  September 11, 2018 11:41  under General


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018


Thursday 6th September 2018 Walk Report.



aAsomewhat diminished group for a Thursday of 13 assembled in the car park of the Star and Garter at Chelveston on a morning where Autumn was beginning to make itself felt. We were joined by Jane G after a long absence and we hope to see her out and about on a regular basis with us.

Unfortunately the pub would not open up to allow us to use the facilities so we set off hoping that there were plenty of hedges en route. We were able to order our lunches as menus had been left out for us.

We left the village via a good track for what turned out to be a magical mystery tour as we had several navigation stops along the way with much consulting of maps.

Chairman's tip; when looking at a map orientate it in the direction of travel so that what is in front of you is correctly positioned on the map similarly for things to your left and right.

We crossed the old airfield which is now home to some windmills ( sorry turbines) and acres upon acres of solar panels which between them probably wouldn't produce enough energy to illuminate an Ever Ready torch. 

Part way along we  crossed  the old post war runway which is over a mile long although now reduced in width. After a  following some good tracks and we paused just before Yielden for our banana break and Roger K passed out some very welcome chocolates
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After passing the village church we came upon a very long concrete track which was bordered by some vast Northamptonshire prairies. This led us onto the start of the old runway where we were passed by an inordinate number of white transit vans.

We then picked up our outward route which took us back to the pub where we were joined by John C and Gervais F for lunch which was served very promptly and with two main course for £13 offered excellent value.

Thanks to Keith B for organising and leading the walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker.
Thanks also to Roger K for providing chocolates.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  September 06, 2018 19:10  under Walk Reports


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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2018


Saturday 1st September 2018 Walk Report.



A somewhat disappointing turnout of only six walkers set off from the Barn at Glooston for what proved to be at times a slightly testing walk as many of the fields traversed had only recently been ploughed.

However as with many walks in this part of Leicestershire excellent views were to be had and add one stage Noseley Hall could be seen in the distance.

As Leicestershire is a noted dairy county it was no surprise that several cows were encountered en route but all kept a safe distance away.

On returning to the pub John C joined for lunch which was good value and was enlivened by many of John C's jokes.

Thanks to Richard G for organising and leading this walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing this report. She also provided some pictures but due to technical issues it has not been possible to include them.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  September 04, 2018 8:44  under Walk Reports


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018


Thursday 23rd August 2018 Walk Report.



20 walkers met in a very congetesd car park at the Fox at Hallaton for a 5.5 mile scenic walk over the Leicestershire Wolds. 
The reason for the congestion was that the pub were having a music festival over the coming weekend and numerous vehicles were involved in setting up the event.

As part of the briefing two visitors Josie and Hazel were welcomed. Hopefully they will join us on future walks.

Our route took us down Goady Road and passed the site of the old MOttw and Bailey castle then over a dry ford and  along a stretch of road on a gently rising gradient. Turning off the road a good hard track some good views were visible.
Turning off the track and across on of only three stiles on the walk we crossed a freshly harvested field which was still dry and cracked. Unfortunately the next couple of fields had been harrowed and with the the recent rain were a bit sticky underfoot. The shape of things to come over the next few months?

We then reached the Midshires Way and followed this to Keythorpe Hall Farm where we enjoyed our banana break. On walking through the farm which is a large dairying operation we were approached by the farmer who asked if we wanted to see a calf which had just been born. Exit stage left to said shed and amidst much ooing and aahing numerous pictures were taken, one of which si shown below.


Unfortunately time did not permit us to see it get to it's feet  so we pressed on across tracks and fields
then via a gentle rise onto a ridgeway which gave spectacular view on both side almost all the way back to Hallaton where we were joined by Margaret B for lunch which was served promptly and apart from one under cooked sausage incident was enjoyed by all if the number of clean plates was a guide.

The walk was led by the chairman who wishes to thank Julie S for acting as back marker and to Roger K for providing the calf picture.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  August 24, 2018 14:55  under Walk Reports


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SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018


Saturday 18th August 2018 Walk Report.



Six walkers and a dog set off from Everdon on a warm and pleasant day.


                             Everdon Church


We set off on narrow lanes and well marked footpaths over to Newham. The church was open and we chatted with a parishioner  who told us they had just had their roof lead stolen. The church was interesting as the tower was open at the bottom forming three  large archways.



                            Newham Church



                   Newham Old School Sign


                      Our route then followed a very small River Nene on the long distance Nene Valley Way footpath. We arrived in Badby in the morning to discover they were having a coffee afternoon to raise money for Marie Curie.  A mental note was made to return later in the day!



                              Badby Church




The route out of Badby  was quite hilly as the path circled the woods, better known for their bluebells in the spring.  We were now walking on the Knightly Way with wonderful views over to Fawsley Hall and church.


                                Fawsley Hall



                                                          Fawsley Lakes



                                                                Fawsley Church.

On arrival at the church we stopped to have our picnic and enjoyed the views over the lakes and surrounding countryside.

The final section after lunch headed up and around the edge of Everdon Hill and down into Everdon village.  This was an excellent walk with clearly marked paths over mainly pastures with sheep and cows.

Three of us then set off by car back to Badby  to enjoy some excellent cakes and a very warm welcome at the village hall.  A perfect end to the day!



              Yummy Cakes Served With a Smile


Thanks to Sue and Peter H for organising and leading a walk full of interesting things to see over what might have been  pastures new for some walkers. 

It is disappointing it wasn't better supported. The club tries to put on a variety of walks and they are not always on our doorstep but in this age of sat navs etc you won't get lost so don't be afraid to try somewhere different.


Thanks also to Sue H for providing this report and the excellent pictures


posted by CHANGERINGER on  August 19, 2018 14:30  under Walk Reports


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