TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2019
Thursday 27th June 2019 Walk Report.
23 walkers met in Barnack on 27 June for a relatively short walk (4½
miles). Barnack is particularly noted
for its ‘hills and hollows’, the site of quarries from which Barnack Rag stone
was extracted from Roman times to the 15th century, and now a nature
reserve where several varieties of rare wild flowers thrive.
One visitor (John A) was welcomed prior to departure.
The weather was
almost ideal for walking - sunny with a little cloud and a noticeable breeze to
keep us cool. We met at the Millstone
Inn and our route took us first to Barnack Church, which has a remarkable Saxon
tower, and associations with Charles Kingsley, author of ‘The Water Babies’,
whose father was Vicar of Barnack.
Then via via footpaths across fields past the village bowling greento
Stopping en route as we passed Walcot Hall,a seventeenth century
house with extensive park lands around it - the house was used by the USAAF as
an operations centre for Flying Fortress raids on Germany during the Second
In one of the fields were what may have been Jacob's sheep.
In Southorpe itself we
looked at two large pieces of Barnack ragstone on the grass verge, examples of
stones which fell off carts as stone was taken from Barnack quarry on its way
for use in the building of Peterborough Cathedral.
At the south end of Southorpe we turned
right on to a footpath which followed the line of Ermine Street, allowing us a view
of Walcot Hall along what would, originally, have been the main entrance from
We followed the estate
wall until we arrived at Barnack Hills and Hollows where we greatly enjoyed
looking at the colourful array of wild flowers, including Fragrant and Pyramid
Burnet Moth on Knapweed.
Then back to The Millstone Inn for lunch; a very satisfactory
pub base for future reference.
Thanks to Robert and Rosemary W for organising, leading and back marking this walk in pastures new. Thanks are also due to Robert for providing this report.
The delightful pictures were provided by Carna B and Roger K.
posted by CHANGERINGER on July 02, 2019 14:15 under Walk Reports
SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019
Saturday 22nd June 2019 Derbyshire Walk Report.
On a lovely sunny day a party of 15 walkers set off in a minibus
to Parsley Hay car park on the High Peak Trail. in Derbyshire.
On arrival we set off walking to the junction with the
We continued on the High Peak Trail for 4 miles. Both trails
are on old railway tracks so the gradients were very gentle. Then a foot path
was taken for around 1 and a half miles here lunch was enjoyed at the Waterloo Inn at Biggin-by- Hartington.
From here we took the Tissington trail for 3 miles to the old Hartington
station. A replica signal box has been built here also toilets and cafe with
welcome ice cream.
"I always wanted a train set when I was younger, now I've got a real one."
We continued along the Tissington Trail to the junction with
the High Peak Trail and the car park at Parsley Hay after 1 mile.
Below are a series of pictures showing characteristics views of the peak District scenery and the ever present dry stone walls.
The minibus left at
4 15 and arrived back in Kettering at 6 15.
A big thank you is due to Steven Thompson for organising and leading what is fast becoming one of the highlights of the KDRC calendar and for providing this report.
Thanks to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing pictures. Pictures were also provided by Caroline C.
posted by CHANGERINGER on June 29, 2019 13:51 under Walk Reports
THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019
Thursday 13th June 2019 Walk Report.
Today, the walk was rather dominated by the wet weather, which unfortunately
didn't let up. 13 rain-hardy people walked the 5.5 miles along lanes,
across fields and through woods in Bedfordshire.
From Upper Dean we went to Swineshead via generally wide paths
alongside fields but, at one point across a sticky oil-seed rape field. The
terrain is undulating and the views on a nice day would have been good from the
higher points. Still, today we could see Swineshead Church spire quite
prominently a fair distance away, but it was some time before we were passing
it and starting to make our way up again. We went along byways passing
Swineshead and Spanoak Woods (both open and managed by the Woodland Trust). We
used a path just inside Spanoak Wood to avoid the many large puddles on the
After a brief stop, we
continued along more byways to another high point before completing the circuit
by coming down into Upper Dean near to the Church. We were pleased to return to
get dry again and maybe another time, if not raining, we would have time to
admire the views of the open, rolling countryside more.
I think it is fair to
say that people enjoyed the food at The Three Compasses - it was nicely
presented, tasty, good value and came out promptly. We thank them for opening
specially for us.
Look forward to seeing
you at the next Thursday walk hopefully,
All best wishes,
Carna and Ian.
Thanks to Ian and Carna B for organising and leading this walk and providing this report.
Also a special thank you to those brave souls who took part and most certainly cannot be called fair weather walkers.
posted by CHANGERINGER on June 13, 2019 19:53 under Walk Reports
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019
Saturday 8th June 2019 Walk Report.
11 walkers met at the Duke’s in Woodford ready for a
10.00a.m. start amidst heavy and persistent rain which probably accounted for
an additional five people who cancelled.
The forecast from the pub’s weather stone being remarkably
Walking through the village our route took us past the
Church of St. Mary the Virgin whose origins go back to the 13th
Everywhere was quiet ( probably due to the weather) and only the occasional dog walker and a
couple of walkers were passed.
Continued along a concrete road past Glebe Farm then the Nene
Way was joined with distant veiws of the Primark sheds (sorry warehouses)
Then on to Woodford Mill/ Willy Watt Marina and onto the route
of the old Northampton to Peterborough railway line and still it rained.
This route is a favourite with horse riders as much horse manure
Passing under Ham Lane Bridge which leaves Ringstead by the
pumping station. If you turn left the track hits the River Nene which is a bit
of a mystery.
We stopped for coffee on the next bridge where Roger proudly showed of his banana.
On leaving the track by
Woodford Lock we passed a half- submerged river cruiser.
On returning to the pub we were as our Caledonian Chairman might say like "drookit rats" but with spirits undaunted as can be seen from the pictures below.
On entering the pub for lunch there was the luxury of an open fire (
much needed in view of the weather conditions).
Vonnie Mc joined us for lunch which was enjoyed by all.
Thanks to John A for organising and leading this somewhat damp walk and for providing this report. Thanks to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing some of the photographs as did Roger K.
"Wot no Prosecco?"
posted by CHANGERINGER on June 10, 2019 13:43 under Walk Reports
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019
Pictures for the blog.
Whilst pictures make a welcome addition to the walk reports on the blog, it takes an inordinate amount of time to download, save, amend and upload to the website to such an extent that Mrs. H says I spend more time doing reports than I do with her.
So in the cause of marital harmony could I ask that when sending pictures from walks you limit the numbers to around five or six each per walk please?
posted by CHANGERINGER on June 02, 2019 15:02 under General