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Thursday 20th April 2017 Walk Report.

Around 27 of us including one guest set off from the Chequered Skipper at Ashton on what was a chilly Spring day. Our route took us past the house which was the scene of an unsolved double murder some time in the late 1940s early 1950s then across Oundle School rifle range but luckily no one was shooting so we didn't have to dodge any bullets.
After crossing a very busy A605 road we made our way to the outskirts of Cotterstock and turned to walk along the banks of the River Nene. A very welcome break was made beside one of the locks on the river. We followed the course of the river back to Oundle and crossed the town bridge before following the river to the footbridge near Ashton Mill then returning to the pub where lunch was served with an amazing rapidity. One noteworthy feature of the menu is the availability of small/children's portions at £6.00 each including such walker's favourites as Fish and Chips, Ham Egg and Chips and Pasta all for the cost of less than a sandwich.
By this time the temperature had risen and it was a lovely Spring day.
Thanks to Sue C and Margaret B for organising and leading such a lovely riverside walk.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 20, 2017 14:26  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 8th April Walk Report

Six members started off from Cold Asby in bright sunshine which stayed with them all the way to such an extent that some of them got a suntan.
The rape fields were in full bloom and looked a picture. Just before Weford a muntjac deer was sighted
On reaching Welford St. Mary's church was visited followed by lunch at The Wharf Inn by the canal.
After a filling lunch a return was made to Cold Ashby via couple of hills but nothing too strenuous.
All in all a most enjoyable day's walking. Thanks to Steven for organising and leading the walk and to Julie for acting as back marker.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 11, 2017 13:42  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 6th April Walk Report.

17 of us ( including one visitor who happened to be an old work colleague of the chairman) set off from the Windhover pub in Brampton Lane on the Kingsthorpe side of Northampton on an absolutely gorgeous Spring day when the sun shone from start to finish.
Our route initially took us towards Northampton on the old Lamport Valley line which closed as late as 1982. We then cut off over the fields to cross the still running Northampton to Rugby rail line. We followed some field paths to cross under the railway and then walked across Northamotn County Golf Course which has a well defined right of way across it. Luckily we didn't have to dodge any stray golf balls.
After the course we came to Church Brampton where the houses are nothing short of breathtaking, talk about Millionaire's Row. Even an average weeks lottery win might not buy some of them.
We had our break on the edge of the village and then walked to Chapel Brampton which has some pretty sandstone houses but nothing to rival its near neighbour. The last part of the walk was a mile or so along the preserved Lamport Valley Railway back to the pub where we were met by queues at the door waiting to be served at the bar. We were back earlier than we thought would be the case so lunch did arrive till the agreed time but when it came it was delivered quickly.
Given the weather we could have sat outside but tables had been set aside for us inside.
Thanks to David H for organising and leading the walk and for Lew L for acting as backmarker on the hottest day of the year so far.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 06, 2017 15:02  under Walk Reports

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80th Anniverary Celebration Pictures

Herewith a selction of pictures taken during the celebration at Pytchley Village hall taken by ian and Carna.
                                Everything stops for Tea.
      Keith praying that the Chairman's speech will be short.  It was.
                           Chairman's short speech.
 John C recalling times past in KDRC.
                   One of our Honourary Life Members John C cutting the cake.
                            The Toast "Kettering and Distric Rambling Club.
                     The fabulous Market Harborough Ukelele Group in full voice
                                  "Let's twist again like we did last Summer!"

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 30, 2017 9:37  under Special Occasions

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SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017

Anyone want some gaiters?

 One of our members has a pair of black, nylony, Luckstone gaiters that they cannot use as they are too big and they wonder if someone would like them.  She's  giving them away to anyone who could get use out of them.  She suggests they are a large size which is why they are of no use to her.
If you are interested please contact the Chairman via his usual number.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 26, 2017 13:41  under General

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