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Thursday 4th May 2017 Walk Report.

14 of us set off from the Newton Dovecote Buttery near Geddington on a gloriously sunny morning but with an an unseasonably chilly wind which prersisted through the four miles of the walk.
Our route took us via fields roads and tracks to the edge of Little Oakley ( see picture of church below)
then back to Geddington past Newton Church where an information board records details of the Newton Riots which were a protest against the enclosure of Common Land by the local gentry among other things. These riots resulted in the usual massacre of peasants followed by a few dozen hangings of ringleaders.
So much for the good old days.
We also passed the Dovecote which is one of the few tangible remains of Newton Manor and some of the walkers had a closer look at this.
We then returned to the Buttery where an excellent lunch was enjoyed by all.
Our thanks are due to Robert and Rosemary W who stepped in at short notice to organise and lead a very interesting and informative walk over what to most participants untrod territory so close to home.
                                          Little Oakley Church

posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 04, 2017 18:22  under General

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London Walk Pictures

Thanks to Carna B for these pictures from the London walk on Saturday 22nd April.
                                 Our start point, the Cutty Sark at Greenwich.
                                 Greenwich Market
                                     Pie and mash, good honest Cockney grub
                        Peter the Great statue with small head and big hat.
                                                           City skyline.
                     St. Mary the Virgin Church, Rotherhithe
                                                       Restaurant boat.
The end is in sight but still a way to go. Keith B is bowed down with the thought of having to buy drink.
                          My daddy was a Routemaster
                 Not as cuddly as the other goats at the farm but cheaper to feed
                             The Salt Quay pub, our lunch stop.
                                                  The Happy Couple
                         Tower Bridge, the official end of the walk.
                                Someone told Ian B the drinks are on him!

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 26, 2017 14:50  under Walk Reports

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SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

London Walk Report Satutrday 22nd April 2017.

The 8.26 train from Kettering to St. Pancras was well laden with around 24 members ready for the annual KDRC London walk. On arrival at St. Pancras we were met by an additional pair  and set off via the Northern LIne to Bank Station then joined the DLR to Island Garden station. 
We then crossed the Thames by means of the old Foot Tunnel emerging adjacent to the site of the the revamped Cutty Sark where preparations were in full flow for erecting the barriers for the next day's London Marathon.
We walked through Greenwich Market to Garrards Original Pie and Mash Shop where a room was reserved for us to have a break.What with some having pie and mash and one intrepid member having jellied eels such was the atmosphere that if you listened carefully you could almost hear the sound of cheerful Cockneys singing Knees Up Mother Brown drifting across the river from the East End.
After this break the walk began in earnest and took us via the Thames Path all the way to Tower Bridge. Whilst it may not contravene the Trades Description Act, the Thames path seems a long way from the Thames in places. We paused for a refreshment stop at the Salt Quay pub then completed the last 1.5 miles to the bridge which marked the official end of the walk.
Rather than take take the 188 bus to Russell Square where we were having dinner some hardy souls decided to walk there which added another hour to their walk. Well done them!
On arrival at the President Hotel well deserved refreshments were taken prior to the always excellent three course buffet meal plus coffee which for £15.50 must represent the best value in London.
The members then made their footsore but happy way back to the station for the train home
It is almost impossible to estimate the amount of time and work involved in organising an undertaking like this and mere thanks do not do justice to the individuals concerned but could the author say say on behalf of all those who took a part a gigantic thank you to Ian and Carna B and Sue and Jem C for organising and leading this enormously successful day. 

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 23, 2017 9:21  under Walk Reports

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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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