Twenty walkers and a dog set off from Poplar Farm Road for a gentle walk over to Grafton Underwood. The walk took us on footpaths over and round fields with good views over to the Cranford Road.
The newish primary school looked as though it had been built in a field but the housing projects will eventually circle the school. In the other direction one could see the beginning of the large housing development and the knowledge that eventually the whole area will be houses.
A cream tea was our reward at Grafton Underwood village hall. Teas are held on every Sunday in August to raise money for the local church. The weather was kind enabling us to sit outside although it also enabled the wasps to join us!
Eventually we dragged ourselves away and headed back over the fields to the car. Sadly, in a year or two this walk will not be as pleasant due to what feels like a never ending growth of housing.
Thanks to Rona and Vera for capably leading the walk and their husbands for being back markers.
Thanks also to Sue H for providing this report.
9th August 2018.
CIRCULAR: CASTLE ASHBY - COGHENHOE - WHISTON, 5.5 miles.
For the first time ever
Peter and Sue H, in support of walk leader Roger K arrived before
any other members on a refreshingly cooler and cloudy morning at the
Castle Ashby Shopping Yard. 18 walkers assembled and ordered lunch at the
The Buttery café, NN7 1LF.
As they set off on a roadside path to the hamlet of
Chadstone the leaders were delighted to find an overgrown hedgerow
encroaching across the path had recently been cut.
Turning NW on the 'Northamptonshire Round' path passing fields ready for harvest and through shady dells, including Whiston Spinney and The Firs, walkers negotiated three sets of steps including those named 'Jerusalem' before dropping down into the edge of Coghenhoe village.
After the customary 'banana stop' where they sat on an artificial bridge of small rocks conveniently placed as part of Nene drainage works and a short section of road walking, they climbed into the traditional village of Whiston to sample fine views over the Nene Valley and a visit to the wide open and welcoming 16th century St Mary's Parish Church:
' On a hill, quite on its own, reached only on foot. The church is indeed a monument, built to one man (Anthony Catesby), and not altered since'.(Pevsner)
Another short section of downhill road walking brought them back for lunch, which fortunately was taken inside, its conclusion coinciding with a heavy rain storm - welcome rain after many dry weeks and mud-free boots!
Thanks are due to a number of people:-
To Roger K for organising and leading a most enjoyable walk in what was pastures new for many walkers. Also for providing this report and pictures.
Thanks to Sue H for acting as back marker and for helping ensure lunches were dispensed correctly.
Thanks are also due to our Bill J for pruning on the day and Peter H who can be seen hard at work in the picture below clearing the path prior to the walk.
Do you think the club funds would stretch to a machete?
On the 104th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 and with the temperature climbing upwards 8 walkers set off from the the Horse and Jockey at Manton.
They proceeded along the McMillan Way towards the village of Brooke. The route being part of a ridgeway which gave rise to some excellent views of the Rutland countryside.
Due to the elevated tempeature several water stops were made before the banana break was taken at St. Peters Church and Sue C and Julie S bought some locally produced jam with proceeds going to the church funds.
A return was then made back to Manton with several mares being seen en route as this is after all a horsey part of the world. To use racing parlance the going was extremely hard and care had to be taken with walking pole poles lodging in the cracks.
John C joined the group for lunch which was excellent in spite dozens of cyclists taking food and drink.
Thanks to John A for organising and leading the walk and for providing this report. Thanks also to Julie S for acting as back marker. It is to be hoped she enjoyed her jam.
13 walkers ( who were joined later by a further three who had been held up by roadworks en route) set off from Launde Abbey for what was on the list as a 5.5 mile walk over undulating countryside ( for those of you not aware undulating is KDRC speak for hilly).
The day was forecast to be the hottest day of the heatwave and so it proved.The walk also proved to be somewhat longer than 5.5 miles with one walker measuring it at a shade over seven miles.
Within a short distance of setting off we thankfully entered the shade of Launde Park Wood where we were joined by those who had been held up by the roadworks who were nevertheless in good spirits as seen in the picture below.
In the midst of the woods a brief navigation stop was made.
From entering the woods and for a while afterwards our route saw us gain altitude which gave rise to some spectacular views of the Leicestershire countryside.
On reaching maximum altitude a choice was available as to whether people wanted take take a short cut back to the Abbey or continue with the full route. Four sensible people opted for this whilst the rest ignoring the scorching temperature continued onwards. For what was supposedly and additional two miles.
Truly ignorance is bliss. Some very undulating countryside followed mostly undulating upwards.
Long stretches across open fields were crossed.
"There's a long long trail a winding........."
Due to the recent hot weather much of the ground underfoot was extremely rutted and and hard which did not make the going any easier.
Eventually with water bottles empty and some slightly later than planned a return was made to the Abbey where we were joined by John C for lunch which according to some reports was not up to Launde's usual standard.
Thanks to Richard G for organising and leading what can only be described a challenging walk in view of the weather, terrain and pace at times.
Thanks also to Julie S for acting as back marker and to Ian B for providing the pictures.
We met at The Red Lion PH in the centre of Crick for a 5½ mile walk to Yelvertoft and back. Most of the route is along a quiet and picturesque section of the Leicester Arm of the Grand Union Canal. So, 15 walkers set off, going past St Margaret’s Church, over a bridge above Crick by-pass and into the community playing fields area. Here there is the new Somme 100 Memorial circle with a Tommy carved from oak, a plaque and specially commissioned bench.
A little further on, we walked along the towpath of the canal.
This took us around Crack’s Hill where later we were to climb to the top. At Bridge 17 we turned away from the canal and headed straight to Yelvertoft and the church there.
Here we had our coffee break and many sat in their well-equipped kitchen area. Back on the canal-side we headed back towards Crick, deviating across the fields to be able to climb the ‘undulation’- Crack’s Hill. At the top there is a helpful ‘map-dial’ to recognise places and the surrounding views.
Finally we re-joined the canal and went past Crick Marina (where a large canal boat festival is held every year) passing one of the surprisingly few boats seen on the walk.
" I see no ships" Should have gone to Specsavers!
Back at the pub we enjoyed reasonably priced lunches and we said we would be happy to do the same again, next year!
Thanks to Ian and Carna B for organisng and leading a very enjoyable walk in brilliant Summer sunshine. Thanks to them for also providing very welcome refreshments in the church and for providing this report and pictures.