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TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2018


2nd January 2018 New Year Walk Report.



Over 20 walkers assembled in the car park at the Stag's Head at Maidwell for our traditional New Year walk to blow away all traces of festive over indulgence amidst gathering clouds which seemed to tie in with the weather forecast of heavy and persistent rain for the morning.
As if on cue just prior to starting of it rained and did so continuously throughout the walk.
Our route took us on good hard tracks and roads to Blueberry Farm where the going changed to what the horse racing people call "heavy". ( in rambling circles it is known as mud).

Nothing daunted we climbed Hazelbech Hill where wonderful views of the rain soaked scenery were to be had and here we had our banana break and also some restorative chocolates provided by our walk leaders David and Sarah S.

Shortly afterwards we joined a good hard track which took us passed some stables whose equine residents looked out and wondered why those humans were out walking in the rain when they could be in a nice snug stable.
We the re-joined our original route and returned to the pub where we were joined by another four members for lunch which although it took a bit of time to come was enjoyed by all.

Again thanks to David S for leading the walk and for Sarah for acting as back amrker


posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 02, 2018 16:42  under Walk Reports


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2017


Season's Greetings.



The committee and I would like to wish all members of KDRC and their families a very Happy Christmas and a Rambling Good New Year.
David H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 22, 2017 11:50  under General


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017


Thursday 14th December Walk Report now with pictures



34 walkers set off from a new venue for the club namely the The Horseshoe" at Sywell .
We ordered lunch and then drove to the car park at Sywell reservoir for our traditional Christmas walk round the reservoir.
The weather was glorious for mid December and the sun shone throughout. There was some residual ice underfoot which made the going slightly tricky in places. A variety of bird life was seen on the way round.
Part way round we stopped for our traditional seasonal refreshments of mulled win and home made mince pies. If the author was of a cynical nature he would venture to suggest these account for the large turnout of walkers.
They were as always excellent.

On completion of the walk we drove back to the pub where we were joined by Ann R. Lunch proved to be of excellent quality and reasonably priced, in fact the pub is a real find. Perhaps we can find more walks from here for the future.
Our thanks go to Sue and Peter H for organising and leading the walk and for their heroic efforts in conjuring up the refreshments half way round the reservoir. Thanks also to Ian and Carna B with helping serve said refreshments.
All in all one of those golden KDRC days as shown by the pictures below. Thanks to Carna B for providing them.


















posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 15, 2017 19:46  under Walk Reports


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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2017


Saturday 9th December Christmas Walk and Lunch Report



33 walkers gathered in the car park of The Dukes at Woodford which was to be the venue after the walk for our Christmas lunch. One guest walker was the chairman's son Alastair complete with Frankie the dog.
Although the sun shone throughout there was a biting icy wind to see us on our way.
Our  route took us past the church and out into some fields where several new kissing gates had been installed replacing the previous stiles ( although three stiles were to be crossed later)
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Our route then took us in a loop to the outskirts of Little Addington then via some field edges to the River Nene which features several channels at the point we crossed.
We paused here for a well deserved banana break before joining the former Northampton to Peterborough East railway line at site of the old Ringstead and Addington station. 
We stuck with the line for a couple of miles before turning at the Woodford Lock and heading back to the village for lunch where we were joined by an additional 11 members for lunch taking the total to 44.

The chairman's welcome speech was brief as always and included thanks to Sue and Jem C for organsing and leading the walk and an extra thanks to Sue C for collecting the money and collating menu choices etc. He also  wished everyone a Happy Christmas.
The venue could best be described as snug and cosy but the lunch was good and as far as the author is aware was enjoyed by all.
To add to the festivities the photograph album with the pictures from the 80th celebrations was circulated and brought back memories of a very pleasant evening.

Some pictures taken en route are shown below and thanks to Carna B for providing these.



                            Our start point and lunch venue, the Dukes at Woodford.



                                              Woodford village across the fields.


      Difficult to belief this was once a gravel pit, now a beautiful home for swans.



posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 10, 2017 15:42  under Special Occasions


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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2017


Thursday 30th November Walk Report.



30 walkers crossed the county border into rural Leicestershire and set out from the Barn at Glooston on Saint Andrew's Day which in spite of blue skies was the coldest day of the Winter so far due to a piercing Arctic wind.
The walk was 5 miles in length and encompassed a variety of terrains from cultivated fields, pasture, woodland and even some parkland around Nosely Hall.
The route was of an undulating (KDRC speak for hills) nature and gave rise to a number of excellent views with the sun shining throughout and unfortunately the wind still blowing.
All of us returned to the Barn with rosy cheeks for an enjoyable and extremely well priced lunch. Three courses for £10.00 makes this a real bargain.

Thanks to Richard G for organising and leading the walk and for Julie S for acting as back marker.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 30, 2017 20:14  under Walk Reports


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