16 members met in the car park of the Dukes at Woodford under glowering skies that promised rain if not sleet as per the forecast for the area. it was good to see Shirley H back with us and BIll J back from the Antipodes complete with new beard.
The route was a bit different from the normal Woodford walks and came courtesy of the chairamn's wife. it led us through the villag to cross a field with views over the Nene Valley which by this time were obscured by steady drizzle accompanied by a strong driving wind. We then passed up through Woodford Spinney which kept us out ofr the wind for a short time. From the edge of the Spinney views were obtained of the eyesore that is the Primark across the A14.
After a couple of fields we had to walk up the slip road to the A14 which although it has a proper pavement is very narrow and extra hi-vis waistcoats were worn. This must be one of the worst footpath diversions in the county.
After about half a mile on a good concrete tracks we joined the old Nene Valley railway line and stayed on it as far as Woodford Lock. A loop following the river took us to Denford bridge where civil engineering works are in progress which has resulted in a good temporary track being laid which was gratefully utilised apart from the section where it had sunk causing a flooded gateway. At least it cleaned our boots on the way back to Woodford Lock.
Following the river bank for a short distance we then crested a rise and re-entered the Spinney where a fallen tree which hadn't been there the previous week proved a source of hilarity with the variety of crossing techniques adopted.
Exiting the Spinney we crossed the last field back to the village where we soon arrived at the warm and welcoming Dukes for an excellent and well priced lunch.
The Dukes does main courses during the week for £6 which as the say in Glasgow is "pure dead brilliant so it is".
The walk was led by the chairman and thanks are due to Mrs. H for providing the route and to Lou L for acting as abck marker.
The new date for the A.G.M. is 16th March. Same venue as before, St. Andrews Church Hall at 7.30pm.
Due to further snow and the reported state of the car park at St. Andrews Church tonight's AGM has been cancelled. The new date is Friday 16th March, same venue and same time 7.30p.m..
18 walkers met at a new venue for us, The Griffin at Pitsford on a cold cloudy morning with a bit of cold wind. Not much sign of Spring springing.
We drove to the reservoir car park on the outskirts of the village but unfortunately one car load drove to the main car park. Oops!
However we were soon re-united and walked around the perimeter of the reservoir starting on the North side.
This is a good Winter walk as the going is good hard surface all the way round. The only drawback as with most reservoir walks is that you can see hjow far you have to go.
After crossing the causeway and being informed we were more than two thirds of the way round we had a very welcome stop for our banana break.
On arrival back at the pub we were joined by Gervase F. The food came quite quickly and the bowls of chips which accompanied the sandwiches were pronounced excellent.
A venue worthy of further usage.
Thanks to Robert and Rosemary W for organising and leading a wonderful Winter walk.