SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
Saturday 15th September 2018 Walk Report.
It was again a poor turnout of only 5 walkers, consisting
of Julie S John A, Phil L plus Sarah S and myself on what was to prove to be a
most delightful walk taking in picturesque villages and historic
Commencing from the Hare and Hounds pub in
Greatford our route lead us past grounds of Greatford Hall before
entering open countryside which lead us into Banthorpe wood and thence back
into open country.A short section of road walking took us into Braceborough
village and as the church was open we decided that this was a good place to
have our break.
And so on to our next church stop at the tiny village of Wilsthorpe.
Interesting architecture with an 18th
century interior. Inside was a fascinating world war one exhibition with
photographs of soldiers from the local area who never came home placed on
individual chairs throughout the church.
Careful navigating due to lack of signs (which is why I came to the area
to walk it out twice to refresh my memory) took us over the East Glen river
past small pockets of woodland before arriving back at the pub where the food
was quite good but drinks expensive(Julie paid £8.60 for 2 pints of lager and
lime!)The landlord blamed it on the sugar tax!
The afternoon walk consisted of a short route into the neighbouring
village of Barholm with its lovely part norman church our 3rd church stop of
the day exploring the interior. Suprisingly for a very small village it still
supports a pub. We continued through fields on a path that continues over the
east coast mainline on a foot crossing forming a route into historic Casewick Park.But
as I had planned a short walk for the afternoon we retraced our steps when we
reached the railway and went back on the path as far as Barholm village but
returned back into Greatford taking minor roads that took us past the grounds
of Greatford Hall viewing the frontage before arriving back at the pub.
Greatford lies approximately 5 miles north east of Stamford heading
towards the Bourne direction and was well known in years gone by as a spa area.
A station existed until about the 1950s about a mile and a half north of
Bracebrorough village where you can still see on maps Spa house and Spa
farm.This railway ran from a junction with the east coast line at Essendine and
terminated at Bourne.
The total mileage for the whole day was 6 for the morning and about 3
for the afternoon.
Despite this being a figure of 8 walk where people had 3 choices (just
morning,or afternoon or whole day) only 3 members choose to support us,although
it would have been a 4th but Steven T could not come at the last minute due to
a leaking roof at home.
Its a great pity that despite our hard work in trying to cater
for every one again we feel let down,but I record here our thanks to Julie John
and Phil who showed their loyalty and friendship and support. There does seem
to be an opinion around a large part of the club that weekend walks are too
Largely speaking this is not true especially when a figure of 8 is offered.
Thanks to David S for organising and leading the walk and for providing this report.
Thanks are also due to Sarah S for acting as back marker and to Juile S for providing pictures.
posted by CHANGERINGER on September 23, 2018 11:05 under Walk Reports
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
Thursday 20th September 2018 Walk Report.
Walk from the Half Moon Inn, Grendon.
The day got off to an unpromising start with overcast skies and rain;
and a serious traffic accident on the A45 led to road closures which delayed
some walkers, notably the leaders.
17 walkers set out from the Half Moon around 10.20am. The route was across fields from Grendon to
the lane linking Castle Ashby to Parklands Farm, past this farm to the road
between Grendon and Yardley Hastings, right at this junction, then left on to a
bridleway after about 300yards and we followed this to Easton Maudit for a
coffee break at the church where several walkers took the opportunity to visit
Derek Nimmo’s grave ("Actor, Wit, Life Enhancer”).
After the break we continued north along a footpath along the side of
fields for about half a mile, then half left on to another footpath across
fields and emerged into Chequers Lane in Grendon, and back to the Half Moon.
The walk, around 5 miles in all, was easy going for the most part with
only two stiles and footpaths fairly well marked (some signs obscured by hedge
growth); three fields had been shallow ploughed recently and, with recent rain
having made the mud sticky, were slower going.
We arrived back at the Half Moon at around 12.30pm.
We started in persistent light rain which continued most of the way to
our coffee break; afterwards it was drier although still overcast and
The Half Moon have a system for walkers in which everyone orders food and
drinks before departure; the leader rings the Half Moon when about 15 minutes
from expected arrival time back for lunch and the drinks are laid out ready on
arrival. This helps the pub by avoiding
a mob of customers crowding round the bar, and means walkers can be sitting
down with drinks soon after arriving.
The system worked very well and is much to be commended and the food was
served promptly and walkers thought it was both good, and good value.
Thanks to Robert and Rosemary for organising and leading the walk and also for providing this report.
posted by CHANGERINGER on September 21, 2018 15:25 under Walk Reports
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
Lift wanted.for Thursday 20th September.
One of our walkers who lives on ST. Johns Road in Kettering needs a lift for Thursday's walk as i cannot take her as previuosly arranged.
Can anyone give her a lift please?
If you can please give me a ring on my usual phone number and I can provide details of address etc.
posted by CHANGERINGER on September 16, 2018 11:13 under General
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
Use Them or Lose Them?
It is becoming increasingly difficult to get enough walk leaders to commit to leading Saturday walks so that we have a full programme for the card.
What makes it even more difficult is the continuing poor numbers attending some of these walks which is extremely disheartening for the leaders concerned.
it is now getting to the stage that some previous leaders are considering giving up on leading walks which would be a sad situation.
If you don't like the walks on offer please tell us because if nothing changes it might be a case of use them or lose them.
posted by CHANGERINGER on September 11, 2018 11:41 under General
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
Thursday 6th September 2018 Walk Report.
aAsomewhat diminished group for a Thursday of 13 assembled in the car park of the Star and Garter at Chelveston on a morning where Autumn was beginning to make itself felt. We were joined by Jane G after a long absence and we hope to see her out and about on a regular basis with us.
Unfortunately the pub would not open up to allow us to use the facilities so we set off hoping that there were plenty of hedges en route. We were able to order our lunches as menus had been left out for us.
We left the village via a good track for what turned out to be a magical mystery tour as we had several navigation stops along the way with much consulting of maps.
Chairman's tip; when looking at a map orientate it in the direction of travel so that what is in front of you is correctly positioned on the map similarly for things to your left and right.
We crossed the old airfield which is now home to some windmills ( sorry turbines) and acres upon acres of solar panels which between them probably wouldn't produce enough energy to illuminate an Ever Ready torch.
Part way along we crossed the old post war runway which is over a mile long although now reduced in width. After a following some good tracks and we paused just before Yielden for our banana break and Roger K passed out some very welcome chocolates
After passing the village church we came upon a very long concrete track which was bordered by some vast Northamptonshire prairies. This led us onto the start of the old runway where we were passed by an inordinate number of white transit vans.
We then picked up our outward route which took us back to the pub where we were joined by John C and Gervais F for lunch which was served very promptly and with two main course for £13 offered excellent value.
Thanks to Keith B for organising and leading the walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker.
Thanks also to Roger K for providing chocolates.
posted by CHANGERINGER on September 06, 2018 19:10 under Walk Reports