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Thursday 31st October Wak Report.

On a beautiful clear sunny autumn day 31 members set off for a much adapted walk, as flooding on Stamford Green meant major re-routing (or wearing flippers and  wetsuits) .

Sign of Autumn in this beautiful picture of a tree in its Autumnal colours.


Leaving the village where there many old stone built houses we crossed the A43 onto good footpaths towards Wothorpe Hall.


Then using the bridle path we went along higher ground to the old A1 crossed this to follow the walls of Burghley estate. Turning West into a track then South to use meadow paths looking towards Stamford.

We stopped for a break then turned West using more tracks, a bridge under the A1 and woodland fringes to take us back below Wothorpe Hall.

We then used our early route in reverse to get to the village and a warm welcome at the Blue Inn and a very good lunch.


Leaders Margaret and  Dorothy plus valuable support from high vis wearers to get safely across the busy main roads.


( Sad news that Caroline C had broken her leg this morning).

Thanks to Margaret B and Dorothy W for organising and leading what proved to be a very popular walk. Thanks to Margaret for providing this report.

Pictures were provided by Julie S and Paul B.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 02, 2019 11:51  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 19th October Walk Report.

Caught the X4 bus from the Horsemarket. Alighted at Cliftonville rd,and commenced walking from midsummer meadow via the carpark from where we were joined by Mark.The first part of the walk is close to the town centre passing by Carlsberg,but is a pleasent tranquil corridor within an urban setting.The views soon open up after this as we pass through Stortons pits nature reserve with its beautiful lake scene. After a short break at the Duston mill picnic site we rejoined the canal towpath for about a mile southwards before turning up a lane leading into Hunsbury hill country park.This is a intereresting area originally full,of quarrys converted into lovely woodland ,also featuring the ironstone railway musem which we crossed over on a level crossing.Our route took us through the complete length of the park before a few minutes of passing through a residential area (which included a jewish cemetery!)


Soon after we crossed the main London rd close to Hardingstone and thence into Delapre park walking down to the abbey for lunch.This is a beautifull spot and only about a mile from Northampton town centre.The cafe was excellent and provided good value and being served quickly even through they were busy.


After we had lunch and people had time to explore the walled garden.we continued via a wooded area then skirted Delapre lake.A few minutes passing by the Brackmills industrial area and walking alongside the remains of the former Northampton to Peterborough railway before reaching the Nene at the White water rafting centre watching young people canoeing.


We continued to Midsummer meadow via the Barnes Meadow nature reserve stopping to admire the grazing cattle (so close to Northampton town centre!)It was a short walk from here back up to Cliftonville rd from where we caught the X4 back to Kettering.


Using the bus did mean that for some of the party it was free transport and no driving or less driving and no parking charges,and a nice view from the top deck.


Again a disappointing turnout but my thanks go to Mark Julie John and Vonnie by showing their friendship by coming out and supporting us and thanks to Julie for taking the photographs.

Thanks to David S for organising and leading this walk and providing this report and to Sarah S for back marking.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 02, 2019 9:54  under Walk Reports

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John McMillan Funeral Details.

John's funeral will take place on Tuesday 22nd October at St. Botolph's Church, Barton Seagrave at 1.30pm.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 15, 2019 19:38  under Special Occasions

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John McMillan.

Sadly I have to report that John McMIllan passed away on Tuesday of this week. Details of the funeral arrangements are not known at this time but will be published as soon as they are available.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 12, 2019 8:49  under General

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Club Weekend 4th to 6th October 2019 Report

Club Weekend  4th to 6th October  2019

The annual club weekend was held at Newton House Hotel near Ashbourne in Derbyshire.  26 members  attended and we were joined  by four leaders from Secret Hills the organisation who arranged our accommodation and led the walks.

When most people had arrived after lunch on the Friday we set off for a 5 mile walk which  left from the hotel along the Tissington Trail down to the pretty village of Parwich , through Alsop en le Dale and back to the hotel.  It certainly proved quite a challenging walk as after all the rain  the gateways and stiles were very muddy. 

  The stiles came in a range of shapes and sizes and the squeeze ones being particually troublesome to those with short legs!

On the Saturday we split into two grades of walk.  The more adventurous (or daft) did a circular walk of just over 9 miles which included 1900 feet of ascent. They headed from the hotel down to Milldale which is a pretty valley with a packhorse bridge. From there they crossed the river Dove  and up a sharp ascent to Ilam Rock. A packed lunch was very welcome after the climb and the views from Bunster Hill over the Manifold Dale were beautiful.  They then dropped down to the river again at the popular tourist spot of Dovedale, enjoyed an ice cream before making there way to the Stepping Stones. 

Not only was the water quite high it was also very busy with anxious children and dogs causing a bottleneck. 

Our leader Keith eventually crossed the stones and picked up a nervous dog carrying it back to the side.   Everyone completed this challenge successfully and after a walk up Lin Dale arrived back at the hotel.

Group B meanwhile covered a distance of just over 6 miles taking a slightly tricky descent down Nabs Dale to Milldale. By the time they arrived  there a tiny coffee shop was open making a welcome  break. They then walked upstream and enjoyed their lunch at Coldeaton Bridge. Following the ascent out of the valley they reached the Tissington Trail before descending to Alsop en le Dale. A short climb brought them back to the hotel and a welcome cup of tea.

The weather forecast for the Sunday had been dire but the day dawned reasonably bright if a little breezy.  Two levels of walk were again organised.  Group A  covered similar ground as the B walk the day before with a few extra twists whist the B walk headed off to Tissington for morning coffee before using farm tracks to return to the hotel.  A roast lunch was laid on by the hotel with such enormous portions we could all have done with another walk to burn it off!  It was then time for goodbyes with people setting off in different directions. Some were staying another night, some having a holiday elsewhere and others straight home.

An excellant weekend.  Looking forward to Cromer next year!

Thanks to Sue H form organising this very successful weekend. Even with the help of Secret Hills it stiill involves an enormous amount of work on her part. Sue also provided this report and several of the photographs. 

Also a special thanks to Sue C for handling all the financial matters associated with the weekend.

Thanks also to Teresa M and Judith E for providing additional pictures many of which are shown below. 

 (Apologies for not including every picture but it is one of the drawbacks with our current website is that loading pictures takes an inordinate amount of time. I have tried to show a representative sample of people and scenery. David H.)

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 10, 2019 10:36  under Special Occasions

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