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Thursday 10th August 2017 Walk Report

A goodly number of 28 walkers met at The Old Barn at Wadenhoe on a bright morning which earlier had a slight Autumnal feel to it. This was the first walk led by Mike and Sue W who were not a little daunted by the good turnout. There were a number of new walkers whom the chairman had recruited from the WEA : Ann and Len J, Richard M and Moira S.
It was also good to see the return of some stalwarts who had been absent for some time including Dorothy W , Colin and Konnie B. and also the return of Rosemary W following her recent illness.
The route took them past Wadenhoe MIll and over the fields by way of the River Nene to Achurch then To Thorpe Wateville then back to Aldwincle, then following the Nene Way back to Wadenhoe where an opportunity was taken to have a look at the parish church which sits in glorious isolation from the rest of the village on the top a hill.
On returning to the Old Barn we were joined by Ann R for lunch which was taken al fresco The food was excellent and especially commented upon was the home made steak pie such that when one of the group complimented a member of staff on it she replied " I'm glad you like it, I made it".
Good job she hadn't complained about it.
Thanks to  Mike and Sue W for organising and leading an excellent first walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  August 10, 2017 14:34  under Walk Reports

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Sunday 30th July Walk Report

A very disappointing turnout of only two walkers plus the leader turned out for the walk from Isham.
It may have been because of the change of day from Saturday to Sunday but it must have been very disheartening for the walk leader.
Thanks to John M for organising and leading the walk and nothing daunted he says he will lead a walk on the Winter card.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  August 01, 2017 14:02  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 27th July 2017 Walk Report.

18 of us including one new walker Eileen Y with George the dog set off from the Cross Keys at Kings Cliffe for a very pleasant five and a bit miles or so walk . This part of Northamptonshire with its huge fields and wooded areas seem to give rise to what artists call "Big Skies". Thankfully the big skies contained no rain clouds during our walk in fact the conditions were almost ideal for walking.
Our route took us along field edge paths to the outskirts of Apethorpe then past Rowan Atkinson's old house. A bit further on we paused for our banana break at the corner of Tomlin's Wood. This wood is home to a large population of Roe or Fallow deer but only their hoof prints were to be seen today.
We then walked on to Spa Farm which is named for the nearby Kings Cliffe Spa which now consists of a hole in the ground surrounded by bricks and nettles. A bit underwhelming really.
One can imagine the gentry of the day arriving at the spa after being hauled up Morehay Lane by sweating horses and remarking "Is this it? Home again James".
A straight walk down Morehay Lane took us back into the outskirts of Kings Cliffe and via a number of back lanes to the pub for a well deserved  and excellent lunch.
Thanks to Robert W for organising and leading the walk. Unfortunately Rosemary W was unable to join us due to ill health. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her out and about again soon.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 27, 2017 15:08  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 13th July 2017 Walk Report.

22 walkers including two potential new members set off from The Bell at Gumley on a pleasant summer’s day.  The fields were dry and it was easy walking. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The route went towards Laughton before arriving at the Grand Union Canal.  From there the walk was along to Foxton Locks.  A lot of boats were travelling up and down the locks which was interesting as these are staircase locks.   Ice creams were purchased and time spent following the passage of the boats.

On arrival back at the pub Margaret, Hugh and Ann joined us.  The pub was overflowing with people and a good meal was had by all.

Thanks to Sue and Jem for organising the walk.
Also thanks to Sue H for providing the report.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 13, 2017 16:04  under Walk Reports

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SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017 Walk Report.

8 of us ( plus Patrick the dog) set off from the Queens Head at Orlingbury on a pleasant enough but not too warm day fora  6.25 mile walkacross the fields to Hardwick where the church and the Old School were much admired.
On leaving Hardwick we crossed numerous fields before reaching the back end of Wellingborough Cricket Club where where what one can only presume was the detritius from a barbeque or some such event had been thrown through the hedge onto the footpath.
However nothing daunted we continued on and after numerous fields arrived in Little Harrowden for the last ascent up the hill to Orlingbury.
The pub was not serving lunches so we made our way to the Lamb at Little Harrowden where we were joined by Linda D for lunch.
Hopefully we will see Linda out walking again in the not too distant future.
A good lunch was had by all with two members staying behind for pudding and very it nice it was too.
Thanks to Jane T for organising and leading the walk and to to the chairman for acting as back marker.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 02, 2017 15:09  under Walk Reports

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