if anyone has any pictures from the London walk on Saturday that they would like to appear in the walk report could they send them to me at the usual email address please?
A terrific turnout of 34 including two visitors ( plus Harry their dog) met up in the car park adjacent to the Billing Mill pub on a gloriously sunny Spring morning.
The route took us along the River Nene the over the bridge to Clifton Mill then via a slight detour due to ground conditions up the hill to Little Houghton.
From the outskirts of the village there were terrific views over the Northampton Washlands and Northampton itself. Descending the hill we joined the Old Nene Valley railway line for a short distance before starting around the perimeter of the Washlands. This is a dual purpose nature reserve/ flood alleviation scheme where flood water from the Nene is fed into a vast basin to reduce excess flow downstream and when the river level has dropped water is fed out from the Washlands via sluice gates.
Shortly after our break we passed the carcass of a swan. On a happier note their were several live ones to be seen.
On completing the circuit we entered the mysterious world of moorings, backwaters, ponds, pools and paths of all descriptions which took us back to Billing Aquadrome which stretches for a very long distance which surprised many walkers.
On returning to the pub there was a fairly long wait to get drinks but the food actually came bit quicker than we had been advised it would be. The meal deals on offer were the best seen in a long time.
We were also joined for lunch by Margaret B.
Note to pub chain owners: during school holidays and with large parties booked in for meals why not put on a few more bar staff on to avoid queues?
Thanks to Sue and Peter H for organising and leading a brilliant walk and to Carna B for providing the pictures below.
"And the award for the best view from a car park in Northamptonshire goes to....."
Around the Washlands
Dog takes man for walk.
A ghostly galleon amidst the floods.
If you are doing the London walk on the 14th April please ensure you get a Travel card when you book your rail ticket if you haven't already done so. This will avoid the need to queue at St Pancras to get tube tickets etc and holding up the rest of the group from starting the walk.
The General Data Protection Regulations will come into force in May this year and will replace the existing Data Protection Regulations.
To enable us to comply with the new regulations we have to ask members if they are willing to let us collect and use data for specific purposes. To allow us to do so a form will be included with the new Summer walk cards and newsletters which will be distributed soon.
Please do not ignore the form but fill it in and return as requested to enable us as a club to comply with the new regulations.
Seven hardy souls set off from Oundle on what promised to be a somewhat damp ten mile figure of eight walk. The route was from Oundle to Glapthorn Cow Pasture to Glapthorn and back to Oundle.
The morning was cloudy and the afternoon was very wet and due to flooding it was not possible to walk along the river from Cotterstock to Oundle so the return was made via the road.
Lunch was taken at the Ship in Oundle and the food was good.
The return to Kettering was made using the 3.48 No 4 bus.
Thanks to Steven T for organising and leading the walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing this report.