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MONDAY, JULY 8, 2019


Saturday 5th July 2019 Walk Report.



26 people in total met at Wansford Station on the Nene Valley Railway on an overcast and showery morning. We started off with a short railway journey from Wansford Station to Yarwell. Due to Thomas the Tank Engine derailing at Yarwell Junction the previous weekend and damaging the points the train was topped and tailed by a steam loco at one end (Battle of Britain Class "92 Squadron” ) at one end and a Class 45 Diesel ("The Royal Tank Regiment”) at the other.

Much excitement was exhibited by some of the passengers.



This took us under the A1 road, to near the caravan park and river at Yarwell. Three people stayed on the train and went to Peterborough while the rest walked 4.5 miles along the River Nene.



 The route took us along the Nene way by Yarwell Lock, across a field of alpacas to the edge of the village before crossing a hay field to another guillotine style lock by a small island where some people had pitched tents. Then passing newly planted trees and some horses we approached the elegant stone bridge at Wansford.



 Further on, after passing under two much larger and less graceful bridges carrying the noisey A1 traffic, we had a short break, where once there had been a rest point for lorries and cars.

We continued along the river, only seeing one moving boat, to Sutton village where this beautiful display of flowers was seen and a house typical of the area with thatched roof.




 Then back through fields of docile cows with young to Wansford signal box and station.



Here we went our separate ways - some people had picnics, others food at the station cafe or nearby Stibbington Diner and some made their way home. 

Thanks to Ian and Carna B for organising and leading this well attended walk with the added bonus of a train ride. Thanks are also due to Carna for providing this report.

Pictures were provided by Julie S.



posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 08, 2019 10:20  under Walk Reports


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2019


Saturday 29th June 2019 Walk Report.



Seventeen walkers arrived at  Rockingham Main St for a walk to Gretton.
Weather was warm and sunny.We welcomed two new walkers Phyll & Janet .


Turning left into a lovely close of terraced bungalows with country gardens took us off the noisy main road into the quiet of the countryside with views of the Welland Valley all the way to the railway tunnel and little  spinney before the climb up the hill into Gretton.
We decided to stop here at the top to eat our lunch and look at the fabulous view.


After lunch we had to tackle a rape field where the crop had fallen over the path,which was hard going .
Onwards a short way on paths to the recreation ground in Gretton where we went into the social club and were allowed to replenish our water bottles and have a short sit down inside.
Cricket was soon to start.We left them to it and continued alongside the very nice recreation ground with tennis courts lots of seats and children's swings.


Along a track that  took us to the road where we did a very short piece of road walking.
Crossing the road to the left another track took us to a railway crossing after which we followed the footpath back to Rockingham.


Walk took longer than expected due to the hot weather and more stops in the shade needed.
Arriving back approx 3pm.


Thanks to Judith E for organising and leading this walk on the hottest day of the year so far.Judith also provided picture and this report.

Thanks also to Vonnie Mc for acting as back marker.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 03, 2019 16:13  under Walk Reports


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TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2019


Thursday 27th June 2019 Walk Report.



23 walkers met in Barnack on 27 June for a relatively short walk (4½ miles).   Barnack is particularly noted for its ‘hills and hollows’, the site of quarries from which Barnack Rag stone was extracted from Roman times to the 15th century, and now a nature reserve where several varieties of rare wild flowers thrive.

One visitor (John A) was welcomed prior to departure.


 The weather was almost ideal for walking - sunny with a little cloud and a noticeable breeze to keep us cool.   We met at the Millstone Inn and our route took us first to Barnack Church, which has a remarkable Saxon tower, and associations with Charles Kingsley, author of ‘The Water Babies’, whose father was Vicar of Barnack.



 Then via via footpaths across fields past the village bowling greento Southorpe



 Stopping en route as we passed Walcot Hall,a seventeenth century house with extensive park lands around it - the house was used by the USAAF as an operations centre for Flying Fortress raids on Germany during the Second World War.  

In one of the fields were  what may have been Jacob's sheep.




In Southorpe itself we looked at two large pieces of Barnack ragstone on the grass verge, examples of stones which fell off carts as stone was taken from Barnack quarry on its way for use in the building of Peterborough Cathedral. 



  At the south end of Southorpe we turned right on to a footpath which followed the line of Ermine Street, allowing us a view of Walcot Hall along what would, originally, have been the main entrance from Ermine Street.   

We followed the estate wall until we arrived at Barnack Hills and Hollows where we greatly enjoyed looking at the colourful array of wild flowers, including Fragrant and Pyramid Orchids.



                            Burnet Moth on Knapweed.




 Then back to The Millstone Inn for lunch; a very satisfactory pub base for future reference.


Thanks to Robert and Rosemary W for organising, leading and back marking this walk in pastures new. Thanks are also due to Robert for providing this report.

The delightful pictures were provided by Carna B and Roger K.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  July 02, 2019 14:15  under Walk Reports


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SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019


Saturday 22nd June 2019 Derbyshire Walk Report.



On a lovely sunny day a party of 15 walkers set off in a minibus to Parsley Hay car park on the High Peak Trail. in Derbyshire.


On arrival we set off walking to the junction with the Tissington Trail. 



We continued on the High Peak Trail for 4 miles. Both trails are on old railway tracks so the gradients were very gentle. Then a foot path was taken for around 1 and a half miles here lunch was enjoyed at the Waterloo Inn at Biggin-by- Hartington.










From here we took the Tissington trail for 3 miles to the old Hartington station. A replica signal box has been built here also toilets and cafe with welcome ice cream.


                "I always wanted a train set when I was younger, now I've got a real one."


We continued along the Tissington Trail to the junction with the High Peak Trail and the car park at Parsley Hay after 1 mile.

Below are a series of pictures showing characteristics views of the peak District scenery and the ever present dry stone walls.







The minibus left at 4 15 and arrived back in Kettering at 6 15.


A big thank you is due to Steven Thompson for organising and leading what is fast becoming one of the highlights of the KDRC calendar and for providing this report.

Thanks to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing pictures. Pictures were also provided by Caroline C.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 29, 2019 13:51  under Walk Reports


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THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019


Thursday 13th June 2019 Walk Report.



Today, the walk was rather dominated by the wet weather, which unfortunately didn't let up. 13 rain-hardy people walked the 5.5 miles  along lanes, across fields and through woods in Bedfordshire. 


From Upper Dean we went to Swineshead via generally wide paths alongside fields but, at one point across a sticky oil-seed rape field. The terrain is undulating and the views on a nice day would have been good from the higher points. Still, today we could see Swineshead Church spire quite prominently a fair distance away, but it was some time before we were passing it and starting to make our way up again. We went along byways passing Swineshead and Spanoak Woods (both open and managed by the Woodland Trust). We used a path just inside Spanoak Wood to avoid the many large puddles on the main path.


 After a brief stop, we continued along more byways to another high point before completing the circuit by coming down into Upper Dean near to the Church. We were pleased to return to get dry again and maybe another time, if not raining, we would have time to admire the views of the open, rolling countryside more.


I think it is fair to say that people enjoyed the food at The Three Compasses - it was nicely presented, tasty, good value and came out promptly. We thank them for opening specially for us.

Look forward to seeing you at the next Thursday walk hopefully,

All best wishes,

Carna and Ian.


Thanks to Ian and Carna B for organising and leading this walk and providing this report.

Also a special thank you to those brave souls who took part and most certainly cannot be called fair weather walkers.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 13, 2019 19:53  under Walk Reports


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