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Saturday 5th January 2019 Walk Report.

18 walkers met in the car park of the Piper in Kettering for our first walk of 2019 including three visitors and four dogs. Weather was cold and cloudy but thankfully not as frosty as day before.
Visitors were Sheri C and the chairman's two sons Iain and Alastair.

We walked passed the Ise Lodge skate park and across what is shown on maps as "The Wilderness" to the A6 after crossing which we turned left up Barton Hill then near the top turned onto a path much frequented by dog walkers.

After passing St. Botolph's church we crossed Polwell Lane and skirted the back of Wicksteed Park and circumnavigated the fishing lake then walked up to the top of the park and like the Grand Old Duke of York walked back down again pausing for our banana break.

We made our way back towards the A6 and re-traced our way back via the Wilderness to the Piper where we were joined by John C and Glyn W for an excellent lunch.

Thanks to Gloria S for organising and leading this walk and Vonnie Mc for acting as back marker.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 05, 2019 15:12  under Walk Reports

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Season's Greetings.

The committee and I would like to wish all members of KDRC and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
David H.
Chairman KDRC.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 21, 2018 16:42  under General

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Thursday 13th December 2018 Walk Report.

26 walkers met in the car park of the Horseshoe pub at Sywell on a cold and sunny Winter morning. Thankfully the car park was not an ice rink this as it had been the previous year.

After ordering lunch we drove to the car park at Sywell Reservoir Country Park where after mastering the complexities of the Pay and Display machine we were ready for the off.

                                        Under starter's orders.

Much work has been done to improve the path around the reservoir and provides good going.

The reservoir is home to a substantial bird population and some of its inhabitants are shown below.

Half way round a stop was made for the traditional seasonal refreshments of mulled wine ( alcoholic and non-alcoholic for the more abstemious) and home made mince pies.

Mr.Kipling may make exceedingly good cakes but Sue H makes absolutely scrumptious mince pies.
They were so good that nothing was left of them on the nearby bird table.

The final part of the walk was along the dam wall and completed a magical morning's walking.

We then returned to the Horseshoe where most of the food was delivered fairly promptly in spite of the pub being busy. The only exception was for those who had ordered fresh cooked liver and bacon which when it came looked to be well worth the wait.

The most enormous thanks are due to Peter and Sue H for organising and leading the walk and for providing the seasonal refreshments.

Thanks are also due to Carna B for providing a photographic record of a classic KDRC Winter walk.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 14, 2018 20:27  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 8th December 2018 Xmas Lunch at Bull's Head Arthingworth Pictures.

Below are a series of pictures taken during this year's Xmas Lunch kindly provided by Vonnie M.

   It is not known whether the applause was for the content or the brevity of the
 Chairman's speech.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 13, 2018 20:57  under Special Occasions

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A Christmas Cracker of a Walk and Lunch Saturday 8th December 2018.

26 walkers met in front of the Bull's Head at Arthingworth prior to the start of the traditional Xmas walk.
Also in attendance was Maddy the dog in festive costume as below.

Our route took us through the village and over some undulating fields to the village of Harrington. Just prior to the village some earthworks ( known as the Falls) associated with the long gone manor were passed.

On looking back from the edge of the village it could be seen that the bright Winter sunshine cast long shadows.

Walking through Harrington we entered the churchyard to have our banana break.

During the break the opportunity was taken for a group picture.

After the break a downhill stretch of road brought us to the start of a path over several undulating fields. Thankfully the track was in good condition after recent rain.

Thanks to the undulating nature of the terrain the group were able to enjoy some good views.

                                         Are we there yet? Nearly!

On returning to the pub we were joined by a number of non walking members plus one guest.
Prior to lunch the chairman made a short speech thanking everyone for coming plus special thanks to Sue and Jem C for organising not only the walk but also all the luncheon arrangements including collecting monies etc.
Thanks were also given to Sarah S for providing the charming individual menu reminder cards.
Thanks are also due to Carna B for providing the en route pictures.
The lunch pictures will be the subject of a separate post.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 11, 2018 20:34  under Walk Reports

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 Road Walking Reminder. 

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