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