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Club Weekend.

Could I take this opportunity to wish all those attending the club weekend in Shrewsbury good weather, good walking, good food and good company.
David H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 04, 2017 9:14  under General

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Saturday 30th September Walk Report.

We were very fortunate to have sunny weather to enjoy the autumnal colours and scenery on this 5½ mile walk from the Axe and Compass PH in Hemingford Abbots.

The route from Hemingford Abbots (with the tall slender spire of St Margaret’s Church) took us through Hemingford Grey (past the Manor house, built in 1130s and famous for the Green Knowe books by Lucy Boston), across the large expanse of water meadows to 15th Century St Ives Bridge (with chapel half-way across and overlooking what once was a busy inland port) and then through the town to where we had a short break. 

We continued through All Saints churchyard and beside the church (with towering steeple in a wooded setting) onto the long path to Houghton Mill (wooded thickets, some nature reserves, with glimpses of the River Great Ouse). Houghton Mill (a 5 storey watermill, was shrouded in scaffolding and was maybe having its weatherboarding repainted) then across the river and lock and back across another water meadow to Hemingford Abbots (by way of Black Bridge, a replacement for the timber one swept away in the 1947 floods).

All was very picturesque, many people were out and about and the walking was easy.
The staff at the PH were attentive and the meals were served promptly, a little pricey but nice. We were 18 for the walk and Ann joined us for the meal, having explored herself.

Thanks to Carna and Ian B for organising and leading this walk in what was for most members pastures new. Thanks are also due to Carna for the wonderful pictures below.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 01, 2017 13:44  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 21st September 2017 Walk Report.

25 members set off from The Royal Oak in Blisworth for 7 mile walk over to Stoke Bruerne and back.   The weather was mild with a gentle breeze and the rain held off until half way through lunch.

The route took us down to the Grand Union Canal and along to the entrance of the Blisworth Tunnel.  Here we had a bit of history about the building of the tunnel and how prior to its existence the barges unloaded their cargo and took it over the fields on a tramway pulled by horses to be reloaded on another barge at the other end.  The opening of the tunnel linked London to Braunston.   

Originally the barges were legged through the tunnel before steam tugs were introduced.  Today the tunnel is the longest self guided tunnel on the canal network and is two way although does not have a tow path.

Our walking route took us over the adjoining fields on a bridleway which unfortunately had seen many horses in the last few days and was extremely churned up and muddy.  Eventually we arrived at the south end of the tunnel and walked along the tow path to Stoke Bruerne.  This is an attractive tourist area with boat trips, locks, café and a blacksmiths.

After a short break we headed back using a different route which took us over newly sown fields and passed numerous blackberry bushes, the fruits of which were enjoyed by many!

The weary party arrived back for lunch at the pub, just before the rains started, and were joined by David and Ann.

Thanks to Sue and Peter H for organising and leading this walk and thanks to Sue for providing the report.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  September 23, 2017 10:41  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 16th September Walk Reoort.

Six members joined the X4 bus getting off at Delapre Park Gates where our walk commenced.It was an enjoyable start to the walk viewing the beautiful ornimental  gardens.Some of us then went into the cafe which forms part of the main Delapre Abbey building (in order to use the facilities)Our route continued by walking around Delapre lake before heading down to the Bedford Road taking the path which at the moment has been partially diverted because of the building of the new Northampton University building. We then walked through the grounds of St Andrews hospital entering via the Workbridge complex close by Barnes meadow roundabout. We took the opportunity to visit the hospital chapel (beautiful stone victorian building )and then continued on our way passing the original hospital buildings (historic John Clare connection) before reaching Abington park walking via the Billing Rd and Abington Avenue South. 

 We enjoyed lunch at the park cafe .Good service despite being busy and the food was good too. We visited the park museum (based in the old manor house) The half hour visit was inadequate as there was so much of interest to see,certainly worth a return visit.We continued the walk by crossing the road and walking around one of the lakes before retracing our steps back up to Park Avenue. We completed the walk by heading up to the Kettering Rd where we caught the X10 bus from the bus stop in front of the Morrisons supermarket. Most of the day the weather was good although 5 minutes before we got to the bus stop we had a hail storm.A brief soaking was had by all! People on the walk were surprised at the interesting history of Northampton that is relatively unknown particularly Delapre Abbey and park.

Looking forward to meeting up on the Weekend. Otherwise see you all on our next walk Saturday October 24th around the Gumley area?

Chairman's Note: Thanks to David S for organising and leading this walk and for providing this report

posted by CHANGERINGER on  September 19, 2017 17:10  under Walk Reports

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6th August Walk Picture.

                                Good to see Linda D out and about again.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  September 12, 2017 14:57  under Walk Reports

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