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Thursday 29th November 2018 Walk Report.

21 walkers met in the car park of the The Bell at Little Addington on what could be described as a fairly miserable morning with strong gusty winds blowing and the threat of rain..
Our route took us up through the village and on to a couple of fields which in the pre-walk briefing were described as "claggy" and proved to be so.

We then reached the River Nene and followed the route of the Nene Way which to the writer's mind is synonymous with mud as shown in the picture below.

The path led us past the Frontier Activities Centre where in the distance archery practice could just be seen.

We then crossed  the River Nene ( or was it a backwater? It seems to have so many channels) by the bridge below.

After this we joined the route of the old Nene Valley Railway line on and a good surfaced patu took us past the Stanwick Lakes Centre. It is amazing to think that the lake are the result of sand and gravel extraction as they look so natural.

We took oor banana break near the curious structure shown below. It appears to be a part completed roundhouse or is it an art work?

                             Sculpture or structure?

Continuing on the old railway track the skies darkened and a very sharp but thankfully very short rain shower occurred but this soon passed and was followed by some blue skies as below.

The railway track was left at the site of the old Ringstead and Addington station and the various channels of the River Nene were crossed before some field edge paths took us back to the road into the village and  back to the pubwhere lunch was served promptly and offered good value for money.

Thanks to Robert and Rosemary W for organising and leading this walk and to Carna B for providing her always delightful pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 02, 2018 11:42  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 24th November Walk Report.

Meeting at the Half Moon Pub and having given our food order in 8 ( plus Patrick the dog) of us set off on a  4.5 mile walk from Grendon village, crossing fields and coming down to view Castle Ashby House where we had a "photo opportunity". 


 The walk took us into Easton Maudit before branching off thru fields again bringing us back to Grendon.   The walk was mainly fields with a short distance on road, mainly flat but with a couple of inclines and a couple of stiles. 


 The weather was good for us with a few spots of rain and by the time we had got our hoods up it had stopped.   A 2 hour walk and back to the pub for a well deserved drink and meal. 

Everyone enjoyed the walk and several asked if we could do it again in the Summer, perhaps doing it "backwards".

Thanks to Nonnie for acting as walk leader on the day.

Thanks to Vonnie for organising the walk, taking the pictures, acting as back marker and providing this report.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 27, 2018 16:46  under Walk Reports

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Christmas Lunch and Walk Reminder.

Just a brief reminder that 29th November is deadline for getting payment and menu choices back to Sue C  for Christmas lunch on Saturday 8th December.
Also remember you need to let Sue know if you are doing walk as well as lunch.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 22, 2018 20:32  under General

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Thursday 15th November 2018 Walk Report.

22 walkers met in the car park of the Wharf Inn at Welford on a fairly gloomy morning which later turned into a glorious Autumn day with lots of sunshine.

Our route took us past the Pocket Park in the village which is fronted by a colourful carved wooden figure of a man. No clue is given to who it represents but it may be Postman Pat looking slightly worse for wear. Attack of the phantom woodpeckers perhaps?

On leaving the village a cross some fields a short stretch of Hall Lane was traversed before heading off across some field edge paths which were reasonably dry underfoot. The terrain was slightly undulating with the summits of the undulations giving rise to some good views.

Our first crossing of the Grand Union canal led us across a slightly claggy field then through Sybold’s Spinney to again meet the canal where our banana break was taken in the lee of  a canal bridge which provided some shelter from a somewhat chilly wind.

Turning left we followed the towpath for a goodly distance but without sight of any boats. The only sign of activity was when we met two men painting a footbridge.

However on turning onto the Welford Arm a bit more traffic was seen but unfortunately all the boats were going the wrong way so were unable to offer us a lift back to the pub.

On reaching the pub the food was served quickly and with daily roasts costing only £6.50 offered excellent value.

Thanks to John A for organising and leading this walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker,

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 19, 2018 15:20  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 10th November 2018 Walk Report.

Morning walk 5.5 miles


It was a beautiful late autumn day as 12 walkers (including 2 visitors)  set off from Gumley walking in a northerly direction through the village and passing through the churchyard. We followed part of the Leicestershire round enjoying wonderful views all around from Smeeton hill which is one of the highest points on this route. We made a brief stop in Saddington village where a passer by kindly agreed to take a group photograph.


We took the Mowsley road out of the village (quite a lot of traffic) before bearing left onto a minor road passing by Saddington reservoir continuing to Gumley  encountering a steep gradient before entering the perimeter of the village. At this point again lovely views all around, before turning left through a short area of woodland leading into the churchyard, and retracing our steps back to the pub.


Afternoon walk 3.5 miles


Five walkers did the afternoon walk which took us towards Laughton village passing by what appears on the map as a mound and also a mot? The route passes close to Gumley lodge and continues straight ahead before coming to a minor road on which we turned right. This lead us to the outskirts of Laughton. The route back to Gumley was a gated road. Again great views along the way, at one point Leicester could be seen in the distance and the hills of Bradgate park beyond. (about 15 miles away)


All in all a good days walking catering for all abilities. 


The Bell at Gumley was excellent value,enjoyed by everyone.

Thanks to David S for organising and leading this the walk and for providing this report.

Thanks are also due to Sarah S for acting as back marker and to our visitor Gail for providing the pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  November 19, 2018 14:21  under Walk Reports

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