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Thursday 7th February 2019 Walk Report.

26 walkers left home in bright weather to arrive at the Bell in Gumley with a leaden sky and strong winds.
Lunches were ordered and announcements made.

We set off down towards the canal made easier by stile being replaced by gates.
Over the canal and around past the canal junction to return to the bridge by a field path ( around not across).

A steep muddy path took us back to the towpath. This proved difficult for most.

Jane: Dot can you remind me how much fun 
I am having?

The towpath  to the break point was easier travel but the wind increased to produce a sharp heavy shower as we paused for our break.

The second towpath stretch to bridge 68 proved harder after the night's heavy rain.
Two stiles were crossed.

Then it was up the hill to Debdale Grange ( no barking dogs this time).

Then along the road to join the path past the woods and back into Gumley via a last muddy gate and hill.

Back at the Bell a well deserved meal was had by all. At this point the weather had cleared and the wind dropped as we sat in the pub proving that you cannot control the weather!

Thanks to Stephen P for organising this Winter walk and for providing this report. Thanks to Helen P for acting as back marker and to Sue H for providing the pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 08, 2019 19:45  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 2nd February Walk Report.

It was a very ,cold,frosty but sunny Saturday morning.when twelve hardy walkers ( including one visitor welcome to Mark T) met at Woodford mill car park.
We dutifully ordered our lunch at the Mill tea rooms and set off walking by the frozen Ringstead lakes.

Grass was frosty so not much mud and the sun still shining,so a photo shoot of the group was taken here.

We left the pretty lakes and took the road to the fishing lake and passed cows eating their winter feed by a gate and had another photo shoot here.

We pressed on along tracks,then we had a coffee break before coming to the bridge and lock over the river Nene.
Onwards, and the now more muddy field track to Great Addington. Through the village and up
the track with, looking back,  a good view of the church.

One more field and we are on the track back to our lunch stop at the Mill tea rooms where our three non walking  members were waiting for us.
Some delicious food and drinks were consumed in good company.

Thanks to Judith E for organising and leading this walk and for providing this report and some of the pictures.

Thanks to Jean H for acting as back marker and also to Vonnie M for additional pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 04, 2019 10:28  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 24th January 2019 Walk Report.

25 walkers braved the icy road conditions to get to Glooston in rural Leicestershire and met at the Old Barn pub.
After the ordering lunch and the safety briefing we quickly crossed the first two stiles and over a couple of cultivated fields which thanks to the early frost were not too claggy. Next followed the first downward undulation closely followed a sticky upward one into Nosely Wood.

A walk through the attractive parkland of Nosely Hall took us to a handily placed gate for our break. A goodly stretch of road walking followed then a right turn took us to towards the village of Goadby. If instead of undulations we had hills in KDRC then the ascent to Goadby would qualify as the latter.

On leaving the village we stayed on a road which followed an ever ascending upward path giving rise to some excellent views of the surrounding countryside. 
On leaving the road we followed a very quiet  well surfaced track all the way back to Glooston.
One diversion on this section was the presence of four donkeys in a field as witnessed by the pictures below.

Back at the pub we were joined by John C for lunch which was served in the cosy dining area complete with open fire. Lunch was served promptly and offered excellent value.

Thanks to Richard G for organising and leading this undulating walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 25, 2019 16:04  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 19th January 2019 Walk Report.

Today, 18 walkers including one visitor set off from The Ship Inn, West Street in Oundle for a 5.5 mile long walk, mostly beside the River Nene. 

Firstly though, we negotiated our way through some narrow streets, some by the Public School buildings, to come out by North Bridge and Oundle Wharf. It was here that we turned off across a field and onto the riverside footpath which is part of the Nene Valley Way.

 We followed this for a good half of the walk winding our way alongside a large loop of the river. 

In places the going was a bit 'soft' but generally we were fortunate that there was no flooding.  Although cold, there was no wind. The sky was grey and stayed that way. 

 We met other walkers and some friendly dogs, also saw a gaggle of geese, swans and ducks. We passed two guillotine style locks and associated weirs.

Part way round we passed what we think was a field of grass or reeds being grown for thatch which was nearly as tall as us.

 We twice walked under the Oundle bypass (opened in 1985) which is  part of the A605 Thrapston to Peterborough road. One bridge is long and concrete, the other has many arches and was originally a railway bridge (thanks David for that - obvious when you pointed it out).

 At Oundle Marina we came away from the river and briefly visited Barnwell Country Park before heading back into the town.

At the The Ship we were joined by Margaret B in company with Margaret and Clive C whom we have not seen for a long time.

 We felt that most people thought the meals were very good and we were looked after very well, not having to wait too long to be served.

Altogether an interesting walk that could be repeated, especially in the summer - one without many hills!

Thanks to Ian B for organising and leading an excellent walk and to Carna B for acting as back marker, providing photographs and this report.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 20, 2019 15:06  under Walk Reports

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2019 Club Weekend Reminder.

Just to remind members that the annual club weekend takes place Friday 4th October for two nights. This year it is being held at Newton House Hotel in Derbyshire, near Ashbourne.. The cost is £198pp for a double or twin and £218 for a single.. All meals and three guided walks are included.
A deposit of £25pp is needed by the end of January. For more details contact Sue H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 16, 2019 9:35  under Special Occasions

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