The committee and I would like to wish all members of KDRC and their families a very Happy Christmas and a Rambling Good New Year.
34 walkers set off from a new venue for the club namely the The Horseshoe" at Sywell .
We ordered lunch and then drove to the car park at Sywell reservoir for our traditional Christmas walk round the reservoir.
The weather was glorious for mid December and the sun shone throughout. There was some residual ice underfoot which made the going slightly tricky in places. A variety of bird life was seen on the way round.
Part way round we stopped for our traditional seasonal refreshments of mulled win and home made mince pies. If the author was of a cynical nature he would venture to suggest these account for the large turnout of walkers.
They were as always excellent.
On completion of the walk we drove back to the pub where we were joined by Ann R. Lunch proved to be of excellent quality and reasonably priced, in fact the pub is a real find. Perhaps we can find more walks from here for the future.
Our thanks go to Sue and Peter H for organising and leading the walk and for their heroic efforts in conjuring up the refreshments half way round the reservoir. Thanks also to Ian and Carna B with helping serve said refreshments.
All in all one of those golden KDRC days as shown by the pictures below. Thanks to Carna B for providing them.
33 walkers gathered in the car park of The Dukes at Woodford which was to be the venue after the walk for our Christmas lunch. One guest walker was the chairman's son Alastair complete with Frankie the dog.
Although the sun shone throughout there was a biting icy wind to see us on our way.
Our route took us past the church and out into some fields where several new kissing gates had been installed replacing the previous stiles ( although three stiles were to be crossed later)
Our route then took us in a loop to the outskirts of Little Addington then via some field edges to the River Nene which features several channels at the point we crossed.
We paused here for a well deserved banana break before joining the former Northampton to Peterborough East railway line at site of the old Ringstead and Addington station.
We stuck with the line for a couple of miles before turning at the Woodford Lock and heading back to the village for lunch where we were joined by an additional 11 members for lunch taking the total to 44.
The chairman's welcome speech was brief as always and included thanks to Sue and Jem C for organsing and leading the walk and an extra thanks to Sue C for collecting the money and collating menu choices etc. He also wished everyone a Happy Christmas.
The venue could best be described as snug and cosy but the lunch was good and as far as the author is aware was enjoyed by all.
To add to the festivities the photograph album with the pictures from the 80th celebrations was circulated and brought back memories of a very pleasant evening.
Some pictures taken en route are shown below and thanks to Carna B for providing these.
Our start point and lunch venue, the Dukes at Woodford.
Woodford village across the fields.
Difficult to belief this was once a gravel pit, now a beautiful home for swans.