Monthly Archives: FEBRUARY 2017
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Saturday 11th February Walk Report.
9 of us set off from the Beeswing pub. Weather ok but a bit overcast. We commenced the walk by crossing through to the housing estate opposite, leading to an underpass beneath the northern ring road, continuing through the Prologis park area parallel to the railway. Nice views over fairly high ground at this point looking back towards Kettering. Crossing over the Rothwell Glendon road (Taking great care as the road narrows and is also quite busy) High vis vests certainly came in usefull.
We crossed over the railway bridge (known to generations of Rothwell trainspotters as Blue Bridge)and proceeded towards Rushton following the railway on the west side.
After about half a mile we passed under the railway to the opposite side, passing through a couple of fields before crossing over the Corby railway on the newly rebuilt bridge, a few yards after this we had a coffee stop on some picnic benches. This is all part of Barford Meadows nature reserve. The reserve covers the area between the Rothwell Glendon, road, and the midland mainline, and Corby routes, and the A6003. Its all open to walkers and has information boards at different points. For anyone that wants a short walk and wants to use public transport,the number 19 bus serves Rushton on an hourly basis. Good idea for the strollers if perhaps someone could pass this on?
After our break we continued with the railway on our left and headed back towards the Glendon rd,which we crossed over and into The Prologis park carpark,taking the track up towards the road junctions veering right along the original Rothwell Glendon rd with its farm buildings and redbrick houses before emerging onto the major road junction close to the Harvester. Crossing over the roads we made our way back along the Rockingham rd to the Beeswing pub where we had lunch.
A very short walk for me of only 4 miles. This replaces the walk I had planned to do taking in some of Northampton parks,which I may do later on in the year,assuming the operation on my foot is successfull.
Chairman's note. Thanks to David and Sarah for organising and leading this walk
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 28, 2017 16:11 under Walk Reports
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2017
Saturday 25th February 2017 Walk Report.
Walk went quite well, 15 members walking and one new possible member with John joining us for lunch.
Weather was better than expected, it was cold especially in the open unsheltered areas and the wind was quite strong up on the ridge, but the rain did stay away until we were within striking distance of the pub, and then it was only a few spots. We commenced the walk at The Bull in Arthingworth,up the road passing the church and hall grounds where we saw the first snowdrops. We then entered the footpath through the field, over Sidons ford (by bridge) and thus by field and tracks up and down towards Harrington. Passing on the way medieval fish ponds and terracing known as the Falls, which we were originally the gardens of a long gone Manor house. Reaching the village we crossed the road near to the Gin Distillery and had wide sweeping views over the valley as we walked through the village admiring the snowdrops along the roadside and in the rectory garden and next door field, the latter with aconites as a bonus. Leaving the main street we walked down towards the Church, both on the way and in the churchyard we saw lovely clumps of snowdrops of various varieties.From the church we decided not to go over to Thorpe Underwood but to continue down the road to Newbottle (site of a vanished community) From here we went uphill to join the ridge leading back to Arthingworth, and those who were quiet enough heard the skylarks that frequent this area. Again this return journey is rather up and down as we go over the contours of the land. The whole walk was approx 5 miles and The participants said they enjoyed it.
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 26, 2017 11:52 under Walk Reports
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Thursday February 23rd 2017 Walk Report.
A somewhat depleted band of 11 walkers set off in the face of Storm Doris from the Trading Post in Kettering. Our route took us over the old Cohens scrap yard site which is now some sort of undeveloped development and under the old railway line which led to Loddington Quarries.
In the face of gale force ( or stronger) winds we battled our way to eCransley where a decision was made to curtail the walk and return via the footpath beside the A43 back to the Trading Post.
Like most of the roads in the UK the verge was a mass of litter discarded from the thoughtless drivers of passimg vehicles.
We were joined by John C for luch at the Trading Post where the carvery represents excellent value for money.
Thanks to John for organising and leading the walk and to Julie for acting as back marker.
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 23, 2017 14:50 under Walk Reports
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Thursday 9th February Walk Report.
Around 20 of us set off from the Wheel and Compass at Weston by Welland on a cold morning but luckily with none of the biting winds and wintry showers which had been forecast.
Our route took us up the long slope over the fields away from the village and on gaining the top we were rewarded with fantastic views over the Welland Valley.
Just before beginning our descent we came across an old finger signpost showing the way to several villages in the valley with no sign of how to actually get to them.
We descended to the valley floor and on crossing the Sutton Bassett to Weston Road stopped for a well deserved banana break. Our route took us by a mixture of bridleway, one muddy field and pasture to Sutton Bassett where we walked back over another hill back to the pub at Weston where we were joined by Ann R and John C for a very reasonably priced meal with main courses at £4 with some hungry walkers indulging in the bread and butter pudding at £2.95..
Thanks to Keith for leading and to Lou for acting as back marker on an invigorating walk.
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 09, 2017 15:53 under Walk Reports
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017
Saturday 4th February 2017 Walk Report.
21 of us set off from the Red Lion at Crick for what turned out in the author's opinion to be one of those golden days where everything is just right. From the start the sun shone and the weather was almost springlike. Our route took us through the village and then on to the banks of the Grand Union Canal as per the pictures below.
On leaving the canal we headed for the village of Yelvertoft where the reason for the walk leaders request "to bring a mug" was made clear as light refreshments were provided in the beautiful All Saints Church.
One of the fetures of the church are the odd markings on some stone supports which are said to have been caused by Roundhead troops sharpening their swords before the battle at Naseby.
Although a sypathiser with the Roundheads the Chairman resisted sharpening his pen knife as a gesture of solidarity.
All Saints Church, Yelvertoft.
On leaving the church we re-joined the canal returning in the direction of Crick then leaving briefly to walk past Crick Hill and the Crick Millenium Wood before re-joining the canal and passing Crick Marina en route to the village where a hearty, well priced lunch was enjoyed by all at the Red Lion.
Thanks to Ian and Carna for organising and leading the walk and arranging the refreshmens.
Also thanks to Carna for providing the pictures.
Plus thanks to the good people at All Saints for providing refreshments.
posted by CHANGERINGER on February 06, 2017 10:10 under Walk Reports