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Monthly Archives: APRIL 2017


London Walk Pictures

Thanks to Carna B for these pictures from the London walk on Saturday 22nd April.
                                 Our start point, the Cutty Sark at Greenwich.
                                 Greenwich Market
                                     Pie and mash, good honest Cockney grub
                        Peter the Great statue with small head and big hat.
                                                           City skyline.
                     St. Mary the Virgin Church, Rotherhithe
                                                       Restaurant boat.
The end is in sight but still a way to go. Keith B is bowed down with the thought of having to buy drink.
                          My daddy was a Routemaster
                 Not as cuddly as the other goats at the farm but cheaper to feed
                             The Salt Quay pub, our lunch stop.
                                                  The Happy Couple
                         Tower Bridge, the official end of the walk.
                                Someone told Ian B the drinks are on him!

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 26, 2017 14:50  under Walk Reports

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SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

London Walk Report Satutrday 22nd April 2017.

The 8.26 train from Kettering to St. Pancras was well laden with around 24 members ready for the annual KDRC London walk. On arrival at St. Pancras we were met by an additional pair  and set off via the Northern LIne to Bank Station then joined the DLR to Island Garden station. 
We then crossed the Thames by means of the old Foot Tunnel emerging adjacent to the site of the the revamped Cutty Sark where preparations were in full flow for erecting the barriers for the next day's London Marathon.
We walked through Greenwich Market to Garrards Original Pie and Mash Shop where a room was reserved for us to have a break.What with some having pie and mash and one intrepid member having jellied eels such was the atmosphere that if you listened carefully you could almost hear the sound of cheerful Cockneys singing Knees Up Mother Brown drifting across the river from the East End.
After this break the walk began in earnest and took us via the Thames Path all the way to Tower Bridge. Whilst it may not contravene the Trades Description Act, the Thames path seems a long way from the Thames in places. We paused for a refreshment stop at the Salt Quay pub then completed the last 1.5 miles to the bridge which marked the official end of the walk.
Rather than take take the 188 bus to Russell Square where we were having dinner some hardy souls decided to walk there which added another hour to their walk. Well done them!
On arrival at the President Hotel well deserved refreshments were taken prior to the always excellent three course buffet meal plus coffee which for £15.50 must represent the best value in London.
The members then made their footsore but happy way back to the station for the train home
It is almost impossible to estimate the amount of time and work involved in organising an undertaking like this and mere thanks do not do justice to the individuals concerned but could the author say say on behalf of all those who took a part a gigantic thank you to Ian and Carna B and Sue and Jem C for organising and leading this enormously successful day. 

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 23, 2017 9:21  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 20th April 2017 Walk Report.

Around 27 of us including one guest set off from the Chequered Skipper at Ashton on what was a chilly Spring day. Our route took us past the house which was the scene of an unsolved double murder some time in the late 1940s early 1950s then across Oundle School rifle range but luckily no one was shooting so we didn't have to dodge any bullets.
After crossing a very busy A605 road we made our way to the outskirts of Cotterstock and turned to walk along the banks of the River Nene. A very welcome break was made beside one of the locks on the river. We followed the course of the river back to Oundle and crossed the town bridge before following the river to the footbridge near Ashton Mill then returning to the pub where lunch was served with an amazing rapidity. One noteworthy feature of the menu is the availability of small/children's portions at £6.00 each including such walker's favourites as Fish and Chips, Ham Egg and Chips and Pasta all for the cost of less than a sandwich.
By this time the temperature had risen and it was a lovely Spring day.
Thanks to Sue C and Margaret B for organising and leading such a lovely riverside walk.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 20, 2017 14:26  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 8th April Walk Report

Six members started off from Cold Asby in bright sunshine which stayed with them all the way to such an extent that some of them got a suntan.
The rape fields were in full bloom and looked a picture. Just before Weford a muntjac deer was sighted
On reaching Welford St. Mary's church was visited followed by lunch at The Wharf Inn by the canal.
After a filling lunch a return was made to Cold Ashby via couple of hills but nothing too strenuous.
All in all a most enjoyable day's walking. Thanks to Steven for organising and leading the walk and to Julie for acting as back marker.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 11, 2017 13:42  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 6th April Walk Report.

17 of us ( including one visitor who happened to be an old work colleague of the chairman) set off from the Windhover pub in Brampton Lane on the Kingsthorpe side of Northampton on an absolutely gorgeous Spring day when the sun shone from start to finish.
Our route initially took us towards Northampton on the old Lamport Valley line which closed as late as 1982. We then cut off over the fields to cross the still running Northampton to Rugby rail line. We followed some field paths to cross under the railway and then walked across Northamotn County Golf Course which has a well defined right of way across it. Luckily we didn't have to dodge any stray golf balls.
After the course we came to Church Brampton where the houses are nothing short of breathtaking, talk about Millionaire's Row. Even an average weeks lottery win might not buy some of them.
We had our break on the edge of the village and then walked to Chapel Brampton which has some pretty sandstone houses but nothing to rival its near neighbour. The last part of the walk was a mile or so along the preserved Lamport Valley Railway back to the pub where we were met by queues at the door waiting to be served at the bar. We were back earlier than we thought would be the case so lunch did arrive till the agreed time but when it came it was delivered quickly.
Given the weather we could have sat outside but tables had been set aside for us inside.
Thanks to David H for organising and leading the walk and for Lew L for acting as backmarker on the hottest day of the year so far.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  April 06, 2017 15:02  under Walk Reports

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