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Monthly Archives: JUNE 2017


Thursday 29th June 2017 Walk Report

Around 16 of us set off from the Wharf Inn at Welford on what was billed as a 5 mile walk  but which turned into something akin to a Magical Mystery Tour probably finishing up being neare 61/2 miles.
It has always been my belief that when undertaking any form of organised activity that one one should remember the "Seven P's" which are:-
"Proper Prior Preparation and Planning Prevent Poor Peformance"
Sadly our organisers on the day had not attended the same training courses as I had and shall we say that not having a map, walking the route in reverse direction to the reccy walk and having the person with most route knowledge acting as back marker lead to some interesting diversions and back tracking en route.
However we did have an entertaining walk with good easy stretches along the Grand Union Canal, the weather was ideal for walking and no one fell in the canal.
Finally arriving back at the Wharf Inn we were joined by Robert and Rosemary W and Robert's sister who  had travelled all the way across the Atlantic to be with us.
.Such is the fame of KDRC worldwide
It has to be said that the Wharf offers excellent value for money with good quality and large helpings of food for £6.00 which is a real bargain in this day and age.
Thanks to Keith B  for organising and sort of leading the walk and Lou L for acting as back marker and back seat navigator.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 29, 2017 15:14  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 24th June 2017 Walk Report.

17 members plus Patrick the dog assembled at the White Horse at Stoke Albany on a very pleasant morning for walking compared with the extreme temperatures seen earlier in the week.
(Note: 17 is a good number for a Saturday walk as given the effort that goes into preparing the Saturday walk card six months in advance sometimes the numbers turning up are very small and are disheartening for the organisers on those days.)
Our route was of an undulating nature but on reaching the top of the various undulations superb views across the Welland Valley were to be had.
We took our banana break in Ashley churchyard and most of us took the opportunity to have a look inside the church which is a most interesting structure in that part appears to be the original and the other half is what can only be described as being in the style of St. Pancras Station Victorian.
On reaching the top of the first undulation a superb view of Ashley nestling in its valley was too be had with one walker remarking it looked like a scene from Brigadoon.
On returning via various fields and with more superb views we crossed the edge of Stoke Albany golf course and returned up the final slope to the pub where we were joined by Linda D and John C for lunch which seemed to take a long time to come but was enjoyable none the less.
Our thanks are due to Peter and Sue H for organising and leading the walk and for their jungle clearing of overgrown footpaths prior to the walk.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 24, 2017 15:26  under Walk Reports

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SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017

Saturday June 17th "Peak Border" Walk Report.

On what proved to be the hottest  day of the year so far 7 hardy souls set out from Kettering station for a journey to Cromford on the edge of the Peak District.With only one steep climb they were indeed fortunate in the choice of route as the Peak District is not short of severe undulations.
Proceeding via Cromford Wharf and canal ( historical note: Cromford Mill was the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill and was built in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright and is said by many to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution). Plenty of wildlife was to be seen along the canal.
Their route then took them via Ambergate to Belper where a very nice lunch was had at the Hurt Arms.
The route then took them to the river gardens in Belper where the walk finished with an ice cream.
In view of the temperatures peaking at 27 Deg. C and after walking 11 miles never was ice cream more richly deserved.
Thanks to Steven T for organising and leading the walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 18, 2017 8:23  under Walk Reports

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Thursday June 15th Walk Report.

The venue for this walk was Launde Abbey which for those who don't know it is a Church of England Retreat/Conference Centre which nestles in a valley amongst the rolling Leicestershire Wolds.
17 of us assembled on what had started as a bright sunny day but with what proved to be a persistent wind which prompted many comments concerning the lack of outer layers of clothing being brought.
However once we were underway and given the undulating nature of the terrain we soon warmed up.
 We in KDRC do not refer to hills we prefer to use the word "undulations". Let it be said there are some pretty testing undulations around Launde Abbey but they do give rise to some spectacular views over the Leicestershire countryside.
As the walk progressed the sunny sky clouded over and to the horror of all a few drops of rain actually had the temerity to fall on us. However it soon passed and we all returned to the Abbey for an excellent lunch where we were joined by Gervase F and Pam S.
We shared the communal dining room with a number of the clergy including at least one bishop. What these good souls made of us I cannot begin to guess.
Thanks to Richard G for organising and leading the walk and also to Julie S for acting as back marker on a very enjoyable 5 mile walk.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 15, 2017 15:09  under Walk Reports

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Rene Bent funeral arrangements.

The funeral of Rene Bent will take place at 3.30pm on Wednesday 14th of June in the Alber Munn Chapel at Kettering Crematorium, Rothwell Road, Kettering NN16 8XE.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 08, 2017 18:54  under General

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