18 of us including one new walker Eileen Y with George the dog set off from the Cross Keys at Kings Cliffe for a very pleasant five and a bit miles or so walk . This part of Northamptonshire with its huge fields and wooded areas seem to give rise to what artists call "Big Skies". Thankfully the big skies contained no rain clouds during our walk in fact the conditions were almost ideal for walking.
Our route took us along field edge paths to the outskirts of Apethorpe then past Rowan Atkinson's old house. A bit further on we paused for our banana break at the corner of Tomlin's Wood. This wood is home to a large population of Roe or Fallow deer but only their hoof prints were to be seen today.
We then walked on to Spa Farm which is named for the nearby Kings Cliffe Spa which now consists of a hole in the ground surrounded by bricks and nettles. A bit underwhelming really.
One can imagine the gentry of the day arriving at the spa after being hauled up Morehay Lane by sweating horses and remarking "Is this it? Home again James".
A straight walk down Morehay Lane took us back into the outskirts of Kings Cliffe and via a number of back lanes to the pub for a well deserved and excellent lunch.
Thanks to Robert W for organising and leading the walk. Unfortunately Rosemary W was unable to join us due to ill health. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her out and about again soon.
22 walkers including two potential new members set off from
The Bell at Gumley on a pleasant summer’s day.
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The route went towards Laughton before arriving at the Grand
Union Canal. From there the walk was
along to Foxton Locks. A lot of boats
were travelling up and down the locks which was interesting as these are
staircase locks. Ice creams were
purchased and time spent following the passage of the boats.
On arrival back at the pub Margaret, Hugh and Ann joined us. The pub was overflowing with people and a
good meal was had by all.
Thanks to Sue and Jem for organising the walk.
Also thanks to Sue H for providing the report.
8 of us ( plus Patrick the dog) set off from the Queens Head at Orlingbury on a pleasant enough but not too warm day fora 6.25 mile walkacross the fields to Hardwick where the church and the Old School were much admired.
On leaving Hardwick we crossed numerous fields before reaching the back end of Wellingborough Cricket Club where where what one can only presume was the detritius from a barbeque or some such event had been thrown through the hedge onto the footpath.
However nothing daunted we continued on and after numerous fields arrived in Little Harrowden for the last ascent up the hill to Orlingbury.
The pub was not serving lunches so we made our way to the Lamb at Little Harrowden where we were joined by Linda D for lunch.
Hopefully we will see Linda out walking again in the not too distant future.
A good lunch was had by all with two members staying behind for pudding and very it nice it was too.
Thanks to Jane T for organising and leading the walk and to to the chairman for acting as back marker.