Below are a series of pictures taken during this year's Xmas Lunch kindly provided by Vonnie M.
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26 walkers met in front of the Bull's Head at Arthingworth prior to the start of the traditional Xmas walk.
Also in attendance was Maddy the dog in festive costume as below.
Our route took us through the village and over some undulating fields to the village of Harrington. Just prior to the village some earthworks ( known as the Falls) associated with the long gone manor were passed.
On looking back from the edge of the village it could be seen that the bright Winter sunshine cast long shadows.
Walking through Harrington we entered the churchyard to have our banana break.
During the break the opportunity was taken for a group picture.
After the break a downhill stretch of road brought us to the start of a path over several undulating fields. Thankfully the track was in good condition after recent rain.
Thanks to the undulating nature of the terrain the group were able to enjoy some good views.
Are we there yet? Nearly!
On returning to the pub we were joined by a number of non walking members plus one guest.
Prior to lunch the chairman made a short speech thanking everyone for coming plus special thanks to Sue and Jem C for organising not only the walk but also all the luncheon arrangements including collecting monies etc.
Thanks were also given to Sarah S for providing the charming individual menu reminder cards.
Thanks are also due to Carna B for providing the en route pictures.
The lunch pictures will be the subject of a separate post.
21 walkers met in the car park of the The Bell at Little Addington on what could be described as a fairly miserable morning with strong gusty winds blowing and the threat of rain..
Our route took us up through the village and on to a couple of fields which in the pre-walk briefing were described as "claggy" and proved to be so.
We then reached the River Nene and followed the route of the Nene Way which to the writer's mind is synonymous with mud as shown in the picture below.
The path led us past the Frontier Activities Centre where in the distance archery practice could just be seen.
We then crossed the River Nene ( or was it a backwater? It seems to have so many channels) by the bridge below.
After this we joined the route of the old Nene Valley Railway line on and a good surfaced patu took us past the Stanwick Lakes Centre. It is amazing to think that the lake are the result of sand and gravel extraction as they look so natural.
We took oor banana break near the curious structure shown below. It appears to be a part completed roundhouse or is it an art work?
Sculpture or structure?
Continuing on the old railway track the skies darkened and a very sharp but thankfully very short rain shower occurred but this soon passed and was followed by some blue skies as below.
The railway track was left at the site of the old Ringstead and Addington station and the various channels of the River Nene were crossed before some field edge paths took us back to the road into the village and back to the pubwhere lunch was served promptly and offered good value for money.
Thanks to Robert and Rosemary W for organising and leading this walk and to Carna B for providing her always delightful pictures.