18 walkers met at a new venue for us, The Griffin at Pitsford on a cold cloudy morning with a bit of cold wind. Not much sign of Spring springing.
We drove to the reservoir car park on the outskirts of the village but unfortunately one car load drove to the main car park. Oops!
However we were soon re-united and walked around the perimeter of the reservoir starting on the North side.
This is a good Winter walk as the going is good hard surface all the way round. The only drawback as with most reservoir walks is that you can see hjow far you have to go.
After crossing the causeway and being informed we were more than two thirds of the way round we had a very welcome stop for our banana break.
On arrival back at the pub we were joined by Gervase F. The food came quite quickly and the bowls of chips which accompanied the sandwiches were pronounced excellent.
A venue worthy of further usage.
Thanks to Robert and Rosemary W for organising and leading a wonderful Winter walk.
'Our walk started out from the picturesque High Street, Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire and went in a southerly
direction to Pertenhall, Bedfordshire to return by a route through Stonely to
Kimbolton centre. It was about 5.5 miles
long and we had 24 people taking part which is an excellent turnout for a
We were fortunate to have a bright and sunny day - a little
nippy- and the 'going was soft - heavy in places'. Once out of Kimbolton and at
a higher level the views opened up all around.
We stopped for a break at Pertenhall Church, a pretty and
peaceful place with drifts of snowdrops nearby.
En route we passed lively young piglets, several
long-abandoned cars and a paddock full of muddy free-range hens.
The return leg was mainly downhill and after Stonely took us
past a waterfall on the river Kym, before returning to Kimbolton High Street where some people stayed and ate at the Saddle PH and others at the nearby
cafe. All reports heard were good'
Thanks to Ian and Carna B for organising and leading this walk
and for providing this report and pictures below.
Wild Boar? No, just a little irate.
Free range? I'd rather have a nice warm barn.
For Sale. One only one careful owner. Never been raced or rallied.
When I grow up I want to be Niagara Falls.
26 walkers met in the car park of the Spencer Arms at Chapel Brampton on a dull morning with an icy wind blowing. The pub had requested that we pay for lunch when ordering which is a good idea as it saves any potential embarrassment from someone forgetting to pay after lunch.
It was good to see Ann R joining us for the walk after a fairly long absence.
Our route took us down to the Brampton Valley Way which we joined at the preserved Lamport Railway station where we turned right towards Northampton for a mile or so following the preserved line.
On arriving at the site of the old Kingsthorpe level crossing we crossed what is a busy main road on a bad bend.
Site of old Kingsthorpe level crossing. At least no trains hold up the traffic nowadays.
The next mile or so is on a good tarmac path and if followed leads nearly to the centre of Northampton. However we turned off after another mile or so and after crossing a minor tributary of the Nene arrived at the Northampton to Rugby railway line which is crossed on the level. Extreme care needs to be taken when doing this as trains are frequent and not very noisy. Times like this demonstrate the value of wearing hi-vis jackets.
( Note for railway buffs: services are normally provided by Sprinter units as per the picture below but on this occasion Virgin Railway mainline trains were appearing at frequent intervals which is most unusual. Whether this is because of a blockage on the West Coast Mainline South of Rugby is not known.)
Next we crossed some fields containing a number of horses at least one of which was left disappointed although being made a fuss of no treats were forthcoming.
On arriving at the start of the Northampton County golf course we stopped for our banana break where Rosemary W kindly proffered home made treacle toffee. Suitably refreshed we crossed the footpath over the course hopefully not delaying play too long.
The next place of interest was " Millionaires Row" in Church Brampton where some amazing house have been built. It is said that this street contains more millionaires than any other one in the county.
A leisurely stroll over some dry fields took us back to the pub in good time for lunch which after a slight delay was enjoyed by all. The Spencer Arms offers a good selection at reasonable prices and is to be recommended.
Thanks to Keith B for organising and leading the walk and to Lou L for acting as back marker on what was an excellent Winter walk.
Also thanks to Carna B for providing the pictures.