31 walkers plus two dogs met in t car park of the Bell Inn at Finedon on a gloriuosly sunny but slightly chilly morning for a six mile walk. The pub does not normally open at lunchtimes but had opened specially for us.
We set off through the village parts of which were completely new to the author which proves that walking takes you to places that other modes of transport cannot reach.
We then joined what is referred to as the Pocket Park but is in actual fact the track of the old narrow gauge railway which brought ironstone from the local quarries to the point where they were tipped into standard gauge wagons for the journey down to Wellingborough Iron Works. Traces of the sleepers were much in evidence.
An unremarkable concrete platform was passed and this is part of Finedon Slabs where the ore was tipped. From the bottom level it is much more impressive structure. and the local schools used to use the structure for climbing lessons.
Following the track of narrow gauge ironstone railway.
On exiting the park a long road section was followed by a traverse of some fields to Bosworth's Garden Centre but sadly no pause was made to allow a cuppa at the cafe.
On attempting to cross a stream shortly afterwards a scaffold pole had been used to to try and prevent motor cycles or horse crossing the bridge. Its height was such that it required some nifty Limbo dancing as evidenced by the picture below.
Soon afterwards our break was taken adjacent to the railway line. By this time all trace of the early morning chill had vanished and the ritual of removing layers began.
Rank hath its privileges so the Chairman bags the only
available seat in some stile during banana break.
Our next port of call was Finedon Sidings which is now a n industrial estate and all trac eof its railway history has been oblitersted. Some very pleasant fields were crossed. See picture below.
Unfortunately at the end of these fields an example of one of the blights of modern living was encountered namely fly tipping. While not containing the kitchen sink it certainly contained a bath. A report was made to Wellingborough Council by the walk leader and was told they would remove it within two weeks.
England's green and pleasant land?
Eventually what used to be a quiet lane was reached but due to the closure of the Finedon Wellingborough road for bridge works had become a rat run with a continual stream of cars one of which contained Margaret B who was joining us for lunch..
Good road discipline and extra hi-vis waistcoats helped prevent any mishaps.
A short stretch of the old standard gauge railway line and some up and downs brought us back to the pub where a good lunch in very pleasant surroundings was enjoyed.
Thanks to Roger K for making an excellent job of organising and leading his first walk for the club and to Sue H for acting as back marker. Roger also supplied the pictures of the CHAIRman and the rubbish.
Thanks also to Carna B for providing the other pictures.
Finedon church. I wonder who the vicar is?
14 walkers plus 2 dogs! set off from the Bulls Head Arthingworth for a figure of 8 walk consisting of a six mile route via Harrington stopping off at the church for a short break. We took the path that leads from the rear of the churchyard continuing across a small valley leading to a short climb into the hamlet of Thorpe Underwood. The route continued over the River Ise at Newbottle Bridge and thence along the bridle path back into Arthingworth. A very pleasant route with excellent views.
7 of the party remained for the afternoon walk( plus an additional walker making 8 in total) of 4 miles approx , the route of which commenced in a northerly direction via round spinney before turning left onto the lane leading down to Oxendon. It was torches out time as we walked through the Oxendon tunnel on the Brampton valley way avoiding some inconsiderate cyclists who were racing through without putting lights on. The leader gave a brief history of the route and explaining that it dated from 1859 and linked Market Harborough with Northampton. Our route continued southwards along the Brampton valley way before exiting left onto a pleasant metalled track leading across the fields back into Arthingworth. The weather was good until on the approach to Arthingworth what started off as a shower soon became torrential making driving conditions unpleasant driving back home on the A14! But all in all an enjoyable days walking with encouraging support.
Thanks to David S for organising and leading this walk and also for providing this report. Thanks to Sarah S for acting as back marker.
Apologies for delay in publishing pictures but there were a few technical issues to sort out.
Thanks to Julie S and Ian B for providing pictures. Additional thanks to Ian for help in resolving issues with uploading pictures. Apologies if some are out of sequence.
No show without Punch
Which way to Rowell?
Luxury river cruises?
My one was a 1955 black one.
Wharncliff viaduct. One of Brunel's early works.
Around 29 walkers in the car park of the Dukes at Woodford in glorious Spring sunshine for a five mile walk. Good to see Val W back after a long absence also Pat D and dog Darcy.
Our route took us down through the village past the church and along a good hard surfaced track then across the old railway line to Willie Watt Mill.
This was followed by a section along a raised footpath then turning right along the side of Ringstead fishing lake. Considering this road does not really go anywhere a surprising amount of traffic was encountered.
We then turned onto the track of the old railway line and headed in the direction of Thrapston. After a mile or two we took our banana break on one of the old bridges which provided seating for all. A group picture was taken and is shown below.
On reaching Woodford Lock the path then led up into Woodford Spinney whose shade was most welcome.
A final field took us back to the village and the pub where we were joined by Ann R for a most excellent lunch where the chairman partook of the pub's famous " Dog's Dinner" which is a mixture of meat and vegetables in large Yorkshire Puuding all within a dog' dinner bowl. A picture is shown below.
Thanks to John A and Julie S for organising and leading an excellent walk.
Thanks also to Carna B for providing the pictures below.
Passing Willie Watt Mill.
Mother Goose and family.
No such thing as a quiet country road
At least Dr. Beeching gave us some nice paths to walk on.
Banana break bridge
"This Happy band."
The path through Woodford Spinney
The Dukes at Woodford.
A real Dog's Dinner.