Around 25 walkers met in the car park of the Red Lion pub at Crick on what promised to be another warm and sunny day. The group included Alan and Angela D who have been absent from our ranks for a while and also Ann R making a welcome re-appearance. A warm welcome was also extended to Chris S who is a fairly new member on her first Thursday walk.
We walked across a number of fields passing Crack's Hill en route but due to the temperatures no one was tempted to climb it for the view.
A crossiing of the Grand Union canal was made and shortly afterwards Yelvertoft was reached where we took out banana break in the cool confines of the parish church.
It had been announced at the start of the walk that one our former members Walter Jones had passed away last week and Robert W took the opportunity to pay tribute to Walter who was an accomplished musician and on some occasions when walk breaks were taken and churches were open played the organ in them with great gusto.
(Details of Walters funeral arrangements are the subject of a separate post.)
Shortly after leaving the church we joined the Grand Union Canal and followed it all the way back to Crick passing several boats and Yelvertoft and CRrck marinas en route. It may be illusory but even on the warmest day the canal seems to have a cooling effect on those walking its towpaths.
At the pub lunch was speedily served and at £5.95 for main course represented excellent value.
Thanks to Steven P for organising and leading the walk and to Helen P for acting as back marker.
it is my sad duty to report the death of Walter Jones last week.
Walter was a long time member of the club although he hadn't been able to walk in recent years.
His funeral will take place at 10.00 o'clock on Thursday 12th July at St. John the Baptist Church,
Church Walk Corby NN17 1XF.
We have a couple of gaps in the Thursday walk calendar in the near future namely 9th and 26th August.
If you can lead a walk on one of these dates could you please contact Rosemary W on her usual number.
21 walkers gathered in the car park of the Old Barn tea room at Wadenhoe on a very breezy morning which was the residue of Storm Hector.
The route took us past Wadenhoe Mill and across the meadows and River Nene to Achurch.
A longish road section took us to Thorpe Waterville and via two or three crossings of parts of the Nene to Aldwincle. During these road sections exemplary single file walking was maintained and not once did Julie S have to have to blow her corrective whistle.
The church on the approach to the village is now used for "champing" ( i.e. overnight accomodation) Must try it some time.
Shortly after this our banana break was taken before proceeding on to the Nene Way heading back to Wadenhoe. This was an interesting up and down section which finished up close to the river. The nettles encountered proved challenging to walkers in shorts.
We arrived back to the Old Barn around 12.00 hrs and several walkers seemed happy with the route and time taken. We were joined by Julia B for lunch.
Thanks to John A for organising and leading a very pleasant walk and for providing this report.
Thanks to Julie S for acting as back marker even though she never got to blow her whistle once.
Six members met in the car park of the Fox at Hallaton on a cool and overcast morning ready for a six mile walk around the Leicestershire Wolds.
Their route took them out of the village on the Goadby road passing two donkies and two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs en route. The dogs did not appear to be very friendly but given their job as farm guard dogs in their native Africa this may not be surprising.
On joining the footpath to the right their route took them past fields where many horses were seen enjoying good grazing. After arriving at Keythorpe Hall Farm the group turned onto the Midshires Way.
Julie S supported the rural economy by buying some free range eggs at a farm gate.
Just before re-entering Hallaton the remains of the Motte and Bailey castle were passed which proved very interesting.
Lunch at the Fox was excellent as always and everyone departed for home at 1.30.
Thanks to John A for organising and leading the walk and also for providing this report.
Also thanks to JUlie S for acting as back marker. It is to be hoped she enjoyed her eggs with a Sunday morning fry up.