25 walkers braved the icy road conditions to get to Glooston in rural Leicestershire and met at the Old Barn pub.
After the ordering lunch and the safety briefing we quickly crossed the first two stiles and over a couple of cultivated fields which thanks to the early frost were not too claggy. Next followed the first downward undulation closely followed a sticky upward one into Nosely Wood.
A walk through the attractive parkland of Nosely Hall took us to a handily placed gate for our break. A goodly stretch of road walking followed then a right turn took us to towards the village of Goadby. If instead of undulations we had hills in KDRC then the ascent to Goadby would qualify as the latter.
On leaving the village we stayed on a road which followed an ever ascending upward path giving rise to some excellent views of the surrounding countryside.
On leaving the road we followed a very quiet well surfaced track all the way back to Glooston.
One diversion on this section was the presence of four donkeys in a field as witnessed by the pictures below.
Back at the pub we were joined by John C for lunch which was served in the cosy dining area complete with open fire. Lunch was served promptly and offered excellent value.
Thanks to Richard G for organising and leading this undulating walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing pictures.
Today, 18 walkers including one visitor set off from The Ship Inn, West Street in
Oundle for a 5.5 mile long walk, mostly beside the River Nene.
we negotiated our way through some narrow streets, some by the Public School
buildings, to come out by North Bridge and Oundle Wharf. It was here that we
turned off across a field and onto the riverside footpath which is part of the
Nene Valley Way.
We followed this for a good half of the walk winding our way
alongside a large loop of the river.
In places the going was a bit 'soft' but
generally we were fortunate that there was no flooding. Although cold,
there was no wind. The sky was grey and stayed that way.
We met other
walkers and some friendly dogs, also saw a gaggle of geese, swans and ducks. We
passed two guillotine style locks and associated weirs.
Part way round we passed what we think was a field of grass or reeds being grown for thatch which was nearly as tall as us.
We twice walked
under the Oundle bypass (opened in 1985) which is part of the A605
Thrapston to Peterborough road. One bridge is long and concrete, the other has
many arches and was originally a railway bridge (thanks David for that -
obvious when you pointed it out).
At Oundle Marina we came away from the river
and briefly visited Barnwell Country Park before heading back into the town.
At the The Ship we were joined by Margaret B in company with Margaret and Clive C whom we have not seen for a long time.
We felt that most people thought
the meals were very good and we were looked after very well, not having to wait too long to be served.
interesting walk that could be repeated, especially in the summer - one without
Thanks to Ian B for organising and leading an excellent walk and to Carna B for acting as back marker, providing photographs and this report.
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