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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Vonnie M has a pair of ankle gaiters for sale as per the picture below.
Asking a very reasonable £7.
If you fancy them contact Vonnie on 07899917229.
On 10 January 25 of us set off on our 5 mile walk from
beautiful Easton on the Hill, down through fields across a couple of stiles.
Then across a railway line
into the park lands of Stamford where Boudicca chased the Romans.
back-marker valiantly chased us to benches for banana break.
We then skirted
the rivulet near the town and made our way through narrow passages and a tunnel to
the High Street,
Passing The George climbed the hill and on up to St Martin’s
Without passing an ornate entrance to Burghley House.
We were in cheerful spirits.
Although the skies were mainly overcast,
there were brief glimpses of sunshine and conditions underfoot were easy. Views
were long. The final stage of our walk took us along a field track, past the
astonishing ruins of Wothorpe Tower (we understand the Cecil Family from
Burghley House moved there in summer while Burghley was being "deep cleaned”),
We passed through woodland where a Montessori Forest School meets, to the A43. We
returned to The Blue Bell on the dot of 12.30, Where we were warmly welcomed and enjoyed
a delicious lunch promptly with John C joining us.
We were all really grateful to be able to share
such valuable friendship and to start the New Year as we hope to go on. Good
health and happiness in 2019 everyone.
Thanks to Jane G and Celia S for organising and leading this very enjoyable walk with additional thanks to Julia Brookes for acting as back marker.
This report was prepared by Celia S who also provide some of the photographs with the others being provided by our resident photographer Carna B.