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Monthly Archives: MARCH 2019

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019

Thursday 21st March 2019 Walk Report.

With a spring in our step and feeling that Spring was certainly in the air we set off from The Swan with Two Nicks PH in the centre of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire. There were 23 people walking, including Paul on his first walk with the group.

Prior to leaving Ian B explained that the unusual name of the pub came from the custom of marking swan’s beaks during the Swan Upping wher two livery companies carried out a swan census and marked the swans beaks with one or two nicks depending on which company identified the swan concerned. 

Also Ken C very generously donated a number of hi-vis waistcoats to the club for which we thank him.

Our walk took us through the churchyard of St Peter’s Church with a large memorial ‘chest’ to the Magniac family, Huguenots who traded in Asia.

 Then, while going through an area of woodland called Castle Close, we passed a new totem pole. 

This is full of carvings of insects and other little critters and apparently took 10 people to move into place.


Then it was into the Colworth estate now home to a large science park including Unilever research.  This was reached via a pleasant woodland stretch where several pictures were taken and seasonal flowers were to be seen.


                               "Just can't get away from the paparazzi"

We walked all around, having a break at the railway bridge on the road going to Souldrop. 

Plans were to make it as far as Souldrop Church but, with time pressing, we turned around here, reducing slightly the distance of the 6 mile walk.

This part of the walk was through another wooded area where we were overtaken by another group but as they were only doing 2.5 miles they were fresher than us.It also gave a good view of the new railway bridge in the distance.

The village was re-entered via one of the original gate houses to the estate which also attracted attention for the photographers in the group. 

                                                           " Not him again!"

Margaret B joined us for lunch at the Swan with Two Nicks PH.  Lunches were enjoyed and we heard no complaints – the chips certainly looked and smelt good.

Thanks to Ian B for organising and leading a most enjoyable walk in early Spring weather.

Thanks to also to Carna B for acting as back marker and providing this report and some of the photographs.

Thanks are also due to Roger K, Julie S and Caroline C for providing pictures.

Apologies for any pictures not used but viewers will have seen enough pictures featuring the chairman.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 25, 2019 11:49  under Walk Reports

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Saturday 16th March 2019 Walk Report.

15 walkers including one visitor/new walker ( welcome Andy N.) met in the car park of the Hare at Loddington on a blowy March morning although the very high winds kept the rain that was forecast away, 

                        Welcome Andy N.

Leaving the Hare at Loddington we crossed the fields up and down over the feeder 

streams to the reservoir to Cransleyvillage, then along the Mawsley Rd 
to Cransley Wood where we had our banana break.

The  path through the wood was a bit muddy and then we were  onto the old iron stone railway track.

After leaving the railway track we were back to grass fields, one gateway had about 4 
inches of muddy water.

As we came back to Loddington we passed a field  

with alpacas who thought that we were interesting.

Also some horses who were probably after some food only to be sadly disappointed

 Back in Loddington we passed some expensive houses and then the church.

Back at the pub we were joined by four non walkers for a very good meal.

Thanks to Bill J for organising and leading his first and hopefully not last Saturday walk .

Thanks to Julie S for back marking and taking photos which probably explains why she is in so many of them.

( Only joking Julie)

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 19, 2019 11:06  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 7th March 2019 Walk Report.

Today we had a good, invigorating, 5 mile walk led by Sue and Jem from The Bell Inn at East Langton in what could be described as blustery and unsettled weather. 

 First, 5 new people were welcomed and introduced, bringing the total number of walkers today to 33 – a large group.

I learnt that there is more than one Langton! We started from East Langton and walking along the Leicestershire Round took us east to Thorpe Langton, then north to near Stonton Wyville. After a short stretch along a road and crossing a stream.

 Leg over when not necessary!

We then made our way across a large ‘bumpy’ field with sheep up to Church Langton church tower landmark. 

It was pretty going through the village past the church and war memorial, both with daffodil shows, 

Banana Break Pictures are shown below:-

Then back to East Langton past the cricket ground.

The Leicestershire countryside is open and expansive and on one hand this allowed us, at times, to view practically the whole of our route, on the other hand the March winds did sometimes whip across the rolling hills.

The Bell Inn proved to be spacious and welcoming with some good food and hospitality. Four other members of the group joined us. It would be nice to return and perhaps sit on one of the tables in the front garden, if the weather allowed. Thanks to Sue and Jem for organising and leading the walk.

Thanks to Carna B for providing this report 

Pictures were provided by the following:-

Carna B.

Julie S.

Caroline C.

Roger K.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 09, 2019 11:38  under Walk Reports

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Mary Morris Jones Funeral Arrangements.

Some of our more senior members may remember Mary Morris Jones who has recently passed away.
For those interested in paying their respects her funeral will take place at 1.00pm at St Botolph's Church in Baron Seagrave on Monday 11th March.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 07, 2019 21:04  under General

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Saturday 2nd February 2019 Walk Report.

16 walkers and two dogs met at The Snooty Fox in Lowick ready to set off for a late Winter/early Spring walk.

The day started off with a bit of a chilly breeze and then within half an hour the sun was out and it became very warm. After leaving the pub we walked from Lowick up to Drayton Manor which is a beautiful building as seen in the pics and is one of the hidden gems of Northamptonshire. The walk actually skirted within feet of the side and back of the main building. We also took the opportunity for a group photograph in front of the house.

We then cut through fields ending up in Slipton, another lovely village and home to the Samuel Pepys pub whose gable end could do with a visit from Lou and Keith.

Then the  footpath actually went through a 5 bar gate right into someone's garden and about 20 feet further on another small gate which went across fields and down to Twywell, coming out at The Old Friar.

  The worst of the walk was then a 3/4 mile trek along a busyish country road which was a little unpleasant but then back through fields, across a bridge over a "babbling" brook which had suprisingly very clear water.

We then came out onto the main road in Lowick and a short distance from the Pub.  Two members joined us then at the Snooty Fox for very reasonably priced meals.

Thanks to Gloria S and Vonnie M for organising, leading and back marking this walk. Thanks also to Vonnie for pictures and providing the report. Thanks also to Julie S for additional photographs.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 04, 2019 14:48  under Walk Reports

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