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Monthly Archives: MAY 2019

MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019

Saturday 25th May 2019 Walk Report.

15 walkers met at the Wharf Inn at Welford on a warm dry day with some light cloud.

Four newcomers namely Teresa R, Lynn D, Maureen A and Grace F were welcomed by Julie S and are pictured below along with Lynn S who is fairly new to the club.

They are shown in picture below (apologies for technical issues with picture.):-

On leaving the pub and going through village we took a short cut through some allotments some of which were immaculate and others were totally neglected.

Into the fields passing a tractor spraying crops with via long arms luckily we avoided the chemical cloud.

In a later field a picture was taken of the obligatory Spring lamb also seen were these blooms.

We continued on to Bridge 39 on the Leicester Arm of the Grand Union Canal then along the towpath. 

Lots of traffic on the canal and everyone waved to us. Canals are irresistible to photographers especially in sunny weather and our party proved no exception with a selection of pictures taken below.

Coffee break was taken at Bridge 40.

Then onto the Welford Arm of the as signposted below.

Lots walkers, families and dogs on this part of walk. Then over last bridge before returning to Wharf.

On arrival at the Wharf Julie S posed with her latest purchase.

Arrived back at the pub at 12.45 where a large wedding party filled the bar. We were joined by John C and Shirley H for lunch which was served promptly and was as always excellent.

Thanks to John A for organising and leading this walk in Spring sunshine and also for providing this report.

Thanks to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing many of the photographs.

Thanks also to Roger K for providing additional photographs.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 27, 2019 15:36  under Walk Reports

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MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019

Derbyshire Walk on 22nd June Pick up Time.

If you are booked in to do the Derbyshire walk on Saturday 22nd June please be advised that pick up will be from the Corn Market Car Park at 7.15a.m. prompt.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 27, 2019 7:40  under Special Occasions

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SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

Thursday 16th May Walk Report.

26 walkers set off from Grendon Lakes Club House on a beautiful day. Sunny, warm and a gentle breeze. The setting of the Club House was idyllic next to a  lake on which were ducks, geese and swans. More lovely views a scenery were to come.

After heading over some pasture fields we arrived at Summer Leys nature reserve.


 Circuiting the edge of the lake we had a short section of road before joining the Nene Valley Way heading west along the river. Immediately we stopped to look at the mill house and the Archimedes Screw Turbine which was in action.

Further along the tow path we came to the next lock and a group of ponies. They were extremely friendly and rather over inquisitive!  They certainly had ideas about sharing our snacks! They also attracted much attention from the photographers in our ranks as evidenced by the number of pictures taken. The mum and foal proving especially popular.

One horse in particular seemed to take a shine to Peter H.

Is that a carrot in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

Then it was time to leave our equine friends behind,

Shortly after, we met up with David and Margaret who were taking a shorter walk after enjoying a coffee at the Earls Barton marina tea shop.

Swinging away from the river we crossed over the conveyor which was transporting gravel to a large aggregates company.  

  Skirting a rape field we crossed through a fishing reserve and then on good footpaths back to Grendon Lakes.

The Club House opened specially for us, proved excellent food at good prices in lovely surroundings. The staff were efficient and welcoming. 

Thanks to Sue and Peter H for organising and leading what from all reports was a glorious walk through the Nene Valley. Thanks are also due to Sue H for providing this report and some of the pictures.

Julie S and Caroline C also deserve credit for providing several pictures.

Note from David H. Margaret B and I enjoyed our visit to the Boat House cafe at the White Mills Marina and can recommend it. We were also told by the lady behind the counter that there are some walks that can be done from there around the 5/6 mile mark.

Any one fancy leading one from there in the future?

posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 18, 2019 15:06  under Walk Reports

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TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019

Saturday 10th May 2019 Walk Report.

 Following a few days of fairly continuous rain the walkers set off with some trepidation for a longish walk from Blisworth to Stoke Bruerne and back. The day turned out to be very pleasant with a lot of sun and a cool breeze. The terrain was pretty muddy in parts but thanks to the farmer who had put in clear paths through the crops,  crossing the fields was no problem.

There were 7 members and one visitors on the walk. Good to see Gloria back and Susan and Mike who haven’t walked in a while. 

So the group set off from Blisworth village and walked down to the Grand Union canal.  After a short walk on the tow path we reached the entrance to the tunnel.  The tunnel is two way for boat traffic and it takes about 25 minutes to motor through it. 


Our walk headed up a slope to the top of the tunnel and joined the Midshires way. This was a pleasant grassy walk with views of deer and cows in the fields.  We could see one of the shafts which provided ventilation for the tunnel and could only image how difficult it would have been digging the tunnel by hand.

At a T junction of footpaths we stopped to take in a wonderful view over towards Shutlanger before continuing over towards the road which runs over the top of the tunnel.

En route Roger K picked up some litter and carried it Dick Whittington style on his stick to the first litter bin he came to.

Yes Dick London is definitely that way.

 After a short distance on the road we dropped down the old path where the horses were taken over the tunnel whist the barge owners ‘legged’ the boat through reuniting with their horse at the Blisworth end.

The walk into Stoke Bruerne was on an easy access path and it was interesting to look at the holiday canal boats that we passed.  A lunch stop was taken with the pub being the popular destination.  As the weather was good it was enjoyable sitting outside and watching the comings and goings of the boats and the lock workings.

After lunch we set off on a different route using paths through and round the edge of  crop fields. The paths were excellant and thanks must go to the farmers involved. After crossing the Blisworth road we spied a field full of deer.  They were rather shy and kept well away from us. Perhaps venison was a favourite of the local restaurants!

The walk ended on the footpaths of Blisworth village back to the car park.

An enjoyable and interesting walk. 

Thanks to Sue and Peter H for organising and leading what sounds like a most enjoyable walk in much better conditions than the previous year.

Thanks also to Sue for providing this report and some of the pictures.

Thanks also to Roger K for providing additional pictures.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 14, 2019 19:13  under Walk Reports

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MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019

Thursday 2nd May 2019 Walk Report.

20 walkers and one dog assembled on a sunny May morning at The George in Desborough, unaware that they were about to begin "Chris’s challenge”. 

After a short briefing on the history of Desborough and its delights, along with warnings of crossing busy roads and difficult terrain, we all set off ready to rise to the challenges ahead.  We walked along Station Road, past numerous takeaways and the Heritage Centre where copies of the Desborough mirror and Desborough necklace can be seen. (The originals are at the British Museum although they were recently on show at Kettering Manor House.) 

We then walked over the railway bridge to enter the Plens, a former ironstone quarry. We crossed through the Grange estate into a grassy, undulating field to Challenge 1.  This was a stile with a narrow footpath on rough ground followed by crossing the busy road near West Lodge.

Challenge 2 awaited in the form of a field of frisky bullocks that scared several members of the group as they almost charged towards us.  (They seemed to be disturbed by the dog as the bullocks had not been at all interested when Chris and Gervais had practised the walk the previous week.)

Challenge 3 followed closely when we crossed the stile into a rough field, which had a wooden plank to traverse as well as another small, wooden bridge. With all 20 ramblers having succeeded in the challenges, the rest of the walk was relatively easy.  We walked up a tarmac road onto Desborough Airfield, where we felt a few drops of rain which, thankfully, did not materialise. We walked around the concrete paths then took our lives in our hands as we walked along the grass verge along the Stoke Albany Road and crossed over it to a track down to Stoke Wood for our "banana break”.

The birds were singing and the bluebells were in flower.  The sun shone as if to smile on the intrepid explorers.

After refuelling, we were off again, over several stiles and fields to cross the Stoke Albany road again.  After another short footpath, we crossed the West Lodge road again into a grassy field with shaggy ponies. 

  It was then an easy walk around the Great Bear (estate of light industry), then through the Grange estate and down the main road back to the George for a well-earned lunch.  Congratulations to all the walkers for completing the course.

Special thanks are extended to Gervais for helping to bash down foliage as well as cutting back brambles and trees in the practice walk; to Julie S for being the back-marker and chief photographer; and to Gervais for helping with the traffic crossings.

A big thank you to Chris S for organising and leading  this walk which did not seem to lack challenges.

Additional thanks to her for providing this most enjoyable report.

David H.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 06, 2019 10:16  under Walk Reports

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