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Monthly Archives: JUNE 2019


Saturday 22nd June 2019 Derbyshire Walk Report.

On a lovely sunny day a party of 15 walkers set off in a minibus to Parsley Hay car park on the High Peak Trail. in Derbyshire.

On arrival we set off walking to the junction with the Tissington Trail. 

We continued on the High Peak Trail for 4 miles. Both trails are on old railway tracks so the gradients were very gentle. Then a foot path was taken for around 1 and a half miles here lunch was enjoyed at the Waterloo Inn at Biggin-by- Hartington.

From here we took the Tissington trail for 3 miles to the old Hartington station. A replica signal box has been built here also toilets and cafe with welcome ice cream.

                "I always wanted a train set when I was younger, now I've got a real one."

We continued along the Tissington Trail to the junction with the High Peak Trail and the car park at Parsley Hay after 1 mile.

Below are a series of pictures showing characteristics views of the peak District scenery and the ever present dry stone walls.

The minibus left at 4 15 and arrived back in Kettering at 6 15.

A big thank you is due to Steven Thompson for organising and leading what is fast becoming one of the highlights of the KDRC calendar and for providing this report.

Thanks to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing pictures. Pictures were also provided by Caroline C.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 29, 2019 13:51  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 13th June 2019 Walk Report.

Today, the walk was rather dominated by the wet weather, which unfortunately didn't let up. 13 rain-hardy people walked the 5.5 miles  along lanes, across fields and through woods in Bedfordshire. 

From Upper Dean we went to Swineshead via generally wide paths alongside fields but, at one point across a sticky oil-seed rape field. The terrain is undulating and the views on a nice day would have been good from the higher points. Still, today we could see Swineshead Church spire quite prominently a fair distance away, but it was some time before we were passing it and starting to make our way up again. We went along byways passing Swineshead and Spanoak Woods (both open and managed by the Woodland Trust). We used a path just inside Spanoak Wood to avoid the many large puddles on the main path.

 After a brief stop, we continued along more byways to another high point before completing the circuit by coming down into Upper Dean near to the Church. We were pleased to return to get dry again and maybe another time, if not raining, we would have time to admire the views of the open, rolling countryside more.

I think it is fair to say that people enjoyed the food at The Three Compasses - it was nicely presented, tasty, good value and came out promptly. We thank them for opening specially for us.

Look forward to seeing you at the next Thursday walk hopefully,

All best wishes,

Carna and Ian.

Thanks to Ian and Carna B for organising and leading this walk and providing this report.

Also a special thank you to those brave souls who took part and most certainly cannot be called fair weather walkers.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 13, 2019 19:53  under Walk Reports

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MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

Saturday 8th June 2019 Walk Report.

11 walkers met at the Duke’s in Woodford ready for a 10.00a.m. start amidst heavy and persistent rain which probably accounted for an additional  five people who cancelled.


The forecast from the pub’s weather stone being remarkably accurate.

Walking through the village our route took us past the Church of St. Mary the Virgin whose origins go back to the 13th century.

Everywhere was quiet ( probably due to the weather)  and only the occasional dog walker and a couple of walkers were passed.

Continued along a concrete road past Glebe Farm then the Nene Way was joined with distant veiws of the Primark sheds (sorry warehouses)

 Then on to Woodford Mill/ Willy Watt Marina and onto the route of the old Northampton to Peterborough railway line and still it rained.

This route is a favourite with horse riders as much horse manure everywhere.

Passing under Ham Lane Bridge which leaves Ringstead by the pumping station. If you turn left the track hits the River Nene which is a bit of a mystery.

We stopped for coffee on the next bridge where Roger proudly showed of his banana.

On leaving the track by Woodford Lock we passed a half- submerged river cruiser.

On returning to the pub we were as our Caledonian Chairman might say like "drookit rats" but with spirits undaunted as can be seen from the pictures below.

On entering the pub for lunch there was the luxury of an open fire ( much needed in view of the weather conditions).

Vonnie Mc joined us for lunch which was enjoyed by all.

Thanks to John A for organising and leading this somewhat damp walk and for providing this report. Thanks to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing some of the photographs as did Roger K.

                                   "Wot no Prosecco?"


posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 10, 2019 13:43  under Walk Reports

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019

Pictures for the blog.

Whilst pictures make a welcome addition to the walk reports on the blog, it takes an inordinate amount of time to download, save, amend and upload to the website to such an extent that Mrs. H says I spend more time doing reports than I do with her.

So in the cause of marital harmony could I ask that when sending pictures from walks you limit the numbers to around five or six each per walk please?

David H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 02, 2019 15:02  under General

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019

Thursday 30th May 2019 Walk Report.

28 (two taking a shorter walk in the village) members assembled in the car park of the Olde Three Cocks on a fine but cloudy and windy morning for a ‘rectangular’ walk of 5.4 miles north of the attractive village of Brigstock, near Corby.

After an introduction about the walk from the leader Roger K and a welcome to new members we headed uphill, carefully crossing the bypass and taking a side road past the entrance to Mauntley Farm and Bushy Lawn Lodge, where the Brigstock Horse Trails are held. 

Announcing ourselves on the intercom by the drive to Bocase Farm


Passing its splendid golden eagle-topped gates.

We came to the Bocase Stone, where Roger K gave a talk to a rapt audience about the legend which says that it is a tombstone said to mark the hollow oak tree where Robin Hood threw his weapons on escaping from an ambush in Brigstock Church (we knew we were in Rockingham Forest but did Robin ever come south from Sherwood?! – and possibly the place where foresters’ courts took place. 

Adjacent to the stone is a somewhat abstract metal knight.

Still walking on the edge of the extensive Harry’s Park wood - and now on wet grass - we eventually emerged through an open gate into a field with good views towards Upper Benefield and Weldon. Turning left alongside a field some of us twice heard the original call of a cuckoo before stopping for our ‘bananas’ at a junction with a farm lane near Laundimer House. Sadly, there was evidence of picnic rubbish, probably left by motorists seeking a quiet spot.

 While we relaxed and chatted a startled lone walker appeared: ‘what a lot of you.’ heading in the opposite direction. He was from Weston Favell and was, over three years, walking to all 365 parish churches (wonder how many he will find open?) in the Peterborough Diocese.

A variety of animlas both domsticated and wild were seen en route.

Turning south we continued along an easy path through Upper Laundimer Wood and Old Dry Hills until reaching the first side road and returning across the Brigstock by-pass to the village.

 A few of us walked around the village, including passing the original home of Helen B. who was on the walk before gathering at the back of the pub for a drink.

 It was a pleasant walk with no styles or mud, only spoilt by the long wait for lunch because we were only told, when we first arrived to park and order food, that another lunch club was booked in before us.

However this allowed us to take advantage of the good weather and have a pleasant drink outside as evidenced by the pictures below.

 Thanks to Peter for being the back marker and to Sue H for her support to the leader. 


Thanks to Roger K for organising and leading this walk and also for providing this report and some of the photographs.

Photographs were also provided by Carna B, Caroline C and Julie S.   

(Lack of time did not permit inclusion of all pictures supplied so apologies for that.

David H.)

posted by CHANGERINGER on  June 02, 2019 13:36  under Walk Reports

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