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