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Local Walk
National Walk
Evening Walk
Weekend Away
Monthly Social
Other Event
October



Sunday 1st
Circular Walk
Mears Ashby
Tracey                       
Sunday 8th
Circular Walk
Braunston
John H                      
Wednesday 11th
Pub Meet/Map reading
Fayre & Square
Northampton
Sunday 15th
Figure of 8 Walk
Akeley
John A                           
Sunday 29th
Circular Walk
Wadenhoe
Aimee
November



Wednesday 1st
Pub Meet
The Sun
Hardingstone
Sunday 5th
Town Walk
Northampton
Jayne
Sunday 19th
Area AGM
Fri 24th - Sun 26th
Weekend away
Derbyshire
Ray

                                  
December
*Seasonal
Greetings!*

Sunday 3rd
Walk
Aimee
                                   
Wednesday 6th
Pub meet ?
tbc
Sunday 10th
Walk Magazine
Stonesfield
John A                          
Sunday 17th
Santa hat walk
Santa
Tuesday 26th
Boxing day walk?
tbc?



2018


January
*Happy
New year!*

Sunday 7th
New members walk
Figure of 8
Leader tba?
Sunday 14th
Figure of 8 walk
Leader required
Sunday 21st
Walk
Leader required
Sunday 28th
Walk
Leader required

February


Sunday 4th
Walk
Leader required

Sunday 11th
Walk
Chris G
Sunday 18th
Walk
Leader required

Fri 23 - Sun 25th
Weekend away
Belinda & Tim
More details to follow

March



Sunday 4th
Walk
Leader required
Sunday 18th
Walk
Tim
Sunday 25th
Walk
Leader required


April



Sunday 15th
Walk
Leader required
Sunday 22nd
Walk
Leader required
Sunday 29th
Walk
Leader required


May



Wednesday 2nd
Evening Walk
Sunset @ 8.25 pm
Leader required
Fri 4th - Mon 7th
Bank Holiday
Weekend away ?
tbc
Sunday 13th
Olney
Charlotte
Wednesday 16th
Evening Walk
Leader required
Sunday 20th
Walk
Leader required
May
(Continued)


Fri 25th - Mon 28th
Bank Holiday
Weekend away ?
tbc




June



Sunday 3rd
Walk
Leader required
Wednesday 6th
Evening Walk
Leader required
Sunday 10th
Walk
Leader required
Sunday 17th
Walk
Leader required
Wednesday 20th
Evening Walk
Charlotte
June
(Continued)


Sunday 24th
Walk
Leader required





October
Sunday 1st

Circular walk from Mears Ashby, walk leader Tracey

 

Meet at the bus stop on the junction of Wellingborough Road and North Street (NN6 0EG) in Mears Ashby for a 10.30am start after parking considerately around the village.  Please bring a packed lunch with you as there will not be time to get lunch at the pub.

 

This is a 9 mile walk heading out of Mears Ashby across fields to Hardwick and then onto Orlingbury where we will eat our packed lunches on the village green before going to the Queens Head for a drink.

 

After lunch we will return to Mears Ashby via Hardwick Lodge & along the edge of Sywell Lodge.  There will be the option at the end of the walk to drive to Beckworth Food Emporium for a well earned coffee & cake for the those that want to indulge themselves!
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Sunday 8th

Circular walk from Braunston, walk leader John H

Meet outside the Church on High Street, Braunston, NN11 7HS ready to start walking at 10.30am.

 

Please park considerately around the village and please remember to bring a packed lunch with you.

 

This is a 9 mile walk and in the morning we will leave Braunston and head out along the Oxford Canal and then through fields to Willoughby after which we will rejoin the Oxford Canal and make our way to Barby where we will have our packed lunch and a drink at the pub.

 

After lunch we will return across fields to Braunston.


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Wednesday 11th
Map reading / walk planning pub meet session, Fayre & Square, Billing Mill
 
Please come and join us from 7pm at the Fayre & Square pub, Billing Mill, The Causeway, Great Billing, Northants, NN3 9EX where we will be meeting for a drink and possibly some food.
 
We’ve been asked a few times to run a session to help people who would like to lead a walk, but aren’t confident enough with map reading to plan a walk.  Therefore this is a pub meet with a difference as we will be running as session looking at map reading and also helping anyone who would like to plan a walk but needs a bit of help.  There will be a load of local maps at the pub meet for us all to use & hopefully we’ll get a few new walks & walk leaders from the session.
 
Feel free to just come and join us if you want to learn a bit more about us as a group and gain some useful information about map reading.
 
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Sunday 15th

Sunday 15th October, Eight mile, figure of 8 walk from Akeley, walk leader John A

 

A figure of eight walk is walk where will return to the starting place at lunchtime, giving people the option to walk either in the morning or the afternoon section, or just to meet for a drink. If you are walking all day, please bring a packed lunch with you, as there won't be time to order food in the pub at lunchtime.

 

Please park considerately in the village and meet outside the Bull and Butcher pub ( http://www.bullandbutcherakeley.co.uk/ ), The Square, Akeley at 10.30am. The morning section is approximately 4.5 miles including a footpath, B-road and bridleway section. Walking boots are essential!

 

 We will aim to return to the pub for around 12.15pm. We'll eat our lunch nearby and then go inside for a drink.

 

 The afternoon section is approximately 4.8 miles and will leave from outside the pub at 1.30pm. This section will take us past Foxcote Reservoir and the church at Leckhampstead. Mainly footpaths with a small B-road section, for an estimated 3.20pm finish. The walk ends back at the pub stop.


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Sunday 29th

Sunday 29 October, 9 mile circular walk from Wadenhoe, walk leader Aimee

 

Meet at the village hall (car park open to all) at the end of Church Street for a 10:30 start. Please bring a packed lunch.

 

We will head out of the village, passing through Aldwincle and across the woods to the historic Lyveden New Bield site. We will stop here for lunch, please note that the National Trust tearoom is only accessible for those paying for admission to the house. The route back will take us past Wadenhoe church before returning to the car park. Optional visit to the King's Head next door after the walk.


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November
Wednesday 1st
Pub Meet, The Sun Pub, 9 High Street, Hardingstone, NN4 7BT

If you're thinking of getting back into walking after the summer holidays, or if you haven't done much walking before, come along to our pub meet to say Hello and find out what we're about.
 
We're meeting at the Sun Pub in Hardingstone from 7pm for a drink and possible some food too. If you're new, look out for our 'walking boot' sign on the table to know you've got the right people!

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Sunday 5th

Sunday 5 November, 9 mile Northampton town walk, walk leader Jayne


This is a 9 mile loop through parks and the town centre. We'll meet at 10.30am at the top of Overstone Road - near St Michael's car park and opposite the 'Boot and Shoe Quarter' sign (near where the Chron and Echo used to be for any one who has known Northampton for a few years).

 

This walk doesn't have a lunch stop, as we're planning to eat in the pub at the end.

 

First we will pass through the racecourse, then up through Abington park, across the A45, down the River Nene to the Delapre estate. From there we'll head back through Far Cotton and the town centre. We aim to be back in town for around 2pm. For anyone wishing to, there is an option to have Sunday lunch at the nearby Lamplighter pub. If you want to stay for lunch, please let us know at the start of the walk on the day (veggie options are available!).  Obviously this is dependent on numbers and cannot be guaranteed as it's a busy pub.

 

Parking - at the St Michael's Car Park in town which is free on Sundays (the entrance to the car park is on St Michael's Road, which is a one-way road).


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Sunday 19th
Area AGM more details to follow


Friday 24th - Sunday 26th November


Weekend away, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire 24-26 November

Ray is organising this November's weekend away. We'll be staying near the town of Whalley Bridge in Derbyshire, as its not an area of the Peak District we visit very often. He's booked two cottages big enough to accommodate 16 people – it has some double beds, so that's assuming the number of couples / people willing to share a double bed works out. The likely cost will be around £60 for the weekend. (For people who haven't come on a weekend away before, this cost will cover the accommodation for 2 nights – the Friday and the Saturday night, and food for breakfast and to make up packed lunches for Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes).

The numbers are based on the numbers of people who have come on weekends away in the past. If the spaces in the cottages get filled up, there will be the option of staying in B&Bs in Whalley Bridge itself. (These would need to be booked yourselves, but you'd be very welcome to come and 'hang out' at the cottages after walks etc).

Generally people will organise to share lifts, depending on where they live and when they were thinking of leaving (eg some people take a day or half day off work on the Friday, others travel up on the evening). People usually sort themselves out for food on the Friday night, and we'll all go out for a pub meal in the evening on the Saturday night. We'll be doing a long-ish walk on the Saturday, and a shorter walk / group visit to local attraction(s) on the Sunday. All of this of course is weather dependent!

https://www.groupaccommodation.com/properties/felton-brook-farm-cottages-high-peak-derbyshire

Also on TripAdvisor, and (if you can get it to work) apparently on www.horwichfarm.co.uk.

If you are interested in coming along, please contact Ray as soon as possible, or use the email on our contacts page and we can forward your interest on to him. Ray will ask for a deposit to secure your place on the trip.

December



Here's some information on leading a walk
 
The basics
Walk leaders have to members of the Ramblers Association, being a member means you are covered by our insurance. We expect all walks to be -'pre-walked' or 'reccied' before leading the group of people out on a walk. You will need to let Belinda our walks secretary know the details of your walk at least 6 weeks in advance – so we can add it on to our website. Ideally she needs to know the approx location of the walk and distance as soon as you can.
 
Joint walks and reccies 
Walks can be jointly led – so if you like the idea of leading a walk, but are a bit nervous about the map reading, the responsibility of checking things out – please ask someone who has been a member for a while if they'd like to share a walk. Again, if you're a confident map reader, but you'd like some company on the reccie, please let us know. 
 
Deciding a route
Inspiration for walks can be found in the Ramblers 'Walk' magazine, walking books, plotting out a route on the map – or checking our 'back catalogue' of walks on the website. Many of the local libraries stock copies of ordinance survey maps which you can take out on loan (and sometimes walking books too). Again, its always worth asking other people if they've got the map of the area you're interested in.
 
The walks can be within Northamptonshire or surrounding counties. Usually we suggest a 2 hour drive (from the car-sharing point at Upton in Northampton) is about the maximum distance people will be willing to travel for a day walk.
 
Local, national and evening walks
Local walks are classed as within the boundaries of the county of Northamptonshire, and national walks outside the county. Its up to you where you want to lead a walk, when you've chosen the date. Its likely that we'll flag walks further away as 'national' walks so people notice when planning to come along. In the summer months we have extra walks, twice a month on Wednesday evenings. These start at 7.30 and aim to finish around 9pm. If you're volunteering for an evening walk, please think about what time its likely to get dark when planning your route... 
 
More public transport walks please!

Finally, it would be really great to see more 'public transport' walks – either getting the bus or train in both directions, or a linear walk between two places.

Please use the email on our contact page.

Old Walks

 

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