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 2018                                                                         
December

               
Sunday 2nd
Panto Theme Walk
Harrold Park
Kev
Sunday 9th
National Walk
Stevington
Matt                                                   
Sunday 16th
Santa Walk
Wolverton Santa!                                                   
25th xmas
Wednesday 26th
Boxing Day Walk Rushden Lakes
John                                    


                                                                                                              

2019


January
Sunday 6th
New Members Walk Stanwick Lakes
John
Sunday 13th
Walk
(Ideally a figure of 8)
Jayne
Sunday 20th
Walk
(Ideally a figure of 8)
Leader Required
Sunday 27th
Walk
Leader Required


February
Sunday 3rd
Walk
Leader Required
Fri 8th - Sun 10th
Weekend Away
Cotswolds
Mel & Chris
Sunday 17th
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 24th
Walk
Leader Required


March
Sunday 3rd
Walk
Leader Required                                  
Sunday 10th
Walk
Leader Required
Fri 15th - Sun 17th
Weekend away
Forest of Dean
Jayne
Sunday 24th
Walk
Leader Required
                                             

April
Sunday 7th
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 14th
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 28th
Walk
Leader Required





May
Wednesday 1st
Evening Walk
Leader Required
Fri 3rd pm - Mon 6th
Bank Holiday Weekend
Fri 10th -Sun 12th
Waendal Walking Festival
tbc
Wednesday 15th
Evening Walk
Leader Required


May
(Continued)
Sunday 19th May
Walk
Leader Required
Fri 24th pm - Mon 27th
Bank Holiday Weekend 






June



Sunday 2nd
Walk
Leader required
Wednesday 5th
Evening Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 9th
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 16th
Walk
Leader Required
Wednesday19th
Evening Walk
Leader Required
June
(Continued)


Sunday 23rd
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 30th
Walk
Leader Required




December

Sunday 2nd

Sunday 2nd December, 8.25 mile Pantomime themed walk from Harrold Country Park, Walk leader Kevin (aka Dame Trott)

This walk is Pantomime themed and will hopefully get you in the Christmas spirit. Although not critical, walkers are encouraged to come along as a Pantomime character (use your imaginations).

We will meet at the Harrold-Odell Country Park (SatNav users can use the postcode MK43 7DS), where they ask for a £1 donation for the car park. The curtain will rise at 10:30am on our production of "Ramblers in Boots". Liquid refreshments will be available in the interval (at a local pub). Feel free to bring a packed lunch for eating at a suitable point en-route. The walk is around 8.25 miles. There is a coffee shop at the country park if we get back in time.

As you can imagine the walk will feature a few Pantomime elements so it's sure to be good fun (oh no it isn't!).

Your walk leader is Kevin (aka Dame Trott).

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Sunday 9th

Sunday 9 December 2018, 10 mile circular from Stevington, Walk Leader Matt

Please meet at the crossroads in the centre of Stevington at 10.30am (the corner of Church Road and Park Road - see google pin). Please park considerately around the village. There is roadside parking on Silver Street and over the crossroads on Church Road.

The walk will take us from the south end of Silver Street where we will walk over fields and through occasional woodland towards Carlton. As we approach Carlton the route becomes a gravel track before hard surface as we go through the village and over the river Ouse into Odell.

By this point we'd have covered 6 miles and shall stop for lunch with the options of one of many benches by the lake in the country park or in the neighbouring pub the Bell, or some may wish to do both. The pub has a rear garden with tables and "walkers welcome" sign was positioned outside when I visited. Please bring a packed lunch as there will likely be a considerable wait time on food at the pub.

After lunch we continue back over the Ouse, across fields to Pavenham and finally skirting the banks of the river back to Stevington.

It's likely going to be muddy underfoot in many places, so boots are recommended.

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Sunday 16th

Santa Hat Walk - 16th December - 8.5miles, Wolverton, walk leader Santa

 

 The annual Santa Hat Walk, as always led by Santa himself, taking time out from his busy schedule at this time of year!

 

 Everyone is encouraged to wear a Santa Hat or other Christmassy attire!

 

 This year we will once again have the option of a car free walk, allowing for the possibility of several pub stops in honour of Christmas!

 

 The meeting point is Wolverton Station, which is one stop down the line from Northampton. Due to the timing of trains on the day from the North Pole (via Rugby) we will be starting the walk a bit later than usual at 11am, to meet the 10.50 arrival from Northampton (leaving Northampton at 10.37). If anyone is travelling from the south let us know and we can wait for the 11.02 arrival from Milton Keynes.

 

For those arriving by car, you can park in the station car park, which costs £4.50.

 

The walk itself is 8 to 8.5 miles, depending on the exact route which can be varied on the day. We will head out along the Ouse Valley for a lovely riverside walk, past a couple of nature reserves and underneath “the world’s oldest broad canal iron trough aqueduct” (which we will walk across in the afternoon, making this a true figure of 8 walk!)

 

At the four mile point we reach our lunch stop, which is a picturesque bench by the old A5, and the first pub stop which is the Swan in Old Stratford. Although the pub advertises food we won’t have time to order so bring a packed lunch which we will eat at the bench before going in the pub. There is a limited range of sandwiches for sale in the village store for those who may have forgotten their lunch!

 

 After lunch we head out towards Cosgrove, where we have the option of slightly extending the walk to include a second pub stop at a nice canalside location, depending on time.

 

After Cosgrove we head along the Grand Union Canal and back into Wolverton. En route we will cross the aqueduct mentioned earlier.

 

 Back in Wolverton there is a range of further hostelries, for those able to take advantage, while we wait for the trains home!

 

Although designed as a multi-pub walk the number of pub stops will depend on time and what people want to do on the day.

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Wednesday
26th

Wednesday 26th December, annual Boxing Day Rushden Lakes River walk, 4 miles, walk leader John H

Meet at the Visitors Centre at Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre, Rushden, NN10 6BW at 11am.

Our 4 mile walk will head out from the Visitors Centre towards the River Nene following the river around Irthlingborough Lakes and back to the Visitors Centre.

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                                                                                                                2019
January
Sunday 6th
New Members walk, 6 January 2019, Figure of 8 walk from Stanwick Lakes, John

Everyone is warmly welcomed to our first walk of the year. Whether you’re an established member of the group coming along to blow out a few of the Christmas cobwebs or someone venturing out with us for the first time. If you haven’t walked with us before, you might find it helpful to read our FAQ page of our website – or ask your questions as you walk along with us!

As usual our first walk of the year is a figure of 8 walk. A figure of 8 walk is a walk of two halves, returning to the starting point at lunchtime and going on an afternoon walk from approximately the same location. This allows people to either walk the morning loop, afternoon loop or both. 

Most people drive to our walks. On this occasion its possible to get a bus from Northampton to Stanwick, from there its an 11 minute walk (precision from Google maps!) to Stanwick Lakes. See the X47 timetable here

The morning loop is about 5 miles long. Meet by the parking payment machine at Stanwick Lakes  ready to start walking at 10.30am. 

We will start by heading out along the old Northampton to Peterborough railway line up to Ringstead fishing lakes. From there we’ll follow the Nene Way to Little Addington and back to Stanwick Lakes. Please be aware that the field leaving Little Addington will be muddy! Returning to the main visitors centre, people can either buy their lunch at the café at Stanwick Lakes or bring sandwiches to eat nearby.

The afternoon walk of approximately 4 miles will start at 1pm at the parking payment machine of Stanwick Lakes. We will head past the lakes towards Raunds and back.

Parking is £3 daily rate.

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Here's some information on leading a walk

Reporting issues with paths phone 03001261000 or web link  Report issues with paths

*New short walks link added below November 2018*

Northants short walks web link

Bedfordshire Walks Ideas

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.

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