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2019


January

      *Happy New Year
              Everyone!*
Sunday 6th
New Members Walk Stanwick Lakes
John
Sunday 13th
Figure Of 8
Sywell Jayne                             
Sunday 27th
Figure Of 8
Northampton
Belinda

February
Sunday 3rd
Circular Walk
Yardley Gobion
Kev
Fri 8th - Sun 10th Weekend Away Cotswolds
Mel & Chris
Sunday 17th
Circular Walk
Woburn Gavin                                   



March
Sunday 3rd
Walk
Leader
Dave                              
Fri 15th - Sun 17th
Weekend Away
Forest of Dean
Jayne
Sunday 24th
Walk
Lee

                                             

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
                               



July





Weekend Away
Brecon Beacons
Fri 12th - Mon 15th
Belinda & Tim




                                                                                            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.

pin <- Google pin of start

Sunday 13th
Sunday 13 January, 7 mile, Figure of 8 walk from Sywell, walk leader Jayne

This is a figure of 8 walk of approximately 4.5 miles in the morning and 2.5 miles in the afternoon. 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.

For both the morning and afternoon loops we will meet outside the cafe at Sywell Country Par, Washbrook Lane (NN6 0QX). Car parking is £3 for up to 4 hours or £5 for 12. Please note if you do both walks this may exceed 4 hours.

For the morning loop we will leave the cafe at 10.30am. The walk will take us south of the reservoir, through Ecton and Earls Barton. It's approx 4.5 miles and should get us back to the car park between 12 and 12.30. For those walking all day we’ll eat our sandwiches near the visitors centre or visit the cafe for lunch.

The afternoon walk is a loop of Sywell reservior, which is approximately 2.5 miles. We’ll begin walking from outside the cafe at 1pm. The walk is likely to take between 1 to 1.5 hours.

pin <- Google pin of am/pm start
Sunday 27th
Sunday 27th January, 9 mile figure of 8 walk from Northampton town centre, walk leader Belinda

This is a figure of 8 walk of approximately 5 miles in the morning and 4 miles in the afternoon. 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.

Meet outside the King Billy pub at 10.30am ready to start walking. (There are a number of car parks in the town centre).

In the morning we’ll head out west along the Nene Way, past the Storton Pits Nature Reserve. At the end of the Nature Reserve we’ll walk along the Grand Union Canal, through some residential

districts, to re-join the canal heading back into town. For those staying for the afternoon walk, we’ll eat our sandwhiches on benches alongside the canal, before heading for liquid refreshments at the Malt Shovel.

The afternoon loop of 4 miles will leave at approximately 1.15pm from outside the Malt Shovel pub on Bridge Street (at the entrance to the Eurocar car park next door as there’s more room to gather there). In the afternoon we’ll head out east on the Nene Valley way towards Great Houghton. On reaching the reservoir we’ll head back to town via Delapre Abbey.

pin <- Google pin of morning start

pin <- Google pin of afternoon start
February
Sunday 3rd
Sunday 3rd February, 9 mile circular walk, Yardley Gobion, walk leader Kev

Meet at Yardley Gobion at 10:30am. Please park considerately in the village and meet outside St Leonard's church (near Junction of High Street and Moorend Road, NN12 7UB). Please bring a packed lunch with you as there won’t be time to order food in the pub at lunchtime.

From the church we will walk through the village and head across the fields to Potterspury. We'll then pass through Furtho and over the A508 towards Cosgrove. At Cosgrove we'll follow the towpath along to the Navigation pub where we can stop for a drink and eat our lunch nearby. We'll finish the walk by continuing along the footpath past the old wharf and marina, crossing back over the A508 and coming back into Yardley Gobion from Moor End. The walk is nearly 9 miles in total.

pin <- Google pin of start of walk

Fri 8th - Sun 10th
Fri 8th - Sun 10th Weekend Away, Cotswolds, Mel & Chris

See our weekends away page for full details
Sunday 17th
Sunday 17 February, Woburn, 9 mile circular walk, walk leader Gavin

A 9 mile walk through beautiful countryside, with views of Woburn Abbey and Deer Park (plus views of other animals on the outskirts of the Safari Park). The walk starts at 10.30am in Woburn Market Place (on the corner of Leighton Road and George Street) in the centre of the village (grid ref. SP 949 331). There’s a free car park available nearby on Park Street, opposite Church of St Mary.

Please bring a packed lunch with you, there’s no pub stop at lunch time and there isn’t an opportunity to buy lunch en route. There may be an option to visit a tea room or pub at the end of the walk on our return to Woburn.

pin <- Google pin for the car park
March



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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