New for 2017 google pin  pin (click on pin for start location)
Local Walk
National Walk
Evening Walk
Weekend Away
Monthly Social
Other Event
December
*Seasonal
Greetings!*

Sunday 3rd
Local Walk
Tywell Hills & Dales
Aimee                     
Pub Meet
The Old House
Wellingborough
Sunday 10th
! CANCELLED !
Stonesfield
John A                    
Sunday 17th
Santa Hat Walk
Long Buckby
Santa
Tuesday 26th
Boxing Day Walk
Sharnbrook
John H



2018


January
*Happy
New year!*

Sunday 7th
New members walk
Figure of 8
Belinda & Tim
Sunday 14th
Figure of 8 walk
John H
Sunday 21st
Figure of 8
Apethorpe
Claire


February


Sunday 4th
Walk
Aimee

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
Stonesfield
John A
Sunday 18th
Walk
Tim
Sunday 25th
Walk
Lee & Kath


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



Wednesday 6th
Evening Walk
Leader required

Sunday 10th
Walk
Leader required
Sunday 17th
Walk
Leader required
Wednesday 20th
Evening Walk
Charlotte
Sunday 24th
Walk
Leader required

December
Sunday 3rd
Sunday 3rd December, circular walk from Twywell Hills & Dales, walk leader Aimee

Meet in the Twywell Hills & Dales nature reserve car park for a 10.30 start. Please bring a packed lunch.

This 10 mile walk will take us through the nature reserve in to the village of Twywell before heading across the fields in to the Drayton Estate. We will pass the very impressive Drayton country house and stop in Lowick pocket park for lunch at 4 miles. After lunch we will pass through the vineyard, stopping at the Vane Arms at 5 miles in the village of Sudborough for a swift pint. Taking a different path we will head back to Lowick then retrace our steps past Drayton House and head off to the village of Slipton, across the fields back to the car park.

The nature reserve car park is just off junction 11 of the A14, follow signs for Cranford.

pin <- Google pin of start


Wednesday 6th
The Hart Brewery has recently opened up a Brewery Tap in Wellingborough called The Old House and we thought we would make this the venue for our December pub meet.

The pub meet is on Wednesday 6th December at The Old House, 29-30 Sheep Street, Wellingborough, NN8 1BS, we will be there from 7.30pm if you fancy joining us for a drink.

http://hartfamilybrewers.com/


Sunday 10th
! CANCELLED RE BLOCKED A43 @ Silverstone DUE TO SNOW !

Sunday 10th December - 8 mile circular walk Stonesfield, Oxfordshire - John A


As the walk is some distance from Northampton, you can either meet us in Stonesfield for the usual 10.30am start, or meet us in Northampton to share a lift there. Please bring a packed lunch as there won't be time to order food in the pub at lunchtime.

If you would like to car share, please meet at the car park of Upton Country Park (see the google pin below), ready to leave at 9.10am. Please turn up a few minutes before this, so we can arrange lift sharing. A few people will need to volunteer to drive. For those getting a lift you will be asked to make a small contribution towards the driver's petrol.

For those meeting us there, please park considerately around the village and meet outside the White Horse pub, The Ridings, Stonesfield for a 10.30am start.

“This circular route in the heart of Oxfordshire visits sites of historical and archaeological interest, including St Peter’s church at Wilcote Manor, the crumbling remains of the ancient Lady’s Well and the ruins of North Leigh Roman Villa. It all makes for a very pleasant countryside walk with much to stimulate the senses – and discussion if you are walking with a group.”

The above text was taken from the recent edition of the Walk magazine. On the day we will walk anticlockwise and the pub stop will be at http://theplough-inn.co.uk/ Finstock meaning we will have completed approximately 60% of the walk before lunch. The pub is described as a friendly Thatched village pub since 1772 with a roaring log Inglenook fire for winter and dogs are allowed in the bar. We can either eat our pack lunches near Wilcote or close to the pub, depending on the weather on the day.

After lunch we head back to Stonesfield to complete the walk

pin <- Google pin of car share


pin <- Google pin of walk start


snow   ! Please check your emails or meet-up in the morning before you set off so see if the walk is going head due
                                           to the predicted snow !

! CANCELLED ! re SNOW


Sunday 17th
Sunday 17 December, Santa hat walk from Long Buckby station, walk leader – Santa

This is a 9.5 mile circular walk from Long Buckby station with several pub stops en route. There is the option to travel by train, with the most convenient train from Northampton arriving at 10.11am. The walk won't start until 10.30am to allow for those coming by car and to save any confusion! For those who are driving please note that parking is free in the small Network Rail car park closest to the station but there is a charge for the much larger private car park next to this (further from the station).

As it's the Santa Hat Walk Santa hats are of course compulsory and other Christmassy attire is encouraged, eg Elf Costumes, the much fabled Reindeer Onesie, Mrs Christmas Dresses (as now availble in Primark!) and so on. There will be a prize for the best full costume which will be awarded by Santa himself!

For more details, please see the information that Santa has kindly provided.

“Hello Boys and Girls - Santa Here - Ho Ho Ho!

Once again I will be taking time out from my busy December schedule to lead a walk for your lovely group!

Staying with last year's theme we will again have the option of a car free walk, not for any eco friendly reasons but so that those who can come that way can take advatage of the pub stops (during which I transform by the power of Christmas magic into Andy, who has been known to like the odd half a shandy - I prefer sherry myself!)

From Long Bucky we will be heading over the rolling countryside to the pretty village of Whilton (which sadly has no pub) and then over the fields again to Little Brington, where we stop for our packed lunch on the village green before visiting our first pub, the Saracen's Head. From here it's a short walk to Great Brington, and the Althorp Coaching Inn (AKA the Fox and Hounds), where we will again stop for a drink!

After being suitably refreshed we will then head back the three and a half miles to Long Buckby, where there will be the option of a couple more drinks in the town pubs before heading home.

Merry Christmas one and all, hope to see you on the 17th!

Love Santa X”

pin <-Google pin of start                                                                        santa


Tuesday 26th
Boxing Day
Tuesday 26th Boxing Day Walk - 4 mile circular walk, Sharnbrook, John H

Please note 11am start

This is a 4 mile circular walk starting at 11am. Please meet outside St Peter's church in Sharnbrook (MK44 1HR). We will be walking north of the village around the Colworth estate.


pin <- Google pin of start (11am)

January




Here's some information on leading a walk

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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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