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2019


August



Sunday 18th National Walk Market Harborough Rachel                   
Wednesday 21st
Evening Walk
Eastcote
Kev
   

September



Sunday 1st
National Walk Cannock Chase Belinda & Tim
Sunday 15th
Linear Walk Yelden to Bozeat
John

Sunday 22nd
Walk and Carvery
Melton Mowbray
Rachel

Sunday 29th
Walk Flecknoe
Pierre
                             
October



Sunday 6th
Walk Weston
Dave
Sunday 20th
Walk Emberton
Chris B
Sunday 27th
Walk
Part 5 of the Three Shires Way
Tim



November



Fri 1st - Sun 3rd
Weekend Away
Mendip Hills
Kev
Sunday 10th
Walk Harrold
Peter

Sunday 24th
Walk Ampthill and Millbrook
Gavin

                                           
                            

December



Sunday 1st
Area AGM
Two Walks: 9 miles (walk leader John, start 10am) and 5 miles (walk leader Tim,start 11.30am)
All details in the activities & socials tab
Saturday 14th
Walk
Santa













2020

January
Sunday 5th
Walk leader required
Sunday 12th
Walk leader required
Sunday 19th
Walk leader required
Sunday 26th
Walk leader required

February
Sunday 2nd
Walk leader required
Sunday 9th
Walk leader required
Sunday 16th
Walk leader required
Sunday 23rd
Walk leader required

March
Sunday 1st
Walk leader required
Sunday 8th
Walk leader required
Sunday 15th
Walk leader required
Sunday 22th
No walk - Mothers's day
Sunday 29th
Walk leader required
April
Sunday 5th
Walk leader required
Sunday 12th
Easter Sunday

Sunday 19th
Walk leader required
Sunday 26th
Walk leader required

May
Sunday 3rd
Walk leader required
Wednesday 6th
Evening walk
Walk leader required

Sunday 10th
Bank holiday
Walk leader required
Sunday 17th
Walk leader required
Wednesday 20th
Evening walk
Walk leader required
May
Sunday 24th
No walk - Isle of Wight trip




June
Wednesday 3th
Evening walk
Walk leader required
Saturday 7th
Walk leader required
Sunday  14th
Walk leader required
Wednesday 17th
Evening walk
Walk leader required
Sunday 21st
Walk leader required
June
Sunday 28th
Walk leader required




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October





November





December







                                                                                            2019
August

Sunday 18th
Sunday 18 August, circular walk, 11 miles from Market Harborough, walk leader Rachel

Meet at 10.30am at the Doddridge Road car park in Market Harborough. The walk heads to the Union Wharf canal basin and then follows the canal to Foxton Locks. We will spend about an hour at the locks to give people time to explore, eat their packed lunch and get a pint or an ice cream (or both!).

From the top of the locks we then head across fields to Lubenham and back into Market Harborough. This section is not very dog friendly, as there are several double stiles with no space for the dogs to get under so there would be a lot of lifting.

The walk is approximately 11 miles.

pin <- Google pin of start

Wednesday 21st
Wednesday 21st August, Evening walk from Eastcote, walk leader Kev

The last evening walk of the summer (where did that go?!)! Please meet outside the Eastcote Arms pub on Gayton Road, after parking considerately around the village of Eastcote. We will walk a loop from there passing through Astcote of approx 3.5 miles. After the walk we’ll go for a drink in the pub – either the Eastcote Arms or the Geoge at Tiffield, depending our preference to be agreed on the night.

pin <- Google pin of meeting point
September

Sunday 1st
Sunday 1 September, 10 mile walk, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, walk leaders Belinda and Tim

A 10 mile walk at Cannock Chase (smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Britain) starting at 10:30am from the Visitor Centre on Marquis Drive where there is a cafe and toilets. The post code for sat nav is WS12 4PW and the grid reference is SK004153.

As it is further away from Northants, we’re suggesting that people could car share if they’d like to. Meeting at Upton Country Park car park close to Sixfields, Northampton. We’ll travel there in as few cars as possible, passengers are requested to offer a contribution towards the drivers’ fuel. Please arrive in time to leave the car park at 9.15am.

Alternatively if you are meeting us at the walk start the quickest way is to go via M1, M6, M6 Toll getting off at T6 and going via Hednesford.

The walk will take us through the heathland of Cannock Chase, along the Sherbrook valley to the stepping stones. We will stop at the Barley Mow pub at Milton for a drink and eat our packed lunch.

After lunch we will walk through woodlands via the Heart of England Way along a ridge with nice views across the heather moors.

pin <- Google pin for car sharing

pin <- Google pin of start of walk


Sunday 15th
Sunday 15 September, Yelden to Bozeat, 9.75 LINEAR walk, walk leader John


This is the fourth part of series of walks, walking the length of the Three Shires Way footpath. This walk is a linear walk, so we’ll meet at the end of the walk, and take as few car as possible to the start of the walk. At the end of the walk, some drivers will need to be transported back to Yeldon to pick up their cars.
 
Please meet at the Red Lion pub on London Road in Bozeat at the slightly earlier than usual time of 10.15am, please park considerately around the village. Please note this is where the walk ends. When we meet we’ll organise ourselves into car shares and drive to the beginning of the walk in Yelden.
 
From Yelden we’ll head over the fields to Knotting. After skirting West Wood, we’ll cross the A6 and on to Santa Pod. From there we’ll go past Forty Acre Wood, finishing at Bozeat. We’ll stop and eat our packed lunch en route. Please note there isn’t a pub stop at lunchtime on this walk (or any shops on the way). There is the option of staying for a drink at the Red Lion after the walk, before the drivers are taken back to their cars in Yelden.

pin <- Google pin of start of walk


Sunday 22nd
Sunday 22 September, 10 mile walk, Burrough-on-the-Hill, Leicestershire, walk leader Rachel

Sunday’s walk will start from St Mary’s Church, Main Street, Burrough-on-the-Hill at 10.30am. Please park considerably around the village. This is a 10 mile walk taking us past Burrough Hill and the Twyford Viaduct.

pin <- Google pin of start of walk

Carvery on after walk: This is the return of Rachel’s well-known carvery walk! After the walk, some people will be going to eat at the Golden Fleece, South Croxton: http://thegoldenfleecerestaurant.com . The table will be booked for 4pm.
 
If you’d like to come along, please can you let Rachel know by Friday 6 September by contacting her on info@letsgetreadytoramble.org.uk


Sunday 29th
Sunday 29 September, 9 mile walk, Flecknoe, walk leader Pierre

Meet at 10.30am in Flecknoe at the triangle area on Manor Farm Cottages road/Flecknoe junction (see the google pin). Parking may be limited, so please car share where possible. Please park considerately around the village.

The walk will take us through Shuckburgh Hills, passing Shuckburgh Hall. We'll then make our way to Grandborough, crossing the Oxford Canal. After a stop to eat our packed lunch, we will reach the pub around 2/3 of the walk. After finishing our pint, we will get back to Flecknoe.

pin <- Google pin of start of walk

October

Sunday 6th
Sunday 6 October, 10 mile walk, Weston, walk leader Dave


Meet outside the Crown Inn Pub in Weston for 10:30 start, its on the High Street as you are going through the village so it should be fairly easy to find. There is parking nearby along the road.
 
This will be a circular walk, 10 miles in total split equally between morning and afternoon.
 
We will leave Weston and go north, across some fields and skirt around a small hamlet called Plumpton and past a nice little church, across some more undulating Northamptonshire fields and skirt around the edge of Plumpton Wood.  Then a short section of road walking (not busy) before diverting back across some fields to arrive at Blakesley for lunch (spot the disused Windmill in the village)
 
We will arrive at Blakesley for lunch around 12:30-12:45.  There are some benches on the village green which should be available to eat sandwiches. There is also the pub (The Batholomew Arms) for those that would like a swift pint at lunchtime (as part of due diligence I have sampled the beer and there is a nice local ale).
 
We will leave the village to the south around 1:15pm across a few oilseed rape fields and with some nice views before eventually arriving at Weedon Lois which we will pass through with a short section across some more fields back to Weston.

pin<- Google pin of start of walk (postcode: NN12 8PU)


Sunday 20th
Sunday 20 October, 10 mile walk, Emberton, walk leader Chris B

Meet by the small tower at the triangular junction in Emberton (junction of High Street and Olney Road) in time for a 10:30 start, after parking considerately around the village. 
 
This circular walk is an approximately 10-mile route via Filgrave and Sherington, where we'll also stop at the pub.

pin<- Google pin of start of walk (postcode: MK46 5DH)


Sunday 27th
Sunday 27 October, 7 miles linear walk, Olney walk leader Tim and Belinda, Part 5 of the 3 Shires Way

This is the fifth part of our series of walks, walking the length of the Three Shires Way footpath. This walk is a linear walk, so we’ll meet at the end of the walk in Olney, and take as few car as possible to the start of the walk at Bozeat. At the end of the walk, some drivers will need to be transported back to Bozeat to pick up their cars.
 
As it is a short walk, we’re suggesting having breakfast in Olney before the walk starts. We’ve made a booking for 10 people at The Bull Hotel on Olney High Street (on the market square) for 9.30am. Please can you let Belinda know by Friday 18 October if you would like to come along. She will also need you to pre-order your food. (Please reply to Belinda directly if you have her contact details, or email our info@ email address)
 
For the walk, please meet by the war memorial at the market place in Olney at 11am. There is plenty of free parking on the High Street, but avoid parking in the market square as parking there is restricted to 3 hours. Please note this is where the walk ends. When we meet we’ll organise ourselves into car shares and drive to the beginning of the walk in Bozeat.
 
From Bozeat we will walk along paths to Lavendon Grange. We will eat our packed lunch en-route, there are no shops en the way. After crossing the river we walk through the pretty village of Clifton Reynes and stop at the pub for a quick refreshment stop, before the final stretch along the river back into Olney.
 
At the end of the walk, the drivers will need a lift back to their cars in Bozeat.

pin<- Google pin of start of walk


November

Sunday 10th
Sunday 10 November, Harrold, 11 mile circular walk, walk leader Peter
 
Harold county park (entrance on Carlton Road, Harrold) is our starting point. Please meet at 10.30am in front of the cafe. The car park is free but they do ask for a donation. There is an overflow carpark but it's approximately a quarter of a mile away from the cafe, so extra time maybe needed to ensure you’re at the start point in time. Please bring a packed lunch with you, as there won’t be time to order food in the pub at lunchtime.
 
The walk is approximately 11 miles in length walking around one side of the lake and through the small village of Odell, heading north through the woods and then out towards Sharnbrook. At Sharnbrook we will make a small diversion to one of the local drinking establisments and eat our lunch nearby. After lunch we’ll head to the Pinchmill Islands, we then walk to the south of Felmersham and make our way back across fields towards the country park.
pin <- Google pin of start of walk


Sunday 24th
Sunday 24 November, Ampthill and Millbrook, Beds, 10.5mile circular walk, walk leader Gavin

Please meet at Ampthill Park car park (unclassified road off Woburn Road B530). This picturesque walk takes us through Ampthill Park, designed by Capability Brown, then around the outskirts of Centre Parcs Woburn Forest. There will be a pub stop at lunchtime in the village of Lidlington. From there, we walk through Millbrook Common, a fairly hilly stretch with pleasant woodland, before returning to Ampthill. 
 
pin<- Google pin of start of walk
 
December
Sunday 1st
Sunday 1st December, Rushden
9 miles, walk leader John
It is is the longer of 2 walks taking place on 1st December, it will leave from the Scout Hut at 10am, heading south east across the fields to Knotting, towards Newtown Bromswold and then back to Rushden. Please bring your lunch with you. We’ll aim to arrive back at around 1.30pm.
The walk will leave from Rushden Scout Hut, 5 Brook Close NN10 9YE. Please park in the town centre car parks nearby as there is no parking at the Scout Hut itself.
At 2pm in the Scout Hut we will be hosting the Northants Ramblers Area AGM which is open to any Ramblers members.

5 miles, walk leader Tim
This is the shorter of 2 walks taking place on 1st December, it will leave from the Scout Hut at 11.30am. Heading north towards Irchester and then along the railway line and back through Wymington to Rushden. We’ll aim to arrive back at around 1.30pm.

The walk will leave from Rushden Scout Hut, 5 Brook Close NN10 9YE. Please park in the town centre car parks nearby as there is no parking at the Scout Hut itself.

pin<- Google pin of start of both walks



Saturday 14th
Saturday 14 December, Nortanmpton, walk leader Santa

For this year's Santa Hat Walk, we will be starting in the centre of Northampton, just to make sure plenty of people see our Santa Hats!
Meet at 10.30 am at the fountain at the bottom end of Market Square.
From the Market Square we will head through town and then through Beckett's Park and along the riverside. We will have a lunch stop in Little Houghton, including a drink at the Four Pears.
From there we will return via the grounds of Delapre Abbey where there is the option of a further stop for tea and cake! Then it's back into town via the new University Campus.
The walk is around 8 miles in total, mostly on the flat.
Santa Hats are compulsory, dressing up in Christmas costume is strongly encouraged!

pin<- Google pin of start of walk



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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