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Coronavirus update

 

 In line with Ramblers Association policy on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, all group walks and socials for our walking group are cancelled for the forseeable future. We will post a new notice when our walk calendar recommences.

 

We'll work out on a case by case basis what we will do about trips that are already planned.

 

As well as organising group led walks, The Ramblers Association is also involved in maintaining footpaths and claiming historical footpaths.

 

If you’re missing your ‘fix’ of looking at walking maps, please join in the ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’ campaign to search for forgotten paths. You can find out more here (this works on mobiles too!): https://dontloseyourway.ramblers.org.uk/
2020
January
Sunday 5th
Walk Woburn
Tim & Belinda

Sunday 12th
Walk
Blakeley
John H

Sunday 19th
Walk
Yelden
Kev



February
Sunday 2nd
Walk East Carlton Country Park
John

Wednesday 5th
Pub meet
Hopmaster General, Rushden Lakes
Sunday 9th
Walk Woodford
Jeanette

cancelled
Sunday 23rd
Walk Blisworth
Jayne
Fri 28th- Sun 1st March
Weekend Peak District
John
March
Wednesday 4th
Pub meet
The Olde England, Northampton

Sunday 8th
Castle Ashby
Peter
Sunday 15th
Asfordby
Rachel




April
Sunday 5th
Walk leader Matt
Fri 10th - Sun 14th
Weekend Lake District
Tim and Belinda
Sunday 26th
Walk leader Pierre
Wednesday 29th
Walk Wooton
 Jayne

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

Friday 8th -Sunday 10th
Waendal walk weekend
Sunday 17th
Walk leader Elaine
Wednesday 20th
Evening walk
Walk leader required
May (continued)
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




July





August





September
Thur 17th - Sun 20th
Weekend France
Pierre




October





November





December







                                                                                            2019
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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, Northampton, 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!

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Thursday 26th
Thursday 26th December, Grendon, walk leader John

Walk off your Christmas lunch and join us for a short walk. Please meet at the church on Church Way in Grendon (NN7 1JE) at 11am after parking considerately around the village. The walk will take us north east across the fields to Strixton then returning to Grendon.

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2020
January

January 5th

Sunday 5th January – New nembers walk Woburn, 11 miles, figure of 8 walk, walk leaders Tim and Belinda

 

A figure of 8 walk starting from the free car park on Park Street in Woburn village (SP950331). A figure of 8 walk is a walk in 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, the afternoon loop or all day.

 

Meet at 10:30am in the car park for the morning/full day, or in the market square (by Town Antiques/Loch Fyne) in the centre of Woburn village at 1pm for the afternoon walk only.

 

The morning walk is 5 miles long, walking through the historic Woburn deer park where 10 species of deer roam free. We pass close by Woburn Abbey, walk through woodlands and a bamboo forest before returning to Woburn via the deer park.

 

We will have a picnic lunch in Woburn village before finding a pub to sample some fine ales.

 

The afternoon walk is 6 miles long (see above for starting point), walking through woods round Woburn, but keep your eyes peeled for the exotic wildlife, hopefully we will see elephants, giraffes, zebras, bears, and wallabies - as we walk past Woburn Safari Park. Bring your binoculars!

 

We’ll make every effort to be punctual for the afternoon start, however please bear with us if we’re delayed on the morning walk, thank you.

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January 12th

Sunday 12th January – New members Walk, Blakesley, 8 mile figure of 8 walk, leader John H

 

A figure of 8 walk starting from the village green in Blakesley. A figure of 8 walk is a walk in 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, the afternoon loop or all day.

 

Meet on the village green at 10.30am for the morning walk and 1pm for the afternoon walk.

 

The morning walk is 3.5 miles long. We’ll be heading south towards Slapton and then on to Bradden. On returning to Blakesley we’ll eat our lunch on the village green, before visiting the Bartholomews Arms for a drink.

 

The afternoon walk is 4.5 miles walk, heading north across the fields to Seawell Wood and onto Maidford before heading back to Blakesley.

We’ll make every effort to be punctual for the afternoon start, however please bear with us if we’re delayed on the morning walk, thank you.

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January 19th
Sunday 19th January -  9.5 mile circular walk from Yelden, walk leader Kev

Please meet at 10.30am ready to walk outside St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Yelden, after parking considerately around the village. The walk will take us across the fields to Melchbourne, then we’ll head to Riseley skirting some woodland along the way. At Riseley, we’ll stop to eat our sandwiches before having a drink at the Fox and Hounds. In the afternoon we’ll head back across the fields to Yelden.

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February

February 2nd
Sunday 2 February -12 mile figure of 8 walk, walk leader John H

Please meet in the Car Park at East Carlton Country Park (parking is free) at 10.30am.
Full address: East Carlton Country Park, East Carlton, Nr. Market Harborough, Leics, LE16 8YF

This is a figure of 8 walk which is a walk in 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, the afternoon loop or all day.

The morning part of the walk will be 6.3 miles and we will head North out of the country park across the Welland Valley towards Neville Holt and Drayton, passing through Middleton back to the country park where we will have lunch. If you are planning to do both parts of the walk please bring a packed lunch as there will probably not be enough time to eat in the café at the country park.

The afternoon part of the walk (which will be 5.4 miles) will start at approximately 1pm. We will head West across the fields to Wilbarston over the A427 past Great Caston Woods and back to the Country Park.

Below is a link for more details about East Carlton Country Park.
https://www.corby.gov.uk/home/leisure-culture/parks-open-spaces/east-carlton-countryside-park

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February 5th
Wednesday 5 February - Pub meet

Hopmaster General craft beer pub at Rushden Lakes, which is in the far corner near the cinema.  We will be there from 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th February.

February 9th

Sunday 9 February - 9.5 miles figure of 8 walk, Woodford, Northants, walk leader Jeannette - cancelled

Please meet ready to walk at the War Memorial on the village green (High Street) of Woodford, after parking considerately around the village.

Morning loop is 5.5 milesFrom the village we’ll head approx south to the three hills tumulus, and on towards Rectory Farm. We’ll walk across the fields towards Shooters Hill (near Great Addington). After bypassing the villeage we’ll join the road for the last section heading back into Woodford.

For those walking all day, please bring a packed lunch with you. We’ll eat near the village green and afterwards head to the pub for a drink. The pub is dog friendly and has an outside seating area.

Afternoon loop is 4 miles, leaving from the War Memorial at 1.30pm.
We will head South linking into the Nene Way. On leaving the Nene Way, we’ll cross the road and walk through the nature reserve towards Ringstead. Passing through the village will head towards Denford, before heading back to Woodford.

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February 23rd
Sunday 23 February - 9.5 mile circular walk, Blisworth, walk leader Jayne

Please park considerately around the village and meet outside the Post Office on the High Street in Blisworth at 10.30am.
 
The walk is approx. 9.5 miles in total.  We’ll go across the fields to Shutlanger then Stoke Bruerne where we may stop for a drink or just find a bench for lunch. In the afternoon we’ll head back to Blisworth via Roade.

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March

Wednesday 6th
Wednesday 6 March - Pub meet

Why not join us for our March pub meet at The Olde England craft beer pub in Northampton which is on the corner of the Racecourse opposite the Picturedrome.  We will be there from 7.30pm
Sunday 8th
Sunday 8 March - 10 mile circular walk, Castle Ashby, walk leader Peter

Meet at the car park at Castle Ashby house, closest sat nav is NN7 1LJ, ready to walk at 10.30am. (There is no charge for the car park. Please do not park near the shopping yard, as they need it for their visitors, thank you). Please bring a packed lunch with you, as there won’t be time to order food in the pub.

 

 The walk is about 10 miles over varied terrain, going via Yardley Hastings, Chadstone, Cogenhoe, Whiston and back to Castle Ashby.

 

Our lunch stop will be at about the 6 mile mark with some great views, where we will have a short stop for people to eat lunch and then walk another 15-20 minutes to get us to the Royal Oak pub for a drink and use of the facilities before doing the last 3 miles back to Castle Ashby.

 

Dogs are welcome on the walk, although please be advised there a few styles, possible fields with livestock and a little bit of road walking involved.

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Sunday 15th
Sunday 15 March - 11 mile circular walk, Asfordby, walk leader Rachel

Meet at Asfordby Parish Hall, Main Street for a 10:30 start after parking around the village - please don’t use the Hall’s carpark as they have a function booked (I checked!)

 

The walk is approximately 11 miles long, and is mainly on fields (it was very soggy when we recce’d it midFeb), there are quite a lot of stiles making it not particularly dog friendly unfortunately.

 

There is a pub stop at the Belvoir Brewery in Old Dalby for a pint, this is at about mile 7 so we will stop for lunch before - we found a sheltered area to picnic in so please prepare to sit on the floor or fallen trees!

 

If anyone fancied a carvery after, Rachel has offered to book the Golden Fleece in South Croxton for about 5pm. It is roughly 20 minutes from the walk start but is back towards Northampton so not totally out the way!? Please can people let Rachel know by end of February if they’d like to eat, so she can get it booked.


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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

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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