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2019


April
Sunday 7th
National Walk Braybrooke
Kev                                
Sunday 14th
Three Shires Way
Part ii
John
Sunday 28th
Local Walk
Grendon
Chris B                         





May
Wednesday 1st
Evening Walk Gt.Brington
John H         
Fri 10th - Sun 12th
Waendal Walks Wellingborough                   
Wednesday 15th
Evening Walk
Details tbc
Jayne                                    
Sunday 19th
Figure of 8
Litchborough
Matt
June



Sunday 2nd
Circular Walk
Weston Underwood Peter
Wednesday 5th
Evening Walk
Moulton
Charlotte
Saturday 8th
Farthingstone
Foot Fest
Event
Sunday 16th
Short Walk
Morning                               
Jayne                   
Wednesday19th
Evening Walk
Leader Required                      
June
(Continued)


Saturday 29th
Group AGM & BBQ John & Tracey
Sunday 30th
Linear Walk
Part iii Three Shires Way John                              



July



Wednesday 3rd
Evening Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 7th
Circular Walk
Market Harborough
Rachel
Weekend Away
Brecon Beacons
Fri 12th - Mon 15th
Belinda & Tim
Sunday 21st
Walk
Leader Required
Wednesday 24th
Evening Walk
Leader Required
July
(Continued)


Sunday 28th
Walk
Leader Required




August



Sunday 18th
Walk
Leader Required
Wednesday 21st
Evening Walk
(Sunset @ 8.15pm)
Leader Required
Sunday 25th
Bank Holiday Weekend
Possible Walk
Leader Required


September



Sunday 1st
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 8th
Carvery Walk
Tilton-On-The-Hill
Rachel
Sunday 15th
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 22nd
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 29th
Walk
Leader Required

October



Sunday 6th
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 13th
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 20th
Walk
Leader Required
Sunday 27th
Walk
Leader Required

November



Sunday 3rd
Walk
Leader Required

Sunday 10th
Walk
Leader required
Sunday 17th
Walk
Leader Required

Sunday 24th
Walk
Leader Required

December



Sunday 1st
Area AGM
Two Walks
Details to follow






                                                                                            2019
April
Sunday 7th
Sunday 7 April, 8.5 mile circular walk from Braybrooke, Leicestershire, walk leader Kev

This walk starts in the north of the county in the village of Braybrooke (near the Leicestershire border). Please park considerately in the village and meet outside the church on the corner of Harborough Rd and Newland St (LE16 8LW ).

The walk will head over the A6, past Dingley Wood into the village of Dingley. From there we will head through Little Bowden and on into Market Harborough. We will stop for a reasonable time in Market Harborough to allow time for you to eat your packed lunch, visit a coffee shop or pub or just mooch about. In the afternoon we will join the Brampton Valley Way, leaving after a while to cut across back towards Braybrooke. The walk is around 8.5 miles

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Sunday 14th

Sunday 14 April, Three Shires Way, part 2. 9.5 mile circular walk, walk leader John

At the end of last year we decided to walk the length of the Three Shires Way long distance footpath in stages. This is part 2 of the walk (Part 1 was a circular walk around Grafham Water in November last year).

Meet outside the Grafham Water Visitor Centre at 10.30am ready to walk (Marlow Car Park, Grafham, Huntingdon PE28 0BH). There is a car parking charge of £3.50.

From the car park we’ll head to Grafham village then on to Easton. We’ll stop for lunch in Spaldwick. After a drink in the pub there, we will head back a different route through the same villages.

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Sunday 28th
Sunday 28 April, 9 mile circular walk from Grendon, walk leader Chris B

Meet by the church in Grendon for a 10:30 start after parking considerately around the village.

The walk is a circular route of about 9 miles via Easton Maudit, Yardley Hastings and Castle Ashby. There will be a stop for eating packed lunches in Yardley Hastings, where we'll also visit the pub.

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May
Wednesday 1st
Wednesday 1st May, 3 mile Evening walk Great Brington, John H

Start Gt Brington at the Althorp coaching inn. A 3mile walk through Nowbottle wood with possibility of bluebells and views of Althorp house.

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Friday 10th -

Sunday 12th
Friday 10 May – Sunday 12 May, Waendal Walking festival in Wellingborough

Its a group tradition that we take part in the Waendal Walk, there are lots of walks on offer as detailed on the Festival webpage:

http://www.wellingborough.gov.uk/info/100009/leisure_and_culture/1258/international_waendel_walk_2019

Generally there are takers for the longer walks – 16 or 26 miles (25 or 42km) on either the Saturday or the Sunday and also for the family-friendly shorter walks. All walks start at the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough, and there is a registration fee payable – ( £5 online beforehand via The Castle website ( https://www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/castle-theatre ), or £7 on the day. (Please note if you’re booking online then you need to specify the distance in km and the type of route – choose the ‘field and track’ route. Online booking closes on 8 May).

Please let Belinda know directly, or via the info@ email address and she'll attempt to compile a list / put people in touch with each other about the distance they'd like to do and on which day(s).

Wednesday 15th


Sunday 19th

Sunday 19 May, Figure of 8 walk from Litchborough, walk leader Matt

This walk is a figure of 8, where we return to the start for our lunch stop, so you can join us for just the morning, just the afternoon or the whole thing. If you are walking all day, please bring a packed lunch with you.

The walk starts in the village of Litchborough. Please park considerately in the village and meet outside the Old Red Lion pub, opposite St Martins Church on the Banbury / Northampton Road (NN12 8JF).

We will start the morning loop of approx 5 miles at 10:30am. Heading out to Farthingstone, mainly over fields together with a short walk through the golf course, before returning back to Litchborough. We will have our lunch in the village before visiting the pub for a drink.

The afternoon loop of approx. 4 miles will start at 1:30pm. We will walk over fields to the village of Upper Stowe where some may wish to make a short stop at the Old Dairy Farm shop for a slice of cake or an ice cream. We will then carry onto the village of Church Stowe before taking a different route back to Litchborough.

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June
Sunday 2nd
Sunday 2 June, 12 mile circular walk from Weston Underwood, walk leader Peter

Starting point will be the Cowper’s Oak pub on the High Street of the picturesque village of Weston Underwood at 10.30am. Please park considerately around the the village.

We will walk about 6 miles into Yardley Hastings where we can stop for lunch near the Red Lion pub. (Please bring lunch with you as there won't be time to order any food in the pub). We will then head through the northern part of Yardley past a few of it's slightly bigger houses and out towards Ravenstone before heading back to Weston Underwood. The walk is approximately 12 miles.

Maybe stop for a drink at the Cowper’s Oak before heading home.

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Wednesday 5th
Wednesday 5 June, evening walk, 3.5 miles from Moulton, walk leader Charlotte

Please meet in front of Moulton Parish Church, just up from the Artichoke Pub, for a 7.30 start. There is lots of parking in different places around the village but not much around the church itself, which is part of a one way system and surrounded by lots of double yellow lines. You may need to allow a little extra time to walk to the start of the walk and car sharing, were possible would help. (I’ve chosen the church as the starting point because it’s central and wherever you park in the village it should be easy to find.)

The walk of approximately 3.5 miles will take us through the village, out towards Pitsford. We’ll then cross fields to head back into Moulton. Obviously, there’s the chance to have a drink in the pub afterwards...

There is some walking along the road and a couple of stiles, one of them a double.

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Saturday 8th

Saturday 8 June, Farthingstone Foot Fest, options of 26,15,13 or 11 mile walks

The Hadleys have found details of a walking festival in Farthingstone, that we intend to do instead of our usual Sunday walk this weekend.

There are options to do either 26, 15 or 11 mile walks. There is an entree fee of £17.50 in advance for the 26 mile walk or £14.00 in advance for the shorter distances. The fee includes refreshments en route and at the end. More information is available here: http://www.farthingstone.org.uk/village_hall/FFF%202019v2.pdf .

Please let us know if you’re interested in doing this walk, and which distance, so we can co-ordinate people so they can walk together.

Sunday 16th

Wednesday 19th

Saturday 29th
Group AGM and BBQ to be hosted by John & Tracey
Sunday 30th

Sunday 30 June, LINEAR walk, 9.5 miles, Three Shires way, walk leader John

This is the third of a series of walks covering the long distance footpath the Three Shires Way. As we’re walking along the path in one direction (ie a ‘linear walk’) we plan to leave cars at either end to make it work. Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Please meet at The Chequers pub, High Street in Yelden ( now closed) 10.30am. This is the END of the walk. From Yelden we’ll transfer in as few as cars as possible to the beginning of the walk at Spaldwick.

This section of the Three Shires way passes through Covington, Lower Dean, Shelton and finishing back at Yelden.

At the end of the walk, we’ll need people to give lifts back to Spaldwick to pick up the rest of the cars.

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July




Sunday 7th
Sunday 7 July, 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.

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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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