Sunday 27 November 2016. I’m pleased to report that today’s turnout was better than last Sunday when Josephine was joined by just Michael and Hilary. The weather forecast last weekend wasn’t great but turned out to be not that bad.
The sun struggled to break through today and there was a heavy drizzle on the drive home so I guess that we were lucky. There were 8 Fenland Ramblers today and we were joined by Tommy from Corby and Karen from the Conway Valley Ramblers. It wasn’t very far to our coffee stop at the church in Seaton but we had to cross a rather dodgy footbridge along the way. I’ll report this to the local authority and try to get it repaired.
The short section of road walking after coffee provided a good view of the Harringworth viaduct which was undergoing repair. Our departure from Morcott meant that we had to cross several fields of crops (Oilseed Rape?) but luckily it was fairly dry underfoot and this wasn’t as difficult as expected. Our second stop, for lunch, was at the church in Glaston. This is unusual in that the tower is in the middle of the building rather than at the end, as is the norm.
Much of the rest of this 6.75 mile walk with 600ft of ascent was on the road back to Bisbrooke.
Sunday 13 November 2016. Although this blog has a title of “Castle Acre” we did in fact start from near the ford just outside of West Acre. 9 of us set off at a brisk pace uphill stopping at 11am for coffee and to mark Remembrance Day. Passing through South Acre we soon crossed the River Nar and did a circuit of the castle ruins before stopping again for lunch on the village green in Castle Acre.
The last part of the walk took us along the Nar Valley Way which was its usual muddy self but not as boggy has it could have been. The walk was 6.5 miles with a total ascent of 460ft.
Sunday 6 November 2016. It was that time of year again as 9 of us met at Ferry Meadows for a short 4.8 mile walk prior to holding the Group’s AGM. We set off in bright sunshine through Ferry Meadows and then to walk between the golf course and the River Nene in the direction of Orton Lock. We then left the river behind to walk up the north side of the rowing lake where some novice rowers were being given instructions in their very narrow and seemingly unstable boats.
We made a brief coffee stop beside the River Nene, once again, before heading back to Orton Lock to cross over to the opposite bank for a walk beside the railway line back to our starting point in Ferry Meadows.
Amanda joined us fro the AGM which took its usual brief form with me doing most of the talking in my roles as Chairman/Treasurer. The most worrying issue was the continuing decline in group membership which had fallen from 80 to just 68 in the last 12 months.