Sunday 26 February 2017. This walk was originally described as being 8.5 miles but when Linda and I did a recce it turned out to be 9.5 miles which was far too much for many in our Group. Luckily, I was able to change the route into a 7.2 mile figure-of-eight stopping off in Aldwincle for coffee and lunch sat on benches in the children’s play area adjoining the village hall. 10 of us turned out for this walk for which it remained dry but we battled with a strong wind for much of the way.
Setting off from Wadenhoe we made good progress until we encountered a fallen tree on Byway MC17 (known historically as Northampton Way). This was a substantial tree and, had it been any bigger, it would have completely blocked our path. Fortunately we could step over the thin upper most branches without too much difficulty. As we turned off this byway to head into the village of Aldwicle we met a group of motorbike trail riders who seemed intent on heading towards the fallen tree. Despite our warnings, they headed off on a collision course with this obstruction. I’ve reported the fallen tree via FixMyStreet.com in the hope that Northamptonshire County Council will get it moved.
Our coffee stop in Aldwincle came after 2.5 miles and was a welcome respite from the gusty wind and muddy tracks. Suitably rested and refreshed we set off for a circuit of one of the lakes on the Titchmarch Nature Reserve, returning to Aldwincle on the Nene Way which we then followed back to our starting point in Wadenhoe.