Nineteen walkers gathered at Pitsford Reservoir for the start of a walk led by Carole and Peter Craig. Surprising to some, we immediately left that beautiful location and headed out of the park crossing the main road towards Brixworth. Here we hit a snag as the road into the village was closed by heavy machinery and men at work. Despite being advised not to proceed we gallantly, but cautiously, proceeded along the planned route because the footpath we were aiming for was just a short way to the left.
Successfully reaching the footpath, delightfully called ‘Merry Tom Lane’, we benefitted from a good walking surface for some distance and made good progress. At the junction with Brampton Valley Way, a former railway line now a maintained walk and cycle way, we continued on a good surface, sheltered from the wind, and found an ideal place to stop for our mid-morning coffee break.
Refreshed and eager to carry on, we continued along Brampton Valley Way for a mile or so before turning off and heading for the centre of Brixworth and our lunch location at The George (www.thegeorgeatbrixworth.co.uk). Seated comfortably and joined by four other members of KRG not walking that day, we tucked into our generously portioned lun ch menu choices.
Now sated, we headed out on the last leg of the walk - which turned out to be more challenging than the morning trek. Heading out of Brixworth and across the A508, we took to the fields. Although there were lovely views across to the reservoir, the weather was turning a little dour and we became exposed to the wind. Frustratingly, in order to get to the reservoir the direction of the footpath was taking us over a mile in the opposite direction to where the cars were parked. Finally, the path turned sharp right, and down to the reservoir edge.
Although now on a level and well maintained path again, it followed the tortuous 'ins and outs’ of the reservoir, so although we could see our cars - we weren’t crows and therefore could not get there in a straight line. Determinedly, we made it back to the cars, with daylight closing in and depleted of energy. Nevertheless, an excellent walk.
On Wednesday 6 December, 59 members met at the Kibworth Cricket Club pavilion for our annual Christmas Lunch. We looked very different dressed in all our finery as we enjoyed a delicious menu with several choices all freshly made and served with style and flair by www.cateringandeventsbyzest.co.uk.