After the downpours of the morning, fifteen hardy souls were surprised by a sunny and warm afternoon as they enjoyed a two hour stroll from the fringes of Knowle to outskirts of Lapworth across the fields and over the stiles before returning along the Grand Union Canal this afternoon, in the first outing of the Knowle Society’s 2014 Walks Programme.
Picture – Time to take a whiff at Turnover Bridge, off Chapel Lane, Chessetts Wood.
One of the finest March days drew an 18 strong group of members to join the ‘Neighbourhood Day’ walk on 25th March. Leaving from the Guild House the route took in Kenilworth Road and Kixley Lane before heading north on the canal to Grove Farm. We then worked our way back towards Knowle through the lanes and housing estates to the east of the Warwick Road. In the process most people learned more about their neighbourhood and chatted to other Society members and therefore their neighbours.
115 walkers started out from the Guild house but the party accreted several more (late risers?) and is believed to have reached a record 130 or so people who joined in this popular family outing around some of the most attractive paths that are close to the village. A small army of marshals ensured that everyone could concentrate on walking and talking and the stocks of mince pies and mulled wine were up to the challenge. Long live the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of a village community!
The fine spell of weather lasted for the ‘Bluebell Walk’ on 27 April, although the evening was fairly chilly. Sixteen members and friends turned out, some of whom were trying one of our walks for the first time. I’m glad to report that they all survived and seemed to enjoy it – at least they said they did! The route was the usual one from the Guild House down Kixley Lane and across to Elvers Green Lane before cutting up past Nappins Covert and Waterfield Farm before returning via the canal. The bluebells were well up to scratch, particularly in the woods and there seemed to be more in the hedges along the roads. These were also mainly the native English bluebells, with very few of the invading Spanish variety. See the photographs taken by one of the walkers, Brian Jones.
The Society’s traditional Boxing Day walk unusually enjoys a rare White Christmas.
Meet at the Guild House for the traditional mince pies and mulled wine, but you’ll have to walk to get them. 2-3 miles.