This Sunday, in my capacity as Ramblers’ president, I am joining the Northamptonshire Ramblers for the final leg of their 25th anniversary walk.
They started the six-day, 66-mile, walk in Stamford, Lincolnshire, on 27 September. The final stretch on Sunday is nine miles between Stoke Bruerne and Stony Stratford. The route is part of the Queen Eleanor Crosses Way, a 215-mile long distance footpath.
I have been invited to speak at tea at the end. I shall congratulate Northamptonshire Ramblers on 25 wonderful years of working for walkers.
During that time they have fought countless battles in defence of our paths, to get routes reopened on the Althorp and Boughton Estates and to claim paths at Lilford, Pitsford Reservoir and Kingsthorpe in Northampton. Walkers owe the Northants Ramblers a debt of gratitude.
More recently, with severe cuts to the county council’s budget, it has become increasingly difficult to defend our paths. Northamptonshire Ramblers are promoting the campaign for lost ways, to claim paths which were left off the official map. This is vital, painstaking work, but it can be fun too and we welcome new volunteers.
A walk through the county in the steps of Queen Eleanor’s funeral procession in 1290 is a lovely way to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Northants Ramblers, following paths which are a part of our history and which we campaign to keep open.
Anyone can join the walk. Details here.