Newmarket Ramblers

Guided walks in the Newmarket area

Walking Further Afield

London walk 14th October 2018 - report from Tessa

14 Newmarket members and 2 from Bury St Edmunds group enjoyed a fascinating walk from the O2 stadium, North Greeenwich along the River Thames to Woolwich, passing the Thames Barrier. Walked under the Thames via the foot tunnel to reach the north bank, back through the docks, plane spotting on the way, tea and cake at the Good Hotel and riding the Emirates Air line to return to the start for a welcome lift back over the Thames in the pouring rain

A huge thank you to Hilary and Peter H  (sorry Peter could not join us and get well soon) for organising the day and being an excellent guide covering topics from Aggregates to Planes (trees and machines), Sugar to Spillers, Vanity Fair to the Olympics. 

 

Coach Trip to Lincoln September 16th 2018

A coach load of walkers and non-walkers left for Lincoln on the 16th on a clear bright day. Despite many road-works and detours the first group of long walkers started the 8½ mile walk from the village of Coleby at about 10.30am. The 4½ mile walk started at Bracebridge Heath about 15 minutes later.  Both followed the Viking Way along a ridge affording excellent views to the west and good views of the cathedral as we got closer to Lincoln descending to the River Witham. The short walk was a fairly gentle stroll over the well-trodden ancient track, passing the new Bomber Command Memorial and Centre on Canwick Hill just outside the City.  The memorial spire is as high as the wingspan of a Lancaster bomber and positioned to look over Lincoln cathedral which was used as a landmark by the bombers returning home.

From there we dropped down across a public green before winding our way along the canal into the pedestrian shopping centre in time for lunch.  There were many places to eat in the mixture of old and new shops and restaurants.  Then came the steep climb up the hill to the cathedral which is lined with interesting old shops and little cafes - a walk in itself (although buses are available).  Some people opted to visit the Bishops Palace, some were drawn to the Castle where groups of young cadets of the military forces were lining up for a parade into the Battle of Britain service at the Cathedral. After this inspiring ceremony we were then delighted to find a very engaging free Castle guided tour. It was a  Heritage Open Day Weekend. This is one of  England's largest festivals of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers, every year in September. Places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community- and its completely free!  In the mean-time the long walkers had joined us with time to look around further. There were some public seats available for the Battle of Britain service at the Cathedral and after the event it was a wonderful sight to watch the major parade of the departing forces service men and dignitaries with brass band.  We all returned to the coach well pleased with the day and although still needing to negotiate roadworks arrived back in Newmarket just after 7.00pm.  A recommended day outing to repeat !

 

 

Friday, December 14, 2018