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leamington ramblers 50th anniversary celebration at leek wootton village hall 4 Oct 2015

I attended the Leamington Ramblers Club’ 50th anniversary walk and afternoon tea held at the Leek Wootton Village Hall in Warwickshire on the 4 October 2015.

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and we walked in the vicinity of Leek Wootton.

We arrived back at the Hall for afternoon tea at 3-30pm. See above.

It was  a lovely afternoon, meeting and seeing so many fellow Ramblers.

Thank you to all the organisers for this event!

Find out more about this friendly club by following link below

or  Telephone 01926 498668

I led a Ramble along the former Great Central Railway line near Charwelton, Northamptonshire (UK) 12 August 2015 with four others from the Leamington Rambling Group.

catesby tunnel portal (south end)


The beauty of Victorian architecture is something to behold and it has a TIMELESS BEAUTY!

Here we see Catesby tunnel portal (south end) built in 1897 flanked by elegant looking wing walls.

Sadly, the Great Central Railway is no more. But we have part of the Great Central Railway as it used to be in its heyday (the UKs only main line Heritage Railway) preserved further north at Loughborough Station.

Follow link below

My walk was about 6 miles long via the village of Hellidon and the Northamptonshire Countryside was breathtaking.

I stopped with a friend for a drink at the Red Lion Pub in Hellidon last Sunday while doing the recce for the walk.

It was a pleasant friendly experience with the Pub locals.

The walk follows the route of the former GCR and there are Air Shafts over tunnels.

The north tunnel portal at Upper Catesby was barely visible through the undergrowth.

We arrived back at the Fox and Hounds Pub in Charwelton for lunchtime. The food and service were good.

woodford halse oct25 2014

Link location for the former GCR and SMJR at Woodford Halse 

I did a recce ramble following the route of the former GCR in the vicinity of Woodford Halse, Northamptonshire UK

Here we see the Link of the former Great Central Railway and The Stratford Upon Avon and Midland Junction Railway at Woodford Halse

(Location of a former Marshalling Yard)

We had lunch here on 25 October 2014.

Sheep were watching nearby.

Woodford Halse Station was opened in 1899 and closed in 1966.

Find out more by following Link below

Photo0959 (another copy)

I recommend a visit to the Woodford Halse Social Club.

We visited this venue after our Recce

Its history relates to the Great Central Railway in its heyday.

The top floor of the building houses a 00 gauge model railway of the Great Central Railway in its heyday around Woodford Halse in Northamptonshire.

The superbly recreated Model Railway is well worth a visit!

Follow links below to learn more and arrange a visit.