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BLISWORTH DAYTIME WALK | 6.5 MILES | MODERATE WALK | NORTHANTS
July 21, 2020 @ 9:45 am - 12:30 pm BST
Note, please arrive by 9.45 am we will set off at 10 am sharp.
MEETING PLACE: Outside Saint John the Baptist Church in Blisworth.
WALK LEADER: Julia Doherty and Nigel Banister.
ABOUT THE WALK – grade: Moderate Walk
Beginning at the canal-side village of Blisworth, the route takes a path high above the canal embankment as far as the tunnel entrance, before veering away from the canal's course. The countryside is marvellous and undulating, with far-reaching views. The old dismantled railway is crossed twice near the southern end of the tunnel on the edge of Stoke Bruerne before the walk heads northwards again. Field-paths and fine old bridleways with just a short section of canal towpath from the tunnel entrance, lead back to the bridge at Blisworth. The tunnel, begun in 1793, was opened in 1805, the same year that the route of the Grand Junction Canal at Braunston (where it joined the Oxford Canal) to Brentford and Paddington, was completed. 3,056 yards in length, it is one of the longest navigable tunnels on the system. In the days of horsedrawn boats, the horses were taken over the top of the tunnel whilst the boats were painstakingly legged through the tunnel, a perilous undertaking resulting in many deaths, but one of the necessary risks that boating families faced on a daily basis in making a living.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
- Good trainers or walking shoes (and other clothes of course!).
- A drink.
- Hand sanitizer
- Sweets or a quick snack for the halfway point.
RULES FOR THE WALK WITH REGARDS TO GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES:-
- We will try to adhere to a 2m rule where possible, however, a 1m social distancing will be required during the walk at all times.
- Unfortunately, we are unable to provide sweets at the halfway point as per a regular AG walk. We will still stop for a break, so please bring your own and we can all be envious of each other's sweets!
- At the beginning of the walk, we will insist that everyone uses hand sanitizer as we will be touching stiles and gates etc during the walk. (Please bring your own, but your walk leader will also have a supply).
- Your walk leader is not allowed to carry personal possessions for you. Please bring a bag with drink/pockets to carry keys/hats/gloves etc (think about supporting the AG brand by purchasing an AG rucksack!).
- Until restrictions are lifted we are not allowed to assist each other over stiles, ditches etc unless we are from the same household, or in a social bubble. With this in mind, you will need to be fit enough to cope with stiles etc independently.
- If you wish to bring and PPE, masks etc, please do. All walk leaders will also carry sanitizer, protective gloves and the first aid kit.
- If you are contacted through “Track and Trace” and have walked with an AG group within the previous 48 hours, you must notify me and I will pass on to those that have walked.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.
Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.
By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.
Children under the age of 16 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.
Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.
Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk. On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.