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Walk Reports

Tuesday 17th April - Dronfield Circular
Twenty-one of us met with Dianne and Martin in the church car park in Holmesfield ready for the challenge of this longer walk. It was overcast and breezy but this was no deterrent to us as we set off on a very varied, undulating route circumnavigating Dronfield. Coffee was in the shelter of Monk Wood before we crossed over the A61 and began our climb up through Unstone and Summerlea and into Troway for our lunchtime break at The Gate Inn. This cosy pub was a perfect choice with a roaring fire, no music and a welcoming atmosphere with the added bonus of being able to enjoy our packed lunches in the pub along with our drinks - an unusual treat! With just a little reluctance, we set off again on the 7 mile return leg to the North of Dronfield through Coal Aston and Mickley. This was a more challenging walk but with lots of variety and good company of course. On the way we went through farmyards with rather inquisitive pigs and sheep and fields with horses, sheep, cows and geese. We strode through lovely woodland with fresh wood anemonies, across bubbling streams, over higher ground with expansive views and through some of the muddiest fields of the year so far! Thanks Di and Martin for planning a great day out for us and Peter G. for backmarking. DB
Tuesday 10th April - Baslow Bakewell Birthday Bash!
As Lee welcomed us and introduced his walk at 10am the rain miraculously stopped for the rest of the day. This was just reward for the 20 of us who had ignored the forecast, dismissed the leaden skies, driven through driving rain and pulled on our overtrousers in anticipation of a damp walk. We were soon on our way, through the pretty village of Edensor and up the first significant hill to our coffee stop overlooking Chatsworth. The steep descent into Bakewell on the other side was a challenge but we all managed to keep our footing and crossed the swollen River Derwent for a picnic stop before adjourning into the welcoming Red Lion for liquid refreshments. The afternoon began with a decent climb straight out of Bakewell, through Manners Wood and into the thick mist where we joined Handley Lane for an easy stretch into the estate village of Pilsley and back to our cars in Baslow. Lee had celebrated his forthcoming "big birthday" in style with his walking mates and we all enjoyed a very happy, and (thankfully) dry day out together. Norman backmarked with his usual enthusiasm and kept us all well informed of oncoming traffic where appropriate. DB
Saturday, April 21, 2018