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Walk Reports

Thursday, 17th May - Walkering Round a Bit.

Dean greeted 15 of us (10 regulars and 5 guests/newbies) at Walkeringham for our 10:30 start. We walked through this lovely North Notts village before making our way to the towpath of the Chesterfield Canal. The sun was shining and the canal framed by cow parsley and hawthorn blossom on one side and weeping willows on the other – an idyllic setting. It wasn’t long before Rob was educating us on the history of this fascinating area (if you think you’ve missed out you can join Rob on his festival walk on Sunday 27th May). We skirted around the village of Misterton and onto the banks of the River Idle for about a mile before it joined the River Trent via the impressive West Stockwith sluice gate. Lunch was taken at The White Hart in West Stockwith where many of us enjoyed their home brewed ales. After lunch we had the Trent for company as we walked a few miles alongside it and back to our cars. Thank you to Dean for organising and leading this waterside wander and to Rob for backmarking with benefits. LW

Tuesday 15th May - Dales and Rakes
A day to savour - blue skies, warm sunshine and a gentle breeze welcomed 17 regulars and 2 guests as we met in the lovely village of Litton for this longer-than-usual 14 mile stretch in limestone country. Dappled sunlight filtered through the lush trees on our way down through Tideswell Dale to meet the River Wye in Millers Dale. A coffee stop by limestone cliffs and a pool provided a great view of the local fauna (wagtails, coots, orange-tips, damsel flies and mayflies) and preceded a change in direction. We headed up Cressbrook Dale, accompanied by birdsong, burbling streams, the heady aroma of wild garlic and swathes of bluebells. This was the first of several climbs on our journey up and over Stanley Moor and up Silly Dale to our lunch stop in Great Hucklow, having achieved around 8 miles so far. The afternoon took on a different theme and landscape as we headed west and walked through the remains of industrial buildings and excavations that brought prosperity to the area in the years of lead mining. We all left knowing what a "rake" is! Soon, the four distinct pinacles of Tideswell Church became visible in the distance and our arrival in the village was celebrated with ice creams. It was a short, 20 minute plod back up to Litton and our cars. This was a wonderful day out in the White Peak and the walk was well organised and considerately led by Brian, with Bob as backmarker. DB
Monday, May 21, 2018