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Walk Reports

Tuesday 17th July - Ladybower
Another in our monthly series of more strenuous walks, this one a magnificent figure-of-eight walk from the Ladybower dam. Kev led 28 of us on the eight-mile morning walk.  Walking alongside the southern edge of Ladybower was very easy, then we came to the first climb of the day, up to Hope Cross. There we stopped for coffee before proceeding up to Winhill Pike and the magnificent views, before descending steadily back to the Yorkshire Bridge Inn for lunch and refreshments. A brief shower occurred while we were inside. Kev led the remaining 22 members on the seven-mile afternoon walk, initially along a lightly wooded path towards Cutthroat Bridge before turning west towards Whinstone Lee Tor, with views to drool over. From here we started the descent to the reservoir, finishing the walk on the reservoir service track. This was a stupendous walk, brilliantly planned and led by Kev, with Richard ('he's raised the bar of back-marking') making sure that no-one was lost in the morning, and Lee taking over for the afternoon walk (Lee did well too!).  Truly a day to remember. DG   
Saturday 14th July – A Big house with Views. 
Blessed with lovely warm weather and a hint of a cooling breeze, sixteen enterprising adventurers and a friendly dog assembled at the junction of Coley Lane and Street Lane ready for a ramble around the lovely, familiar Wentworth area. When the briefing ended and with our appetites whetted, the group set off in high excitement. Our first major landmark was the always interesting, pyramid-shaped Hoober Stand. After that, we were abundantly rewarded with new sights, treading many inviting paths and mud-free tracks in territory that few in the party (with the exception of the leader and his small band of plucky reconnoiterers who had nearly disappeared in the sludge during some of their preliminary investigations) had trodden before. “Elevenses” were enjoyed in the sunshine sitting by the very picturesque Mill Dam; the dog had a refreshing dip, much to the envy of some of the humans. Further unexpected and delightful trails in fields ripe with crops, some being mown, gave us some magnificent, sweeping views while some of the route, in woods and glades, afforded welcome shade and relief from the sun. Another, bigger stretch of water - Dog Kennel Pond – was more attractive than its name suggests, with abundant water lilies in bloom and the dog had the pleasure of another plunge. Soon we reached the “big house” with its 606 feet long east frontage, then the elaborate stables which newcomers easily mistake for the Fitzwilliam home. Most lunched in Wentworth and/or the gardens of  the George and Dragon, soon to be followed by further unfamiliar trails (some of them involving ascents!) and a close encounter with another of the many follies en route – the Needle’s Eye, the product of a bet and the supposed site of an execution by firing squad. Many wanted to see the holes left by the bullets. Before we knew it, we arrived back at our starting point, more than happy with our walk - a very satisfying introduction to parts of the Wentworth area most of us had not experienced before. Thank you Peter. You did us proud. TJ
Thursday, July 19, 2018