Long Walks Group 8-10 Miles

Beeston U3A Walking Groups Information Sheet

LONG WALKS CALENDAR (Updated 28/10/17)
2017
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
NOV Wed 8th Barrie Whittamore Erewash trail
DEC Tue 12th Mike Allery/Sue Cotton Sherwood Forest
DEC Tue 19th Christmas walk/lunch lunch. Mike Allery Stanton by Dale
2018
JAN ? ? Sue Cotton Clifton
FEB ? ? Mike Allery Ecclesbourne Way
MAR ? ? Mike Allery Linacre Reservoir
APR Tue 10th Richard Coupland Chatsworth
MAY Wed 16th Sue Cotton Chrome Hill
JUN ? ? Mike Allery Offerton Moor
JUL ? ? Mike Allery Beeley
AUG ? ? Tina Eadie Derbyshire Edges
SEP ? ? Dorothy Coombes ?
OCT ? ? Adrian Keen Bonsall
NOV Tue 14th Di Fischer-Harman Carsington reservoir
DEC ? ? Sue Cotton University/Wollaton Park 3

U3A Long Walk Wednesday 8th November

Hi All,
For those of you who are intending to join us on the Long Walk from Bramcote car park next Wednesday 8th November, Barrie will be making a small alteration to is original route as shown below:-

Hi Mike

Just finished a walk of the route and no problems. We arrived at Potters Lock a bit early which is where I planned a lunch stop so I decided to do a small detour and carry on up Mill lane passed the junction with the Nottm canal to Cossall churchyard where the benches provide a nice lunch spot, its about an extra 1 k altogether, the Waterloo memorial there is also interesting. All told the walk is 9 miles.

Regards,
Mike

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk which will be on Wednesday 8th November. Barrie Whittamore will be leading us on an 8 mile walk from Bramcote car park along the Erewash and Nottingham canals. The finishing point for the walk will be back at Bramcote car park. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 09.15. (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).

When I met everyone at Bramcote car park a couple of months ago, there was an official looking gentleman with clipboard walking around looking at the parked cars. When I questioned what he was doing, he said that he was conducting a survey to see if the Council needed to introduce car parking fees due to increased use of the park. I’ve not heard anything since but watch this space!!

Please see below details of the walk that I have extracted from Barrie’s email.

Please let me know (email mushnpuss@gmail.com , land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join the walk or you have to cancel at the last minute. NB, It is always worthwhile checking your email inbox just before the walk in case it has had to be cancelled at the last minute for any reason.

Regards,

Mike

From car park walk west on path south of Stapleford hill skirting Hemlock stone to Trowell park and Pit Lane. Follow urban path to Stanton Gate. Join Erewash Canal north to Potter’s Lock. Strike east over railway bridge to join Nottingham Canal. Walk south to Trowell Garden Centre (poss coffee stop) and follow original route south of Stapleford Hill to car park. Warning – many cyclists use the canal !

There are toilets at Trowell Garden Centre. The terrain is largely flat, with one small hill and well maintained tow paths. The total ascent is negligible at around 150m. There is a possibility of some mud for the first and last kilometre between Stapleford Hill and canal but is not usually excessive. There are no stiles, just a few gates. Mid morning coffee stop, either Trowell Garden Centre or a lock on the Erewash canal would be the most likely as some have seats. Lunch stop, Potter’s Lock, Erewash canal. Trowell Garden Centre has a tea room, three quarters of a mile from the end of the walk.

Report of walk around Hulme End on 10/10/17

John led us on a 7 ½ mile walk starting at Hulme End Tea Junction car park. An initial hot drink in the café was welcome as, in spite of a reasonable weather forecast, we were in low cloud with heavy drizzle. Luckily, by the time we had finished, the rain had stopped and the weather improved to give us a fine mixture of light clouds with lots of sun. On the downside, earlier rain had produced some interesting patches of mud in various places along the walk! Leaving the car park we climbed steadily up to Ecton copper mine where John gave us many interesting facts about the site. Then it was more steady climbing up to the triangulation point on top of Ecton Hill where we stopped for a coffee break and to admire the extensive views. We left this highest point of the walk to descend slowly across the fields to Wettonmill for a lunch stop. Well fed and watered, we then faced the steep climb up Waterslacks on the Wetton road. Turning due north off the road, we set off across the fields to Warslow, encountering several interesting wet and muddy patches but with no mishaps! The final section was down from Warslow to the Manifold Way and back to the car park for more refreshments. Many thanks to John for an excellent walk and a lot of interesting information along the way.

Mike

Hi All,

John Wilson has pointed out that I picked out the wrong the starting point from Google Maps for the Hulme End Long Walk on Tuesday 10th October. The actual starting point is Hulme End Tea Junction. You need to go beyond the village store I mentioned in my last email and round a shallow left hand bend to take the track to the left soon afterwards. There are two car parks here. We shall be using the one on the left as it is free!!

Apologies,

Mike

Long Walk Tuesday 10th October

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk which will be on Tuesday 10th October. John Wilson will be leading us on an 8 1/4 mile walk from Hulme End. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 09.00. (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).

The details of the walk are shown below.

Please let me know (email mushnpuss@gmail.com , land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join the walk or you have to cancel at the last minute. NB, It is always worthwhile checking your email inbox just before the walk in case it has had to be cancelled at the last minute for any reason.

Regards,

Mike

The starting point is at Hulme End Village Store car park, grid reference SK 102 593. There are free (The Peak District car park has a charge) spaces for about 6 or 7 cars just off the road. This is about 1/4 mile east of the Manifold Inn on the B 5054 and can be approached from either Hartington or Alstonefield. From there we shall climb up to the triangulation point on Ecton Hill and then descend to Wetton Mill. Then we climb again up Waterslacks to turn northwards to Warslow. The return to the car park is via the Manifold Way. My estimate of the total ascent from John’s route given to me over the ‘phone is about 1150 feet over four sections. The terrain consists of country lanes, grassy and limestone paths, and the Manifold Way. There are two streams and six stiles to cross but the amount of mud depends on the weather over the previous days. John intends to have a mid morning stop at Ecton triangulation point and lunch at Wetton Mill. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable drinks. Drinks will also be available at the start at Hulme End Village store and at Wetton Mill. John has asked me to provide him with the number of walkers in advance so that he can warn the lady at the village store, so please let me know as soon as possible if you intend to come. There are toilets at the village store and at Wetton Mill.

Report of walk around East & West Leake 12/9/17

Anne, Sue and Paul led 14 of us on a 10 mile walk from east Leake on a fine sunny day. Starting at the car park in the centre of the village, we were soon out into the countryside walking through fields and woods alongside a stream. A short rise, shadowed by two horses, took us up to the Midshires Way with fine views. Walking through West Leake the radar speed indicator suggested that we were walking at 6 to 7 mph! Then we were off across fields to stop just below the West Leake hills for coffee. The second rise of the day up a grassy bank brought us to Wood Lane by Cuckoo Bush Farm. Turning down the lane we crossed the Kegworth road to the third ascent up to Gotham Hill Wood. On clearing the edge of the wood the views covered almost 360 degrees where we had fun trying to pick out well known points of interest around Beeston and Nottingham. We then descended to West Leake and up the fourth and final ascent of the day to have lunch near the Cuckoo Bush with more fine views over Nottingham. From here we rejoined the Midshires Way to return to East Leake and tea and stickies in the café adjacent to the car park. An excellent walk in good weather thanks to Anne, Sue and Paul.
Mike

Long Walk Tuesday 12th September

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk which will be on Tuesday 12th September. Anne Pinnock and Sue Blackley will be leading us on a 9 1/2 mile walk around East and West Leake. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 09.15. (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).

The details of the walk are shown below.

Please let me know (email mushnpuss@gmail.com , land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join the walk or you have to cancel at the last minute. NB, It is always worthwhile checking your email inbox just before the walk in case it has had to be cancelled at the last minute for any reason.

Regards, Mike

U3A Long Walk- Tuesday 12th September 2017- Anne Pinnock and Sue Blackley
• East Leake, West Leake, Gotham, East Leake- Approx 9 ½ miles
• Meet at Bramcote Hills car park 9.15am
• Free car parking in centre of East Leake- car park on Gotham Rd (on right hand side, entering East Leake from Gotham, opposite fire station, (NB: the car park on the left hand side is for short-term parking only)- Grid ref. SK 555263
• Public Toilets at start/end of walk only
Overview
• A pleasant walk through villages and countryside; 3 not too steep ascents; no stiles. Some excellent views from ridge paths (weather permitting!). Occasional muddy patches possible, but most paths good (a mixture of footpath, bridleway and a little road walking)
• There are options to shorten the walk if the weather is very poor.
• On return to East Leake, there are at least two cafes for tea and cake very close to the car park.

Route
We walk from the back of the car park through fields and woodland towards West Leake, via Fox Hill. Then we ascend the West Leake Hills to Cuckoo Bush, continuing to Gotham Hill, with coffee stop en route. We then descend to Gotham, climb back up to Cuckoo Bush, and from there, back to East Leake via Court Hill. Various options exist for our picnic lunch stop, depending on timing and weather on the day.

September 2017 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of each month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!
In June, Alan Beale led 7 of us on a 10 mile walk from Ilam Hall
Base camp was the car park at the Hall. A short walk through Ilam village took us out onto the fields across to the stepping stones in Dove Dale. We took the path up through the quiet and picturesque Lin Dale with ever changing views of the top of Thorpe cloud. After a short section along the Limestone Way, we emerged onto Gag Lane, a typical country lane, where the wind was very blustery. Then we were back on fields and across to Shining Tor for a lunch stop with pleasant views over Milldale. Walking along the edge of the dale with more fine views we made the steep descent into Milldale village for a well-earned ice cream. After the windy and somewhat cool first part of the walk the return was through Dove Dale with very little wind and fairly hot. The recent rain had filled the river but it did not stop a fisherman hooking and landing a trout for our entertainment. It was carefully returned to the river rather than being taken home for tea. Alan was anxious that we got back to Ilam Hall National Trust café before they closed, so we had a pleasant half hour with tea and stickies. An excellent but strenuous walk thanks to Alan.
In July, Sue Cotton led 12 of us on a 6 ¾ mile walk from Cromford
Sue Cotton gave us many interesting bits of “Wikipedia” information on the way. It was intended to be a 9 mile walk but we had chosen the one wet day after several weeks of good weather! Starting from the car park next to Cromford Wharf, we crossed over the A6 to go around the mill pond, along the side of the Bonsall Brook and up through Slinter Wood. A dipper was spotted in the brook, looking for his lunch. Fortunately, on this first section of the walk we only had a light drizzle. Despite this, there were many wild flowers to admire along the track over the top to Middleton village. Although the Nelson Arms pub in the village is normally closed during weekday lunch time, the landlady had agreed to open for a walking party. The refreshments were very welcome after the gradual but long climb up from Cromford. We then skirted around Dene quarry and walked through a nature reserve with more wild flowers but none of the orchids we had seen on the pre-walk. Lunch stop was at the picnic spot at Black Rocks, where once again we were only bothered with very light drizzle. However, in going along the High Peak Trail and down Sheep Pasture Incline, the rain steadily increased. At Highpeak junction it was agreed to cut the walk short and return to the car park via the Cromford canal towpath rather than take the intended route up through Bow Wood, Hearthstone Lane and Starkholmes. We drowned our sorrow in the disappointment with tea and stickies at the café at Cromford wharf.
In August,
Sue Cotton led 14 of us on an 8 mile walk from Bradbourne. Starting from a convenient and free car park adjacent to the church, we made our way up through a lovely valley around Haven Hill and on to the outskirts of Kniveton. Then we turned west to descend to cross Bentley Brook and up the hill towards Lea Hall but not before stopping for lunch to admire the extensive views. After that, the navigation became a little more challenging as this section had only been walked by one member of the group sometime in the past! It was also obvious that the path was not often used. Having survived the jungle, we made our way down into Parwich for a well-earned drink at the Sycamore Inn. From here we went due east along the Limestone Way to a small church on the outskirts of Ballidon. Sue gave us lots of interesting facts about the history of the area along the route, as most of the villages were listed in the Doomsday Book. The final section back to Bradbourne involved the usual short uphill section but this in no way spoilt what was an excellent walk partly due to the fine sunny weather. Thanks to Sue for the walk and providing it when the intended pre-walk around Linacre reservoir failed.

Mike Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

Report of walk around Bradbourne 10/8/17

Sue Cotton led 14 of us on an 8 mile walk from Bradbourne. Starting from a convenient and free car park adjacent to the church, we made our way up through a lovely valley around Haven Hill and on to the outskirts of Kniveton. Then we turned west to descend to cross Bentley Brook and up the hill towards Lea Hall but not before stopping for lunch to admire the extensive views. After that, the navigation became a little more challenging as this section had only been walked by one member of the group some time in the past! It was also obvious that the path was not often used. Having survived the jungle, we made our way down into Parwich for a well-earned drink at the Sycamore Inn. From here we went due east along the Limestone Way to a small church on the outskirts of Ballidon. Sue gave us lots of interesting facts about the history of the area along the route, as most of the villages were listed in the Doomsday Book. The final section back to Bradbourne involved the usual short uphill section but this in no way spoilt what was an excellent walk partly due to the fine sunny weather. Thanks to Sue for the walk and providing it when the intended pre-walk around Linacre reservoir failed.

Mike

Hi All,
Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk which will be on Thursday 10th August. Paddy had offered to lead an extended version of the Medium Walk around Linacre reservoir which he led in September 2016. Unfortunately Paddy has had health problems, so I intended to lead his proposed walk. We attempted a pre-walk last Tuesday, 1st August, but due to heavy rain, we only managed about 2/3 of the route. The walk I keep in reserve for this sort of situation would probably be rather muddy and slippery after all the recent rain. Therefore, Sue Cotton has stepped into the breach with a walk around Bradbourne which she lead recently for another group.

This 8 1/4 mile walk from Bradbourne has a total ascent of about 1000 feet. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 09.00. (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre). The fastest route to Bradbourne according to our satnav is the A52 to the pentagon island at Derby, then go north on the A61 to turn south west onto the A38 to join the A6 going north. In Duffield turn left onto the B5023 to join the A517 Belper to Ashbourne road. Turn left onto the A517 to get to Hulland Ward where you turn right onto the side road to Bradbourne. The journey should take about one hour. Free parking, limited to about 5 cars, is just off the main road and due south of the church, grid reference SK 208526.

The route will take us south from Bradbourne around Haven Hill to Kniveton where we shall turn west to cross the Bradbourne Brook. Then it is north passing Lea Hall and on to Parwich where we might be able to quench our thirsts at the Sycamore Inn. Then it is east towards Ballidon where we turn south back to Bradbourne.

Please let me know (email mushnpuss@gmail.com , land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join the walk or you have to cancel at the last minute. NB, It is always worthwhile checking your email inbox just before the walk in case it has had to be cancelled at the last minute for any reason.

Regards,
Mike

Report of walk around Cromford 11/7/17

Sue Cotton led 12 of us on a 6 3/4 miles walk in the Cromford area giving us many interesting bits of “Wikipedia” information on the way. It was intended to be a 9 mile walk but we had chosen the one wet day after several weeks of good weather! Starting from the car park next to Cromford Wharf, we crossed over the A6 to go around the mill pond, along the side of the Bonsall Brook and up through Slinter Wood. A dipper was spotted in the brook, looking for his lunch. Fortunately, on this first section of the walk we only had a light drizzle. In spite of this, there were many wild flowers to admire along the track over the top to Middleton village. Although the Nelson Arms pub in the village is normally closed during weekday lunch time, the landlady had agreed to open up for a walking party. The refreshments were very welcome after the gradual but long climb up from Cromford. We then skirted around Dene quarry and walked through a nature reserve with more wild flowers but none of the orchids we had seen on the pre-walk. Lunch stop was at the picnic spot at Black Rocks, where once again we were only bothered with very light drizzle. However, in going along the High Peak Trail and down Sheep Pasture Incline, the rain steadily increased. At Highpeak junction it was agreed to cut the walk short and return to the car park via the Cromford canal towpath rather than take the intended route up through Bow Wood, Hearthstone Lane and Starkholmes. We drowned our sorrow in the disappointment with tea and stickies at the café at Cromford wharf. Thanks to Sue for a good walk in spite of the rain.

Mike

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk around Cromford on Tuesday 11th July. This 9 mile walk, with a total ascent of about 1350 feet in two gentle stages, will be led by Sue Cotton. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 09.30. (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).

Please let me know (email mushnpuss@gmail.com , land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join the walk or you have to cancel at the last minute. NB, It is always worthwhile checking your email inbox just before the walk in case it has had to be cancelled at the last minute for any reason.

We shall start the walk from the Rugby Ground car park at Cromford wharf, Grid reference SK300571, which is the cheapest of the three in this area at £3.40 (no change given!). From here we cross over the A6 and go around the mill pond and up through Slinter Wood, and across the fields to the highest point on the walk at Middleton village. The pub at Middleton does not usually open at lunchtime during the week but the landlady said she would open for a walking party if we have a reasonable number of walkers. After skirting Dene Quarry we shall walk through a nature reserve full of wild flowers and on to Black Rocks for a lunch stop (there is also a café). Please bring a packed lunch and, if it is hot, plenty to drink. It will then be necessary to engage low gear to go down the High Peak Trail to High Peak Junction (another café). Crossing over the canal and river, we start the second gentle climb up to near Riber. The final descent bypasses Starkholmes and goes down through the fields and woods back to the car park. Wheatcroft’s Wharf café adjacent to the car park is open until 4.45 pm. Toilets are available at Cromford, Black Rocks and High Peak Junction. There are about 10 stiles and only a small amount of mud on the walk. Hope to see you on the walk,

Regards,

Mike

Report of walk around Ilam 7/6/17:-

Alan Beale led a select 7 of us on a 10.3 mile walk from Ilam Hall. Base camp was the car park at the Hall. A short walk through Ilam village took us out onto the fields across to the stepping stones in Dove Dale. We resisted the temptation to run up Thorpe Cloud and instead, took the path up through the quiet and picturesque Lin Dale with ever changing views of the top of Thorpe cloud. After a short section along the Limestone Way, we emerged onto Gag Lane, a typical country lane where Alan assured us that he had never encountered any traffic. We of course had to make way for a large Range Rover! The lane led us up to the highest point of the walk at just over 1000 feet. Although Alan had carefully selected the only sunny day of the week, he forgot about the wind which was very blustery. Then we were back on fields and across to Shining Tor for a lunch stop with pleasant views over Milldale. Walking along the edge of the dale with more fine views we made the steep descent into Milldale village for a well-earned ice cream. After the windy and somewhat cool first part of the walk the return was through Dove Dale with very little wind and fairly hot. The recent rain had filled the river but it did not stop a fisherman hooking and landing a trout for our entertainment. It was carefully returned to the river rather than being taken home for tea. David Gilbert was also pleased to see three dippers. Our group, and all other people, including a large party of schoolchildren safely negotiated the stepping stones although we did spend some time “gongoozling” in the hope of seeing someone fall in! Alan was anxious that we got back to Ilam Hall National Trust café before they closed, so we had a pleasant half hour with tea and stickies. An excellent but strenuous walk thanks to Alan. David Gilbert has kindly given me some of the photos he took on the walk to send as an attachment to this report.

Mike

June 2017 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of each month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In March, Judy Couch and Di Fischer-Harman led 17 of us on a 9 mile walk from Straws Bridge just outside Ilkeston.
Starting off along the Nut Brook we were very surprised to see numerous trout in the stream. We soon turned westwards and across the fields to the outskirts of West Hallam where we stopped for a coffee break with good views in the sunshine. Then the route turned southwards through the edge of Stanley village. Continuing across fields we entered Locko Park and walked down to the edge of the main lake. A sharp turn back north eastwards took us across to Dale Abbey where we had a late lunch. Most of the group sat around the tree in the village centre with crocuses around their feet, some went to the café and at least one managed to get to the local pub for a swift half! The final stretch was across the fields to Kirk Hallam and Straws Bridge. The weather had been fairly kind to us with mixed sunshine and cloud.

In April, Sue Cotton led 13 of us on a 9 ½ mile walk in the Epperstone area.
Starting about 1 ½ miles north of Lambley we were soon into Ploughman Wood, which we circumnavigated only stopping for a short coffee break. Most of the clear areas between the trees were carpeted with wood anemones cowslips and a few bluebells, thanks to the efforts of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Emerging from the wood, we were on an escarpment above Woodborough with fine views to the North West. Descending to skirt Woodborough, we went across the valley bottom and over into Epperstone for lunch in the field next to the pub. The climb uphill to Hagg Lane was not helped by having had lunch, tea or beer at the pub but we made it. Then we started on the return part of the walk going back down into the valley to clip the edge of Lowdham. The walking was as varied as the temperature. Sometimes we were in open fields with fine views, and other times we were on a single path between high hedges. The temperature ranged from very warm during sunny intervals in secluded areas to cold in windy and cloudy exposed open fields but we only had a few spots of rain when we reached the cars.

In May, Tina Eadie led a group of 9 on a 10½ mile walk around Chatsworth.
Starting from Calton Lees in Chatsworth Park the walk began with a gradual climb on tracks and field paths through sheep pastures full of gambolling lambs. We stopped for coffee at a viewpoint overlooking the hills and valleys west of Baslow and soon afterwards headed east to walk down into the estate village of Edensor. Several of the group were tempted by slices of cherry and almond cake for sale by the roadside but there was general agreement that it was somewhat light on cherries! We walked on and up past Chatsworth House where everyone gamely tackled the 143 steps up through a wooded hillside to emerge in front of the impressive Hunting Tower built as a summer house for Bess of Hardwick, wife of the first Duke of Devonshire who purchased the estate in the sixteenth century. We ate our lunch here and then continued the walk along a forest track past Emperor and Swiss Lakes, a path across open moorland, and a footpath through a farmyard and down through fields into the estate village of Beeley. From here our route took us back to the car park. The good weather, magnificent views, variety of terrain, bluebell woods, and of course, excellent company made for a very enjoyable day’s walking.

Mike Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder for our next U3A Long Walk around Ilam on Wednesday 7th June. This 10 mile walk will be led by Alan and Margaret Beale. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote car park is 09.15. (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).

Please let me know (email mushnpuss@gmail.com , land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join the walk or you have to cancel at the last minute. NB, It is always worthwhile checking your email inbox just before the walk in case it has had to be cancelled at the last minute for any reason.

Alan has asked me to remind you that this is a fairly long walk and that you will need plenty of drinks and a sun hat if we have hot weather as we have had recently. I have copied below, Alan’s details for the walk. The terrain will be fields, a ridge with a steep side , one short steep downward slope and riverside walking on limestone paths. From my guess at Alan’s route the total ascent should only be about 675 feet (205m). We have managed up to about 1500 feet on a few walks!! There should not be any significant mud and only about 10 stiles (one very difficult!).

Regards,

Mike

U3A Long walk [10 miles] on Wednesday 7 June to Ilam, Derbyshire.

MEET at Bramcote Hills Car park [ junction of Ilkeston Road and Coventry Lane ] at 09.15 [Nine fifteen ]

DRIVE TO the National Trust car park (grid ref SK132507) in Ilam village north west of Ashbourne. Free to NT members. £4.00 charge to non members.

Take the A52 through Derby and continue along the A52 to Ashbourne. In Ashbourne follow the A515 north, signed for Buxton. After about 2 miles of leaving Ashbourne take a left turn signposted Ilam/Dovedale. Continue to follow the signs for Ilam and park in the NT Ilam car park. Toilets at start and cafe at end of walk.

THE WALK starts by crossing fields to the River Dove where we can cross the river by a bridge or stepping stones. We then walk up the peaceful Lin Dale valley and continue to a gated Lane.[Rest stop around here]

We then walk north to Shining Tor. Just before the Tor we need to climb over a very difficult stile or climb through or over a metal 5 bar gate.

The Tor sits at the top of a very steep valley with magnificent views but anyone who is not keen on heights will need to decide if they want to come on this walk.

We may have our lunch here or walk on for 30 minutes to Milldale where there are toilets and hopefully a takeaway cafe for tea/ice cream. The walk along to Milldale is along a ridge with steep descents to the valley floor

After leaving Milldale we walk down the well defined footpath and we will have a rest break at Lovers Leap before returning to cross the River Dove by the stepping stones/bridge. We then complete the walk by having a nice cup of tea at the NT cafe.

Report on Long Walk 9 May 2017

Hi All,

Please see below Tina’s report on the walk around Chatsworth on 9th May. Anne and I were sorry to have missed it but we were walking with her brother’s U3A down in Devon. Only 5 miles but a beautifully sunny day finished off with an excellent meal in a pub. Many thanks to Tina for leading the walk and standing in for me.

Regards,

Mike

In May, Tina led a group of 9 on a 10½ mile walk around Chatsworth.

Starting from Calton Lees in Chatsworth Park the walk began with a gradual climb on tracks and field paths through sheep pastures full of gambolling lambs. We stopped for coffee at a viewpoint overlooking the hills and valleys west of Baslow and soon afterwards headed east to walk down into the estate village of Edensor. Several of the group were tempted by slices of cherry and almond cake for sale by the roadside but there was general agreement that it was somewhat light on cherries! We walked on and up past Chatsworth House where everyone gamely tackled the 143 steps up through a wooded hillside to emerge in front of the impressive Hunting Tower built as a summer house for Bess of Hardwick, wife of the first Duke of Devonshire who purchased the estate in the sixteenth century. We ate our lunch here and then continued the walk along a forest track past Emperor and Swiss Lakes, a path across open moorland, and a footpath through a farmyard and down through fields into the estate village of Beeley. From here our route took us back to the car park. The good weather, magnificent views, variety of terrain, bluebell woods, and of course, excellent company made for a very enjoyable day’s walking.

Report of Walk Around Epperstone 12/4/17

Sue Cotton led 13 of us on a 9 ½ mile walk in the Epperstone area. Starting about 1 ½ miles north of Lambley we were soon into Ploughman Wood, which we circumnavigated only stopping for a short coffee break. Most of the clear areas between the trees were carpeted with wood anemones cowslips and a few bluebells, thanks to the efforts of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Emerging from the wood, we were on an escarpment above Woodborough with fine views to the North West. Descending to skirt Woodborough, we went across the valley bottom and over into Epperstone for lunch in the field next to the pub. The climb uphill to Hagg Lane was not helped by having had lunch, tea or beer at the pub but we made it. Then we started on the return part of the walk going back down into the valley to clip the edge of Lowdham. The walking was as varied as the temperature. Sometimes we were in open fields with fine views, and other times we were on a single path between high hedges. The temperature ranged from very warm during sunny intervals in secluded areas to cold in windy and cloudy exposed open fields but we only had a few spots of rain when we reach the cars. A very good walk, thanks to Sue.

Mike

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder that the next long walk will be led by Sue Cotton on Wednesday 12th April for 9 1/2 miles around the Epperstone area.

We shall meet at Bramcote car park (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre) at 9.30. and travel to Green Lane near Lambley, grid reference SK 63025 46345. Parking is in a lay-by, 1 1/2 miles north of Lambley, where the lane turns left (going north) between Well Cottage and Jericho Farm. There are no toilets on the route but plenty of trees! There are a few stiles, some mud and no significant steep sections. We are also promised wild flowers! Please bring a packed lunch and drinks. We hope to stop for lunch near the Cross Keys pub at Epperstone.

Please let me know (email mushnpuss@gmail.com , Land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join us or you have to cancel at the last minute. NB, It is always worthwhile checking your email inbox just before the walk in case it has had to be cancelled at the last minute for any reason.

Regards,

Mike

Report of walk around Straws Bridge 13/3/17

Judy and Di led us on a 9 mile walk from Straws Bridge just outside Ilkeston. Starting off along the Nut Brook we were very surprise to see numerous trout in the stream. We soon turned westwards and across the fields to the outskirts of West Hallam where we stopped for a coffee break with good views in the sunshine. Then the route turned southwards through the edge of Stanley village. Continuing across fields we entered Locko Park and walked down to the edge of the main lake. A sharp turn back north eastwards took us across to Dale Abbey where we had a late lunch. Most of the group sat around the tree in the village centre with crocuses around their feet, some went to the café and at least one managed to get to the local pub for a swift half! The final stretch was across the fields to Kirk Hallam and Straws Bridge. The weather had been fairly kind to us with mixed sunshine and cloud. Thanks to Judy and Di for an enjoyable walk.

Mike

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder that the next long walk will be on Monday 13th March and will be led by Judy Couch and Di Fischer-Harman.

We shall meet at Bramcote car park (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre) at 9.30 and travel to Straws Bridge Car Park near Ilkeston, grid reference SK 452413.

Please let me know (email mushnpuss@gmail.com , Land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join us or you have to cancel at the last minute.

I have copied below Judy’s details of the walk and the latest calendar of long walks for 2017 for your information.

Regards,

Mike

Judy’s details of Long Walk on Monday 13th March:- Straws Bridge to Dale Abbey and Kirk Hallam

Meet at Straws Bridge Car Park near Ilkeston SK 452413 Explorer Map 260

Directions: From Ilkeston roundabout, take the A609 West Hallam Road. Just after the edge of the built up area you come to the car park on the RHS. Free Parking.

The route goes north following Nut Brook through the nature reserve, and bears west across a dismantled railway line and re-joins the A609 for a short time. Crossing fields we travel south west along a footpath with The Tinklers wood to the North. Here we have a coffee break with a good 360 degree view. We pass the war memorial and the church in West Hallam and follow the road until Quarry Farm where we bear left onto the Midshires Way. We follow the footpath to Hollies Farm where we can have lunch. They offer a good range of food and drink. From here we follow the footpath through fields and woodland to Dale Abbey. The route takes us across fields to Ladywood farm and then into Kirk Hallam for some urban walking and through a park back to Straws Bridge.

There are parts of the route that are across fields and so can be muddy in places. You will need boots, coffee and a packed lunch or you can buy lunch at Hollies Farm Café. There are no toilets at straws bridge but there are toilets at Hollies farm and at Dale Abbey at the pub but you would have to buy a drink. There are toilets at trowell garden centre which you pass on the way to Ilkeston.

Meet at the Bramcote Park at 9.30am to share cars

Contact Judy Couch on 07931587374 judith.couch@hotmail.co.uk

Di Fischer Harman on 0115 925 2353 difschr@yahoo.co.uk

March 2017 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of each month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In November, Sue and I led ten of us on an 8 mile walk around Crich. This walk from Crich went through Wheatcroft, Wessington and South Wingfield. Starting in Crich, Sue gave us a summary of its interesting history. Unfortunately, the sun was not strong enough to burn off the fairly thick mist denying us the panoramic views we had seen on the pre-walk. Soon afterwards, on leaving the hamlet of Wheatcroft, we reached the crux of the walk. A little stream had decided that it was easier to run down the centre of the path rather than alongside it. Flanked with brambles, this provided a very muddy obstacle but the group came through unscathed!! Crossing more fields took us up nearly into the village of Wessington for lunch on the green and Sue’s talk about the local history and origin of the name. The next village was South Wingfield where The Old Yew Inn was a welcome stop for drinks including mulled wine. Refreshed, we left the village to skirt around the historic ruins of Wingfield Manor House where Sue told
us that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned several times. As the sun had cleared the mist, we did manage to get good views from the knoll on which the Manor was built. The final section of just under a mile took us relentlessly uphill to Crich centre but not before we had passed by a disused radioactive dump belonging to Rolls Royce. Nobody appeared to glow apart from windburn! The only other complaint was that there appeared to be an inordinate number of very narrow stiles!!

In January, for a combined walk with the Medium Walks group, Sue led twenty two of us on a six mile walk from Attenborough Nature Reserve to Trent Lock and back

The post-Christmas walk combined with the Medium Walks group started at the Attenborough Nature Reserve Visitors’ Centre and skirted around the north side of the gravel pits. On reaching the river at Cranfleet, we followed the canal to Trent Lock for a lunch stop, which was kept short due to the cold breeze. The return journey was along the canal and then the river bank back to Attenborough. Five of the long walkers added an extension via the centre of the gravel pits nearer Beeston Lock.

In February, John Wilson led twelve of us on an 8 mile walk around Youlgreave. John Wilson, a voluntary ranger for the Peak Park led us on a 9 mile walk from Youlgreave. We immediately dropped down into Bradford Dale and walked east to Alport, where the Bradford and Lathkill rivers join. From here we walked north by the side of the Lathkill to reach picturesque Conksbury bridge for a coffee stop. Refreshed, we followed the river up the Dale all the way to the bridge crossing over into Cales Dale stopping on the way for lunch next to a waterfall on the Lathkill. John gave us many interesting bits of information about the river and the mining along this section, explaining the usage of all the derelict buildings. Cales Dale was the crux of the walk, with a narrow slippery limestone path and a steep ascent up many stone steps up onto the Limestone Way and Calling Low. A stop to recover breath was necessary at the top before we set off across the fields to reach Moor Lane and descend the steep path back into Bradford Dale. As on the outward part of the walk along this river, we saw several dippers playing in the water. Returning to the centre of Youlgreave was timed to perfection as the rain started just as we reached the cars. A very enjoyable day was enhanced by John’s extensive knowledge of the area.

Mike Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder that the next long walk will be on Monday 6th February. Some of you will have been at the last U3A open meeting when John Wilson gave his excellent talk about being a voluntary Peak Park Ranger. I have managed to twist John’s arm to lead us on a walk on the 6th January (and 10th October). He has chosen to start from Youlgreave for a 9 mile walk via Alport, Conksbury Bridge, Lathkill Dale, Mandale lead mine, Cales Dale, Limestone Way, Calling Low, Moor Lane,Lomberdale Hall and Bradford Dale.

We shall meet at Bramcote car park (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre) at 9.00. and travel to meet John at the car park in Youlgreave. John has given the grid reference for the car park as SK 2129 6448. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks. There are no toilets on the route but plenty of bushes! There are only 12 stiles but plenty of “squeezes”. A moderate amount of mud will be encountered but nothing deep. John said for us to be aware that the limestone can be slippery if wet. The total ascent is 260m (850 feet)

Please let me know (email mushnpuss@gmail.com , Land line (0115) 917 7150, Mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join us or you have to cancel at the last minute.

I have attached below the latest calendar of long walks for 2017 for your information.

Regards,

Mike

Details for combined Long and Medium walk from Attenborough Nature Reserve for about 5 miles on Tuesday 17th January.

We shall meet at the main car park (grid reference SK 516339) near the entrance to the Reserve Centre at 10.00. The Reserve asks for a donation of £2 for parking. Sue Cotton will lead the walk towards and alongside the railway to Holme Farm at Long Eaton. From there we shall take Pasture Lane down to the river which we shall follow back to Attenborough. Toilets are available at the start and finish of the walk at the Centre café. The walk is very flat, with very few if any stiles and should not have any significant muddy patches. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable drinks.

After reaching the car park you have the choice of leaving straight away, stopping at the café for refreshments or travelling to Sue’s house for coffee/tea and stickies (cake etc.). Those going to Sue’s need to park at the Broadgate (southern) end of Peveril Road in Beeston which is close to the west entrance to the university. To get to Sue’s house, turn left out of Peveril Road, cross over Broadgate and walk towards the university for about 75 yards. There is a narrow drive between a low white wall and a stone pillar. Go straight down the drive keeping to the right until you go through a five bar gate where you will see the house.

Apologies in advance if you also receive this message from Alan Bailey. Please let me or Alan know if you intend to join us and if you intend to take up Sue’s kind offer of refreshments. My mobile number is 07759 400966. Hope to see you on the 17th January.

Regards,

Mike

Combined Medium/Long Walkers Walk on Tuesday 17th January 2017

Hi All,

Plan C or is it D for the combined Medium/Long walkers walk on Tuesday 17th January 2017. As more than 30 members turned up for the combined walk last year, we thought that a similar number might pose a problem in using the Skylink bus from Beeston. Therefore, we have decided to revert to a circular medium walk previously done a number of years ago. The plan is to meet at one of the car parks at Attenborough Nature Reserve, walk around the gravel pits towards Long Eaton and back again along the river. Then those that wish to can use their cars to go to Peveril Road Beeston for tea and stickies at Sue Cotton’s. I’ll send out more details about a week before the event. Apologies in advance if any of you receive this email again via Alan Bailey for the Medium walkers.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and look forward to walking with you in 2017. Many thanks for all of you who have led walks for the group in 2016. It certainly helps to spread the organizational load! I am now open to offers to lead walks in 2017. The calendar for 2017 as it stands at the moment is shown below.

Regards,

Mike

2017 LONG WALKS (updated 10/12/16)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Tues 17 Sue Cotton Joint walk Med Gp Attenborough/

Sawley

FEB
MAR
APR ? ? Sue Cotton Lambley/

Epperstone/

Lowdham

MAY ? ? Tina Eadie/Sheila Vellacott ?
JUN
JUL ? ? Paddy Riley Linacre reservoir
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
2016 LONG WALKS (updated 18/10/16)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Wed 6 Sue Cotton University/Wollaton
FEB Tue 16 Dorothy Bolton Ilkeston
MAR Wed 16 Alan & Margaret Beale Dovedale/ Milldale/Ilam
APR Tue 12 Susan Gokova Horsley Woodhouse
MAY Tue 3 David & Sandra Biggs West Hallam
JUN Thur 9 Judy Couch/Jane Smith Long Clawson
JUL Wed 13 Mike Allery Alstonefield/Wetton/Milldale
AUG Wed 10 Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock Melbourne/Foremark/Ingleby
SEP Tue 13 Sue Cotton Cressbrookdale
OCT Thur 13 John Dubbury Winster
NOV Wed 9 Tina Eadie/Sheila Vellacott Stanton Moor
DEC Wed 7 Xmas walk with medium group Beeley

December 2016 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of the month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In September, Sue led ten of us on an 8 mile walk around Cressbrook Dale, Litton, Tideswell Dale and Miller’s Dale.
This was a very hot day, so the shade of the trees at the start was welcome. Then it was out into the open to start the climb up to the top edge of the valley near Wardlow with fine views towards Litton and back down Cressbrook Dale. A steep descent down a grassy slope took us back to the bottom of the dale and through typical limestone crags up to its head near the main road. We went along the other top edge of the dale with more fine views back along where we had just walked. By this time, the heat was beginning to sap our energy so we made a short cut in our intended route and took the country road directly into Litton to the Red Lion pub and some necessary refreshment. A short walk down the road took us through Litton and into Tideswell Dale, all gently downhill. The tree cover was not only pleasant to look at but also kept us reasonably cool. At the bottom of the slope we entered Miller’s Dale, went through Litton Mill and walked beside the lovely river Wye back to Cressbrook Mill.

In October, John led eight of us on an 8 ½ mile walk around Winster, Bonsall, Ible, Grangemill and Aldwark.
On leaving Winster, we were soon on the Limestone Way with fine views to the north including Chatsworth House. This continued round to Upper town on the outskirts of Bonsall, where we stopped for our mid-morning coffee break. Suitably refreshed, we descended steeply into Bonsall Dale, where the Limestone Way looped back westwards across the fields to Ible. Shortly afterwards we reached the Holly Bush pub at Grangemill where we were allowed to eat our own food on the picnic tables in exchange for buying drinks at the bar. This was where we left the Limestone Way and continued to Aldwark, where we turned back north heading for Winster. We had to give this walk the gold medal for stiles. For most of the group, the walk was new territory which added to the enjoyment.

In November, Tina and Sheila led us on a 9 ½ mile walk around Winster, Stanton Moor and Birchover.
In spite of a poor weather forecast, the snow and the rain held off all day. On leaving Winster, we descended to Clough wood having to take considerable care through the slippery mud resulting from the overnight rain. At the edge of the wood we turned due west and climbed the hill towards Birchover. However, before reaching the village we took a northerly path up to Stanton Moor Plantation which we skirted around eventually reaching Nine Ladies Stones. Seven of the stones provided suitable seats for us to have our lunch break, much to the amusement of people passing by. Re-energized, we set off for Robin Hood’s Stride, spotting snow covered hills to the north and stopping for drinks at the Druid Inn in Birchover on the way. The return to the car park was over the fields, through the interesting old villages of Elton and Winster via a short section of The Limestone Way.

Mike Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

Hi All,

Please see below my report of the walk around Crich on 7/12/16:-

Report of walk around Crich 7/12/16
Sue and I led the group on an 8 ½ mile walk from Crich through Wheatcroft, Wessington and South Wingfield. Starting from the main square (triangle?) in Crich, we climbed almost to the top of the village where Sue gave us a summary of its interesting history. Then it was off across the fields to the highest point of the walk. Unfortunately, the sun was not strong enough to burn off the fairly thick mist denying us the panoramic views we had seen on the pre-walk. Soon afterwards, on leaving the hamlet of Wheatcroft, we reached the crux of the walk. A little stream had decided that it was easier to run down the centre of the path rather than alongside it. Flanked with brambles, this provided a very muddy obstacle but the group came through unscathed!! Crossing more fields took us up nearly into the village of Wessington for lunch on the green and Sue’s talk about the local history and origin of the name. The next village was South Wingfield Where The Old Yew Inn was a welcome stop for drinks including mulled wine. The owners were very accommodating, allowing us to eat our remaining sandwiches outside but under cover and on leather sofas! Refreshed, we left the village to skirt around the historic ruins of Wingfield Manor House where Sue told us that Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned several times. As the sun had cleared the mist, we did manage to get good views from the knoll on which the Manor was built. The final section of just under a mile took us relentlessly uphill to Crich centre but not before we had passed by a disused radioactive dump belonging to Rolls Royce. Nobody appeared to glow apart from windburn! The only other complaint was that there appeared to be an inordinate number of very narrow stiles!! Thanks to Sue for devising a good walk.

Mike

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder that the next Long Walk will be on Wednesday 7th December around Crich, Wessington and South Wingfield. (Please note that this replaces the combined Medium and Long group walk which will now be on Tuesday January 17th 2017.) The details for 7th December are given below. We shall meet at 09.00 am at Bramcote Hills Park car park (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre). Please let me know if you intend to join us. Hope to see you there.

The walk will be led by Sue Cotton and the Allerys covering 8.5 miles from Crich, through Wessington and South Wingfield. Free car parking is available in or around the village square (triangle?) in Crich grid reference SK 350542. One route to Crich is along the A610 to turn right at Bullbridge by the traffic lights adjacent to the railway bridge about 1 mile before the A6 at Ambergate. It is then a short drive straight up into the centre of Crich. Toilets are available in Crich and at the pub we hope to stop at in South Wingfield. Otherwise there are plenty of bushes!! The terrain is mainly fields and tracks with a total ascent of about 1000 feet (we have managed up to 1500 feet!). There are several patches of mud, one bad one. Several escape roads are available if the weather is bad. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable drinks. We have permission to eat outside (on leather sofas under cover!!) at The Old Yew Tree pub at South Wingfield provided we buy some drinks. However, as this is about 2/3 of the way around the route, I suspect our lunches will have been consumed earlier!! There is a good tea and stickies café at the finish in Crich. Any last minute queries or cancellations: my mobile is 07759 400966

Regards,

Mike

Walk/Christmas Lunch Planned for 7th December

Hi All,

As time is getting short, Alan and I have decided to abandon the joint groups walk/Christmas lunch planned for 7th December and replace it with a joint groups walk on Tuesday January 17th 2017, This would end with “Tea and Stickies” at Sue Cotton’s house, which is similar to what the two groups have done in January for the past two years. The plan is for all those interested to meet at Peveril Road Beeston at 09.30 am and then take the bus (passes if you have them) to Sawley. The walk will be about 5 1/2 miles along the river Trent back to the Attenborough Nature Reserve Centre with a sandwich lunch stop along the route. We shall then take the bus again back to Sue’s house for “Tea and Stickies”.

On Wednesday 7th December we shall have a long walk of about 8 1/2 miles from Crich which we still need to pre-walk. I’ll send out more details nearer the date. I believe Alan is planning a separate medium walk for a day or two later.

Regards,

Mike

Report of second walk around Winster 9/11/16

Tina and Sheila led us on a 9 ½ mile walk north from Winster in contrast to the walk south of the village the previous month. The weather forecast was not too promising, with wind, rain, snow and freezing temperatures overnight. Although during the journey to Winster we had rain and the odd flurry of snow, by the time we arrived at the car park it was dry. One car in the car park had several inches of snow on the roof! On leaving Winster, we descended to Clough wood having to take considerable care through the slippery mud resulting from the overnight rain. At the edge of the wood we turned due west and climbed the hill towards Birchover. However, before reaching the village we took a northerly path up to Stanton Moor Plantation which we skirted round eventually reaching Nine Ladies Stones. Seven of the stones provided suitable seats for us to have our lunch break, much to the amusement of people passing by. Re-energized, we set off for Robin Hood’s Stride, spotting snow covered hills to the north and stopping for drinks at the Druid Inn in Birchover on the way. The return to the car park was over the fields, through the interesting old villages of Elton and Winster via a short section of The Limestone Way. Thanks to Tina and Sheila for an excellent day. The rain held off and we even saw a brief flash of sunshine.

Mike

U3A Long Walk 9/11/16

Hi All,
Please see below edited highlights from two of Tina’s emails giving details of the walk for Wednesday 9th November. We shall meet at 09.00 am at Bramcote Hills Park car park (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre). Hope to see you there.

Regards
Mike

Hi Mike
The walk from Winster starts from the car park East of Winster Grid Ref. 247606. It’s 9.4 miles and takes in Cowley Knowl, Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Birchover, part of the Limestone Way, then round via Elton and back to Winster. We tested it out and it’s mixed terrain – muddy track through fields to start but then good tracks through woods and open countryside. It has a total ascent of 1100 feet and has a number of styles and ‘squeeze’ gaps. We have a place identified for a mid-morning stop. We were thinking of stopping for lunch (bring your own foods and drinks) at the Stone Circle followed by a drink / toilet stop at the Druid Inn in Birchover – no toilets on the route. The walk is called ‘Stanton Moor and Robin Hood’s Stride’. If the weather is bad we can go straight to Birchover, missing out Stanton Moor.
Tina

Report of walk around Winster 13/10/16
John led us on an 8 ½ mile walk south from Winster. On leaving Winster, we were soon on the Limestone Way with fine views to the north including Chatsworth House. This continued round to Upper town on the outskirts of Bonsall, where we stopped for our mid-morning coffee break. Suitably refreshed, we descended steeply into Bonsall Dale, where the Limestone Way looped back westwards across the fields to Ible. Shortly afterwards we reached the Holly Bush pub at Grangemill where we were allowed to eat our own food on the picnic tables in exchange for buying drinks at the bar. The landlord did not seem to mind that we left large amounts of mud on his fluffy carpet probably because we were his only customers! On leaving the pub we had to negotiate a short section of road with no pavements but carrying large lorries from the nearby quarry. John, acting the true leader, donned a HI VI vest to protect us over this section. This was where we left the Limestone Way and continued to Aldwark, where we turned back north heading for Winster. However, the cars were not reached before we had negotiated several climbs up and down. We also had to give this walk the gold medal for stiles. There were a large number of them including many very tight squeeze stiles! For most of the group, the walk was new territory which added to the enjoyment. Thanks to John for an excellent day.
Mike

Hi All,

U3A Long Walk Thursday 13th October

Please see below John’s email to me giving details of the Long Walk on Thursday 13th October. Extra information from John:-
NO toilets on the route, although I’m sure there will some at the pub in Grangemill if we stop there for a swift half! The terrain is “countryside” with no mud when John pre-walked it. Many stiles!! Total ascent about 1200 feet. Mid morning stop at Bonsall. Lunchstop at Grangemill (pub?)
Please let me know if you intend to join us or if you have to cancel at the last minute. Land line (0115) 9177150 Mobile 07759 400966. Hope to see you on the day.

Regards,
Mike

Hello Mike,

The walk is 8.5 miles long from just south of Winster. It follows the Limestone Way through Bonsall and Ible to Grangemill (the easy bit). Then it goes up to Aldwark and across the fields back to Winster (the not so easy bit).
The walk starts from the carpark just south of Winster and is shown on the OS map, ref 238603. The easiest way to get there is to take the A5012 from Cromford (the Via Gellia road) and turn right at Grangemill by the Hollybush pub towards Winster. Just as you see the sign for Winster village take the right fork and the free carpark is on the right opposite the Miners Standard pub.
Meet at Bramcote Park for a 9-30 am start.

Regards,
John.

Hi All,

Please find below a belated report on the Long Walk around Cressbrook Dale.

As some members have found the instructions regarding our usual meeting point at Bramcote Park car park a little misleading, I have amended them to:- Bramcote Hills Park car park (Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).

On one of the recent walks, a couple of members expressed concern over a steep drop adjacent to the path. If you are leading a walk where members might be worried about heights, please include this in your details for me to send out to the group so that they can decide whether to join us or not. This includes bridges over major road.

Regards,

Mike

Report of walk around Cressbrook Dale 13/09/16

Sue led ten of us on an eight mile walk from Ravensdale Cottages in Cressbrook Dale on a very hot day. In spite of the lower part of the dale being a little slippery, it was nice and cool the under the trees. Then it was out into the open to start the climb up to the top edge of the valley near Wardlow with fine views towards Litton and back down to Cressbrook Dale. A steep descent down a grassy slope took us back to the bottom of the dale and through typical limestone crags up to its head near the main road. Taking a sharp turn to the south west, we went along the other top edge of the dale with more fine views back along where we had just walked. These included Peter’s stone which is a limestone knoll looking more like a volcanic plug. By this time, the heat was beginning to sap our energy so we made a short cut in our intended route and took the country road directly into Litton to the Red Lion pub and some necessary refreshment. Unfortunately, a group of vintage car owners had got there before us, so service to quench our thirsts was rather slow! Lunch was enjoyed on the village green just outside the pub. A short walk down the road took us through Litton and into Tideswell Dale, all gently downhill. The tree cover was not only pleasant to look at but also kept us reasonably cool. At the bottom of the slope we entered Miller’s Dale, went through Litton Mill and walked beside the lovely river Wye back to Cressbrook Mill. Unfortunately, after a long slow descent right from Litton, the final section was up the steep hill back to Ravensdale Cottages where water bottles were required yet again to quench our thirsts. A very enjoyable walk thanks to Sue.

U3A Long Walk 13/09/16

Hi All,

The next long walk will be led by Sue Cotton around the Cressbrookdale area on Tuesday 13th September. We shall meet at 09.00 am at Bramcote Park car park (section in information sheet amended to avoid confusion:- Opposite the Hemlock stone and adjacent to Coventry Lane, NOT at the Leisure Centre).

Our usual route to this area is M1 to Junction 29 to turn off onto A617 to Chesterfield. From Chesterfield take the A619 via Baslow to Ashford in the Water. Go into Ashford in the Water keeping left to go past the church on your right hand side. Turn right at the covered seating area and continue in a straight line on the B6465 to Monsal Head. At Monsal Head turn left in front of the pub, around the hairpin bend and take the steep downhill road towards Cressbrook. At Cressbrook Mill (now apartments) take the right hand fork and go up the hill. After about 700 yds turn right onto a track to Ravensdale Cottages (grid reference SK 172236) where we shall park the cars.

The walk is about 13km (8 miles) via Litton, Tideswell Dale and Litton Mill. The total ascent is about 270m (875 feet) with three steep sections. One of these steep sections can be avoided if required but at the cost of not seeing a good view! There are a few stiles and some mud. There is a pub at Litton and a café at Litton Mill both of which should have toilets available. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks.

Please let me know ( mushnpuss@gmail.com or land line (0115) 9177150 or mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join us on the walk. Hope to see you.

Regards, Mike

September 2016 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of each month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In June, Judy and Jane led us on a 10.1 mile walk from Long Clawson via Holwell, Ab Kettleby, and Wartnaby to Nether Broughton.
The wall-to-wall sunshine made the climb up Brock Hill a little tiring but the views from the top of the escarpment made it well worth the effort. The designated lunch stop spot had to be moved one field due to the frisky attention of two horses! Bison and deer were also encountered on the route. After the lunch it was good to be going down rather than up Broughton Hill with more fine views across the Trent flood plain. Nether Broughton was a very welcome stop due to the pub allowing us to quench our considerable thirsts. This made the final two-mile amble across the meadows back to Long Clawson easier, even though we had to pass over Slyborough Hill.

In July, Mike led us on a 9.6 mile walk from Alstonefield.
The weather was reasonably kind to us, with just two short showers to keep us on our toes! The two dales were very verdant after all the recent rain, which also made the river fairly high. It was good that the steep down and up through the two Dales was right at the start of the walk, as we still had the energy to appreciate the scenery with a break on a grassy bank in Hall Dale. Then it was off over the rolling fields towards Castern. Our lunch stop was on another grassy bank above Castern Hall. A sharp right turn took us across more open fields and onto the edge of the escarpment above the nature reserve of Castern Wood with extensive views over the Manifold valley. Soon after leaving the escarpment and traversing a few more fields we were pleased to reach The Olde Royal Oak in Wetton to be able to sample the real ales. Refreshed, we got the legs going again to circumnavigate Wetton Hill and return to Alstonefield.

In August, Anne and Sue led us on a 9-mile Long Walk from Melbourne.
It was a day with perfect weather for walking: dry and pleasantly warm, with a light breeze. From Melbourne Market Place, we passed Thomas Cook’s (“the founder of modern travel”!) house and climbed gradually up through houses and countryside to St Bride’s Farm complex, surrounded by National Forest plantations, noting a plaque to tell us that the track on which we were walking was the old route of the main Oxford to Derby road. There were then good views across to the Peak District before we descended through Robin Wood. A field with a grassy bank provided a welcome coffee stop opportunity. After passing Seven Spouts Farm and down through Heath Wood, we reached the grounds of the impressive Foremark Hall and Repton School. The route then took us along the base of sandstone cliffs to “Anchor Church” caves on the banks of the River Trent. These extraordinary grottoes have been carved out of the cliff by the river, and extended and decorated by the hermits and saints who lived there from the 6th century. We then climbed up towards Ingleby village, pausing for lunch in the welcome shade of clifftop trees, overlooking the river across to views beyond. A final gradual climb took us up to Ingleby Toft, before working our way across open countryside, through fields of crops ripe and ready for harvesting, back to Melbourne.

Mike Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

Hi All,

Please see below the details of the Long Walk that Anne Pinnock and Sue Blackley are leading on Wednesday 10th August. Please note the meeting time at Bramcote Car Park of 09.15am. I am on holiday, so Anne and Sue will be mustering the troops on the day. Please let Anne know if you are intending to join them or have to cancel at the last minute. Her contact details are given below. We hope you have a good walk and shall be sorry to miss it.

Regards

Mike

Details of U3A Long Walk on Wednesday 10 August 2016

Melbourne to Foremark and Ingleby- 9miles

• A moderate walk through undulating countryside, with a couple of short, but fairly gentle

climbs, and a few stiles. Good views across the Trent Valley to the Peak District. One

section is likely to be muddy, and some of the paths have brambles and nettles on each

side. Therefore, long trousers are advisable, and shoes rather than sandals.

• Public toilets at start and end of walk, but none on route.

• If you would like to join us, please let Anne know (anne.pinnock@yahoo.co.uk, 0115

9431012, 0776 5991486) Meet at Bramcote Park at 9.15am.Please bring a packed lunch

and drink.

• Roadside parking in the centre of Melbourne on Church Road, just off the Market Place.

Follow signpost for Parish Church and Melbourne Hall.

Details of route

From Melbourne Market Place, we climb gradually up through houses and countryside to St Brides

Farm complex. There are then good views to the Peak District before we descend through Robin

Wood. After passing Seven Spouts Farm and Heath Wood, we reach the grounds of Foremark Hall

and Repton School. We then walk along the base of sandstone cliffs to Anchor Church caves on the

banks of the River Trent, and from there to Ingleby. It’s then a gradual climb up to Ingleby Toft,

before working our way across open countryside back to Melbourne.

Anne Pinnock and Sue Blackley

Report of Alstonefield walk on 13/7/16

I led nine of the group on a 9.6 mile walk from Alstonefield through Milldale, Hall Dale, Castern and Wetton with the weather being reasonably kind to us. In spite of no rain being forecast, we had two short showers just to keep us on our toes! The two dales were very verdant after all the recent rain, which also made the river fairly high. It was good that the steep down and up through the two Dales was right at the start of the walk. We still had the energy to appreciate the scenery with the 11.20 break on a grassy bank in Hall Dale. Then it was off over the rolling fields towards Castern but not before a second sharp shower had us sheltering under a large sycamore tree. This soon cleared up so that we were able to have our lunch stop on another grassy bank above Castern Hall. A sharp right turn took us across more open fields and on to the edge of the escarpment above the nature reserve of Castern Wood with extensive views over the Manifold valley. Soon after leaving the escarpment and traversing a few more fields we were pleased to reach The Olde Royal Oak in Wetton to be able to sample the real ales. Refreshed, we got the legs going again to circumnavigate Wetton Hill and return to Alstonefield. An enjoyable day! Thanks to all for their company and to Sue being ready to act as back-up leader in case I was not able to.

Mike

Long Walk on Wednesday 13 July

Herewith details of our next Long Walk on Wednesday 13th July. We shall meet at 09.00 am at Bramcote car park to travel to Alstonefield. Our usual route is A52 to Derby, round the ring road and continuing on the A52 to Ashbourne. Then take the A515 Buxton road north for about 5 miles where there are two left turns to Alstonefield which join together after a short distance. Go down the steep hill and crossover the river bridge. Immediately after the bridge take the right hand fork up into Alstonefield. On entering Alsonefield keep right to get to the meeting point at the car park on the left at map reference SK 130556. There are toilets at the Alstonefield car park, Milldale and Wetton. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks.Hi All,

The intended route which is a fairly strenuous 9.6 miles (15.5 km ) long. The total ascent is about 1100 feet (335 m). There are only a few small muddy sections but a considerable number of stiles. The one steep downhill is from Alstonefield down to Milldale but this is all on a country lane. We then follow the river to reach Hall Dale.The one steep and slightly rocky section is out of Hall Dale which is only about 600 yds long. We then follow field paths across to Castern where we turn north to walk along the escarpment above Castern Wood with fine views. A stop at the Ye Olde Royal Oak pub at Wetton should provide us with some refreshment before returning to the start point by rounding Wetton Hill. However, the pub at Wetton is too far round the route so the lunch stop will be on a grassy bank, weather permitting. There are a number of short cuts back to Alstonefield car park for anyone finding the complete walk too far.

As usual, please let me know if you intend to join us and if having said so you need to make a late cancellation. If you have not already done so, please could you bring your U3A 2016/2017 membership card for me to check you are a fully paid-up member!!

Any problems, my landline number is (0115) 9177150, mobile 07759 400966.

Hope to see you on the 13th,

Mike

Long Clawson Long Walk Report

Judy and Jane led us on a 10.1 mile walk from Long Clawson via Holwell, Ab Kettleby, and Wartnaby to Nether Broughton, using a route they had followed with Ramblers earlier in the year. The forecast hazy cloud with moderate temperatures turned out to be hot wall-to-wall sunshine for the whole walk. Although this made the climb up Brock Hill a little tiring, the views from the top of the escarpment made it well worth the effort. The designated lunch stop spot had to be move one field due to the frisky attention of two horses! Everywhere was in full leaf with all the meadows having knee-high buttercups and the recent days of continuous sunshine had dried up nearly all of the muddy spots. The only downside was the growth of vegetation such a hawthorn and nettles at stiles, which required some gardening treatment! After lunch it was good to be going down rather than up Broughton Hill with more fine views across the Trent flood plain. Nether Broughton was a very welcome stop due to the pub allowing us to quench our considerable thirsts. This made the final two mile amble across the meadows back to Long Clawson easier even though we had to pass over Slyborough Hill. Many thanks to Jane and Judy for a very enjoyable day.

June 2016 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of each month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In February, Dorothy led us on a 10 mile walk around Shipley Country Park.

The weather lived up to the forecast with bright sun, little wind but cold. Starting at Straws Bridge, we walked along the filled-in track of the old Nutbrook canal, part of the Centenary Way. Coffee break was at the area where Shipley Hall used to be and lunch was on handy picnic tables near the car park at Mapperley reservoir. Then it was on to the visitors centre on the outskirts of Heanor. The return to Straws Bridge was around the abandoned American Adventure site and through more open countryside. It was surprising to be able to walk in good surroundings so close to built up areas.

In March, Alan led us on a 7 ½ mile walk around Dovedale, Milldale and Ilam.

The weather surpassed the forecast with the sun shining for the entire walk, which partly helped to offset the cool breeze we had most of the time. Being midweek, early in the year and a fairly low temperature, meant that Dovedale was free from the crowds that usually invade the beauty spot later on in the year. We stopped at Lovers’ Leap for coffee and Milldale (similarly crowd free) for lunch. The return leg of the walk south of Stanshope through rolling countryside with the fields in sunshine was England at its finest. The National Trust café at Ilam was a welcome stop for tea and stickies al fresco.

In April, Suzan led us on an 8 ½ mile walk from Horsley Woodhouse.

We started looking at the interesting water fountains in the village before crossing the fields towards Horsley (separate from Horsley Woodhouse). The recent rain had turned a lot of the walk into first class mud! We inspected the wood surrounded remains of Horsley castle dating from the 13th century. Bluebells and daffodils were out in several places with many more on the way. After skirting the edge of Smalley we turned back towards Horsley Woodhouse, arriving at the pub half an hour before opening time! Fortunately, the owner was pleased to open up early for us to sample vary tasty beers brewed on the premises. What looked like a fairly flat walk on the map was actually very varied and enjoyable, more than compensating for the muddy parts.

In May, Sandra and David led us on a 9 mile walk from West Hallam.

We set off westwards towards Kirk Hallam, where a short length of road took us back out into the countryside again across fields and beside several streams. We saw lots of bluebells in full bloom and were serenaded by skylarks. Our stop for lunch was at the Morley Retreat Tea Rooms in Morley village, where we were made very welcome and even allowed to eat our own food at the picnic tables! On rounding a corner of a small wood shortly after we started the return to West Hallam, we spotted a large herd of deer. A lot of time was spent watching them watching us! It was surprising that it was possible to walk nine miles in lovely countryside so close to built-up areas.

Mike Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

Hi All,

Please see below a copy of Judy’s email giving details of the long walk next Thursday, 9th June. Please note that we leave Bramcote Park at 09.15 am and that you should have a packed lunch and a drink with you. Please let me know (email mushnpuss@gmail.com or my mobile 07759 400966) if you intend to join us. Group leaders have been asked to check membership for 2016/2017, so please would you bring your U3A card to the walk.

I have attached the latest version of the long walks calendar for 2016. Please note that October and November are not covered yet. Any offers to lead a walk for either of these two months? Hope to see you next Thursday.

Regards,

Mike

We will meet at Bramcote park at 9.15am . The walk is 10.3 miles long across undulating Leicestershire countryside. It starts at the village hall car park in Long Clawson which is a left turn after Nether Broughton on the road, A606, to Melton Mowbray. We cross fields, climb the scarp slope to Brockhill farm and go south to Holwell, stopping for a coffee break on a grassy slope. Crossing fields to Ab Kettleby, we travel west to Wartnaby and then follow the footpath north. We have a good view from the top of the escarpment at Broughton Hill before following the footpath through the Bison and Deer farm where the animals can be viewed at close quarters. We stop for lunch at the pub in Nether Broughton and then travel North East across the fields and over Slyborough Hill and back to Long Clawson.

You are advised to bring a flask and packed lunch and to wear walking boots.

The walk is on Explorer Map 246 of Loughborough and the village hall is on the right through the village after the dairy. There is a sharp bend just before the turning into the car park.

Regards

Judy

Hi All,

Group leaders have been asked to check that all members have paid their Beeston U3A subscriptions for 2016/2017. As I am intending to go on the Medium Walk next Tuesday, 24th May, I thought it would be a good opportunity to ask you to have your membership cards available for inspection, if you also intend to join us. Even if you are not in the Long Walks group, I can still pass the information on to Alan, who will not be with us on the 24th due to ongoing ankle problems.

Hope to see you on Tuesday.

Regards,

Mike

2016 LONG WALKS (updated 5/5/16)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Wed 6 Sue Cotton University/Wollaton
FEB Tue 16 Dorothy Bolton Ilkeston
MAR Wed 16 Alan & Margaret Beale Dovedale/ Milldale/Ilam
APR Tue 12 Susan Gokova Horsley Woodhouse
MAY Tue 3 David & Sandra Biggs Kirk Hallam
JUN Thur 9 Judy Couch/Jane Smith Long Clawson
JUL ? ? Mike Allery Alstonefield/Wetton/Milldale
AUG Wed 10 Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock ?
SEP ? ? Sue Cotton Cressbrook
OCT
NOV
DEC ? ? Xmas walk with medium group ?

Long Walk from West Hallam Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Sandra and David led us on a nine mile circular walk from West Hallam. Starting from the convenient car park at the shopping centre, we set off westwards towards Kirk Hallam. Although the walk had few muddy patches, on this first section one of our walkers managed to lose a boot at a particularly bad spot! A short length of road through Kirk Hallam took us back out into the countryside again across fields and beside several streams. As in the medium walk the previous week, we saw lots of bluebells but this time in full bloom. On both walks we were serenaded by skylarks. Our stop for lunch was at the Morley Retreat Tea Rooms in Morley village, where we were made very welcome and even allowed to eat our own food at the picnic tables. On rounding a corner of a small wood shortly after we started the return to West Hallam, we spotted a large herd of deer. A lot of time was spent watching them watching us! A detour into the edge of Stanley Common took us back to our starting point. It was surprising that it was possible to walk nine miles in lovely countryside so close to built-up areas. Thanks to Sandra and David for a very enjoyable day.

Hi All,

It has been pointed out that in my report on the Horsley Woodhouse walk I forgot to mention the interesting water fountains in the village and also to wax lyrical about the daffodils. The latter were a delight and a sign that spring his here in spite of the weather. More importantly, I forgot to say a “BIG THANK YOU” to Suzan for organizing the walk.

Regards

Contrite Mike

Long walk from Horsley Woodhouse Tuesday 12th April 2016

Suzan led us on a 13.5 km (8.5 mile) in a figure of eight walk from Horsley Woodhouse. The very accommodating Royal Oak pub allowed us to use their car park even though they do not open until 4.00 in the afternoon on weekdays. Soon after we started across the fields towards Horsley (separate from Horsley Woodhouse) Suzan’s worst fears were realised! The recent rain had turned a lot of the walk into first class mud! Going south from Horsley, we inspected the wood surrounded remains of Horsley castle dating from the 13th century. Bluebells were out in several places with many more on the way. Then it was a return almost to Horsley Woodhouse to start the second loop of the walk but not before lunching al fresco in a field. We skirted the edge of Smalley before turning back towards Horsley Woodhouse, arriving at the pub half an hour before opening time! Fortunately, the owner was pleased to open up early for us to sample vary tasty beers brewed on the premises. What looked like a fairly flat walk on the map was actually very varied and enjoyable, more than compensating for the muddy parts.

2016 LONG WALKS (updated 9/4/16)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Wed 6 Sue Cotton University/Wollaton
FEB Tue 16 Dorothy Bolton Ilkeston
MAR Wed 16 Alan & Margaret Beale Dovedale/ Milldale/Ilam
APR Tue 12 Susan Gokova Horsley Woodhouse
MAY Tue 3 David & Sandra Biggs Kirk Hallam
JUN Thur 9 Judy Couch/Jane Smith Long Clawson
JUL ? ? Mike Allery Alstonefield/Wetton/Milldale
AUG ? ? Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock ?
SEP ? ? Sue Cotton Cressbrook
OCT
NOV
DEC ? ? Xmas walk with medium group ?

Please find below details of the next long walk on Tuesday 12th April and note the change of venue. As Suzan’s original route was very similar to the recent Dovedale Medium walk led by Alan Bailey, Suzan has decided to change it to one around Horsley Woodhouse. I have copied Suzan’s email with the details below. Please let me know if you intend to join us or if you have to cancel immediately before the walk. (mobile number in sheet). I’ve been kissed at swinging gates but never kidded!!Hi All,

Regards,

Mike

Hi Mike,
9.30. Bramcote Park.
To Horsley Woodhouse.
10 mile walk. Approx.
We can park in the Old Oak Inn car park. See Website for post code, map. Information.
I suggest driving through Ilkeston on the 609, cross the 608, turn right to Woodhouse, left again when rejoining the 609. The pub is on the right.
The walk is a figure of eight with 6 miles in the morning and 4 after lunch.The pub opens at 4 so they happy for us to park there and eat our lunch in their garden. No charge.
It would be good if some people would like to stay and have a drink- hot or cold on our return.
The route is undulating, varied, it was muddy yesterday. If continues to rain it will be very muddy.
There are stiles and kidding gates.
There are no toilets.
Bring packed lunches.

Suzan.

2016 LONG WALKS (updated 5/3/16)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Wed 6 Sue Cotton University/Wollaton
FEB Tue 16 Dorothy Bolton Ilkeston
MAR Wed 16 Alan & Margaret Beale Dovedale/ Milldale/Ilam
APR Tue 12 Susan Gokova Alsop/Dovedale/Hartington
MAY ? ? David & Sandra Biggs Kirk Hallam
JUN Thur 9 Judy Couch/Jane Smith Long Clawson
JUL ? ? Mike Allery Alstonefield/Wetton/Milldale
AUG ? ? Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock  
SEP        
OCT        
NOV        
DEC     Xmas walk with medium group ?

Long walk from Dovedale to Milldale and Ilam Wednesday 16th March 2016

Alan led twelve of us on a 7.6 mile walk from Dovedale to Milldale and back via Stanshope and Ilam. The weather surpassed the forecast with the sun shining for the entire walk, which partly helped to offset the cool breeze we had most of the time. Being midweek, early in the year and a fairly low temperature, meant that Dovedale was free from the crowds that usually invade the beauty spot later on in the year. As there were hardly any leaves on the trees, it was possible to see much more of the surrounding countryside. We stopped at Lovers’ Leap for coffee and Milldale (similarly crowd free) for lunch, where for the second time in a month a group member had a sandwich stolen but this time by a duck rather than a dog! It was somewhat tough having to make the steep climb out of Milldale immediately after having eaten lunch. The return leg of the walk south of Stanshope through rolling countryside with the fields in sunshine was England at its finest. The National Trust café at Ilam was a welcome stop for tea and stickies al fresco. A final mile across the fields saw us back at the car park after five hours of a very enjoyable walk, thanks to Alan’s excellent leadership.

The next Long Walk will be led by Suzan Gokova around Alsop, Dovedale and Hartington on Tuesday 12th April.

Mike

Please see below Alan Beale’s details for the next Long Walk on Wednesday 16th March. Please let me know by email if you intend to join us and also if you have to cancel at the last moment. My mobile number is 07759 400966.

Following discussions prior to and during the recent groups leaders’ meeting, Alan bailey and I have put together an information sheet for group members to indicate how the groups are run. See Beeston U3A Walking Groups Information Sheet. We should be pleased to receive any comments as to whether it is over the top, useful, needs amending etc.

Hope to see you next Wednesday.

Regards,

Mike

Alan Beale’s email:-

U3a Long Walk [ 8miles] Wednesday 16 March, Dovedale,

Milldale and Ilam

MEET 9.30 at Bramcote Hills Car Park

DRIVE TO Dovedale Long stay car park.

£2.50 charge and toilets available.

Drive through Asbourne and north on the A515. After a about one

mile turn left on road signposted Thorpe and Dovedale. Stay on

this road going through Thorpe. Drop down the hill into the

Dovedale valley. At the bottom turn sharp right into the signposted

Long Stay car park. [ A map will be available for those who want

one showing the car park ]

The walk starts with us crossing the stepping stones across the

River Dove, then walking up the valley to Milldale [Toilets here]

After Milldale we make a steep ascent to Stanshope, then have a

mile or so of road walking before we drop down into the village of

Ilam. Here we can have a cup of tea at the NT café. We then walk

back to the car park.

March 2016 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of each month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In November, Sue led us on an 8 ½ mile walk around Lumsdale near Matlock

The walk started in Lumsdale going up through Bentley Brook with several ruined mills. Sue gave us an interesting account of the history of the area which is now looked after by the Arkwright Society. The walk was very varied, going through open fields, woods, deep cloughs with streams and an abandoned stone quarry. In spite of the forecast of storm Abigale, we had good weather but plenty of mud due to rain on the previous days!! Thanks to Sue for a good walk.

In December Alan led us on a combined walk for long & medium walkers of 5 miles around the Ambergate area. This was followed by a Christmas lunch at the Hurt Arms

About 30 members from the two walking groups managed this gentle walk mainly through the Shining Cliff woods at Ambergate. This gave them an appetite for the Christmas meal booked at the Hurt Arms where we had had a very enjoyable time the previous year. Unfortunately, due to various managerial problems, the meal and service were appalling. There was some comfort in the fact that we were only charged the deposit rather than the full amount for the meal. Thanks to Alan for the walking part!

In January, Sue led us on an 8 mile walk around the University and Wollaton Park area and then provided refreshments at her house. 27 members gathered for this combined Medium and Long walkers walk which went through several parts of the University campuses, Wollaton Park and a small nature reserve near the Science Park. Sue pointed out where Alan Sillitoe was born, the magnificent oak tree on the top of Arbour Hill in Wollaton Park and an ice age erratic stone next to Trent Building in the University. The group were obviously well energized after the Christmas break as what was originally planned as a 6 ½ mile walk was extended and measured to be 8 miles! Many thanks to Sue for an excellent walk and for her hospitality.

Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

Mike

Long Walk From Ilkeston Around Shipley Country Park Tuesday 16th February 2016

Dorothy led us on a 15.6 km (9.7 miles) walk from Ilkeston on a circuitous route in Shipley Country Park. The weather lived up to the forecast with bright sun, little wind but cold. Starting at Straws Bridge, we were amused by all the birds standing and skating on the ice layer covering the lake. We walked along the filled in track of the old Nutbrook canal, part of the Centenary Way. Dorothy did very well navigating us along a myriad of paths and minor road. Coffee break was at the area where Shipley Hall used to be and lunch was on handy picnic tables near the car park at Mapperley reservoir. Then it was on to the visitors centre on the outskirts of Heanor. The return to Straws Bridge was around the abandoned American Adventure site and through more open countryside. It was surprising to be able to walk in good surroundings as far as we did considering we were so close to built up areas. Thanks to Dorothy for an enjoyable walk and especially for ordering the fine weather.

Mike

U3A Long Walk 16 February

Hi All,

Just a gentle reminder that the next U3A Long Walk is on Tuesday 16th February in the Ilkeston area to be led by Dorothy Bolton. I’ve copied below the details of the walk as supplied by Dorothy. Please let me know if you are intending to join us. If you do say you intend to join us and then have to cancel for whatever reason, please let me know, even if it is on the day, as we usually wait in case anyone is late in turning up. My mobile number is 07759 400966. Hope to see you on the walk.

Regards,

Mike

Hi Mike
Here are the details for the February long walk. As discussed, I have changed the location due to the waterlogged conditions on the route to Kimberley.

New location- STRAWS BRIDGE NATURE RESERVE AND SHIPLEY COUNTRY PARK Distance 9 miles (approx)

TUESDAY 16th FEBRUARY

MEET Bramcote Hills Park 9.30 and drive just over 4 miles to Straw’s Bridge (see below) on the outskirts of Ilkeston.

The walk partly follows the now extinct Nutbrook Canal to Shipley Park via paths and small service roads. We will then visit various parts of the park via woodland paths ( the snowdrops will be out), nature trails and cycle tracks. We return to Straw’s Bridge via a different route.
There are toilets in 2 locations. There are no stiles and just one short steep incline.
Although there are three drink outlets, one will be closed and the other two would have difficulty dealing with a large group, I therefore recommend that you bring all that you will need for the day.
GETTING TO STRAW’S BRIDGE
Located off the A 609 Derby Rd Ilkeston.
When entering Ilkeston from Trowell at the large roundabout take the second exit via A609 and follow the road down the hill passing the Bowling Alley on the left and the Fire Station on the right . Straw’s Bridge is on the right just round the bend at the bottom.
Parking is free.

U3A Combined Medium/Long walk report for 6th January 2016

27 members gathered for this combined walk led by Sue Cotton around the University and Wollaton Park. It was good that we did not have to negotiate any stiles with a group of this size!! We started from Peveril Road Beeston and soon found ourselves in Manton Crescent which Sue told us was where Alan Sillitoe was born. Then we skirted round the western edge of the University to cross the A52 and enter Wollaton Park. A short detour up the hill was made so that we could see the magnificent oak tree on the top of Arbour Hill. We saw many of the resident deer whilst skirting round the western edge of the Park, where we also perched on a few fallen trees for our 11.00 stop. A short section of housing took us into the University Jubilee campus which was new territory for many members. We then went back to the University for lunch on the amphitheatre type steps by the lake. Refreshed, we crossed over to the Science Park and a small nature reserve with a lake. Then we walked back to the main University Lake to make a short detour up to Trent Building to see the ice age erratic stone. The final section was back to Sue’s house for a welcome drink, biscuits and cake. The group were obviously well energized after the Christmas break as what was originally planned as a 6 ½ mile walk was extended and measured to be 8 miles! Many thanks to Sue for an excellent walk and for her hospitality.

Hi All

Sorry about yet another email but now that I’ve got my brain a little more into gear after the Christmas/New Year period, I realized that I left out some information from my last email regarding the walk on Wednesday 6th January around the University area:-

Toilets are available in Wollaton Park and at the Arts Centre and, if you speak to her nicely, at Sue’s house at the end of the walk!

Please bring a packed lunch as we hope to stop at the Arts Centre where there are tables, shelter and, as mentioned above, toilets.

Hope to see you Wednesday.

Regards

Mike

Hi All

Just a second reminder about the combined Medium/Long walk on Wednesday 6th January 2016 (Happy new Year to you all!!) led by Sue Cotton. We shall meet at the Broadgate end of Peveril Road, Beeston opposite Sue’s drive at 09.30. The walk is about 6 1/2 miles around the University area. Sue has kindly invited all the walkers for tea and stickies at her house after the walk. Please let me know if you intend to join us if you have not already done so. Hope to see you on the day.

Regards

Mike

December 2015 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of each month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In September, due to very limited numbers and a forecast of appallingly bad weather, the long walk was postponed in favour of a pre-walk for a medium walk the following week.

What bad weather???? The reason of limited numbers for cancelling Win’s Long Walk around the Longshaw Estate / Padley Gorge was valid but the forecast appallingly bad weather did not arrive during the day. I used the day to pre-walk a route around Gotham for the Medium walk the following Thursday.

In October we tried again and Win led us on the 9 mile walk around the Longshaw Estate and Padley Gorge.

This second attempt on this walk, chosen by our leader Win, brought out 10 walkers in excellent weather. We started from the main car park on the Longshaw Estate, making our way towards the Grouse Inn and then on to Grindelford station. The gentle climb up to Hathersage Booths took to us to our lunch stop with splendid views across the valley to Eyam Moor. Refreshed, we descended to walk alongside the river Derwent and back to Upper Padley. The return to the Longshaw Estate via Padley Gorge was a bit more demanding on the lungs and muscles but tea and stickies al fresco at the National Trust Visitors’ Centre soon revived the group after their 9 mile walk. An excellent day thanks to Win!

Mike Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

Hi All,

The details for the next long walk are given below. Please let me know if you intend to join us. Hope to see you on Friday.

Regards,

Mike

Long walk, Friday 13th November
Lumsdale near Matlock 2015. Sue Cotton / Mike Allery

The walk is just less than 9 miles, with two or three wet and/or muddy patches which might be challenging after the recent rain! There is an initial short steep section with steps and handrails but most of the route is through undulating countryside with a moderate number of stiles. There are no toilets on route but plenty of trees!!! A pre-walk toilet stop in Matlock might be desirable! There are no pubs or tea and stickies shops on route so please bring your own.
We shall meet at Bramcote car park at 09.30 and travel to Matlock, which takes about 45 minutes. Parking is free on the road at the bottom of the hill in the hamlet below Lumsdale, grid reference SK 311600. Travel to the centre of Matlock, then go straight on as you cannot turn right over bridge. Continue round to roundabout on A6. Turn right back towards town centre and at the roundabout near the bridge go straight on following the A615 Alfreton Road. Approximately 1 mile from the bridge roundabout, there is a small road going left with street sign Lumsdale Road. Go down here for about ¼ mile until you reach a large Nation Farmers’ Union building on the left hand side. If you miss this exit off the A615, there is another left turn, signposted Lumsdale with street sign Smuse Lane, about ¼ mile further up the A615. Go down here for about 300 yds and turn sharp left at the fork where the first road (Lumsdale Road) joins it. I suggest we meet at a large Nation Farmers’ Union building on the first road near this junction before going back to the parking area. If all else fails, my mobile number is 07759 400966.
The walk starts from the hamlet and goes up through the mill ruins on Bentley Brook which is steep but only a few hundred yards (steps plus handrails). We then go on to Cuckoostone Dale and across to Palethorpe Farm round the edge of woods and across fields of grass to join Jaggers Lane at Rushley lodge. Then we have a pleasant country lane walk, eventually reaching Brockhurst where we turn back via Bottom Moor and Foxholes lane to Lumsdale. A rough map is  below.

Lumsdale 4

COMBINED MEDIUM AND LONG WALKERS’ WALK AND CHRISTMAS LUNCH. WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2015

Hi All,

Apologies if you have already received this information from Alan but not everyone is on both the U3A Medium and Long Walks address lists.

Following our enjoyable experience last year, the lunch is booked at the Hurt Arms Ambergate for 1.00 pm

The walk is about 5 miles starting from and finishing at the Hurt Arms car park. We have permission to park there. The walk goes through the woods along the west side of the river before turning south west up towards Alderwasley Park. Then we return south via the Midshires Way to Netherpark Farm. After a short walk along the road we turn down through the woods back to Ambergate.

A lot of the walk is on broad tracks or across fields of grass. There is one steep section of about 400 yards and another similar length along a winding path with some tree roots and a short muddy section. There are no toilets on the route, only at the pub. A rough copy of the route is attached.

Please let us know if you hope to join us. The Hurt arms have asked for £10 deposit/person about one week before the walk. Therefore, we would like to collect deposits during the next Long walk (Lumsdale) on Friday 13th November or during the next Medium walk on Wednesday 25th November . The Hurt Arms would also like to know what each person would like for a starter and main course. We have chosen to select from the Christmas Menu. Please let us know your choice of starter and main courses.

STARTING TIME 09.00 am AT BRAMCOTE CAR PARK so that we can start walking by about 10.15 and get back to the pub before 1.00 pm.

The Hurt Arms (grid ref: SK 348516) is at the junction between the A6 and the A610 at Ambergate and takes about 45 minutes from Bramcote.

Hope that you can join us,

Mike

Report on U3A Longshaw Walk

Hi All,

The previous attempt at this walk was well postponed due to limited numbers. This second attempt brought out 10 walkers in special weather chosen by our leader Win. We started from the main car park on the Longshaw Estate, making our way towards the Grouse Inn and then on to Grindelford station. The gentle climb up to Hathersage Booths took to us to our lunch stop with splendid views across the valley to Eyam Moor. Refreshed, we descended to walk alongside the river Derwent and back to Upper Padley. The return to the Longshaw Estate via Padley Gorge was a bit more demanding on the lungs and muscles but tea and stickies al fresco at the National Trust Visitors’ Centre soon revived the group after their 9 mile walk. An excellent day thanks to Win!

Regards,

Mike

U3A Long Walk Thursday 8th October

Hi All,

As I am on holiday most of next week, I am sending this information out earlier than usual. Please see below a copy of Win’s email giving details for her walk on Thursday 8th October. Please let me know if you intend to join us if you have not already done so.

Regards,

Mike

We start at the main car park of the Longshaw estate and walk thro the estate toward the Grouse Inn, down a wooded hillside to Nether Padley.

Walk on the road, (pavement) to Grindleford station and past Padley Chapel and across moorland to Hathersage Booth, very good views. A second short pavement walk and then again downhill to the Derwent River crossing, my guide says very carefully, over the railway line.

We will then be on the Derwent Way and make our way back to Grindleford and up Padley Gorge to re-enter the Longshaw estate.
The descent to the River Derwent is fairly steep in parts and the walk thro Padley Gorge is a steady climb.

There are toilets and a tea room at the Longshaw estate, NT, car parking free to members.

There are paying loos at the Grindleford station, worth visiting for their informative notices.

The walk is about 8 miles .

Meet at Bramcote Park at 9.00.

Report for cancelled U3A Long Walk 16/9/15

Hi All,

What bad weather???? The reason of limited numbers for cancelling Win’s Long Walk around the Longshaw Estate / Padley Gorge was valid but the forecast appallingly bad weather did not arrive during the day. I used the day to pre-walk a route around Gotham for the Medium walk this Thursday (Alan has already sent out the details for this walk). The only time I got wet was in the Bramcote car park talking to Alan whilst waiting to see if anyone turned up not knowing Win’s walk had been cancelled! Win has kindly agreed to revert to plan A and lead her walk on the original day, Thursday the 8th October. I hope to see you on either or both of these walks.

Regards,

Mike

U3A Christmas walk

Hi All,

Apologies to those of you who have already seen Alan’s note regarding the arrangements for the combined Medium and Long walkers Christmas walk and lunch. This note is just to ensure that everyone on the two groups is aware of the situation:-

The date for the walk/lunch is Wednesday 9th December. Alan and I have done a pre-walk of a 5 mile route and booked 25 to 30 in to the Hurt Arms for lunch. We shall send out more details nearer the event. This note is just to ensure that you have the date in your diary if you are interested in joining us.

Regards,

Mike

U3A long walk Wednesday 16th September

Hi All,

Further to my previous email, thank you to to all of you who responded quickly. We still have only 4 people definitely wanting to go on the walk with 14 having other commitments. In view of this and the forecast of appalling weather on Wednesday I am reluctantly cancelling this walk. Hopefully, Win will be able to lead it some other time when more people will be able to enjoy what is surely to be an excellent walk.

Regards,

Mike

14 September 2015

Hi All,

Having twisted Win’s arm to lead the walk this Wednesday to Longshaw Estate/Padley Gorge, we currently have a total of only 4 walkers (including Win). I am therefore thinking about cancelling the walk this week and saving it for another month. If you are intending to join us, please could you let me know asap. Regardless of whether we cancel the walk or not, I shall of course be at the meeting point at Bramcote car park at 09.00 in case anyone turns up without letting me know.

Regards,

Mike

September Walk 2015

Hi All,

Just as I was about to send you the details about David’s West Hallam walk next week, I received an email from him to say that unfortunately he had twisted his ankle and would not be able to lead the walk. Win has very kindly agreed to swap it with her walk around the Longshaw Estate/Padley Gorge area. I have attached her walk details below. Hope to see you Wednesday 16th September at Bramcote at 9.00.

Hi Mike, here is my walk for September

We start at the main car park of the Longshaw estate and walk thro the estate toward the Grouse Inn, down a wooded hillside to Nether Padley.

Walk on the road, (pavement) to Grindleford station and past Padley Chapel and across moorland to Hathersage Booth, very good views. A second short pavement walk and then again downhill to the Derwent River crossing, my guide says very carefully, over the railway line.

We will then be on the Derwent Way and make our way back to Grindleford and up Padley Gorge to re-enter the Longshaw estate.
The descent to the River Derwent is fairly steep in parts and the walk thro Padley Gorge is a steady climb.

There are toilets and a tea room at the Longshaw estate, NT, car parking free to members.

There are paying loos at the Grindleford station, worth visiting for their informative notices.

The walk is about 8 miles .

Meet at Bramcote Park at 9.00.

Regards,

Mike

September 2015 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of the each month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In June Judy C led 15 of us on a 9 ½ mile walk around Measham.
The weather was just about perfect, sunshine all day with a light breeze to keep us reasonably cool. After crossing a number of pleasant fields with barley waving in the breeze we stopped for elevenses near Normanton Le Heath. The pub at Packington was a welcome stop for lunch, especially as they allowed us to eat our own food in their pleasant garden. Then, after a few more fields, it was a quick scurry across the double roundabout at junction 12 on the M42 and into Willesly Wood. The wood was the usual navigation challenge of lots of paths but GPS devices came to the rescue! We returned to Measham via the outskirts of Oakthorpe with the crossing of the M42 easier on an over-bridge

In July Sue C and Mike led 5 of us on a 10 mile pre-walk around Matlock.
With the limited numbers, we decided to save the planned walk in Edale for a later date and instead do a pre-walk of a future walk through Lumsdale near Matlock. Although enjoyable, some wet grass and fern areas showed that it will be necessary to alter the route

In August Sue B and Anne P led us on an 8 ½ mile walk around Ticknall.
We started by going south along the side of the Calke estate and up to Pistern hill for fine views over the Trent valley. The fields, flower meadows and woodland broken by a short strolls through the outskirts of Smisby and Heath End made for a very pleasant walk in sunny weather. The final stretch back to Ticknall was via the Calke parkland.

Mike

Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

Hi All,

A belated report of our Ticknall walk on Tuesday 11th August 2015 sent from our rented holiday house in Le Touquet:-

Sue and Anne led fifteen of us and Ruby dog on an 8.5 mile walk starting at Ticknall village hall. From there we went south along the side of the Calke Abbey estate across pleasant fields and meadows. The only real climb of the walk was up Pistern hill with its excellent views over the Trent valley but we did have a short nibbles break beforehand to gird our loins. Then we descended to the attractive outskirts of Smisby village where we turned back north east to go through more flower meadows and woodland to the hamlet of Heath End. The final stretch was through Calke Abbey parkland and back to Ticknall. A very pleasant and sunny day, thanks to Sue and Anne.

Regards,

Mike

Ticknall Walk- Tuesday 11th August 2015

Meet at Bramcote Hills Park at 9.15am

Approx. 8.5 miles of moderate walking with gentle climbing. Several stiles; a few patches with brambles and nettles (so bare legs not recommended!); plus the occasional muddy bit.

Start from Ticknall Village Hall, where there is free parking as well as public toilets. No other public toilets on route.

Route:

From the car park, we walk close to the edges of the Calke Abbey estate, and then through fields and woodland, until climbing up to Pistern Hill, where there are good views across the Trent Valley. From here we cross farmland to Smisby village. The route then passes through farmland and wildflower meadows until we descend through attractive countryside and woodland into the hamlet of Heath End. We then continue until we reach Calke Abbey parkland and walk through the park back to Ticknall.

There is a teashop for after the walk based at Ticknall Village Store (see Facebook for menu).

If you would like to join us, please contact Sue Blackley (susanblackley@hotmail.com Tel: 07870971915)

Anne Pinnock and Sue Blackley

2015 LONG WALKS (updated 1/08/15)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Thur 15 Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock Ockbrook
FEB Mon 2 Sue Cotton Lea Bridge
MAR Wed 11 John Dubbury/Bernard Younger Youlgreave/Elton
APR Thur 9 Mike Allery Lathkill Dale
MAY Tue 12 Paddy Riley Beacon Hill/Bradgate Park
JUN Thur 11 Judy Couch Measham
JUL Wed 8 Mike Allery Lumsdale pre-walk
AUG Tue 11 Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock Ticknall
SEP Wed 16 David & Sandra Biggs ?
OCT Thur 8 Win Azzopardi ?
NOV Fri 13 Sue Cotton Lumsdale Matlock
DEC Wed 9 Alan Bailey / Mike Allery Christmas walk/lunch
2016 LONG WALKS (updated 1/08/15)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Wed 6 Sue Cotton University/Wollaton
FEB  ? ? Dorothy Bolton ?
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

1 July 2015

Hi All,

Here are the details of the Long Walk that I shall be leading next Wednesday, 8th July. As usual, the meeting point is Bramcote car park at 09.00 am. The starting point for the walk is the main car park (just inside the entrance) of Glenbrook Activity Centre on the north side of the Hope Road (A6187). There is a sign on the side of the main road at the entrance, which is about half way between Hathersage and Castleton. Map reference SK191828 or post code S33 0AL. The warden has kindly agreed to us using the car park and the toilet facilities. There are several suitable routes from Bramcote:- 1. Chesterfield and across country via Barlow to Hathersage. 2. Chesterfield, Baslow, Hathersage. 3. Matlock, Bakewell, Baslow, Hatersage.

The walk is fairly strenuous:- Just under 16 km (10 miles) with a total of 410 m (1350 feet) of ascent. From Glenbrook we walk west along the Hope Road (good path but A6187 has to be crossed) to Brough. Then it is due south over Abney Moor to Abney Grange, turning east at the road and on to Bretton and the highest pub in Derbyshire (toilet facilities if we give them some custom!). If the weather is reasonable, there is a bench near the pub where we can eat our packed lunches. Then we head north to Abney then north east over Offerton Moor to Offerton. Then it is back to Glenbrook via Shatton. I have attached a rough copy of a map of the walk below. Please let me know if you intend to join us. Any problems, my mobile number is 07759 400966. landline (0115) 9177150

I have also attached an updated version of the 2015 calendar, as Anne & Sue have reminded me that they had already chosen Tuesday 11th for their August walk in the Ticknall area.

 

2015 LONG WALKS (updated 1/07/15)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Thur 15 Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock Ockbrook
FEB Mon 2 Sue Cotton Lea Bridge
MAR Wed 11 John Dubbury/Bernard Younger Youlgreave/Elton
APR Thur 9 Mike Allery Lathkill Dale
MAY Tue 12 Paddy Riley Beacon Hill/Bradgate Park
JUN Thur 11 Judy Couch Measham
JUL Wed 8 Mike Allery Abney/Offerton Moor
AUG Tue 11 Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock Ticknall
SEP Wed 16 David & Sandra Biggs ?
OCT Thur 8 Win Azzopardi ?

Mike

26 June 2015

Hi All,

Please see below and in the attachment, the latest version of the calendar for Long Walks for 2015. I shall be leading the Wednesday July 8th walk through Abney and over Offerton moor and will send out the details in the next few days.

Regards,

Mike

2015 LONG WALKS (updated 24/06/15)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Thur 15 Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock Ockbrook
FEB Mon 2 Sue Cotton Lea Bridge
MAR Wed 11 John Dubbury/Bernard Younger Youlgreave/Elton
APR Thur 9 Mike Allery Lathkill Dale
MAY Tue 12 Paddy Riley Beacon Hill/Bradgate Park
JUN Thur 11 Judy Couch Measham
JUL Wed 8 Mike Allery Abney/Offerton Moor
AUG Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock Ticknall
SEP Wed 16 David & Sandra Biggs ?
OCT Thur 8 Win Azzopardi ?
NOV Sue Cotton Lumsdale Matlock
DEC Wed 9 Alan Bailey / Mike Allery Christmas walk/lunch

U3A Long Walk 11 June

Hi All

15 of us and Ruby dog were led on a 9 1/2 mile walk by Judy, starting at Measham. The weather was just about perfect, sunshine all day with a light breeze to keep us reasonably cool. After crossing a number of pleasant fields with barley waving in the breeze we stopped for elevenses near Normanton Le Heath. The only surprise was the large field of solar panels where we had to walk along fenced off corridors! The pub at Packington was a welcome stop for lunch, especially as they allowed us to eat our own food in their pleasant garden. Then after a few more fields it was a quick scurry across the double roundabout at junction 12 on the M42 and into Willesly Wood. The wood was the usual navigation challenge of lots of paths and not much in the way of unique details to relate to the map. Lots of GPS devices came to the rescue! We returned to Measham via the outskirts of Oakthorpe with the crossing of the M42 easier on an over-bridge. A very enjoyable day thanks to Judy. We have asked her to order the weather for all future walks!

Regards

Mike

June 2015 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of the each month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In March Anne & John led nine of us for 8 1/2 miles from Youlgrave.
The section through Bradford Dale was delightful with several types of water birds on the river. The open section beyond the dale was somewhat cooler in the fresh breeze. We were sheltered from this when we entered Gratton Dale but then had to contend with a great deal of energy sapping mud. Then we crossed a high plateau with large panoramic views even though the clouds had gathered and were producing some rain. The final section was down into the valley before the short steep climb back to the village.

In April Mike led seven of us for 8 ½ miles from Monyash down Lathkill Dale.
Lathkill Dale was wonderful in the warm sunshine with wild flowers, buzzards and trout in the river. In contrast to the deep dale, the second section on the Limestone Way gave us extensive views over the countryside. Steep stone steps down into Cale Dale had to be negotiated very carefully! Several of us made a short detour to some caves where the earliest human remains in the country had been found.

In May Paddy led eleven of us for 10 1/4 miles around The Leicestershire 3 peaks.
Starting at Woodhouse Eaves, we went through Swithland Wood before climbing the first bump to Old John Tower. The second summit was Broombriggs Hill and the final one was Beacon Hill. As it was a fine and sunny day, the extensive views from all three peaks were wonderful. The strong breeze on Beacon Hill reminded some of us of the “Sunrise” walk on Mam Tor!! In the valleys, the wild flowers and the trees in their various shades of spring green were a delight.

Mike Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

4 June 2015

The Long walk on Thursday June 11th is in the Measham area and will be led by Judy Couch. The following are her details of the route and directions for getting there:-

It is Explorer Map 245 and is about 9 miles. It is across fields and woodland and is relatively flat or undulating. We travel East from Measham across fields to Normanton Le Heath, then North West to Packington where we stop for lunch at the Pub. You can eat a packed lunch in the Garden. The route then goes West to Willersley Wood, South West to Oakthorpe and back to Measham. There are quite a few stiles to cross, some of which are quite high and there were Herefords and sheep in some of the fields when I did the recce, so dogs will have to be controlled.

From the M1 Junction 23A take the A42 to EXIT 12 passing Ashby on the way. It is signposted Measham. Take the Ashby Road into Measham and follow the car park signs turning left at the church. Follow the car park signs down Peggs Close. The car park is on the right and is free. There are toilets at Age UK on the High Street if you give them a small donation.

We can meet at 9.30am at Bramcote Park. It takes about 30-35 minutes to get there and we can aim to start at about 10.15am. I expect the walk to finish around 3.15pm.

2015 LONG WALKS (updated 4/06/15)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Thur 15 Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock Ockbrook
FEB Mon 2 Sue Cotton Lea Bridge
MAR Wed 11 John Dubbury/Bernard Younger Youlgreave/Elton
APR Thur 9 Mike Allery Lathkill Dale
MAY Tue 12 Paddy Riley Beacon Hill/Bradgate Park
JUN Thur 11 Judy Couch Measham
JUL Wed 8 Mike Allery Glenbrook/Offerton Moor
AUG
SEP Wed 16 John & Sandra Biggs ?
OCT
NOV
DEC Wed 9 Alan bailey / Mike Allery Joint Christmas walk/lunch

Long Walks Schedule 22 May 2015

Hi All,

Please see below the latest schedule of long walks. I’ll send out details of the Measham walk about one week before the date. Please note the change that I shall be leading the July walk rather than Sue Cotton. Any offers to lead walks August to November would be welcome.

Regards

 Mike

2015 LONG WALKS (updated 22/05/15)
MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
JAN Thur 15 Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock Ockbrook
FEB Mon 2 Sue Cotton Lea Bridge
MAR Wed 11 John Dubbury/Bernard Younger Youlgreave/Elton
APR Thur 9 Mike Allery Lathkill Dale
MAY Tue 12 Paddy Riley Beacon Hill/Bradgate Park
JUN Thur 11 Judy Couch Measham
JUL Wed 8 Mike Allery Glenbrook/Offerton Moor
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC Christmas walk/lunch

U3A Long Walk 12 May 2015

11 of us were ably lead by Paddy for 10 1/4 miles around The Leicestershire 3 peaks. Starting at Woodhouse Eaves, we went through Swithland Wood before climbing the first bump to Old John Tower. The second summit was Broombriggs Hill and the final one was Beacon Hill. As it was a fine and sunny day, the extensive views from all three peaks were wonderful. The strong breeze on Beacon Hill reminded some of us of the “Sunrise” walk on Mam Tor!! In the valleys, the wild flowers and the trees in their various shades of spring green were a delight. Many thanks to Paddy for an excellent walk.

Regards

Mike

Walk on 12 May 2015

Hi All

The next U3A Long Walk is on Tuesday 12 May. Paddy Riley will be leading us around the Woodhouse Eaves / Bradgate Park area. The details in U3A Long Walk 12 May 2015. We shall be meeting at Bramcote car park at 09.30 am.

Regards

Mike

Walk on 9 April 2015

Hi All

Seven walkers enjoyed this 8.5 mile walk with the weather almost as good as for my pre-walk. Lathkill Dale was wonderful in the warm sunshine with wild flowers, buzzards and trout in the river. However, on the concessionary path for one day a year we were asked to pay the princely sum of 1p per person by a member of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (I think?)!!! In contrast to the deep dale, the second section on the Limestone Way gave us extensive views over the countryside. A small kiosk selling home made ice cream provide us with a welcome and tasty break. Steep stone steps down into Cale Dale had to be negotiated very carefully! At the bottom, following the suggestion of the Wildlife Trust member, several of us made a short detour to some caves where the earliest human remains in the country had been found. On entering Monyash, it was interesting to see a large number of toads in the village pond doing what toads do in the spring! Finally, the café in the village centre was a very welcome watering hole for seven tired but happy walkers. An enjoyable day out.

Mike

U3A Long Walk 9th April

Hi All

April Walk

April Walk

I shall be leading our next long walk on Thursday 9th April to Monyash/Lathkill dale and return via the Limestone Way, a distance of 13.7 km (8 1/2 miles). As the journey takes about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, I suggest we meet at Bramcote car park at 09.00 am. The meeting point is outside the Bulls Head pub in the centre of Monyash. There is plenty of on-street parking and an official parking area just around the corner from the pub. A café adjacent to the pub is open all day until 5.00 pm and sells all sorts of food and drink and also has a toilet. I suggest if you would like to use the “facilities” you make a small purchase in the café as although there is a public convenience where we exit the village, it was locked! There are no other toilets on the route unless you try the public convenience half way round by making a short detour (uphill!!) to Over Haddon. I have not checked if this was open.

The top part of Lathkill Dale is a narrow rocky path but this soon opens out further down. There was a considerable amount of water in the river on our pre-walk but this was not an obstacle to walking. The total ascent is 245 m (800 feet). The climb out of the Dale is just a steady, moderately steep broad path. Then there is a falrly flat walk across the top with some fine views to join the Limestone Way. There are only a few patches of mud and only a modest number of stiles. The crossing of Cales Dale involves a steep descent down well positioned stone steps and the exit is a steep narrow path but this section is less than 200 m (600 feet). The café at Monyash on the return is very welcoming and has tables outside if the weather is good. Please bring a packed lunch and a drink.

If you intend to join us, please let me know so that we do not leave anyone behind. Let us hope that the weather was like it was for my pre-walk with a friend on Thursday 2nd April. Absolutely glorious!!

Regards

Mike

17 March 2015

Hi All

Apologies for this message being rather late and the fact that some of the Long Walkers might not have heard about Alan Bailey’s (Medium walks leader) proposed Mam Tor “Sunrise” walk. I have copied his suitably updated original e-mail below. The accommodation is in the form of bunk beds in five rooms in an old house. The split is 2×10, 2×4 and 1×2 beds, making a total possible of 30. You would need to bring either a sleeping bag or sheet and duvet. The house has full cooking and dining facilities so we will be able to do our own catering. I believe Alan has about 15 people expressing interest to date, which includes some Long Walkers. As a result of the proximity of the “Sunrise” walk to the Long Walk scheduled for Thursday 9th April (also a Medium Walk on 23 April), I and the walk leader Paddy Riley have decided to transfer the Long Walk to May. I hope this will not disappoint those Long Walkers who are not interested in the “sunrise” walk and would prefer a “normal” Long Walk.

As many of our two groups go on both the Long and Medium Walks, Alan and I are considering combining the two group address lists so that information about both types can be sent out to all in one e-mail. Any comments would be welcome.

Regards

Mike

Hi Everyone

The plan to walk to the summit of Mam Tor in time to watch the sun rise has become a practical proposition.

We are able, through Mike and Anne Allery, to book accommodation for 1 night at a Girl Guide’s Lodge just 4 miles from Mam Tor. The cost is £12-50 per person. This means we do not need to leave Nottingham at a too challenging time.

The proposal for the day is to ascend Mam Tor and spend a few ‘new age’ moments on the summit and then complete a medium length walk and return to the lodge and cook brunch or some simple hot sandwiches.

The dates are the 13th to 14th (Tuesday, walk day) of April when sunrise is 6-06 am. This time still means we would be getting up quite early in the lodge, perhaps 5-00 am. I think its about 25 minutes to the summit.

If you are interested in coming on the walk, please let Alan know ( alanbailey@virginmedia.com ) asap. Mike and I can then make the arrangements. Mike ( mushnpuss@gmail.com ) can give you further details about the accommodation if required.

Regards

Alan

11 February 2015

Hi Long Walkers

Thanks to Anne and John Dubbury for a very enjoyable 8 1/2 mile walk today. We started from Youlgrave anxious to get as much of the route completed before the expected rain caught up with us. The section through Bradford Dale was delightful with several types of water birds on the river. The open section beyond the dale was somewhat cooler in the fresh breeze. We were sheltered from this when we entered Gratton Dale but then had to contend with a great deal of energy sapping mud. Then we crossed a high plateau with large panoramic views even though the clouds had gathered and were producing some rain. The final section was down into the valley before the short steep climb back to the village. In spite of some rain, a very enjoyable day, thanks to Anne and John.

Mike

11 March 2015 Walk

The walk on Wednesday 11 March is 8.5 miles from Youlgreave Derbyshire. Starting from the church in Youlgreave the route is along Bradford Dale, past Lowfields Farm, then up Gratton Dale. Then across to Elton, past Cliff Farm and join the Limestone Way back into Youlgreave.
Gratton Dale is very muddy so I would suggest everyone brings a walking pole.
There are toilets at the beginning of the walk but none on the way around. There is also a pub at the end of the walk for beer/tea/coffee/food.
Suggest we meet at Bramcote Park at 9-15 am as it is an hour’s drive to Youlgreave.

28 February 2015

Please see below the 2015 list of long walks to date. I’ll send out the details of the March walk as soon as I have them. Mike

MONTH DAY DATE LEADER PLACE
January Thursday 15 Sue Blackley/Anne Pinnock Ockbrook
February Monday 2 Sue Cotton Lea Bridge
March Wednesday 11 John Dubbury/Bernard Younger To be announced
April Thursday 9 Paddy Riley Beacon Hill/Bradgate Park
May
June Thursday 11 Judy Couch Measham
July Wednesday 8 Sue Cotton Mam Tor

March 2015 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet in the early part of the each month but avoiding the first week during which the U3A Open meeting is held. The actual day is chosen by the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk Group also walk with the Medium walkers who arrange their walks for the later part of each month! We are a very friendly Group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In November Sue Cotton, Anne and Mike Allery, led a walk from Creswell Crags in poor weather. 12 walkers and 1 dog started from the Visitors’ Centre, went past all the caves around the lake and onto the Robin Hood way round to Holbeck village. Sue pointed out the tunnels where the reclusive Duke of Newcastle used to ride his carriage from the house to the lake without being seen. The return was via Manor Hills Wood, Oak Wood and across fields to Belph.

In December Rob and Peter, led 25 combined Long and Medium Walkers on a circular walk from Ambergate via Chase Cliff and Crich. Apart from a little rain, the morning was clear and sunny with good views. Afterwards, 27 of us enjoyed lunch at the Hurt Arms. Mike Allery, who was taking over as Long Walk leader, thanked Judy for her excellent leadership from the very start of Beeston U3A and presented her with a John Lewis gift voucher from the members of the combined groups.

In January Anne and Sue led 18 of us plus 1 dog on a circular route from the Church at Ockbrook via Spondon, Locko Park and Dale Hills valley. Sue told us interesting facts about the Moravian settlement and Locko Hall. The lunch stop was at Hollies Farm. In February Sue Cotton kindly stepped in at short notice to take a select 6 members around a circular route from Lea Bridge via Riber, Dethick and Wakebridge. Much of the walk was in a light covering of snow. The cold weather kept us moving to keep warm but also had the benefit of keeping all the mud frozen hard!

Mike Tel 9177150 mushnpuss@gmail.com

1 February 2015

Hi Long Walkers

SAM_2377February’s walk was led by Sue Cotton who kindly stepped in at short notice to take a select 6 members around an 8 1/2 mile circular route from Lea Bridge via Riber, Dethick and Wakebridge. Much of the walk was in a light covering of snow as can be seen in the attached photographs. The man in white is not one of the group!! The cold SAM_2378weather kept us moving to keep warm but also had the benefit of keeping all the mud frozen hard. Luckily, there was hardly any wind. Coffee stop at Riber was conveniently taken on two public benches. Unfortunately, on arriving at the church at Dethick for lunch, we found that two other walkers had already bagged the one and only bench. Not to worry, our intrepid leader led us to the front door of the church where all 6 of us managed to be seated on the steps. Both stops were short due to the low temperature!! After the return to Lea bridge, 4 of us drove to the bridge at Whatstandwell for hot drinks and toasted teacakes in the fairly new Family Tree café. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Sue for an enjoyable walk.

Mike

27 January 2015

Hi All

pologies for lateness of information.

Long walk Monday 2nd February. Leader Sue Cotton. Lea Bridge/Riber/Dethick/Wakebridge. 13.6 km (8.5 miles). Meet at Bramcote car park at 9.15. Parking on road next to Smedleys factory at lea Bridge. Some mud and a few stiles. Packed lunch required. Mid morning stop at Riber. Lunch stop at Dethick. No toilets on route!

If you intend to join us please let me (Mike) know either by e-mail or ‘phone Landline 9177150 or mobile 07759 400966

Hope to see you

Regards

Mike

21 January 2015

Hi All,

As February is rapidly approaching, there is not a lot of time to undertake a pre-walk. Therefore, Sue Cotton has kindly offered to lead a walk which she knows well and has done very recently. However, due to other commitments, Sue can only manage Monday 2nd February. Unfortunately, this is rather soon after the medium walk and the same week as the U3A Open Meeting. I’m hoping to be a bit more organized for future walks!!

Monday 2nd February:- The circular walk of about 8 miles is from Lea Bridge between Whatstandwell and Cromford via Riber and Dethick. I’ll send out more details nearer the time but I just wanted you to be able to get the date in your diaries. Other dates for you to note are:-

Wednesday 11th March. John Dubbury and Bernard Younger will be leading a Long Walk as yet unspecified.

Thursday 11th June. Judith Couch will be leading a 9 mile walk around Measham.

Any other offers to lead walks would be very welcome.

Regards,

Mike

17 January 2015

Hi Long Walkers,

A magnificent turnout of 18 walkers plus Ruby dog for this first walk of the New Year. This might have been due to feeling it necessary to walk off all the excesses of the Christmas period! Anne and Sue led us on a circular route which Memory Map showed was 12.7 km in “Mickey Mouse” units or just short of 8 miles in real money. We started from the Church at Ockbrook and soon afterwards heard from Sue about the history of the Moravian settlement on the outskirts of the village. Then we walked across the fields, through the edge of Spondon and on to Locko Park, where Sue told us about the building of Locko Hall in the 1720s and other interesting facts about the site. The lunch stop was at Hollies Farm, where the owners kindly allowed us to eat our own food on the picnic tables. We returned to Ockbrook via the Dale hills valley. In spite of the weather forecast not being too good, we only had to suffer one short heavy downpour. The mud everywhere was something else!! Its depth and stickiness was certainly enhanced by the heavy rain the previous night! Thanks to Sue and Anne for an interesting walk to start the New Year.

I have had a few offers to lead walks during the year (keep them coming) and will send out details as soon as I have them.

Regards,

Mike

8 January 2015

Hi All,

Happy New Year.

Just another gentle reminder of the next Long Walk on Thursday 15th January. See U3A Long Walk Thursday 15th January 2015

This is the only walk in the pipeline for 2015. I have had several members who have offered to lead walks but I would like to confirm them. Any other offers of walks plus suitable months would be very welcome!
A few suggestions:-

A number of the group members like to take advantage of both the long and medium walks. As the latter are usually in the last week of the month, it seems sensible to have the Long walks in the second week of the month. This would give an even spread of available walks to members and avoid the U3A open meeting week.

Most people have regular days of the week when they have other commitments. As Judy has said in the past, although it is the walk leader’s privilege to choose a convenient day, it would be good, where possible, to vary the day each month. The last four walks were on Wed, Thur, Wed and Thur. The January 2015 walk is scheduled for a Thursday.

As it is always nice to walk in new areas, see Long Walks To Date, a list of most of the long walks the group have undertaken since we started in 2011. I’m not suggesting that we should avoid revisiting these area in the future but it might help you to select pastures new!.

Once again, if you do not wish to receive e-mails regarding Long Walks, please let me know.

Waiting for the offers to flood in!!!

Regards,

Mike Allery

26 December 2014

Hi All,
I hope all of you have had a happy Christmas and are looking forward to U3A walks in the new year. The next Long Walk is on Thursday 15th January. This will around the Ockbrook area and led by Sue Blackley and Anne Pinnock. The details are below. If you would like to join us, please let Sue Blackley know by phone or email: susanblackley@hotmail.com 0115 925 0235. I’ll send out another reminder nearer the date.

U3A Long Walk Thursday 15th January 2015

Mike Allery

11 December 2014

Hi, Walkers!

I am under pressure to complete my report tonight as I obviously have a reputation to live up to!

Many thanks to Rob for leading the walk this morning, ably assisted by Peter Lyons as the backstop. There were 25 walkers and the weather was kind, especially when you see what’s happening in the rest of the country! The walk (of less than 5 miles) started along the canal before heading up into Crich via Chase Cliff. Apart from a little rain, the morning was clear and sunny with good views. Fortunately it was not icy or the steps down the Tors into Crich would have been treacherous. It was muddy across the fields to Fritchley but that is to be expected at this time of year.
27 of us enjoyed lunch at the Hurt Arms afterwards. The food was very good although the service was a bit slow. It was, however, good to have a big table in the dining room so that everyone could sit together and chat. Thank you to Dorothy for the delicious Christmas truffles!

Thank you so much to Mike Allery for his kind words and for taking over as Long Walk leader. I know that the group will go from strength to strength in his capable hands (and feet) and he will be able to tell you exactly how far you have walked, how high and how long you stayed over lunch! Thank you all for the John Lewis voucher. It is very generous of you all and will come in very handy when we move.

The next walks are as follows:
• Thursday, 15th January, 2015 – Sue Blackley & Anne Pinnock
• Wednesday, 28th January – medium walk

I’ll let you know when we sell our house and the result of the x-rays on my hip and knee! I need to be sensible and get it sorted properly as I am missing the walks already!

Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy new year!

Best wishes
Judy (Retired Long Walk leader!)

9 December 2014

Hi, Walkers!
Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday. We have 25 walkers and 27 eaters!
Bill & I have decided not to walk. Bill is recovering from pneumonia and I dare not walk more than 3 miles until I get the results of my hip & knee x-ray.
I will bring Rob and Pam Short to Bramcote Park but would be grateful if they could have a lift to the Hurt Arms with someone else.
Rob will be looking for a volunteer to backstop and to wear the high viz jacket!
See you on Thursday!
Judy

Hi, Long & Medium walkers!

There will be 27 of us eating at the Hurt Arms on Thursday! I enclose the list of food you have all ordered. If you are unable to join us on the 11th, please phone the pub asap and you should get your deposit back. Cancellations on the day may lose their deposit! The telephone number is 01773 852006. Bill Taylor is eating with us but is not walking. I may not walk. It all depends on the results of my X-ray today!

Details of the walk
Meeting place:
• Bramcote Park at 9.15am. (It takes about half an hour from there)
• The Hurt Arms, Ambergate Car Park . 9.45am ready to start walking at 10.00am.

The walk:
• Circular walk of less than 5 miles, starting along the Cromford Canal, up into Crich, across to Fitchley and back to the pub.
• There are a few stiles and some stone steps which could be slippery if icy or muddy.
• We need to cross the A6 twice, so Rob (leader) and myself (backstop) will wear high viz jackets!

Coffee Stop
• The coffee stop will be on the banks (with good views if clear!) just before Fritchley.

Loos:
• The pub does not open until 12, so we cannot access their loos before the start of the walk.
• The nearest loos are probably in the Sainsbury’s after Codnor.

Mud!:
• Is to be expected at this time of year!
• I will take a change of trousers!

Meal:
• We have ordered the food for 12.45 – 1.00pm.
• Please pay your own bill, less £5 deposit.
• Puddings (if wanted) can be ordered on the day

Let’s hope it’s dry day! Looking forward to seeing you all.
Best wishes
Judy (Long Walk Leader until the end of this month!)

December 2014 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well, especially with the tram works! Many of us in the Long Walk group also walk with the Medium walkers! We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

In August Bill Taylor led a walk for both groups. 13 of us plus 1 dog met at the Ladybower Dam on the Derwent Reservoir. It was a steep climb up to Derwent Edge but worth it for the fabulous views. The weather was perfect and the heather looked vivid purple in the sunshine. The spectacular rock formations on the top provided welcome shelter from the wind when we had our coffee and our lunch. The descent was very hard on arthritic knees but, what goes up has to come down! Many thanks to Bill for a really super walk.

In September, Sandra & David Biggs took us to Alderwasley, near Ambergate. 13 of us set off along the Midshires Way. We had our coffee on an amazing bench formed from the trunks of 4 trees. We should have had spectacular views but it was, sadly, rather misty. The excellent Bear Inn did us proud with a “Lite Bite Lunch” and it was hard to get walking again after that! The leaves were starting to turn on the trees and we saw a lot of late wildflowers and blackberries. Many thanks to David & Sandra for a lovely walk in an area that most of us had not walked before.

In October, Margaret & Alan Beale took 11 of us along Curbar Edge. Unfortunately it was misty so we did not have the spectacular views we had hoped for but we could appreciate the lovely autumn colours and the heather turning brown. We sheltered among the rocks to have our coffee as it was raining but it had dried up enough to have our lunch on White Edge. We could hear deer rutting in the distance and saw some of them marking out their territory. It was a fairly steep and rocky climb to the Grouse Inn where we enjoyed a drink and a warm by the fire. Thank you to Alan & Margaret for a most enjoyable walk in spite of the weather.

The members of the Long Walking group have all been shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely death of David Hurworth, one of our founder members. Those of us who were able to attend his funeral were extremely moved by the fact that Margaret had decided to use David’s walking boots as the basis of her floral tribute to him. We decided to call the September walk the David Hurworth Memorial Walk in his honour.

Judy judylloyd@talktalk.net Tel; 928 5467

1 December 2014

Hi All,

You have probably heard that Judy Lloyd is stepping down from being U3A Long Walks leader after the Christmas walk/lunch this year. This will be a hard act to follow but I shall do my best as leader from the new year. In recognition of Judy’s excellent leadership, we have started a collection for her. It would be good to be able to present her with something during the Christmas lunch but time is short. The only other event before that is the Open meeting on Thursday 4th December. In view of this, we suggest that we give Judy some sort of gift voucher so that she can choose what she would like. If you would like to make a donation and will be at the open meeting, please give it to me or to my wife Anne. If you will not be at the open meeting but intend to join us for the Christmas walk/lunch, could you let me know by e-mail ( mushnpuss@gmail.com ) or by ‘phone (0115 9177150) how much you would like to donate so that we can add it to the total and collect it from you on the day, Thursday 11th December. If you are not coming to either the open meeting or the walk.lunch but would still like to make a donation, please send it by post to 53 Penrhyn Crescent, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 5PA or ‘phone me to arrange a mutually convenient meeting time/place. Apologies for such a complicated message but as I mentioned above, time is short! If you have already donated, thank you very much.

Both Alan Bailey, the new leader of the Medium Walks group, and I are taking the changeover of leaderships to do some housekeeping of the group memberships. If, for any reason, you do not wish to be kept on the e-mailing address list please let me know ( mushnpuss@gmail.com ) so that you will not be bothered by future e-mails.

Regards,

Mike Allery

28 November 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

When Rob and I went to the Hurt Arms, we decided NOT TO ORDER FROM THEIR Christmas menu, as we thought you might not want 2 courses and you may be sick of rich food.

However, some of you have ordered from the Christmas menu and I thought it only fair to let all of you see it before I place the final order on 4th December! See Hurt Arms Christmas Flier and Hurt Arms Food Order – 11th December

So, if you are happy with what you have ordered, there is no need to contact me!

If you would prefer to order from the Christmas menu (2 courses for £13.95), please let me know before 4th December.

Thank you! This should avoid a riot on the day!

Best wishes

Judy

27 November 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Many thanks to Sue Cotton, ably assisted by Anne & Mike Allery, for leading an excellent walk yesterday in miserable weather. 12 walkers and 1 dog started from the Visitors’ Centre at Creswell Crags, past all the caves around the lake and onto the Robin Hood way round to Holbeck village. It was cold and damp so a warm, a hot drink and a loo stop were much enjoyed in the Welbeck Lime House cafe! Sue pointed out the tunnels where the reclusive Duke of Newcastle used to ride his carriage from the house to the lake without being seen. Lunch was on some large logs next to South Lodge. The afternoon walk took us through Manor Hills Wood up to Oak Wood and across fields to Belph and back to the Visitors’ centre. Unfortunately, as it was so wet and misty, we did not get the views we had hoped for. Thank you Sue (and Anne & Mike) for a very interesting walk.

Our next walks are as follows:
Thursday, 11th December – Christmas walk and lunch (Judy & Rob Lloyd) – For Long & Medium walkers – Hurt Arms, Ambergate
Thursday, 15th January, 2015 – Sue Blackley & Anne Pinnock
Wednesday, 28th January – medium walk

As you know, Alan Bailey is taking over the organising of the medium walks in January and we would like to thank Bill Taylor for all his lovely walks.

I am delighted to tell you that Mike Allery is taking over the organising of the Long walks from me in January and I am very grateful to Mike for finding someone to take over his Family History Group so that he can do it. I know the walks will flourish in his capable hands/feet! We still haven’t sold the house but I am relieved to hand over to Mike especially as my knee and hip are becoming very painful and an x-ray on 5th December may show that I need surgery sooner rather than later!

We have 25 members joining us for the meal at the Hurt Arms on 11th December, so that is great! Bill & Pat Taylor are eating with us but not walking as Bill is still recovering from the after effects of pneumonia.

Please let me have your food order and £6 (£5 deposit & £1 tip) by the 4th December at the latest. I will be at the U3A Christmas meeting on the 4th.

Best wishes
Judy (Long walk leader)

Hi Walkers!
We are leading a morning walk on Thursday, 11th December, followed by lunch at the Hurt Arms, Ambergate.
Please let me have your menu choice (main course , baguette or jacket potato. Click on Menu) and a cheque for £6 per person (£5 deposit and £1 tip) by the 4th December at the latest.
A quick reply just to say if you are coming would be much appreciated! I can chase you up for your menu choice and money!
We can recommend the chicken, mushroom, leek and stilton pie and the steak & ale pie!
We can order puddings on the day!
I hope you can join us.
Best wishes
Judy (Long Walk leader)

9 November 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Mike Allery has kindly sent me the details of Sue Cotton’s Long walk on Wednesday, 26th November. Click on U3A Cresswell Walk for details. Please contact Mike if you intend to join us as I think Mike looks regularly at his e-mails and Sue does not!

Rob I are leading the shorter walk for the Long & medium walkers on Thursday, 11th December. We will leave the cars at the Hurt Arms in Ambergate and return there for our lunch. I need to know rough numbers asap and I will require a deposit of £5 per person. If you could let me have a cheque for £6 per person, that will include £1 tip. I will be on Alan’s medium walk on the 13th and Sue’s long walk on the 26th. You could also pay me at the Open Meeting on the 4th but we will have to let the pub have the deposit and menu choice that day.

Hope this is OK with everybody. I will send out the menu on a separate e-mail.

Best wishes

Judy

14 October 2014

Many thanks to Margaret & Alan Beale for leading an excellent walk today. 11 of us started from the Haywood National Trust Car Park at Frogatt and carefully crossed over the road to walk along Curbar Edge. Unfortunately we did not have the spectacular views we had hoped for as it was extremely misty and wet but we could appreciate the lovely autumn colours and the heather turning brown. . We sheltered amongst the rocks to have our coffee as it was raining. It brightened up a bit in the afternoon as we climbed up to White Edge where we had our lunch. We could hear rutting deer in the distance and then we witnessed several stags marking out their territory and protecting their lady friends! It was a fairly steep and rocky climb down to the Grouse Inn where we all enjoyed a drink and a warm before they closed the pub at 3.00pm. Thank you Margaret & Alan for a most enjoyable walk inspite of the weather. Thank you Alan for your regular “catch up “ stops, your pointing out the water spout at Chatsworth and for being such a kind and considerate walk leader, especially to those of us at the back!

Our next walks are as follows:
• Tuesday, 28th October – Bill’s medium walk
• Thursday, 13th November – Alan Bailey is leading a medium walk
• Wednesday, 26th November – Sue Cotton (North Notts around Creswell)
• Thursday, 11th December – Christmas walk and lunch (Judy & Rob Lloyd) – For Long & Medium walkers – Hurt Arms, Ambergate (Menu to follow!)
• January – Sue Blackley & Anne Pinnock

Alan Bailey is taking over the organising of the medium walks in January and I am looking for someone to take over the Long Walks as we are moving away from Nottingham!

I will explain in a separate e-mail but I would be very grateful for someone to take over the co-ordination of the Long walks. It is not too onerous! I will bring the list of monthly walks to the December walk so you can sign up for walks next year. The walk leader has to get the details of the walk from the next leader and then send an e-mail to all the Long Walkers. I then send a “thank you” and a resume after each walk and a list of the walks that are planned in the future. I also send it to Steve Austin so we keep updated on the U3A website. I then use my monthly resumes as the basis for my report for the U3A newsletter. Simples!
I look forward to hearing from someone!
Best wishes
Judy (Long walk leader)

30 September 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Many of you will have received Bill’s e-mail, giving dates of the walks.

Incase you did not receive it, please note the following:
Thursday, 15th October – Long walk with Alan Beale going to Froggatt and the Edges
Tuesday, 28th October – Medium walk.
Thursday ,13th November – Alan Bailey will leading this medium length walk
Wednesday, 26th November – Sue Cotton will lead the Long Walk around Creswell
Thursday, 11th December. Judy & Rob Lloyd will lead a short walk before our Christmas lunch. This is for both long and medium walking groups. Details and menu choice to follow.
• January – Long walk – Sue Blackley & Anne Pinnock

Alan Bailey is taking over the organisation of the Medium walks. Thanks to him and a big “thank you” to Bill for all the excellent walks he has led for us over the last 3 years!

See you soon!

Best wishes

Judy (Long Walk Leader)

24 September 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Here are the details of Alan & Margaret Beale’s Long Walk on Wednesday, 15th October. Click on Wednesday 15 October The Edges Walk

Please let Alan know if you intend to walk with us. His e-mail address is alanbeale.associates@ntlworld.com

I will let you know the dates of the November & December walks asap.

If you have not already done so, can you please let me know if you prefer Tuesday 9th December or Thursday, 11th December for the shorter walk and lunch. (The Thursday has more votes so far!)

Judy (Long Walk leader)

18 September 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!
This was the first time we had met as a group since David’s untimely death and we talked about him a lot. We decided to call this walk the David Hurworth Memorial walk in his honour.

Many thanks to Sandra & David Biggs for leading a super 8 mile walk yesterday, 17th September. 13 of us began the walk at a lay-by south of Alderwasley and set off along the Midshires Way towards Nether Park Farm and into Beggars Well Woods. We then headed up through Shining Wood before turning south towards Alderwasley Hall School. We had our coffee on an amazing bench formed from the trunks of 4 trees. We should have had spectacular views but it was, sadly, rather misty! From there we went past Wigwell Mill and around Long Wood before turning south towards Alderwasley. The excellent Bear Inn did us proud with a ”Lite Bite Lunch” of 2 meals for £10 and it was hard to get walking again after that! We saw lots of animals on our walk and had to keep an eye on a bull as we crossed one field and had to move cows away from stiles so that we could cross another! The leaves were starting to turn on the trees and we saw a lot of late wildflowers and blackberries. Thank you to Sandra & David for a lovely walk in an area that many of us had not walked before.

Our next walks are as follows:
• Wednesday, 24th September – Bill’s Medium Walk
• Wednesday, 15th October – Alan Beale (Froggatt Edge)
• November – Sue Cotton (North Notts around Creswell)
• December – Christmas walk and lunch (Judy & Rob Lloyd) – For Long & Medium walkers
• January – Sue Blackley & Anne Pinnock

Rob & I are planning the December walk. We’ll avoid Wednesdays as we’ve had a lot of those recently! What about Tuesday 9th December or Thursday, 11th?

As Bill is wanting to step down from leading the medium walk group, it has been suggested to me that, in view of the fact that most of us do the Long & Medium walks, we could amalgamate and alternate the length of the walks each month. I have not discussed this with Bill but perhaps we could talk it through on walks over the next few months. My knees are certainly not very good these days so shorter walks do appeal but :
• I know some of you like a long walk and we do not want to stop this after we have been so successful over the last 3 years
• Much as I enjoyed the meal yesterday, we must not let the pub become more important than the walk!

I would welcome your views on dates in December and how to run the group in future. As my knees are bad, perhaps now is the time for me to “step down” and someone else to take over so that I don’t feel guilty when I decide not to do the Long walks.

Best wishes
Judy (Long walk leader)

September 2014 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well, especially with the tram works! Many of us in the Long Walk group also join Bill Taylor on his Medium walks!

In May, nine walkers and one dog braved the weather forecast and walked eight miles from Ilam Hall, through Dovedale & Milldale and then back across the hilltops to the grounds of Ilam Hall. The fields and hedgerows were full of May blossom, cow parsley and wild garlic plus plenty of lambs. The Milldale refreshment kiosk provided welcome hot Cornish pasties and drinks to walkers who had not taken a packed lunch. Many thanks to Anne Pinnock & Sue Blackley for leading a lovely walk with no rain!

In June, twelve of us travelled through Leek and parked near the Gradbach Youth Hostel (now closed!) It was a long way to drive but well worth it for the wonderful views and the amazing Lud’s Church which is a large “crack” in the rock with fabulous formations, giant ferns and beautiful moss! We had lunch at the micro-brewery at Danebridge before walking back through Wincle, Wildboarclough and back to Gradbach. We saw lots of wild flowers, lambs and calves and heard curlews and skylarks. It was quite a strenuous walk but most enjoyable. Many thanks to Anne & Mike Allery for leading it.

In July, only five plus one dog turned out to walk up Mam Tor from Castleton. The ascent of Cave Dale was challenging, passing Peveril Castle. After the dale, the walk continued into open country and the Limestone Way. The walk to the summit of Mam Tor is made easier by a well maintained stone path. The summit was crowded but walkers enjoyed a rest there and views of the Pennine Way, Edale, Kinder Scout and Castleton. A teashop in Castleton provided a great end to a good walk. Many thanks to Alan Bailey and David Hurworth for organising it.

Future walks will take us to Ladybower and Frogatt Edge. We are very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

Judy judylloyd@talktalk.net Tel; 928 5467

21 August 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Please see below the details of the next Long Walk. Rob & I are hoping to be there – it all depends on medical advice and my knees!

Happy 75th Birthday to Bill Taylor for Monday! You put us all to shame , Bill!

Good luck to Maggie on the Great Wall of China!

Best wishes

Judy (Long walk leader)

Long Walk Wednesday September 17th

With far reaching views across Derbyshire, this 8 mile walk is mainly across rolling farm and pasture land offering the opportunity for fairly easy strolling without serious ascents or descents, although there are a few stiles. We begin the walk from a lay by south of Alderwasley, (/ˌælərzˈliː/ al-ərz-lee) setting off along the Midshires Way towards Netherpark Farm and into Beggars Well Woods. We then head up through Shining Cliff Woods and on past Alderwasley Hall School From there we go past Wigwell Mill and around Long Wood before turning south towards Alderwasley. Shortly after Alderwasley we come to the Bear Inn. The Bear does an excellent lite bite lunch at 2 for £10 – see menu attached. The fish and chips were great and saves carrying a packed lunch. A warm dry lunch for a fiver versus sitting outside with sandwiches, and chancing the weather, seems like a good idea to us.
After lunch we follow a mix of fields and quiet lanes to return to our cars.
We need to confirm food numbers on the day and would appreciate an indication of your intentions before we set off so I can ring the pub.
Meet at Bramcote Hills Park 9:15 – approx. 45 mins to start of walk. No loos until the Bear Inn but we do go through quite a lot of woodland.

Lay By grid ref SK 32334 51411 opposite Palerow Lane.
My contact details are: davidjohnbiggs@aol.com mobile 07779027310

Best regards

David

20 August 2014

Many thanks to Bill Taylor for leading a super 8 mile walk yesterday, 19th August, for all Long and Medium walkers. 13 of us plus 1 dog met at the Ladybower Dam on the Derwent Reservoir. It was a steep climb up to Derwent Edge but well worth it for the fabulous views! The weather was perfect and we could see Win and Lose Hills, Mam Tor and the Kinder Plateau. The hills were covered in heather which looked vivid purple in the sunshine. Walking high (up to 1,000 metres) above the River Derwent, the rock formations are spectacular and provided welcome shelter from the wind when we had coffee and our lunch. Ruby saw and chased a hare as we made our way across the new stone path which is being put there to prevent any more erosion to the peat. . The descent was very hard on arthritic knees but, what goes up has to come down! Many thanks to Bill for a really super walk.

Forthcoming walks
• Wednesday – 17th September – Sandra & David Biggs
• Wednesday – 15th October – Alan Beale (Froggatt Edge)
• November – vacancy!
• December – Christmas walk and lunch (Judy & Rob Lloyd)
• January – vacancy!

Thank you for your concern after Rob’s cycling accident. He went to the fracture clinic again yesterday and they are pleased with his progress but no physio yet as his bones are not completely healed. However, they have said he can try driving again so that will be a big help to me, especially going to Dorset this weekend and making regular visits to see our new little granddaughter, Maisie Grace, who was born (2 weeks early!) on 13th August.

Best wishes

Judy (Long walk leader)

21 July 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Many thanks to Alan Bailey and David Hurworth for leading the Long Walk up Mam Tor on Wednesday, 16th July. Here is Alan’s report:-

‘’The ‘short but iconic’ long walk also turned out to be a walk for a small group. 5 people plus Ruby, Bernard’s dog, turned up at Bramcote Park for the walk. The journey to Castleton took about 1 1/2 hours so we were kitted up and heading to the start by 10-45. Castleton itself is a bit of a tourist trap, but with history stretching back to Norman times it’s worth a visit. The castle was built shortly after the Norman Conquest by William Peveril, William the Conqueror’s illegitimate son. It is one of the earliest stone-built castles in the country. Weekends may be a bit busy, but on our visit, it was fine. There is much to see around Castleton with goods walks aplenty. The scenery is mixed because at Castleton the shales and gritstone of the Dark Peak and the limestone plateau of the White Peak meet. The Blue John mines are evidence of the areas extensive mining heritage.

The walk began by ascending Cave Dale, just a few minutes from the town car park. Its quite strange to find that such a deep sided dale has its entrance almost in the centre of Castleton at its Market Place site. You step off tarmac and are on rough limestone within a few yards. The ascent of Cave Dale, which took about 45 minutes, was challenging but everybody made good progress passing under Peveril Castle high on the right just a few yards from the entrance to the Dale. After the Dale, the walk continued on open grassland until we came to a junction with the Limestone Way. Here we turned right and began the walk towards Mam Tor. When it finally comes into view one’s first reaction is ‘ops!’, can I get up that. Well everyone did, although one member of our party admitted afterwards that they nearly took the easier downhill route that passes by the caverns, for which Castleton is so famous for.

The walk up to the summit of Mam tor is made easier by a well maintained (by the National Trust) stone path all the way to the summit. The summit was crowded with people of all ages, some much younger than us and some, I think older. We spent some time on the summit taking in the views of the Pennine Way, Edale, Kinder Scout and the overview of Castleton. The only blot on the landscape was the Hope cement works. I find it disappears if you think of it as a piece of modern art rather than a factory. From the summit we took a long downhill walk on a stone path before turning onto rougher ground into Castleton. We were very lucky to find a tea shop, the Ramblers Rest, just off the main road. It was quiet and provided a rest of around 45 minutes that was a great end to a good walk in near perfect weather. I frightened the owner when I asked if she could cope with 5 hungry walkers, she heard could she cope with 5 hundred!

Forthcoming walks
• Thursday, 24th July – Bill’s medium Walk
• Tuesday, 19th August – Bill’s walk for Long & medium walkers (Ladybower) I have the details and will send them out soon!
• Wednesday, 17th September – Sandra & David Biggs
• Mid October – Alan Beale (Froggatt Edge)
• November – vacancy!
• December – Christmas walk and lunch (Judy & Rob Lloyd)
• January – vacancy!

Thank you for your concern after Rob’s cycling accident. He looks pretty good now that his wounds are healing and he can walk about but is still in a lot of pain from all his broken bones! It will be a long time before he can drive again, let alone run or cycle! However, he can do short walks as long as there are no stiles! I will be bringing his to the next U3A Open Meeting on 7th August, so you can see for yourself that he is managing very well but knows it will be a long time before he is fit again.

Best wishes

Judy Long walk leader)

29 June 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Please see details of July’s walk below, led by Alan Bailey and David Hurworth..

If you intend to join us, please e-mail Alan Bailey, alanbailey@virginmedia.com

Thank you!

Judy

Hi Judy

Sorry about the delay but David and I haven’t met because I have been on holiday. Here is a brief description of our proposed walk. We have tested it and found it safe and not too strenuous. David, if you think I have missed out something important, please let Judy know.

The July long walk can be described as a short but iconic long walk. It starts in Castleton and is just under 7 miles. It leaves Castleton by ascending Deep Dale to an open plateau on which a good path leads to Mam Tor which is then ascended by National Trust steps. Deep Dale is steep but straightforward, although the ground is a bit rough during the early stages. The climb to the summit of Mam Tor looks daunting but turns our to be relatively easy. At the summit the views are probably among the best you will experience in the Peak District. If the weather is kind, we can stop for lunch here. From the summit we will descend another National Trust path which is easy, but can be slippery in the wet, although, with care it is quite safe. This path takes us back to Castleton.

If anyone is put of by the sight of Mam Tor there is a downhill route back to Castleton which either David or I are happy to lead.

There is limited street parking in Castleton. We think the best place to park is at the Tourist Information Centre car park which is at the far end of the village. When you enter the village, keep to the road until you see the signs for the Centre or the car park pointing to the right. It costs £5 for a full days parking. You will need to bring pound coins as there is no change machine and the tea kiosk or the Centre will not give change. There are good toilets here. There are no toilets on the walk.

I think we should meet at Bramcote Park at 9-00 for a prompt start as the journey to Castleton takes about 1 1/2 hours.

Regards

Alan

The only comment I would add is that the initial ascent out of Castleton took two of us around 30 mins. A group will probably take longer. Also if some of the group do not want to go to the top of Mam Tor, the more direct route back has toilet facilities at Blue John Cavern, Tresk Cliff Cavern and Speedwell Cavern. Hope that is ok Alan.

David

11 June 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Many thanks to Anne & Mike Allery for leading a lovely walk today. 12 of us in 3 cars travelled through Leek and parked near the Gradbach Youth Hostel (now deceased!). It was a long way to go but well worth it for wonderful views and the amazing Lud’s Church which is a large “crack” in the rock with fabulous formations, giant ferns and the best moss I’ve ever seen! We had lunch at the micro-brewery at Danebridge (well you would, wouldn’t you?) and several stops as we re-grouped after hills and stiles between Wincle, Wildboarclough and back to Gradbach. We saw lots of wild flowers, lambs and calves and heard curlews and skylarks. The sky went dark several times and it tried to rain but never did! We were so lucky! There was quite a lot of mud in places, especially as we walked in shady areas where the sun cannot reach. Thank you Anne & Mike! A super walk in completely new territory for some of us! It was only 7½ miles but it felt more like 10!

Our next walks:-

• Wednesday, 25th June – Bill’s medium walk (Chatsworth)
• Wednesday, 16th July – David Hurworth & Alan Beale ( Castleton & Mam Tor)
• Thursday, 31st July – Bill’s medium walk
• Tuesday, 19th August –Bill Taylor (Joint walk for long & medium walkers – Ladybower)
• Wednesday, 17th September –Sandra & David Biggs

We need volunteers for October & November, please. Rob & I will lead the walk and arrange lunch in December.

Best wishes

Judy (Long Walk leader)

Lud’s Church walk: Corrected Directions to Gradbach

Parking place just before old Gradbach YHA grid reference SJ 999662

According to our GPS, the fastest way is via Derby, Ashbourne (both bypasses) and Leek.

Soon after entering Leek on the A523 there is a signposted right turn to the A53 to Buxton (Springfield Road), opposite “NMK Autos & Van sales” After about 250 yds. turn right onto the A53 towards Buxton. Continue on A53 for about 4 ¾ miles when you will see a red edged signpost indicating “Upper Hulme range complex” .Just after that there is a small group of houses. Turn left just after a cream painted house with red telephone box on the left hand side. After about ½ mile fork RIGHT (main road?). Ignore all side roads and continue for about 2 miles to a T junction just over a bridge. Turn left and after about 200 yds. fork left. Follow the road round over another bridge for about 400 yds. to a small car park on the right hand side, where we shall leave the cars. If you reach an entrance to “Newcastle under Lyme college” or “Gradbach Scout camp” you have overshot by a few hundred yards! I hope to be able to provide the car drivers with a sketch map of this last section when we meet at Bramcote car park.

Hope to see you on 11th June. Please let us know if you intend joining us for the walk. mike@mikeallery.plus.com

Mike

June 2014 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well, especially with the tram works! Many of us in the Long Walk group also join Bill Taylor on his Medium walks!

In March, John Dubbury and Bernard Younger took 1 dog and 13 well-behaved walkers from Hartington duck pond. It was a beautiful spring day with lots of sunshine in a clear blue sky. They saw lambs, crocuses and, at Parsley Hay an Istrian Kazun – a gift from the people of Croatia to Derbyshire! The route went north with marvellous views over the Dove valley and the sound of woodpeckers tapping on the trees. The path led on to the High Peak trail just outside Parsley Hay where the stone hut (Kazun) was inspected. Lunch was at the old Parsley Hay station, now a cycle hire centre, where tea, coffee and bacon baps were served. Then the old railway line was followed to the old Hartington Railway station. The views were fantastic! They came back to Hartington via country lanes and an old drover road and stopped at Hartington Hall (now the Youth Hostel) for tea and cakes in the garden. The walk was 8 miles long. Thank you, John & Bernard! I’m sorry some of us had to miss it!

In April, Win led the walk from Monsal Head. Unfortunately there were only 4 of us, partly because it was near to Easter and also because some had walked part of the route recently with Bill Taylor. We set off from Monsal Head and walked through Shacklow Woods to Ashford in the Water where we had our lunch. We then followed the river to the edge of Bakewell and a long slow climb up to the Monsal Trail, dodging bikes back to Monsal Head using one of the recently opened tunnels. There were no tricky stiles but the stream we had to cross was high and brown with mud and at least 1 of us ended up with wet socks! It was a super walk with spectacular views and lovely shades of green in the woods. We saw lots of wild flowers including violets, primroses, celandines and masses of wood anemonies. The Stable Bar at Monsal Head provided a very welcome drink at the end! Many thanks to Win for a lovely walk and also to Dorothy & Peter for their company and encouragement as I managed the 9 miles – the first long walk since amaging my knee in October!

Future walks will take us to Ilam & Dovedale , Ladybower and Lud’s Church. We are very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

Judy Lloyd (Long Walk Leader) judylloyd@talktalk.net Tel; 928 5467

Judy

U3A long walk Wednesday 11th June 2014. Lud’s Church, Cheshire.

Route and facilities

Walk:- Gradbach Youth Hostel (now bought and being refurbished by Newcastle under Lyme college), Lud’s Church, Danebridge, Wincle, Wildboarclough and back to Gradbach. This is a varied walk through woods, along rivers and over high hills.

The walk is only about 7.5 miles but this is sufficient considering the terrain. However, there is nothing too strenuous! Actually going through Lud’s Church chasm is an optional short diversion. When we did the pre-walk on 8th May, there were no exceptionally muddy areas. However, there are a number of “interesting” stiles and steps en route. The total climbing is about 800 feet but this is all by gradual ascent.

Meet at Bramcote car park at 09.00 am. The journey takes about 1.5 hours, the walk about 5 hours excluding stops. Therefore, be prepared for a fairly long day. There is a micro-brewery at Danebridge, and pubs at Wincle and Wildboarclough. Providing we give them some custom, we can use their toilets. As both pubs provide food, it is unlikely that they would allow us to eat our own food on the premises. There was no obvious cover en route for eating our own food so let us hope for a fine day! If it is wet, we shall need to do the best we can for shelter. On a previous visit, we were allowed to eat our own food at the picnic tables outside the micro-brewery. They might take pity on us in the event of bad weather!

Directions to Gradbach

Parking place just before old Gradbach YHA grid reference SJ 999662

According to our GPS, the fastest way is via Derby, Ashbourne (both bypasses) and Leek.

Soon after entering Leek on the A523 there is a signposted right turn to the A53 to Buxton (Springfield Road), opposite “NMK Autos & Van sales” After about 250 yds. turn right onto the A53 towards Buxton. Continue on A53 for about 4 ¾ miles when you will see a red edged signpost indicating “Upper Hulme range complex” .Just after that there is a small group of houses. Turn left just after a cream painted house with red telephone box on the left hand side. After about ½ mile fork left (main road?). Ignore all side roads and continue for about 2 miles to a T junction just over a bridge. Turn left and after about 200 yds. fork left. Follow the road round over another bridge for about 400 yds. to a small car park on the right hand side, where we shall leave the cars. If you reach an entrance to “Newcastle under Lyme college” or “Gradbach Scout camp” you have overshot by a few hundred yards!

Hope to see you on 11th June. Please let us know if you intend joining us for the walk. mike@mikeallery.plus.com

Mike

23 May 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Many thanks to Sue Blackley and Anne Pinnock for leading the walk on Thursday. The weather forecast threatened heavy rain and thunder but it didn’t rain at all until they got back to the cars at 3.00pm! 9 intrepid walkers and 1 dog braved an 8 mile walk from Ilam Hall, through Dovedale and Milldale and then back across the hilltops to the grounds of Ilam Hall. The fields and hedgerows were beautiful – full of May blossom, cow parsley and wild garlic with plenty of lambs. The Milldale refreshment kiosk provided welcome hot Cornish pasties and drinks for those who had been too lazy to prepare a packed lunch! Thank you, Sue & Anne! Sorry I had to miss it but so glad the weather was kind to you!

Our next walks:-

· Tuesday, 27th May – Bill’s medium walk

· Wednesday, 11th June – Anne & Mike Allery (Lud’s Church)

· Wednesday, 25th June – Bill’s medium walk

· Wednesday, 16th July – David Hurworth & Alan Beale

· Tuesday, 19th August –Bill Taylor (Joint walk for long & medium walkers – Ladybower)

· Wednesday, 17th September –Sandra & David Biggs

We need volunteers for October & November, please. Rob & I will lead the walk and arrange lunch in December.

Best wishes

Judy (Long Walk leader)

1 May 2014

Here are details of U3A Long Walk Thursday May 22nd- Ilam and Dovedale (approx. 8 miles):

Meet Bramcote Hills Park 9.15am

Walk starts from Ilam Hall NT car park (free for National Trust members, charge for non-members, or free parking available on road in Ilam village at bottom of driveway to Ilam Hall)

From Ilam Hall we walk across fields to the bottom of Dovedale (field path can be muddy at times). We then walk up Dovedale to Milldale, where we plan to stop for an earlyish lunch. It’s then a steady climb out of Milldale on a mixture of lanes and field paths (some stiles) to a high point with good views over the Manifold Valley below. From there we gradually descend back towards Ilam and complete the walk through the grounds of Ilam Hall.

Refreshments available from kiosk in Milldale (hot Cornish pasties recommended) and at Ilam Hall tearoom at end of walk.

Toilets at Ilam Hall, Dovedale car park and Milldale.

If you hope to join us, please email Sue Blackley at susanblackley@hotmail.com

18 April 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Many thanks Win for leading the walk yesterday, 17th April. There were only 4 of us, mainly I think because of holiday commitments and possibly because Bill had walked part of it with us on 26th March. However, we had quality not quantity and even I managed the 9 miles, albeit possibly at a slower pace than usual. Peter Lyons and his harem started at Monsal Head and we walked though Shacklow Woods to Ashford in the Water where we had our lunch. We then followed the river to the edge of Bakewell and a long slow climb to the Monsal Trail (avoiding bikes!) back to Monsal Head using one of recently opened tunnels. I don’t remember any tricky stiles but the stream we had to cross was high and muddy and I got a wet sock! It was a beautiful walk with spectacular views, lovely shades of green in the woods and lots of wild flowers including violets, primroses, celandines and masses of wood anemonies. The Stable Bar at Monsal Head provided a very welcome drink at the end. Many thanks to Win, Dorothy and Peter for their company and encouragement. This is the first long walk I have managed to do since my knee injury on 14th October! I ache today but I am really pleased I managed to do it!

Our next walks:- 

· Tuesday, 22nd April – Bill’s medium walk

· Thursday, 22nd May Sue Blackley & Anne Pinnock (Ilam & Dovedale)

· Tuesday, 27th May – Bill’s medium walk

· June – Anne & Mike Allery (Ludd’s Church)

· July – David Hurworth & Alan Beale

· Tuesday, 19th August –Bill Taylor (Joint walk for long & medium walkers – Ladybower)

· Wednesday, 17th September –Sandra & David Biggs

We need volunteers for October & November, please. Rob & I will lead the walk and arrange lunch in December.

Happy Easter to you all!

Judy (Long Walk leader)

21 March 2014

Hi, Long Walkers!

Many thanks to John and Bernard for leading the walk on the 13th March. It was a beautiful day and I am sorry I had to miss it. Here is John’s (slightly biased) review of the walk!

LONG WALK THURSDAY 13th MARCH 2014

This was probably the best walk ever !

One dog and 13 well behaved walkers were counted out from Hartington duck pond and all 14 were counted back in. It was a beautiful Spring day with a big yellow sun in a clear blue sky. We saw lambs, daffodils, crocuses, and at Parsley Hay an Istrian Kazun – a gift from the people of Croatia to Derbyshire. (Well it is only three months since Christmas)

The route went north from Hartington with marvelous views over the Dove valley and the sound of woodpeckers tapping on trees. We braved the dogs at Vincent House as we crossed the farmyard. A digger up the hill from the farm was clearing a stone wall and some in the group wondered if it was Time Team on location. The path led on to the High Peak trail just outside Parsley Hay where the stone hut (Kazun) was inspected. Lunch was at the old Parsley Hay Station, now a Cycle Hire Centre, where tea, coffee, and bacon baps were served. Then the old railway line was followed to the old Hartington Railway Station. The views were fantastic wherever you looked. From here we followed country lanes and an old Drovers road back to Hartington. Just outside Hartington we were welcomed into Hartington Hall gardens for tea and cakes in the sunshine. All told the walk was 8 miles long.

Win will have a job to better this walk !!

Future walks

· Wednesday, 26th March – Bill’s medium walk

· Thursday, 17th April – Win Azorpardi (Monsal Head)

· Thursday, 24th April – Bill’s medium walk

· Thursday, 22nd May Sue Blackley & Anne Pinnock (Ilam & Dovedale)

· June – Anne & Mike Allery (Ludd’s Church)

· July – David Hurworth & Alan Beale

· August –Bill Taylor (Joint walk for long & medium walkers – Ladybower)

· Wednesday, 17th September –Sandra & David Biggs

We need volunteers for October & November, please. Rob & I will lead the walk and arrange lunch in December.

It has been pointed out to me that many/most of our long walks fall on a Thursday. Can we try to vary it a bit for people who are not available on a Thursday? It has also been suggested that we have a walking weekend away! Is anyone keen enough to organise it?

Best wishes to you all.

Judy (Long Walk leader)

March 2014 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well, especially with the tram works! Many of us in the Long Walk group also join Bill Taylor on his Medium walks!

In December, Anne & Mike Allery organised a morning walk and pub lunch for the medium and long walking groups. 25 walkers plus 1 very well-behaved dog enjoyed a pleasant walk, starting in Widmerpool and crossing fields and lots of stiles to walk through Keyworth & Wysall. The weather was good and there were some lovely views across the fields. An excellent lunch was waiting at the Plough in Wysall and much appreciated. Thank you, Anne & Mike!

In January, Sue Cotton kept us local and we walked from Attenborough. 13 of us enjoyed a very pleasant circular walk, starting and ending at the Nature Centre. The weather was good and there were some lovely views across the fields. By walking on “proper” paths for most of the time, we avoided ploughing through mud, but it was scary to see how high the level of water is on the river and the canal. We had coffee (and some had chocolate cake!) at Trent Lock and then most had a picnic lunch by the river before returning to their cars. Thank you, Sue!

In February, brave (or mad?) walkers turned up at Bramcote Park in pouring rain and had to make the decision to drive to Ambergate, to walk locally, or to abandon the walk completely! In the end we decided to walk locally, and 8 of us plus 1 very wet dog braved rain and sleet to walk around Bramcote Park, down to the canal and back again. We only walked for about an hour but we did walk! Many thanks to Pam & Ken Short for planning the walk to Ambergate and Crich. Hopefully you will offer to do it again for us next year!

Future walks will take us to Hartington, Monsall Head, Ilam & Dovedale, Ladybower and Ludd’s Church. We are very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour!

I apologise that I have not been able to walk with the group much since I damaged the ligament and cartilage in my knee in October. It’s not painful now but I am slow and so unfit! The gym and a diet beckon!

For more information contact me by e-mail judylloyd@talktalk.net

Judy

13 March Walk

John Dubbury has planned to do the next walk on Thursday 13th March. By then it will be warm and sunny!!

The walk is 8 miles long and starts from the centre of Hartington by the duck pond. From Hartington the route is north eventually reaching the High Peak Trail. The old railway line is followed to Hartington Station, then join an old drovers track and all being well we should get back to Hartington !

There are public toilets in Hartington and on the High Peak Trail. There is also a very nice pub in Hartington for after the walk.

Meet at Bramcote Park at 9-15 am and hopefully we should get to Hartington by 10-30am

Please e-mail John Dubbury if you are able to join the walk on the 13th March. johndubbury@btinternet.com

Judy (Long Walk leader)

11 February walk.

Meet as usual at Bramcote Park for 9.15 a.m. Drive to Ambergate Railway Station. Parking is £2 for the day. (All car parks in Derbyshire seem to charge now). We will then walk up to Crich Memorial. A bit muddy at the bottom. Then descend to Cromford canal. There are facilities in Crich village and a bakery/coffee shop.

Please e-mail Pam & Ken on ken.mal.short@gmail.com or phone on 928 5280 to let them know you will be joining us.

Rob & I will be walking and my mobile is 0795 606 9920 if there are any problems on the day.

Judy (Long Walk leader)

19 December 2013

Hi, Long Walkers!

Please see below the details of January’s walk from Sue Cotton.

As it is flat with no stiles I am hoping to be fit enough to do some/all of it with you.

As Sue does not look at her e-mails regularly, please let me know if you intend to join us and I will let Sue know how many to expect!

Happy Christmas!

Judy (Long Walk leader)

Hi, Judy. January walk around Attenborough is say 8-9 miles on the flat,could be muddy in parts, starting by the notice board by the roundabout in front of the Nature Centre at 9.30 on 8th. I think we would do well to go up as far as Trent lock to use toilets midday,which means retracing our steps for about a mile.Bring packed lunch. IS that all I need to tell you?
Sue.

PS. There is a charge for the car park at Attenborough!

11 December 2013

Many thanks to Anne & Mike Allery for organising the December walk and pub lunch for the long and medium walkers yesterday. 25 walkers and 1 well-behaved dog enjoyed a very pleasant morning walk, starting in Widmerpool and crossing fields and lots of stiles to walk through Keyworth and Wysall. The weather was good and there were lovely views across the fields. An excellent lunch was waiting at the Plough in Wysall and much appreciated. Thank you, Sue & Anne! It sounds great but a good job I didn’t even try with all those stiles! Sorry I had to miss it but it was good to see the walkers (briefly) in the pub afterwards!

Our next walks:

Wednesday, 8th January, 2014 – Sue Cotton (Attenborough)
Thursday, 23rd January – Bill’s medium walk
Tuesday, 11th February – Pam & Ken Short
March – John Dubbury & Bernard Younger
April – Win Azzopardi (Monsall Head)
May ?
June – Sue Blackley & Anne Pinnock
July – David Hurworth & Alan Beale
August – A joint walk with Bill’s medium group to Ladybower
Wednesday, 17th September – Sandra & David Biggs

Many thanks to those of you ho have volunteered to lead walks next year. It was worth turning up to the pub yesterday just for that!

May I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

See you in 2014!

Best wishes

Judy (Long Walk leader)

December 2013 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well, especially with the tram works! Many of us in the Long Walk group also join Bill Taylor on his Medium walks!

In August, Bill led an excellent walk for the medium and long walkers. 22 of us, plus 1 very well-behaved dog, started in Monyash and walked through to Taddington. There were some very challenging stone stiles, lots of butterflies and some fabulous views of open countryside. It was a beautiful day but rather hot and sticky in the morning, so a drink in the pub at Taddington was very welcome. Thank you, Bill!

In September, Win Azzorpardi led an excellent walk when 16 walkers started in Carlton Lees car park and crossed Chatsworth Park to Baslow. It was a pleasant, mostly gentle walk with lovely views of Baslow and Chatsworth although there was a fair bit of mud! Thank you, Win!

In October, Alan Beale led an excellent 8 mile walk from Risley to Dale Abbey. There were lovely clear views of the Trent Valley from Constitution Hill. The weather was perfect and at lunchtime some took jumpers off and put sunglasses on! Alan pointed out the Roman excavation site at Ockbrook and historical sites in Dale Abbey including the lock-up prison! Many were impressed with such a lovely walk only 5 miles from Bramcote! The walk ended just as the rain started and some went into the Risley Park pub for tea before returning home. Thank you, Alan!

In November, Sue Blackley and Anne Pinnock led 19 on an excellent 8 mile walk along Curbar and White Edges. There was a stiff breeze, making it feel chilly but the sun shone all day! Views from both gritstone edges were wonderful, with views of Mam Tor, Chatsworth and Sheffield. Blue skies and sunshine enhanced the autumn colours of the trees and moors. Packed lunch at the Grouse Inn was enhanced by beer, mulled wine and hot chocolate! Thank you, Anne & Sue!

Our December walk is a joint event with Bill’s medium walkers and is followed by a pub lunch. In January we are walking around Attenborough. I apologise that I have not been able to walk with the group recently, having damaged the ligament and cartilage in my knee. Very painful but getting better! We are very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour! We are sorry to lose Sue & Ray Hutt who have been regular walkers and walk leaders with us. We will miss them but wish them well in their new home in Cornwall.

Judy Lloyd (Long Walk Leader) For more information contact me by e-mail – judylloyd@talktalk.net

Judy

23 October 2013

Hi, Long Walkers!

Please see below the details of our next Long Walk on Thursday, 14th November. Please reply to Sue Blackley if you are able to join us. (I am hoping my knee will be OK by then!)

Judy

U3A Long walk November 14th 2013
Meet at Bramcote Hills Park at 9.15am.

The start of the walk is at Curbar Gap car park. This is a pay and display car park or you can park on the roadside for free further down the hill.
Post code S32 3YR (approximate location) OS grid reference SK261747

This walk combines three gritstone edges in the eastern section of the Peak District National Park.

It is mostly easy walking with only a couple of stiles. However, some paths may be very muddy so please come prepared. There is one field where we may encounter cows. They seem quite docile and not interested in walkers!

There are no public toilets en route.

It is best to bring a picnic but we have been given permission to eat our sandwiches on the outside picnic tables at The Grouse Inn on the proviso that most of us buy a drink! Obviously toilets are available here.

The walk is just under 8 miles. It goes along Curbar and Frogatt Edges before heading up to White Edge. The views are spectacular on a clear day.

If you would like to go please contact Sue Blackley either by e-mail or phone.
susanblackley@hotmail.com 0115 9250235 or 07870971915

Hope to see you on 14th

Sue Blackley and Anne Pinnock

Correction: I’m afraid it’s not the National Trust car park we’re starting from on Nov 14th- it’s the Peak National Park car park between Curbar and Baslow Edge.

However, for thrifty souls who don’t mind a short walk up the hill to the starting point, there is free parking on the road!

Best wishes,

Anne

21 October 2013

Here are the details of December’s walk on Tuesday, 10th and the menu choice. Click on Long Christmas Walk and The Plough Inn Menu

Please let Mike Allery know if you intend to be there and what you would like to eat.

Many thanks, Mike & Anne!

Best wishes

Judy

18 October 2013

Many thanks to Alan Beale for leading an excellent walk on the 17th October. 12 walkers started in Risley and walked 8 miles around Dale Abbey. There were lovely clear views of the Trent Valley from Constitution Hill. The weather was perfect and at lunchtime some took jumpers off and put sunglasses on! Alan pointed out the Roman excavation site at Ockbrook and historical sites in Dale Abbey including the abbey itself and the lock-up prison! Many were impressed with such a lovely walk and only 5 miles from Bramcote. The walk ended just as the rain started and some went into the Risley Park pub for tea before returning home. Thank you so much, Alan! I’m sorry I had to miss it! My knee is getting better but I’m still on crutches!

Our next walks:

  • Thursday, 29th October – Bill’s medium walk
  • Thursday, 14th November – Sue Blackley & Anne Pinnock (Curbar)
  • Tuesday, 10th December – Anne & Mike Allery (short walk with pub lunch for long & medium walkers)
  • January, 2014 – Sue Cotton (Attenborough)
  • February – Pam Short

Best wishes

Judy (Long Walk leader)

Long walk Thursday 17 October-“The Risley North Circular”

Meet at 10.00am at Bramcote Hills Park

Parking at the Risley Park pub, DE72 3SS. Off jnc 25 and follow Risley signs [B5010].Go pass the Risley Hall Hotel and after 100yds turn left into the Risley Park pub. Please park at the left side towards the rear of the pub

Toilets at start of walk and possibly at 2 pubs along the way

The Risley Park is open all day and serves tea/coffee/snacks-their website has further details+map location

The 9 mile walk is fairly undultaing and we may get some good views down to Beacon Hill and the Trent Valley.We also pass some historical sites

Please let me know if you will be coming and if you have any queries contact me. E mail is alanbeale.associates@ntlworld.com and telephone =0115 8776214

Cheers

Alan Beale

September 2013

Hi, Long Walkers!

Many thanks to Win for leading an excellent walk on the 17th September. 16 walkers started in Carlton Lees Car Park and crossed Chatsworth Park to Baslow. I am told it was a pleasant mostly gentle walk with good views of Baslow and Chatsworth Park although you did manage to find a fair bit of mud! Thank you so much, Win! I’m sorry we had to miss it!

Our next walks:

  • Thursday, 26th September – Medium Walk – Sue & Ray Hutt
  • Thursday, 17th October – Alan & Margaret Beale (Risley, Ockbrook, Dale Abbey, Stanton-by-Dale)
  • Thursday, 14th November – Sue Blackley & Anne Pinnock (Curbar)
  • Tuesday, 10th December – Anne & Mike Allery (short walk with pub lunch for long & medium walkers)
  • January – Sue Cotton (Attenborough)
  • February – Pam Short

Best wishes

Judy (Long Walk leader)

September 2013 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well. Many of us in the Long Walk group also join Bill Taylor on his Medium walks!

In June, Sue & Ray Hutt led an excellent walk. 20 of us plus 1 very well-behaved dog started in Alstonefield and walked through some beautiful countryside including Halldale, Dovedale, Milldale, Narrowdale and Wolfscotedale. We had some spectacular views and there were masses of buttercups and wood sorrel on the hills. The Hutts said it was 8 miles but it felt longer because it was hot and humid and many of us were wearing too many clothes! (The hot weather took us all by surprise when it started!) We were all a bit dehydrated, having drunk all our water, so we were very disappointed that the George at Alstonefield had closed by the time we got back at 3.15pm! A really lovely walk. Thank you, Sue & Ray!

In July, Dorothy Bolton led an excellent but very hot walk, starting in Cromford. 14 walkers enjoyed a fairly strenuous walk with beautiful views of Matlock after a steep climb up Black Rocks. I am told it felt longer than the 8 miles listed! Dorothy pointed out lead mines and other points of interest. Lunch was at Middleton Top on the High Peak Trail. It was a beautiful day and really too hot for walking but I am told everyone enjoyed it. Thank you, Dorothy! I am sorry that I (Judy) had to miss it!

Our next walks are a joint walk with Bill’s medium walkers in August, Tuesday, 17th September and Thursday, 17th October. We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour! We are proud to boast the fact that we have nearly as many men as women in the Long Walk group! (Rare for the U3A!)

Judy Lloyd (Long Walk Leader) For more information contact me by e-mail – judylloyd@talktalk.net

Judy

August 2013

Hi, Long Walkers!

Many thanks to Bill for leading an excellent walk today for the medium and long walkers. 22 of us plus Milo (a very well-behaved dog) started in Monyash and walked through to Taddington. There were some very challenging stone stiles, lots of butterflies and some fabulous views of open countryside. It was a beautiful day but rather hot and sticky in the morning, so a drink in the pub at Taddington was very welcome. Thank you, Bill. A great walk!

Our next walks:

  • Tuesday, 17th September– Win Azzopardi (Monsall Head and Ashford)
  • Thursday, 26th September – Medium Walk – Sue & Ray Hutt
  • Thursday, 17th October – Alan & Margaret Beale (Risley, Ockbrook, Dale Abbey, Stanton-by-Dale)
  • November – Morning walk with pub lunch for long and medium walkers (Anne & Mike Allery)
  • January – Sue Cotton (Attenborough)
  • February – Pam Short

Judy

June 2013

Sue & Ray Hutt led an excellent walk on Tuesday, 18th June. 20 of us (including 2 new walkers – Jean & Kathryn) plus 1 very well-behaved dog started in Alstonefield and walked through some beautiful countryside including Halldale, Dovedale, Milldale, Narrowdale and Wolfscotedale. We had some spectacular views and there were masses of buttercups and wood sorrel on the hills. The Hutts said it was 8 miles but it felt longer, possibly because it was hot and humid and many of us were wearing too many clothes! I think we were all a bit dehydrated having drunk all our water, so we were very disappointed to find that the George at Alstonefield had closed when we got back at 3.15pm! A really lovely walk. Thank you, Sue & Ray!

Our next walks are as follows:

Tuesday, 16th July – Dorothy Bolton (Cromford & Middleton)
Thursday, 22nd August – Joint walk with Bill’s medium group (Teddington)
Tuesday, 17th September– Win Azzopardi (Monsall Head and Ashford)
Thursday, 17th October – Alan Beale (Risley, Ockbrook, Dale Abbey, Stanton-by-Dale)

Judy

June 2013 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well.

In February John Dubbury took us to Breadsall for an excellent walk. 13 of us plus 1 very well-behaved dog walked between 8.14 and 9.5 miles, depending on which GPS you believe! We walked uphill and down dale through the pretty villages of Morley and Little Eaton and saw lots of spring flowers including primroses, snowdrops and crocuses. There was a fair amount of mud, not surprising after the recent snow! It was bitterly cold so we had to keep moving and were glad to be back at the cars by 2.00pm. Most of us had not walked in that area before and we really enjoyed it. Thank you, John!

In March David Hurworth stepped in at short notice and took us to Carsington Reservoir. 14 of us plus 1 very well-behaved dog walked around the perimeter of the reservoir – about 9 miles. The weather was very kind to us and it was bright and sunny but cold. The paths were fairly dry but I still managed to find some mud! The Miner’s Arms at the end of the walk provided some warmth before we returned home. Thank you, David!

In April Jane Smith and Suzan Gokova led the walk in the Vale of Belvoir. 20 of us (a record number!) started in Hickling Village by the canal basin and walked through pretty villages, along the Grantham Canal and up hills with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and Belvoir Castle. It was very windy but bright and sunny and some of us even wore sunglasses! The paths were mainly dry and we saw lots of primroses, cowslips, celandines and lots of swans, a skylark and 2 yellow hammers! The Plough at the end provided a welcome drink after an excellent walk. Thank you Jane & Suzan!

Our next walks are on 18th June, 16th July and a joint walk with Bill’s medium walkers on 22nd August. We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour! We are proud to boast the fact that we have nearly as many men as women in the Long Walk group! (Rare for the U3A!) Judy Lloyd (Long Walk Leader) For more information contact me by e-mail – judylloyd@talktalk.net

Judy

May 2013

Judy & Rob Lloyd led the walk from Rowsley, through Chatsworth and back via Bakewell on Tuesday. 14 of us and 1 very well-behaved dog walked about 8½ miles and enjoyed some fabulous views and some fairly challenging long slow climbs. The weather was kind to us and it did not rain and we managed to avoid the mud. We had our coffee sitting on benches by the weir in Chatsworth and our lunch sitting by the river in Bakewell. Maureen had her first Bakewell pudding and Tony made us all envious by buying fish and chips which he ate while we had our boring sandwiches! Some walkers enjoyed tea and cake at Caudwell’s Mill at the end of the walk. Food and drink are becoming as important as the walk!

Our next walks are as follows:

  • Tuesday, 18th June – Sue & Ray Hutt (Alstonefield)
  • Tuesday, 16th July – Dorothy Bolton (Cromford & Middleton)
  • Thursday, 22nd August – Joint walk with Bill’s medium group (Teddington)

We are a very friendly group and always welcome new members. E-mail judylloyd@talktalk.net or phone 01159285467.

March 2013 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Hills Park and taking as few cars as possible works well.

We joined forces with Bill Taylor’s medium walkers in August and explored the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. In September we did a re-run of Creswell Craggs. In my absence in October, Win Azzorpardi led the walk through Alport & Youlgreave and in November, Anne & Mike Allery led a circular walk of over 8 miles around Temple Norton. Both walks were much enjoyed by the walkers. In December I was back from Australia and able to join the Allerys again on a shorter walk around Stanton by Dale and an excellent lunch in the Stanhope Arms. We were delighted to welcome back Alan Bailey and Ronnie Smith who had both suffered from knee injuries, neither of which were sustained on our walks!

In January, 16 of us set off from Beeston in the snow, led by Sue Cotton. She took us through the University Park, Wollaton Park and Beeston Sidings Local Nature Reserve. We had coffee in the Millennium Garden and our lunch outside in a winter wonderland in Wollaton Park. Although this was familiar territory to all of us, we each saw something we had never seen before and then Sue treated us to afternoon tea at her house! Excellent! Thank you, Sue!

Our next walks are on 21st February, 13th March, 16th April, 15th May, 18th June and 16th July. We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour! We are proud to boast the fact that we have nearly as many men as women in the Long Walk group! (Rare for the U3A!)

Judy

September 2012 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Park and taking as few cars as possible works well.

Alan Bailey led an excellent walk in beautiful weather in June. The sun shone for most of the day and 11 of us plus 1 very well-behaved dog walked in a new area south of Burton-on-Trent. The walk called “Best Kept Villages” started in Coton in the Elms and included Lullington and Netherseal. We walked through a young forest, over fields and by fishing lakes and had some good views of the surrounding countryside. There were some challenging stiles and it was surprising that we were in Derbyshire the whole time! Alan gave us some interesting bits of history including who built the various large houses and why there are bomb craters near a cricket pitch! The wildflowers were lovely, especially the poppies. The pubs we passed were all closed but we enjoyed a cream tea at the café by the fishing lake. Thank you, Alan!

Dorothy Bolton led an excellent walk to Lathkill Dale in July. 10 of us plus 1 dog walked over 10 miles and we only had a little rain at the start – a miracle considering the dreadful weather we had been having previously! We started high in Youlgreave and crossed open fields with wonderful views, a deep descent down the limestone steps, up a rocky track to Monyash, returning via Lathkill Dale which then had a raging torrent where there used to be a dry river bed! As expected, it was very muddy and slippery in places, especially on the limestone steps! The wildflowers had been flattened by the rain but Dorothy told us some interesting facts along the way, including pointing out farms/granges where monks used to live. Thank you, Dorothy!

On the July walk we were delighted to welcome back Maureen Walton after her ankle injury. We send our love to Alan Bailey and Ronnie Smith who both have damaged knees and cannot walk with us for a while. (I am pleased to say that neither of these 2 knee injuries were as a result of walking with us!)

Our next walks are on Wednesday, 22nd August and Wednesday, 12th September. We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour! We are proud to boast the fact that we have nearly as many men as women in the Long Walk group! (Rare for the U3A!)

Judy
judylloyd@talktalk.net

June 2012 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting atBramcoteParkand taking as few cars as possible works well.

Win Azzorpardi led an excellent walk in February when 13 of us, plus 2 very well-behaved dogs, walked 10½ miles from Calver, around Grindleford, through the Longshaw Estate (see photo!) and along Curbar ridge back to the cars. We had snow the week before but the sun came out for some of the time although it was very cold when we ate our lunch and we didn’t stop for long! The hot drink in the café at the end was very welcome!

Sandra & David Biggs took us to Rowsley in March for another lovely walk when 16 of us walked about 9 miles around Haddon hall and had spectacular views of Chatsworth as we ate our lunch. The weather was glorious and there was hardly any mud! We all enjoyed the tea shop at Rowsley mill and a bit of shopping in the retail park before we drove home!

Anne & Mike Allery stepped in at short notice to lead an excellent walk from Wetton in April.  8 of us walked just over 8 miles but it was possibly the most challenging walk so far! The walk was very varied with super views and some of the most difficult stiles imaginable! There were several steep inclines and a fair bit of sticky mud! What a good job that most of us wore waterproof over-trousers that we could take off before we got back in the cars and went for a cup of tea!

In May,SueCottontook us on a super guided walk through the bluebell woods, starting atLeaBridge. 15 of us plus 1 dog walked over 9 miles through beautiful woodland and enjoyed bluebells in abundance and wonderful views of the surrounding countryside andRiberCastle.Suewas able to tell us lots of interesting information along the way, including details of the Smedley family and their famous woollen mill, facts about Florence Nightingale and how and why the Cromford canal was built. She was also able to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of British wildflowers and birds. We were lucky with the weather and the rain kept off until the middle of the afternoon. It was pouring by the time we got back to the cars but this did not stop us enjoying a slice of birthday cake in the bus shelter before we went home! (Thank you, Anne!)

Many thanks go to all our walk leaders who have taken us on some lovely walks over our first year. It seems that a pub on a walk is a bonus, but a tea shop at the end is essential!

Our next walks are on Thursday, 14th June, Thursday, 19th July and Wednesday, 22nd August. We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need is some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour! We are proud to boast the fact that we have nearly as many men as women in the Long Walk group! (Rare for the U3A!)

Judy

March 2012 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once a month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk. We have found that meeting at Bramcote Park and taking as few cars as possible works well.

Dorothy Bolton led an excellent walk in November when 15 of us scaled the Heights of Abraham above Matlock and enjoyed spectacular views and lovely sunshine! Who would have thought we could be so lucky with the weather in the middle of November? Our December walk was not long as we had arranged a pub lunch! 18 of us met in Southwell and walked about 6 miles through muddy fields and narrowly escaped being shot by a hunting party from Norwood Hall! (Very Downton Abbey!) We then had a delicious lunch at the Bramley Apple which opened specially for us! We can thoroughly recommend it, but they do not usually open at lunchtime Monday – Friday in the winter. Well worth a visit at the weekend, but do book first! Alan Bailey led another excellent walk in January when 14 of us, plus a very well-behaved dog, walked about 9 miles around Hartington with spectacular views and spectacular mud! The weather was kind to us and the walk contained a pub, loos at the start and end and 2 en-route and ended with a tea shop! Perfect!

Our next walks are on Tuesday, 13th March and Thursday, 19th April. We are a very friendly group and always welcome new walkers. All you need are some good boots, waterproof gear and a sense of humour! We are proud to boast the fact that we have nearly as many men as women in the Long Walk group! (Rare for the U3A!)

Judy, March 2012

December 2011 Newsletter

The Long Walkers meet once month, in the middle of the month, on a day to suit the person leading the walk! Anne & Mike Allery led a lovely walk in September. 12 of us walked up and down the hills around Gotham with fantastic views of the Trent Valley. The weather was damp and I don’t remember taking my kagoule on and off as many times in a few hours!

David Hurworth led an excellent walk around Ticknall in October (See photograph). 7 of us enjoyed about 9 miles of beautiful views and lovely woodland on a glorious late autumn day and we were able to eat our lunch overlooking Foremark reservoir.

Dorothy Bolton is organising November’s walk and we will be climbing the hills around Matlock Bath. Our walk in December will be shorter and will end with a pub lunch in Southwell. Our walkers are very friendly and several of us join Bill on the medium length walks as well! We would welcome new members. All you need is waterproofs, decent footwear and a sense of humour!

Judy, December 2011