We usually meet on the last Wednesday of each month and on the second Tuesday of every other month, at 9:30am by the village hall. Walks are not long or strenuous; 5 or 6 miles on average, each with a different leader. Come along to see the countryside in all its moods, sometimes bathed in sunshine, often with a shower or two, even perhaps with a carpet of snow!
Group Leader David Burke
2018 Walk Programme
Walter led 11 walkers on a 4 mile walk from Lyme Hall car park. It was a grey day with a biting cold wind in exposed areas, but fortunately much of the route was sheltered by high walls and woods and we rarely felt the cold.
Starting towards East Lodge, we turned before Kennel Wood onto the wide track between Hampers Wood and Lantern Wood, then picking up the faint uphill trod by the wall and passing the disused quarry before turning right at the top and following the wall round to the summit of Higher Moor at 402 metres. Quietly situated there is a viewfinder donated by the local Monkhouse family, which made a handy coffee stop.
We continued through patches of ice flakes blown off trees and fences, and at Bowstonegate turned right to make a careful descent by the icy path towards Knights Low. To our delight, dozens of deer were feeding close by in the thick mist, almost undeterred by our passage. We turned left into the woods and followed round to the edge path above Cluse Hay, where mixed tree planting is transforming the upper Poynton Brook valley,. A loop took us back to restored Keepers Cottage and the gentle ridge by Pursefield Wood, to take steps down to the West car park and the easy amble back to the Hall.
It had been a different sort of day, with the all pervading mist shrouding views, but giving us an atmospheric detached and quiet walk, much on firm grass paths, with only occasional dog walkers around. Most then headed happily home, with just a few finishing off with a lunchtime carvery.
The walking group's 2nd January walk on the 31st Jan led by Sam and Irene Chappell began in Hayfield Village on a fine breezy morning that was to change as we made our way up onto Middlemoor. 18 walkers turned out for the walk that took us alongside the River Kinder on Kinder Road then on a path past Bowden Bridge and up to the information board overlooking Kinder Reservoir for our coffee stop. The views from here looking over the reservoir and up to a snow speckled Kinder Downfall were impressive.
Merlyn & Joyce led a 5 mile (Transport Trek) walk from Furness Vale to the Dipping stones.
Despite the cold winter weather of recent weeks we were blessed with a fine, sunny day for the 32 walkers that joined the February walk.
The Transport Trek walk started by the group catching the 199 bus from various stops as we journeyed to Furness Vale our walk start point. .Despite the road resurfacing work on the A6 no delays occurred and the group occupied a high percentage of seats on outward and return journeys.
The route followed Furness Clough passing small and large houses from our industrial past as we ascended to Diglee Farm and then Whaley Moor.
Merlyn gave a historical picture of “Furnace” the original name of “Furness Vale” from 1690 and the rich industrial past from iron smelting, Calico Printing, Coal Mines, and Fire Brick kilns. Rapid development occurring between 1796 to 1804 following construction of the Peak Forest canal, A6 turnpike Road and railway in 1831.
We stopped to admire the 3 Australian named Bungalows built by Knowles Barton (coal mine and brick furnace owner from 1905) on land where pit ponies used to graze. Nearby we stopped at a small white gate and an oil pipeline sign known locally as the “village Secret." Joyce gave the history of the pipeline and its installation linking ports and airfields for supply under invasion conditions.
Following a group photo at the Dipping Stones we had a coffee stop and then admired the panoramic view of the Dark and White Peak hills. Our mountain conquered, the descent involved a tricky stile and boggy ground leading to Start Lane. Descent to Toddbrook Reservoir was through Slatersbank Wood with early signs of spring snowdrops and occasional sections of mud. We walked over the dam wall, through the park alongside the river Goyt to our “surprised lunch stop.”
Lunch was taken in the restored Victorian waiting room at Whaley Bridge station, thanks to Brian and Alison Allerton. Over lunch Brian gave a historical talk on the station and his passion and dedication in leading the team and obtaining funding for the building restoration was much appreciated by the group.
The last stretch of the “transport trek “was along the Peak Forest Canal to Furness Vale just in time to catch the 199 bus back.
David thanked Joyce and Merlyn on behalf of the group for a great walk.
Merlyn & Joyce Young