Walks take place on the third Sunday of odd numbered months and the third Wednesday of even numbered months (date may vary in December).
They are typically around 4 to 5 miles, not strenuous, think of this as a sociable event at a leisurely pace. We have a short stop around halfway, for drink/snack (take with you). After the walk we go to a pub or similar for lunch. Most participants stay for the lunch, but this is optional; you can come for just the walk or just the lunch.
Walk on 18/3/18
In Summer we occasionally do a longer walk of up to 7 or 8 miles and you will need to take a picnic lunch with you; there will be more, and longer, stops on these walks.
Locations vary from the flatter South and West sides of Derby, or to the North up into the Peak District.
Usually around 8 to 12 members take part, with one member planning and leading on a rotational basis. Another participant will volunteer(!) to write a riveting account for the Newsletter, so every walk is recorded for eternal posterity.
Walks commence at 10.00 am, and we ask you to arrive at the start point by 9.45 am to ensure a prompt departure.
We will be in the countryside, on paths and crossing fields, so expect MUD for much of the year. You should wear walking boots. In Winter wear warm clothing, hat and gloves recommended, and take an additional spare layer. In Summer take sun protection. And at any time of year be prepared for rain! Trekking poles may be useful if you have them. Take something to drink and a few nibbles for morning break, and camera if you wish.
We usually need to book a table for the meal, so you will need to contact the leader in advance if you intend coming. Contact information is in the bimonthly Newsletter; alternatively use the details on the Contacts page.
Wednesday 19th February: Allestree
Grid ref: SK 34094 40387; postcode DE22 2EU; see map.
Our walk will be 5½ miles round Allestree Park and beyond. The terrain is parkland, woodland, river valley and pastureland. It will be muddy in sections so walking poles are recommended. It will be mainly flat except for a long climb up Bunkers Hill but we will take our time stopping regularly to admire the superb views looking back of Duffield, Little Eaton and the Derwent Valley. There are some stiles and footbridges but all in pretty good repair.
We are meeting at the free car park off Woodlands Road, Allestree, 9.45 am for a prompt 10.00 am start. Afterwards we have booked tables at the Red Cow Allestree, just down from the Evergreen Hall. Please contact us if you would like to stay for lunch by Monday 17th because more than ten takers will mean we need to decide on our choices beforehand.
Sunday 15th March:
Details will be available soon.
Wednesday 15th April: Cannock Chase
Grid ref: SJ 995 162; postcode WS15 2UA; see map.
This will be an 8 km / 5 mile walk around the central part of Cannock Chase. The walking will be on firm paths and tracks - well drained so virtually guaranteed to be dry underfoot. There will be a possible café stop about 2/3 of the way through the walk. The RV is at a car park on the North side of the road from Rugeley to Penkridge.
Approaching Rugeley on the A513 road from Alrewas and Kings Bromley, keep straight on into the middle of Rugeley. There are three roundabouts: the first is under a railway bridge; the second has statues of miners and the third one is the one you want - turn Left towards Penkridge (also signed Birches Valley Forest Centre). The car park is 5 km / 3 miles up this road, opposite a former pub (now a Ministry Centre) the White House. Meet at the usual time of 9.45 am for a prompt 10.00 am start.
We propose to eat afterwards at the Olde Peculiar public house in Handsacre, which is a few miles Eeast of Rugeley on the way back to Derby. If numbers warrant it we will book a table. Please contact us if you are coming and if you want to eat with us.
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