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 16th October: Little Eaton
Grid ref: SK 362 411; nearest postcode DE21 5DR; see map.
This will be a local walk, hopefully a more successful repeat of the walk we tried in March when we were thwarted by flooding but this time meeting at The New Inn car park, 2 Duffield Road, Little Eaton, at 9:45 am for a 10.00 am sharp start. The route will be a 10 km / 6 mile circuit into Breadsall, then along the old railway from Breadsall Hilltop towards Chester Green, returning by way of the Derwent Valley Heritage path to Little Eaton.
As some of this walk is quite low-lying and near the river we will check during the week before the walk that it remains practicable. The 'plan B' walk, in the event that the river is high, is a 10 km circuit by way of Breadsall, and Morley - well above potential flood levels and starting from the same RV, as above.
Please contact us if you intend coming on the walk. Also we will need to know if you intend to join us for lunch afterwards at the New Inn. We propose to book a table. They do a £6 main course deal or £8 including a starter or pudding. They also do sandwiches and jacket potatoes. We intend to place our orders before we start the walk at 10.00 am and hopefully eat about 1.15 pm.
Sunday 17th November: Dale Abbey (Ilkeston)
Grid ref: SK 436 388; nearest postcode DE7 4PP; see map.
This will be a fairly local walk for all our regular walkers. Meet at The Carpenter's Arms, Moor Lane, Dale Abbey, Ilkeston, just off the A6096 between Ilkeston and Spondon. Meet in the car park at the pub at 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start. The walk is 4¾ miles long and is a flattish walk over fields, through Locko Park and woodland areas with nice views.
Followed by lunch at The Carpenter's Arms. They do a Sunday roast or a variety of smaller meals etc.
Please contact us if you wish to attend the walk and if you would like to stay for lunch.
Details to be published later for:
Wednesday 11th December Change of date
Sunday 19th January
Wednesday 19th February
Sunday 15th March
Wednesday 15th April
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