Walk 05/2012 – Wetton

Friday 24th February 2012

Our first weekend away of 2012, started with 3 car loads of walkers setting off at different times of the day and therefore doing different walks [Ed – or not doing a walk in one case!].

Roger, very kindly transported Rosemarie, Moira and myself to Hartington in Derbyshire, passing by Kelham Hall – a magnificent Victorian house built in 1863 and set within 42 acres of gardens and stopping off at Crich for a welcome coffee and toasted teacake.

As we arrived too early to go to the youth hostel, we had a quick look around the village, a bite to eat followed by a very nice 6 mile walk through Biggin Dale. A little too early in the year to see the colorful spattering of purple orchids, cowslips and harebells, Biggin Dale is a dry stony dale and home to many Hawthorn trees. Carrying on through Wolfscote Dale and Morson Woods found us back in the pretty village of Hartington, just in time for afternoon tea before meeting up with the others at the hostel.

We avoided the gift shop and the forked tongue of the shop assistant, who had previously got very quickly agitated, when asked where the loos were, they were “just around the corner”.

The evening was spent in the hostel with a fish and chip/curry supper followed by a visit to the pubs to check out Saturday’s evening meal.

Report – Sue

Pictures – Alan

Walk rating – Very Good

For those in Geoff’s car, a 11 mile walk was on the agenda which started and ended at Wetton. After the early rain cleared we managed to get some views.
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In fact the sky became a lovely blue.
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These stepping stones across the River Manifold provided a bit of a challenge.
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Chris and Owen take it carefully as the water comes up around their boots.
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The late sun catches the river.
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