Walk Diary Sunday 3 December 2017 Weather, 9°C. Fine.
Belper Coppice, Depart 10 a.m. 8 ¾ miles Leader: David D.
No. on walk 16
Quite a simple walk today, made a bit shorter by the avoidance of a couple of really muddy bits. Although we did find a few muddy patches along the way, most of these, with careful foot placement, were avoidable and I would suggest that by the time we had finished, having walked through some grassy fields, most would not have had too much cleaning to do. Overall, we walked east to Denby village from the Coppice car park, drawn on the map the route takes on the semblance of a marrow bone, with a knuckle at each end.
From the car park we followed the Derwent Valley Heritage Way as far as Wildersley Farm, along the way having good views of the WW1, emblazoned on the Chevin hillside, a picture is included, the letters are one hundred feet deep, to signify the century since the first world war took place. With Wildersley behind us we entered Bargate, continuing east to Highwood Farm, stopping with views over Killis Farm pond, for our morning break.
We walked on, passing by the pond and on to Mount Pleasant, passing under the A38 flyover and into the newly built area of Rawson Green. We then crossed over the disused Ripley railway to walk up through Denby Bottles. After leaving the built up area we followed along a bridle way, continuing this all the way to Denby Village. Once in the village we headed towards the church, stopping just before it to enter the John Flamsteed Memorial Park. Taking our lunch break there, where there was plenty of seating for every one.
John Flamsteed, was born in Denby in the early 17c. A son of a Derby business man, he attended Derby school and later went to Cambridge and is best known as being the first Astronomer Royal, taking up the post in 1675, during his later years he was also elevated to the priesthood, taking up a living in Surrey. This wonderful park, with its star charts and great information boards are a tribute to the worth of this local man made good.
With a good lunch break over we took the shortest public footpath to Denby Pottery, passing right through the busy complex, almost half stopping to peruse the facilities there! After crossing the road outside the factory we made a beeline for Morrell’s Wood, then to take the path beside the A38 to Hilltop, crossing the road here and continuing on to Openwoodgate.
We walked about halfway along Sandbed Lane, turning to take the track past Elliot Springs, carrying on to Mill lane, descending along it to enter Belper park by the eastern gate. On arriving back at the car park we were quite pleased and surprised not to see it full to capacity, as the Annual Food Fair was taking place in the town, a few of us took the chance to see what was on offer. Quite an easy outing for us, the one main hill was getting out of Belper early on, otherwise the weather treated us kindly and we had some good panoramic views from the higher points.