Walk Diary Wednesday 10 January 2018 Weather,6°C. Clearing.
Croch Market Place Depart 10 a.m. 7 3/4 miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 21
It was raining hard when we awoke this morning and so most dressed accordingly, if we had paid attenton to the weather foreccast, then perhaps we wouldn't have had so many layers to take off. As the day wore on, it became progressively drier and warmer, the earlier rain turned to misty fog, clearing later to a fine sunny day, just like the weather forecaster told us, yes they do have their moments!
We left the market place walking up the Lea Road, turning onto the footpath across The Tors, to our left the dramatic drop down to the streets of Crich and to our right excellent views over the A6 corridor, which for most of the time was shrouded in mist, it was difficult to distinguish sky from land. From The Tors we took the steep steps down onto the Fritchley Road, taking this and a footpath to its centre by the church. Around the corner we stopped to look at the information boards erected there, describing the tramway and tunnel workings in the conveyance of Limestone.
We now ventured east crossing over the railway tunnel to take our first break at Lodge Hill Farm. We moved on to walk beside the River Amber, crossing over it near to The Mill. After crossing over the Oakerthorpe Road, we followed the footpath across the fields to St. Matthew’s Church in Pentrich, exiting the churchyard to take the village street north and then a track to Coneygrey Farm, turning here to recross the Oakerthorpe Road and on to Weir Mill Farm, where we stopped for lunch, the old 17c. Waterwheel still turns, presumably providing power, I attach a picture of the sign near to the farm gates.
We carried on to take the road by Coalburn Hill, then to follow a muddy way past the water features to Holly Bush Farm, south now into Wingfield Park to walk through the wood at Barnclose and on to join the road at Mill Green. We now followed the road with an upward gradient all the way back up to the market place. A quick change saw many of us venture into the ‘Loaf’ for that end of walk cuppa. Beside becoming a nice sunny day we actually saw our first display of roadside Snowdrops, nearly missed as there was so much litter around and about them.