Walks Diary Wednesday 25 April 2018 Weather, wet
Hazelwood 8 miles Leader: Gerry W.
No. on walk 27
Pictures by James W.
Our meeting place was the Firestone lay by on the Firestone Hill to the west of Belper. In spite of a poor forecast, showers and much cooler than of late, we had a good turnout of 27 people. But unlike last week, we were all wrapped up, the wind was very sharp. At first the sun was shining and the countryside was looking wonderful in its spring glory. Green fields, hedgerow flowers blossoming and birds singing. It is so lovely to walk in the spring. A reasonably challenging walk of 8 miles with at least 600 feet of up and down. The paths were not well walked and some of the stiles were particularly challenging but it had some lovely views of the Ecclesbourne valley. The sunshine however, did not last and we had a couple of very sharp if not long lived showers. One especially was very heavy with hail as well as torrential rain, thankfully they were not long lasting and we finished in bright sunshine. It was one of those days when waterproofs went on and off quite often. The route meandered through the hills to the west of Belper and down into the Ecclesbourne valley, where we crossed the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway line and saw their 'Permanent Way' engine and tender going down the line to do some track work. We waved and they seemed friendly in spite of some of our ramblers having to be reminded to get off the line. Engines do not stop very quickly in the wet, even on a heritage line. We then went up the other side of the valley on some paths that we haven’t used for a while and after re-crossing the railway again, we had a long pull up to Hazelwood and to the cars. A good walk. Jane H.