Walk Diary Wednesday 15 February 2017 Weather, 8°C. murky.
Lea Gardens Depart 10 a.m. 7 miles Leader: Gerry White.
No. on walk 23
On pulling back the curtains this morning, it seemed as if it would be a fairly clear day, but as the morning wore on and the warmer air began to replace the cold, fog quickly formed and in fact stayed with us for all of our day until rain arrived just as the walk was finishing.
Today advertised as a Snowdrop walk, a day when we set off to find clumps of snowdrops in some of our favoured spots, unfortunately, although they were there, but they were not yet at their best. I have included a couple of pictures that perhaps shows the best of them off.
Leaving the roadside parking near to Lea Garden centre, we walked around the playing fields into Lea and then took to familiar paths over to Dethick, dipping down sharply to cross the footbridge over Littlemoor Brook, resulting in a steep climb up the steps on the other side. After a short walk along the road from Dethick we entered onto a lovely old bridleway called Wood Lane, this later exiting onto Cunnery Lane. We walked the extent of Cunnery Lane, then took the long path across Dethick Common stopping along the way for our first break.
We crossed over Dethick Lane to pick up High Lane following this until we reached Holly Grange Farm, here taking to the fields to visit the Shuckstone (pictured). We followed the path ahead and eventually found ourselves in Wakebridge, by the farm of the same name. Turning west from the road we stopped on the edge of Leashaw Woods for a very pleasant lunch break, considering the conditions, with some interesting sheep coming to the nearby fence, thinking there may be some food in the offing.
With lunch over we walked a long downhill path between Leashaw and Jessop Woods, eventually finding ourselves on the tow path of the Cromford Canal. We left the tow path at Gregory Dam, climbing steadily up to Lea Hurst and then into the centre of Holloway Village. We walked along Church Lane, taking an extremely good uphill path betwixt the cemetery and Christ Church, the parish church of Holloway. Conveniently this exits on the road just where our cars were parked and not a moment too soon as the rain began, but all were able to get in to their vehicles still in a dry state.
Not too much description today as the fog only gave us a hazy view in the region of one hundred to two hundred yards, I found it very disorientating, fortunately our leader knew where he was going and we all arrived back just before two.