Walk Diary Sunday 26 March 2017 Weather, 12°C. sunny
Hope Depart 10 a.m. 10 ½ miles Leader: Phil W.
No. on walk 12
What a wonderful day we had out in the glorious sunshine. We enjoyed spectacular views over land and water, along with many other folk taking advantage of this sunny week-end. Along the way we met groups, families and individuals out walking, Duke of Edinburgh award scheme youngsters out to earn their silver badges, trail bikers enjoying some of the downhill rushes. Of course to enjoy all these things requires effort and we put in a couple of good shifts to achieve our goals.
I'll let the pictures do the telling today and just give a brief description of the route we took for those following our progress on a map from home, which I know many of you do.
From Hope village car park, where the charge is now five pounds, we set off northward passing Cemetery road to go under the railway taking the northeast track to begin the long ascent to Win Hill, this part of the journey taking us about one hour, just in time for our morning break on the top of the hill. Descending through Winhill plantation, south along a path through Thornhill Carrs to a junction of several paths, turning sharp left following a sign marked Heatherdene to Yorkshire Bridge, crossing the bridge and taking the path to the top of Ladybower Dam. Over the dam now, to follow this arm of the reservoir on a good track, lunch being taken opposite the A57 bridge, then on to where the reservoir is fed by the River Ashop. Turning away from the river we headed up a steep path to Hope Cross, much of this through wonderful atmospheric woodland, indeed it's called Woodlands Valley. A welcome break at the cross, before making the descent on a track, following the course of the old Roman Road passing under the rail bridge of our outward journey and back to the village. Most of us invading the nearest cafe to the car park for a much needed cuppa. The sign outside the cafe said muddy boots welcome and on looking down, ours were nearly as clean as when we started out, so by that definition alone it must have been a good day. Thanks Phil.