Walk Diary Wednesday 29 March 2017. Weather, 10°C. overcast
Minninglow Trail Car Park Depart 10 a.m. 7 ½ miles Leader: Barbara B.
No. on walk 25
A splendid relaxed walk starting from the old goods yard alongside the High Peak Trail, the goods yards or sidings once part of the Cromford and High Peak Railway. It was a good mix of people, all seemingly moving up and down the line getting to know one another in general chit chat and banter, good to hear and take part in. I always regard our group as a friendly walk and talk group and the numbers we get out seem to bear this out. I know that some group's walks are all about getting the mileage in and ticking the boxes for various walking achievements, not for me, but all the same it's good there is something on offer somewhere to suit all tastes.
We set off along the 'Trail' with Minninglow in our sites, admiring the past efforts of the Victorian builders of this line, as we rounded a bend on a rock built embankment, all laid in by hand, picture attached. Shortly after, we paused to look at a disused Lime Kiln, still recognisable despite many years of inactivity. We didn't go up to the Neolithic site of Minninglow, but rather passed beneath and took the path away from it to Royston Grange. We entered through the gate to an area where the monastic grange once stood, outlines of the buildings visible through the grassy surface. Many went to look at the information boards attached to the old pumping house, which from a distance looks like a chapel. In these surroundings we took our morning break, a little early, but it was an interesting place to rest.
Moving on we went down a small lane towards Ballidon and then turned west to walk over a bridge, beneath which there is a track way that links Ballidon Quarry with Hoe Grange Quarry, we stood and watched as a great quarry truck trundled beneath us. We walked onto ever rising ground to eventually join the Parwich road, turning North just before Hilltop Farm. Then across the fields, now being readied for the nourishment of cattle, soon to be released from their winter quarters, to walk through Lowmoor Farm, to do this we had to descend a steep gradient to get to it. Once through we headed, still going north, for Cardllemere Lane and in so doing had to run the gauntlet of the 'muckspreader' that just happened to be spreading some of the rich smelling stuff across our line of walk. We waited until he had finished his run and went for it, boots now with good gardening material sticking to them! Later we stopped by the edge of Cardlemere Lane to take our lunch break, with a quite pungent odour clinging in the air. We weren't sure whether it was on the wind or coming from our boots.
During lunch we had the pleasure of the call of the Skylark, hidden somewhere in the leadened skies above us. Leaving this and the smell behind, we walked north westwards along the aforementioned lane, then to take the next track on our right. This brought us out above Gotham, not the city, but once a grange and so once more, onto the High Peak Trail. A pleasant half mile followed, on a good surface, to arrive back at the car park in good time. Many deciding to make the journey home via 'The Fountain' at Bonsall for that all important brew.