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Home Diary Walks Hazelwood Kedleston 21 June 2917

Hazelwood Kedleston 21 June 2917

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Walk Diary Wednesday 21 June 2017 Weather, 26°C. Quite warm!
Hazelwood (Puss-in-Boots) Depart 10 a.m. 7 ¾ miles Leader: Dick H. Walking in for Gerry
No. on walk 24

A walk by the ornamental lake in Kedleston Park was the feature of today's walk, I don't think, as a group that we have ever done this before. I know, many years ago we started inside the park and walked out, but this time it was the other way around. It was Gerry's idea after he had visited the hall and ascertained whether it was alright for us to do so. Unfortunately, Gerry was unable to lead, so Dick stepped in his stead. Considering the continuing very hot weather, it was good to see such a large turnout. A couple of problems along the way, due to an overgrown track and stile caused a little bit of light manoeuvring, but we soon found a way around them.

We set off across the fields from the road behind the Puss-in-Boots pub, towards Gunhills and coincidentally using some of the stiles and gate that was put in yesterday by our footpath maintenance team. The new gate near to what we lovingly call 'the bus stop' was used and we tried the new added steps on the roadside stile at Gunhills. Pictures of this work can be seen on the front page of this website. Once at Gunhills we turned left along the small lane to a junction turning left along Woodfall Lane, then intending to take a stile with steps into a field. Even though we knew it was there, we couldn't see it, it was only when we entered the field via a gate and walked back we could see part of it. We crossed the field behind Newlands and just after crossing the Centenary Way, we hit another snag, more overgrown vegetation and this on a wide farm track. It's when you are near the rear of the column and people start coming towards you, that you realise there is a problem ahead. We entered the next field and found a convenient gate into the destination field we wanted and were soon back on course. We took our first extended break on the eastern side of Marplas Plantation.

We followed the line of Blind Brook eventually crossing it and making our way across large pastures with a multitude of young beasts grazing and some showing a little interest in us, they probably outnumbered us four to one. After crossing the Weston Underwood road we walked to the park entrance, just past the former Kedleston village school. We crossed over the cattle grid entering the parkland of Kedleston Hall, turning immediately left to cross the small stream that feeds into the water features of the estate. We were now on one of the Kedleston Park walks, this part called the Wilderness Walk, that ended at the bridge to the front of the hall. Our keen birdwatchers were soon pointing out some of the many species of birds along this stretch, Woodpecker, Graylag Geese, Swans, Ducks various and two Oyster Catchers with chick.

We turned our backs on the hall and the many marquees that have been erected for some special event, walking along the drive to the eastern exit. To our right was Kedleston Golf club, it's members doing their thing on some of the superb greens. Just before the lodge gates we stopped, in the shade of large oaks, for a wonderful relaxing lunch break, reluctantly moving off to continue our journey, south along the Kedleston Road. After we had passed the golf club entrance we took a cross field path, firstly climbing over a difficult stile, but once over we found that the line of the footpath had been sprayed, so it was good walking for the next few fields. We now entered the road near to park Nook Farm, turning right and then left to follow a line to pass Champion Farm. With about a mile to go we stopped, for a drinks break, in a shady place and just the hint a breeze to cool us. We continued, following the same line and then turning to follow the path across Windley Meadows, noting the excellent work the farmer had done by installing gates and improving stiles. After crossing the stile at the bottom of the last meadow, we turned the corner to where our cars were parked, arriving there by two fifteen, finishing a great day out. But it doesn't end there, as there is another short walk this evening, marking Mid-summer's day, with a meal in the Family Tree for those who have reserved their places.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 06:09