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Home Diary Walks Brassington Ballidon 5 July 2017

Brassington Ballidon 5 July 2017

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Walk Diary Wednesday 5 July 2017 Weather, 22°C. Sultry.
Brassington Quarry Depart 10 a.m. 8 ½ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 22

The sun flirted with the clouds as we made our way around this delightful part of Derbyshire, taking in some of the local named features. Firstly Pinder's Rock, a six metre limestone stack, mostly covered in vegetation. It was then on to the ancient Neolithic burial site of Minninglow, which we passed through, followed by a short walk along the Pennine Bridleway/High Peak Trail and on leaving this for lunch on the rocky outcrop above Royston Grange.

We walked though many a field of Cattle, Sheep and lambs, the first lot of cattle all laying down on the ground, old wives would tell you that rain was on the way, but they certainly got it wrong this time or perhaps it was the cattle's fault!. After leaving the Brassington village we passed by the end of Manystones Lane, to encounter some road works, cables underground by the looks of it, I attach a picture of one of their menacing looking machines. At the end of the works we left the road heading for the B5056, turning left upon it for a short while and then taking the path to Pinder's Rock.

After passing under the High Peak Trail we stopped for a comfortable morning break, before taking the bridleway to Minninglow. We left the 'way' to ascend the permissive path walking through this ancient burial site, in one gate and out the other, going down and eventually passing under the High Peak Trail to follow the path to Royston Grange. We climbed the hill, on access land to the east of the grange, where we sat upon some of the many rocks here, for an extended lunch break. Excellent views below us of the pump house near to the site of the grange and away to our left views of the massive Ballidon Quarry works.

With lunch now behind us we walked down the small lane to enter Ballidon and after passing by the entrance to the works we took the bridleway betwixt Cow Close and Oldfield Farms. On reaching the top it was now down to Pasture lane which we followed for the next mile, turning right near the top to enter Brassington. The legs were now a little weary as we entered Wirksworth Dale and the short lane back to the excellent quarry car park and Picnic site, where it would have been nice to find and Ice cream van, no such luck, so the remains of any fluid we had left was consumed before making the journey homeward.

JW1JW2JW3pictures by James W.