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Home Diary Walks Rowsley Bakewell 9 July 2017

Rowsley Bakewell 9 July 2017

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Walk Diary Sunday 9 July 2017 Weather, 25°C. Warm!
Rowsley Old Station CP. Depart 10 a.m. 9 ½ miles Leaders: Janet & John T.
No. on walk 13+ Gwen

Another great walk from this pair of regular contributors to our walking programme. A walk featuring some wonderful woodland paths, high pastures and ridges, enabling us to have some excellent scenic views. Two top class break venues and a long downhill stretch culminating for most, at the cafe in the shopping village, who could ask for more?

We set off from the old station car park to cross the A6 on the Chatsworth Junction, then came a climb beside the delightful East Lodge Hotel, whose ten acres of gardens looks the ideal spot to relax. The small path ends with a topiary arch through which we had to walk, feels just like entering someone's garden, close, but there is a road just ahead. After crossing Chesterfield Lane, we entered into the Rowsley Woods on the Haddon estate, a sign says private, but we followed the right of way, a lovely meandering path to Smeltingmill Wood. then heading down to exit the woods above Beeley. Excellent views (pictured) over the village with views towards Chatsworth. After passing through a herd of cattle, we entered the village and walked down a street with an open brook beside it, see picture.

Just off the village centre was a convenient community field where we found seating and shade for our first break. We left the village passing by the church, crossing the water meadows to the bridge near to Beeley Lodge. This bridge, controlled by traffic lights, is quite narrow and walkers needed to be careful not to sway too much for fear of being slapped on the rear by a wing mirror of a passing vehicle. After a visit by some, to the Garden Centre, we walked up a small lane to Calton Lees and then the service track to Calton Houses, which incidentally have now been fully restored and it is good to see them ready for habitation. Painted in the Chatsworth colours one presumes that these will have tenants rather than owners in the future.

We walked westwards for nearly the entire length of Calton Pastures, which had been strewn quite liberally, by that which can only be spread by a 'Muck Spreader', fortunately it had dried quite well and only ponged a little. We rounded the pond at the top of the meadows heading for a small spinney of Elm and Lime trees, beneath which we sat for a relaxing and enjoyable lunch break. As we sat there, various groups came and went along the path, many in obvious agony, for they had just climbed the very steep path up through Manners Wood, the one we would descend any time soon.

It was quite torturous, making our way through those woods, but safe in the knowledge that had it been wet it would have been far worse. We banged the bell loudly as we crossed over the Bakewell Golf course, there didn't seem to be too many players around, too hot for the poor souls no doubt! Our next stop was the toilets beside Bakewell Cattle Market, soon leaving here to walk across the show ground, picking our way through a large stand of camper vans, a week end gathering of these very expensive mobile tents. We moved on southwards following roughly the line of the River Wye, leaving this to walk behind Haddon Hall, to pass by Bowling Green Farm. A short stop here, for an intake of fluid, the heat of the afternoon taking its' toll upon us. One last climb as we rounded Aaron Hole Plantation and another pause to take in the terrific views over the valley before us, Rowsley nestled at its centre and just beyond the confluence of the Wye and the Derwent. We could even make out the ridge of the roofing covering the shopping village and could almost smell the tea pots, even with another mile to go. This only served to hasten our gallop, down the track to that tempting destination. I for one enjoyed the day and would have probably shed a few pounds, had it not been for the fish and chips consumed a little later.!

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Last Updated on Sunday, 09 July 2017 20:20