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Home Diary Walks Stone Centre Callow 12 July 2017

Stone Centre Callow 12 July 2017

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Walk Diary Wednesday 12 July 2017 Weather, 20°C. fine.
Stone Centre, Middleton By Wirksworth Depart 10 a.m. 7 ¼ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 26

What a difference a day makes, had it been yesterday's weather, then probably the walk may not have taken place, as it was, it turned out a particularly good walk on a very nice day. The whole walk was rounded off just nicely with a cuppa in the Stone Centres' newly refurbished cafe now called, The Gastropod, which is situated at the other side of the building to where the old one used to be, facing south with a good number of tables and benches for outdoor seating, for which many of us made good use.

After depositing our offerings in the car park honesty box, we made our way immediately west along the High Peak Trail, soon ascending the steep incline up to the Engine House and visitor centre at Middleton. All around were many pictures of the industry of this place taken at a time when all were in daily use. The two furnaces, that used to help power the winding gear which hauled the wagons up in incline, are fired up about once a month to give visitors a working knowledge of these great static steam engines. A slight pause, at the visitor's centre, as a few of us made use of the facilities after which we made our way along the trail. Near to Intake Quarry we left the trail and followed a path south towards Carsington Reservoir, crossing over fields pitted with old mine workings, some with covered shafts, stopping for our first break near to Sycamore Farm.

After crossing over the Carsington Road, we joined the reservoir path for a short way, then followed a cross field path to Stainsbro' Lane. After climbing the remainder of the hill on the road, we walked through several herds of cows to Upper House Farm, then to follow the narrow Callow Lane, back to Wirksworth taking the path nearest Speedwell Mill. We crossed over the Duffield Road and took the route known locally as 'forty-nine steps' to cross over the Ecclesbourne Railway. We stopped for lunch in a grassy field to the east of the railway for our lunch.

The lunch finished just in time, as a tractor and sprayer entered the field to begin spraying to kill broadleaved weeds amongst the hay crop. We had left the field before his first pass and made our way past Hob Hall and on to Gorsey Bank, taking the path above Boggart's Inn Farm and so down to re-cross the railway. We walked north alongside the railway and through the station yard, climbing the permissive path to North Street, strangely at the north end of town. We now followed a well used path back to the Stone Centre passing by the site of the old lime kilns, climbing the last few hundred yards past the many elements built around the Stone Centre for educational purposes. A great day out in good weather and good company, finishing with that cuppa before strolling the short way back to the car park.




Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 16:43