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Home Diary Walks Ashbourne Thorpe 30 July 2017

Ashbourne Thorpe 30 July 2017

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Walk Diary Sunday 30 July 2017 Weather, 18°C. perfect.
Ashbourne Cokayne Ave. Depart 10 a.m. 12 miles Leader: Frankie L.
No. on walk 12

As I sit here at the keyboard, Sunday early evening, to write these few words, a torrential down pour is drumming on the window pane and I can't help thinking how fortunate we were today to have such perfect weather for our walk. The temperature was just right with a light cooling breeze just when you needed it and above all it stayed dry.

Today's walk had two starting points one as above which was the twelve miler and the other starting from further along the route at the Ashbourne end of the Tissington Trail situated in Mapleton Lane, the start for the ten miler. The intention was to pick up any who were waiting at the Mapleton Lane car park on the way out and leave them there on the return leg, as it was, there were no takers for the shorter walk, but we did stop there on the way back for a nice cuppa outside the small cafe on the trail.

We left the car park on Cokayne Avenue, named after the Cokayne family who from the fifteenth century lived in the nearby Ashbourne Hall, walking on through the town, resplendent in carnival style bunting and on to pass through the disused railway tunnel to the aforementioned meeting place. We carried on along the Tissington Trail for a short way taking the first path off to the left, to pass by the very popular and busy Callow Top Farm Holiday Centre. It was then on down, to enter Mapleton Village, leaving it via Okeover Bridge. Crossing the River Dove at this point now meant that we were in Staffordshire and we remained on that side of the border until after lunch, taking the footbridge below Thorpe Cloud to cross back into Derbyshire.

For most of the morning we followed the line of the Dove, stopping at Littlepark for our morning break, sometimes using familiar paths, at other times some unknown to me. One such was through Little Peg's Wood, the path here had suffered from the previous nights storms, but we made it through unscathed. We reached Coldwell Bridge and I must say that most of the fields we had passed through are normally full of grazing Sheep, today not a Sheep to be seen but plenty of cattle instead, some a bit more frisky than others, but most paid no heed. From Coldwell Bridge, allowing for a small section of sticky mud the rest of the way to Ilam was easing going and we reached the footbridge at near the monument just after twelve.

There was an Ice cream van here but temptation was put behind us, with the realisation that a climb up Bunster hill was next on the agenda. As it turned out we only went two thirds of the way up, doubling back on ourselves to walk along a ridge on the 225 metre contour line. Once at the brow, we stopped for lunch, a really good spot where we could eat and watch the comings and goings of those enjoying their day out in this popular area. Ahead of us was Thorpe Cloud whose slopes were being climbed from all directions and in all types of fashion.

With a decent lunch break over, we dropped down to the path behind The Izaak Walton Hotel and on to the Car Park and toilet facilities at Dovedale. We crossed the Dove and walked up by the famous Stepping Stones, pictured, then to climb the long slope up Lin Dale to Thorpe Village. We now headed east to cross the Tissington Trail to Fenny Bentley and then south to cross it again, confusing? So in all today we walked the trail twice and crossed it twice! We continued south to Callow Top Farm once more, this time approaching it by the busy main entrance. From here we quickly made our way back to the trail and then the cafe where we rested a while before returning through the tunnel and town to the car park to finish another grand day out.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 30 July 2017 19:44