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Home Diary Walks Longnor Pilsbury 13 Aug 2017

Longnor Pilsbury 13 Aug 2017

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Walk Diary Sunday 13 August 2017 Weather, 17°C. Ideal
Longnor Market Place Depart 10 a.m. 10 ½ miles Leader: Jane H.
No. on walk 10

Perfect weather for walking, as they say, with superb surroundings in this part of Staffordshire, where we had good panoramic views for most of the time. The line of the walk can best be described as sausage shaped, walking out from Longnor south eastwards along the ridges to Hartington and returning, this time in Derbyshire, by the lower route north westwards to Crowdicote re-crossing the border and then climbing back up to our starting point.

We were fortunate enough to find parking spaces in the market place, which was cluttered with large agricultural vehicles of farm contractors stopping for their breakfast before setting off to harvest a secondary crop of grass for silage. We set off along the main street, passing the Cheshire Cheese Inn and out along the flood meadows alongside the River Manifold, have brief glimpses of it as we or it meandered along. At Lower Boothlow we took the path to Hill End joining the road there for a short way towards Sheen Hill. Near to Sheen Hill, we went walkabout, finding a suitable place on the hillside for our first break, thereafter returning to the footpath and on to High Sheen Farm, which incidentally sits at over eleven hundred feet above sea level. From there we took to the road as far as Harris Close and thence onto a lovely ridge path with magnificent views over the valley below, which unbeknown to most of us we would walk later on our return.

We descended into the ever popular village of Hartington and sat on some of the many benches around the village pond. We had an excellent break of a good duration and whilst we ate we were kept amused by a couple of ducks trying to beat the local fish population to any titbits thrown into the water, invariably the fish of which there must have been many, won hands down or should that be fins!

We left the village, passing by and stopping to view a lovely cottage adorned with so many wonderful flowering hanging baskets, that the cottage was almost invisible. Onward again via a small gated lane that seemed to have a disproportionate amount of traffic on it, that we were convinced that they must all using sat navs! Next stop was to view the entrance to Ludwell Mine 1862, gated and disused, on the map it isshown as an 'adit', a horizontal mineshaft where miners must have followed a rich seam of lead into the hillside.

Pilsbury Castle, next stop, the remains of an 11c. Motte and triple Bailey Fort, a focal point for many of the tourists we met on our journey today. Onward to Crowdicote, walking the fields beside the infant River Dove finally crossing it via Beggars Bridge to climb the quite steep ascent back up to the lofted Longnor village, where the three cafes in the market square were open and doing good business. We chose the centre one, because they have a reputation for good scones, with outside seating where we consumed several refreshing cuppas.

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 August 2017 10:15