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Home Diary Walks Duffield Quardon 30 Aug 2017

Duffield Quardon 30 Aug 2017

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Walk Diary Wednesday 30 August 2017 Weather, 15°c. Showery.
Duffield Church car park. Depart 10 a.m. 8 miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 20

A bit of a damp start to the day and in the knowledge that we would be walking through tall foliage, encouraged most of us to wear over trousers from the start, this was useful later as just after the morning break it unexpectedly , tipped it down. A good turnout today as well, with plenty of good parking at Duffield, even though there was another small group starting from there and lots of cars arriving for a function in St. Alkmund's Parish church.

We set off at a good pace, firstly walking alongside the main railway line and then to pass by the Ecclesbourne Rail station. From this point we walked the route of the Ecclesbourne Way, following it through the village and across the meadows as far as The Ecclesbourne Garden Centre, leaving the route here to follow the Centenary Way as far as Champion's Farm, near to which we stopped for our first break. You will see from some of the pictures that nature is rapidly moving towards the autumn season. A Large Oak, standing alone and proud leaves now fading to a yellowy bronze colour but still looking majestic. Whilst in the hedgerows Sloes, plump and juicy, appear to be near ready for picking, by those who have that odd bottle of Gin to spare, infusing these hedgerow orbs to gain an elixir to lay down for the dark winter months. Blackberries too, still in abundance, but have surely now reached their peak.

Through the rain we strode, on through opulent village of Quarndon, gazing at each house mentally marking those which deserve their millionaire price tag. We left the village by Woodlands Road, now heading towards Allestree and just after the water tower we entered and walked upon the excellent paths of Allestree Park, keeping to the outermost path all the way to the ponds at the southwest corner. It was here, where we found seating by the water's edge to the great delight to many of the waterfowl assembled like an armada upon the shallow pond. Swans, Geese, Ducks of many kinds, Coots, Seagulls and Moorhens all ready to pounce upon any morsel flung their way.

With our lunch break over we left the park and crossed over the busy A6 to walk the path by Fields Farm. Eventually picking up the banks of the River Derwent, which we followed for a while before it snaked off away from us only to reappear later towards the end of our walk. We approached Burley Hill with some in trepidation, our leader having announced before the off that we may have to fight our way through the undergrowth here, it was that dreaded scourge of the river banks, Himalayan Balsam, standing either side of a faint narrow path line. It was quite easy to walk through the tall slender stems, standing about five feet tall which we brushed aside with ease, it was the hidden Bramble, Nettle and Blackthorn camouflaged within the Balsam that caught some of us out.

Once clear, we passed under the main railway and continued northwards with the spire of St. Alkmund's church as our guide, whilst to our right was the river once more, wide and deep. We kept an eye out for the illusive Kingfisher that on previous excursions we have spotted momentarily from these banks, perhaps it may have been the chattering masses ahead of us or more likely just a bad day to view these delightful birds. Leaving the river, we passed through the church yard to the car park beyond, which was now emptied of all but our cars. A great walk, albeit a little damp in places, but so good to be out and about.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:57