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Home Diary Walks Blore Stanton 3 Sep 2017

Blore Stanton 3 Sep 2017

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Walk Diary Sunday 3 September 2017 Weather, 13°C. chilly for time of year.
Blore Pastures CP. Depart 10 a.m. 10 ¼ miles Leader: David D.
No. on walk 12

Not a bad turnout as far as Sunday walks go, these perhaps more demanding walks do not attract the number of members compared with Wednesday and Friday walks. Still, I believe there is a duty to fulfil the needs of those who aspire to doing a little bit more and to provide a balance to cover all our members both old and new. The walk today was quite challenging in places, with several climbs along the way. Another type of challenge was when we were surrounded by a large herd of spirited, nearly fully grown cattle, we were glad to leave their field unscathed. According to our recording devices the total ascent was over fifteen hundred feet and of course likewise the descent, although sometimes we found going down a bit more difficult than up.

With a chilly biting wind it was perhaps not the best of days to be standing around, but from the start we had a couple of ascents to warm us up, firstly south from the car park and again a stiffer climb near to Top Low on our way to Swinscoe. We by-passed Swinscoe to the west and on to Leasow, following the contour around Ellis Hill then to negotiate the long flight of narrow steps at Cuckoo Cliff. The path at Cuckoo cliff drops dramatically down to cross the Ellis Hill brook, followed by a stiff climb out on the Stanton side where we stopped for our morning break. Amazingly, this two mile path, betwixt Stanton and Swinscoe, is the one, children used to use daily on their journey to and from school that, in the day when there was no such things as Mum's Taxis. We could only imagine what it would have been like during the winter months, when they would have been in darkness both ways.

We moved on and passed through the west side of Stanton village leaving it near the pretty little church of St. Mary, just by the western end where the path is way marked Weaver Walk. We followed the 'Way' downhill to cross Marsh Brook and then on along a lovely meandering path through Griff Woods, leaving via Ray Wood and then nearly doubling back on ourselves to walk along a good farm track to Balderstone, this after crossing a small boggy area near to Smithy Moor Farm.

At the top of Ordley Bank, we stopped for lunch on the side of a small lane, adjacent to a field containing two donkeys. Some who sat near to the field were amused by the male's attempts at procreation, none of which I am told, were successful! With our break over we set off along Stanton Lane for the next three quarters of a mile, first, steeply down and then a long haul up to Lord's Piece, catching our breath here for a few minutes. We left Stanton Lane moving northwards, through the aforementioned herd and on towards the A52, after passing by a shelter containing two enormous Sows, answering every call we gave them with a distinctive grunt.

We now headed for Marten Hill / Martin Hill, strangely the ordnance survey map has these two names side by side, I presume they are one and the same? Anyway whichever Martyn it was, we turned east and headed down to pass by Okeover Hall, to the mill just by the bridge and then took a parallel route back up on the other side of the estate to Woodhouses. Here, with light rain falling, we gained the road, passing by the parish church of St. Bartholomew, Blore and just a few hundred yards later back to the cars. After a quick change, we drove down to Ilam National Trust tea rooms for some light refreshment before our journey home. Some of the pictures shown were taken when I did the recce', when there was a little more sunshine around than today.

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