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Home Diary Walks Duffield Wirksworth 10 Sept 2017

Duffield Wirksworth 10 Sept 2017

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Walk Diary Sunday 10 September 2017 Weather, 14°C. cloudy
Duffield EVR Rail Station. Depart 9.30 a.m. 10 ¾ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 36

This, a linear walk along the length of the newly formed Ecclesbourne Way and organised as part of the Amber Valley and Erewash Footprints Walking Festival. Our numbers bolstered by good advertising and through the distribution of festival booklets. The well organised walk plan, was to walk to Wirksworth and return by the last train of the afternoon, leaving Wirksworth at 4 p.m. This we did and actually arrived in Wirksworth before 3 p.m. Two of our number left the walk at Shottle and returned to Duffield by the lunchtime train and similarly four more returned from Idridgehay on the same train, these just making the station, with literally minutes to spare, before the arrival of the train.

John HT, to his friends, and Jane had been about early, opening up the parking and toilet facilities at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway's Duffield station in readiness for us all to arrive and by 9.30 we were ready for the off. He had even put signs out at the top of Chapel Street to direct those who were less familiar with the area, even with this in place it was left to Jane in her brilliant high-vis vest to direct some of the traffic through the gates of the station.

I'll not describe the route as it can be viewed in full on The Friends of Ecclesbourne Way website www.ecclesbourneway.org.uk . Martin is the web master and also has completely way marked the route with distinctive maroon and cream discs, to help make it easier to follow in either direction. The current downloadable route sheet describes the route with maps from Duffield to Wirksworth, as yet there are no directions for the reverse, but with map in hand and the use of the way markers it should be relatively easy to follow the way back to Duffield.

We stopped for our first break at 11 a.m. near to Windley Street and lunch was taken on a lovely meadow near to Idridgehay Station. I think some were surprised by the amount of climb in the afternoon as we ascended to a hill aptly call Hilltop, normally good views of the valley from here, but murk and mist marred the view somewhat. In the last mile, as we neared Gorsey Bank we had to cover up a bit from a heavy shower that fortunately didn't last long.

On arrival at Wirksworth we formed an orderly queue to buy out tickets for the return journey and then all of us descended on the buffet car for a cuppa. They coped well with our numbers and I do believe that nobody had forwarded the message we sent from Duffield regarding our numbers and intentions. They also had two coach parties seated, in the posh end, to deal with as well. Thanks to all involved in creating and making this path, which I am sure will be a benefit to both walkers and the railway throughout the coming years.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 10 September 2017 19:01