Walk Diary Wednesday 5 December 2018 Weather 10° ‘Damp’!
Crich Depart 10 a.m. 6 ½ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 8
Just the eight of us today and I can’t blame anyone for not turning out on a day like today, whilst the weather forecast wasn’t very accurate, it wasn’t that far out. Of course, the weather was the main feature and talking point of todays outing. Visibility was no more than seventy yards for most of the time, it became clearer during times of heavy rain showers, but returned to hazy state soon after.
Our leader deftly led us around, seeming to know every nook and cranny even though no landmarks were visible, even when walking by Crich Stand and knowing exactly where to look, it still couldn’t be seen. Mud was unavoidable in places, but there was always a swollen stream or ford where you could give them a rinse, so we did get back in a relatively clean state.
We left Crich market place by walking up Bown Hill to St. Marys’ church, through the grave yard at the east end and keeping to field paths made our way to Plaistow Green, continuing on to pass by Glebe Farm. Over the road and on into Wheatcroft where we took our first standing break. We exited this small hamlet by walking the very muddy track past Beech Farm The farm has a five-star tourism award for the holiday property lets, but onward from this point I would suggest a minus five for rights of way.
We eventually walked the road to Lindwaylane Farm, turning here to return via LIndway Springs, Spring Farm and Hollybush Farm, where we took to the road once more. At the White Horse pub, on the crossroads, we took the path by it, north westerly, crossing over the aptly named Boggy Brook, where we paused for lunch.
With lunch over we continued the same line passing, through Edge Farm and onward to re-join our outward track at Crich parish church. Then back down the hill to the market place. Once walking clothes were removed most of us made our way to the Loaf for some excellent light refreshment.