Walk Diary Sunday 9 December 2018 Weather 10°C. Sunny
Belper Coppice CP. Depart 10 a.m. 9 miles Leader: Phil. W.
No. on walk 19
A great turnout for this, for some a familiar area, but of course we have to remember that many of our newer members had not walked these routes, indeed it is now some years ago since these paths were walked by us as Wednesday walks, so we are grateful to Phil to leading us around and refreshing our memories. The Belper food festival was on today as well, but we were all there early enough as to not have to contend for parking spaces, another group, Derby Nomads, I believe followed us out of the car park and we parted company in Mill Lane.
As always when starting in Belper the first part of the walk is nearly always in the upward direction, today being no exception with the first mile in steady ascent, until reaching Bargate. We crossed over the brook below the car park and followed the well-worn track through the park to ascend Mill Lane. At the end of the lane we crossed over Sandbed Lane and then turned right, taking the path behind the houses, to Bargate. Here we did a right and a left to gain the road at Ben’s Farm. We walked Holbrook village street south, taking the track to walk by Nether Farm and then on to cross the Port Way Road, climbing the hill opposite towards The Dumble, here we stopped for a pleasant morning break.
We continued on through Day Park and at Eaton Park Wood turned west onto the Midshires Way, walking this to cross over the River Derwent and the rail line, tuning right into the field beside the line where we took our lunch in lovely sunshine with views across the field of the Hall, that used to be the headquarters of the Derbyshire Building Society.
With lunch over we continued on, to join the A6, strolling through Duffield High Street. After passing by the Remains of Duffield Castle, we turned off the road to once more follow the Midshires Way, over the Chevin Golf Club. Many golfers were out on the course today, so many that they were queueing at some of the Tees that we passed by on the way up to walk North Lane, over The Chevin as far as Chevin Mount. Here we paused for some light refreshment, whilst gazing down on the sprawl and bustle of Belper below. It is at this point also that our sign is planted, commemorating our forty years as a walking group 1976 – 2016.
We now descended on some ancient paths, mainly northwards by the river to get back into the town via Bridgefoot. Walking over the bridge we were treated to some great sights of the river, now swollen by recent rains, forcing its way over the weirs next to East mill. At the Triangle near to Christ Church, we crossed over the A6 to walk up, the stone paved, Long Lane, after which we made our way back through the town to the busy car park, where some stopped at the NO. 28 Café for an after-walk cuppa. Great day and a great day out, thanks Phil.