Amber Valley Ramblers Derbyshire

Leading the way in Amber Valley

Walk Diary Sunday 16 December 2018
Monyash Leader. Sue R.
No. on walk 9

Monyash del Sol
Nine of us assembled in bright sunshine with blue skies overhead and enjoyed a lovely walk on territory which I suspect most associate with summer, in the search of cowslips, orchids and mountain pansies hereabouts.

We left the old lead mining village of Monyash and headed towards Deepdale with early morning gymnastics called for, as we climbed innumerable stiles along the way. Deepdale is famous for its May Cowslips, but not today as we were accompanied by noisy, gushing water pouring down part of the dale from yesterday’s rains. We climbed through woods and lanes into Taddington, in the company of a hovering kestrel at one point. The crossing from sleepy Taddington to Chelmorton is one of Derbyshire’s lofty delights, but on reaching the latter, a further pleasure was in store as we made the short climb of Chelmorton Low, the open access hill (which isn’t low). A wonderful 360° panorama on a day such as this from up here. If you drive along the road from Ashbourne to Buxton and gaze up at this hill (at Brierlow Bar) you will see the words “Come on England” carved by some local wag into the hillside. Ironically, we could not see this engraving as we were way above on the plateau. But a marvellous vantage point to view the hills around the north, in particular, towards Buxton.

Lunch at 1pm and the promised cloud and haze began to drift over from the west and the sun began to slip from the sky. But it was a mere one hour or so for us to scamper across a green carpet of fields via Flagg to Monyash.

The tea, coffee and Almond cake were welcome reward for a grand day out.
All walked at a sociable pace too, although one little dog, (Bella) must have slept well on Sunday evening back home.
I know I did.
Thanks Sue, for a grand day out in weather we could hardly believe after Saturdays bitter winds.
Gerry.

Saturday, January 19, 2019