Walk Diary Wednesday 19 December 2018 Weather, 10°C. fine
Belper Derwent St. Depart 10 a.m. 7 ¾ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 22
Rain in the early hours of the morning and all thoughts were of a wet and muddy walk. As it turned out, there wasn’t any rain, in fact the sun shone for quite a bit of the time and what mud there was, was for the most part avoidable, so with the aid of some damp grassy fields most of us arrived back with relatively clean boots. Talking of arriving back, it was exactly two o’clock as we strode into the Derwent Street car park, how does he do it?
From the car park we walked out of town via the western side of the playing fields, to the triangle near to Christ Church, over the still gushing River Derwent and on to walk Wyver Lane as far as the Nature Reserve. After reaching Wyver Farm we turned sharply walking up to Lane End Road and on to Mount Pleasant, taking our morning break near to the junction of paths on The Dalley.
We continued on to cross over Dalley Lane and then toiled up over the next fields to Hillside. At this point we turned south following a new wire fence all the way down to Handley Grange and then followed their access drive down to the Ashbourne Road at Black Brook. We crossed over and followed the route of the Midshires Way, stopping under some lovely mature Chestnut Trees for our lunch.
We followed the ‘Way’ as far as Chevin Mount, pausing briefly to take in a view of busy Belper. We dropped steeply down to Chevin Road walking this north, passing by Green Farm and a goodly number of houses until the next path on the right. This path led us down again to pick up the riverside path following it back to Belper Bridge to join our outward track.
It was a splendid day, the sun shone and with the effort of some stiff climbing, together with our winter garb, we became really very warm, but pleasantly so. Back in the car park we wished seasonal cheer upon those we would not see again, until after Christmas, although there are still two more walks planned before the big day, one Friday and one on Sunday, but many are making their way to be with their families scattered aorund the country. We wish them all a safe journey and a speedy return.