Walk Diary Wednesday 2 January 2019 Weather, 5°C. Fair.
Calton Lees Depart 10 a.m. 8 ¼ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 33
A great day, colder than of late, but the air was still and a good number out as well, starting, we hope a trend that we all hope to follow through this new year. Some exciting paths discovered today, many most of us have not walked before. You would think that the number of walks that we do in a year, that our choice of finding new ones would be somewhat limited, yet here we are in an area we visit regularly, still finding fresh ways to tread.
Much talk, today, of our Christmastide experiences and thankfully, no sad tales came about. Much talk also of this month, the new walks programme starting this Sunday in Ilkeston. A new venue and presentation evening on Rural Crime, to be held at No. 28 on Wednesday 16 January. Following that, we are hosting the Derbyshire Area Ramblers AGM at the Strutt Centre on Saturday 19 January, a proposed four and a half mile walk around East Belper from 10 a.m. and then the meeting with guest speakers at Strutts from 2 pm. To top all that, there is the small matter of our annual dinner which is at the Lion Hotel on 2 February. All details are on this web site.
Now, with the adverts over, let’s start on today’s walk, which on the whole was mud free, except for the path through Yeld Wood which offered a few challenges here and there. We left the Calton Lees (free)! car park to follow the Derwent Valley Heritage Way to the centre of Baslow, where we took our morning break on the ‘Green’ with toilets close by. By School Lane we turned right and then to follow the tricky central path through Yeld Wood, finally turning downhill to cross Bar Brook on a new footbridge, the old one still in place, but looking the worse for wear.
We then joined the A621walking north to the first path on the right, making a steady climb to the top of the hill, which is where we stopped for lunch, with magnificent views of the Chatsworth Valley and Baslow below. With lunch over, we continued along the path, descending to the Robin Hood and crossing over the A619 to cross the footbridge there. There followed a lovely narrow path, at times, clinging to the very edge of Dobbs Edge, a path that led us back into Chatsworth Park and to the Hunting Tower, which we noted at this seasonal time was occupied, paying guests no doubt.
From the Hunting Tower we descended those one hundred and twenty steps, coming out in the busy car parks close to Chatsworth House. Throngs of people, children still on their school break, enjoying the atmosphere of the seasonally decorated House. After crossing the main bridge over the River Derwent, we walked back along its bank to the car park, many stopping for an after-walk cuppa, in the nearby garden centre. A very good way to start our walking year.