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The Medium Walking Group

Co-ordinator:   - mediumwalk@ashbyu3a.co.uk -

We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month and usually walk 4 to 6 miles starting at 10am.

The walk leader will be at the meeting place whatever the weather and only cancel the walk in consultation with those who turn up on the day. All dogs must be kept under control at all times. Walking boots or strong shoes are recommended. Be prepared for bad weather by taking warm WATERPROOF clothing. Leaders act in a voluntary capacity. All ramblers walk at their own risk.

Carole has stepped down as the group leader as from January 13th. She has lead the group since it was formed on 8th April 2013, having done a sterling job of keeping the group going and it now has on average 10 walkers.

As nobody has stepped forward to take on leadership of the group, it has been decided that it will run as a sort of co-operative. A list of future dates will be put on the website, and people will let Mike Stow, as webmaster, know when they are available to lead a walk, and furnish him with the details as they are available. This has worked so far, as we have walk leaders in place for 6 of the 8 walks until October 2020.

The walk leader is responsible for advising Mike of the start point of the walk, and afterwards sending him a walk report. The first aid box and list of emergency contacts will be passed on after each walk.

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Monday 9th March. Calke Abbey grounds, led by Jane

9 walkers met at the round car park adjacent to Calke village, which has now reverted back to a free car park, on a sunny if cool and breezy morning. We saw the welcome return of Val and Trevor after their far flung travels. The 4 mile walk took us round part of the reservoir, over the weir and past the deer park. There were some deer visible but they were all having a rest and lying down. We then entered the 'Bluebell' wood where the bluebell leaves were apparent but too early for any flowers. It is worth going again later in the Spring to see them. After leaving the woodland we descended down to a track and onto the new development in the grounds, Calke Explore, where we had a coffee stop. A pleasant place to stop with plenty of seats and toilets and at weekends and busy summer days the café is open. It was then into another woodland which eventually bought us to Calke Abbey church and thence along the road, out of the park and back down the lane to the cars. Not too much mud encountered by the current standards!

Photos by JD

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