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Leader:  Bob Baxendale - walks@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 481435

The 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.


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DateTimeVenueLeaderDistance/details

Tue 7th May9:45 for 10:00 startCrown Inn, Debdale Hill, Old Dalby, Leics. LE14 3LFTony and BillWalk about 7m, some high and gentle gradients and a number of stiles. 21miles / 40min drive from Ashby via Hathern, Rempstone and Wymeswold towards Melton. When proceeding along the A6006 I suggest you avoid the left turn into Gibson's Ln (the direct route into the village) as it's a single track road. Take the next left on to Six Hills Lane then left onto Lawns Lane entering the village on Wood Hill. Go past village green and turn left into Longcliffe Hill. Follow round and turn left into Debdale Hill.
Tue 21st May10:00 startPeveril Castle Car Park on Cross Street, Castleton, Derbys. S33 8WHJohn Dogherty7 miles passing Blue John Mines, over Mam Tor and Lose Hill. 1500ft total ascent (and descent). 5 hours walking. Bring packed lunch etc.
1.5h 35 mile drive via A42, M1 and A617 to Chesterfield and A619, B6001,and A6187 to Castleton. Other routes are available! Leave Ashby 08:20. Lift share from Featherbed Lane 08:15. Car park charge £5.20 cash.
Tue 4th Jun10:00 amLeader required please
Tue 18th Jun10:00 amLeader required please



Tuesday 16th April. Middleton by Wirksworth

Starting at the Rising Sun Inn in Middleton-by-Wirksworth, 19 walkers set forth on a cool but dry morning. After a short way along the main road we entered the car park for the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and walked along a narrow gauge railway. This was a restored remnant of the many quarry railways in the area. We climbed up steps to the site of very old lead mine workings and spoil heaps, The Gang Mine Nature Reserve. From here, we had a panoramic view of a huge working quarry. Retracing our steps, we followed a footpath and crossed a road to Black Rocks. After a steady climb to the flat top of the rocks, we enjoyed a glorious (but misty) view of the Derwent valley with Riber Castle on the horizon. After a meander through the woods above the rocks, we descended to the High Peak Trail for a short coffee break. Then it was the challenge of the Middleton Incline, with artefacts of the mechanism that lowered wagons full of limestone and raised empty wagons between the railway levels. Thankfully, at Middleton Top, there was seating for a short recovery period and time to take in the information on the very old steam engine that powered The Incline. Westward, to a footpath past a derelict farm and a short road section before entering a footpath on a disused quarry road. This lead us upward through a wood which cleared to give us better views of the valley to the north and of Black Rocks. Descending steep steps we arrived back on the main road through Middleton with the pub only a short level walk away. Overall, a walk of varied terrain and quite challenging at times. 6.4 miles.

Photos by Joan, Steve & Paul


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