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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.


Future programme
DateTimeVenueLeaderDistance/details

Tue 5th Mar9:45 for 10:00 startThe Lathkil Hotel, Over Haddon, Nr Bakewell DE45 1JEBob BaxendaleWalk about 7 miles through Lathkil and Bradford Dales. Some steep hills and stiles. Note, it will take about 1h15m to drive there, so suggest leave Ashby at 08:30.
Tue 19th Mar10:00 amLeader required please
Tue 2nd Apr10:00 amLeader required please
Tue 16th Apr10:00 amLeader required please



Tuesday 19th February. Swarkstone, Stanton and Kings Newton

Twenty three walkers set off from the Crew and Harpur pub in Swarkestone, on a bright and fresh morning, for a 7 mile walk around the south side of the Trent Valley. After pre-ordering lunch, we set off in single file over a narrow footpath on Swarkestone Bridge and turned along onto the Ingleby road. Over a stile onto the floodplain of the Trent we had a good view of the bridge structure. The various modifications and strengthening work since the original build in the 13 th century were evident. Paul gave a short history of the bridge and its current Grade 1 Listed and Scheduled Ancient Monument status. Then, we walked up a slope into Stanton by Bridge with a view over the Trent valley to the north. After crossing the busy A514, we followed Wards Lane, the route of the original road to Kings Newton and stopped at Holy Well, an ancient watering hole, for mid-walk refreshments. We then entered the picturesque hamlet of Kings Newton going through the cemetery and a footpath to get back to the road. We followed a footpath alongside Kings Newton Hall down to the Cloud Trail, the route of a disused railway on a high embankment. At Sarsonís Bridge we went west along the Trent and Mersey Canal towpath before following a footpath back to Swarkestone. We stopped at Swarkestone Pavilion to gather up the group and hear a brief history of this Grade 1 listed building. Listed building. It was then only a short stroll over fields back to the Crew and Harpur for a well-earned meal and a drink. 6.9miles.


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