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The Short Walking Group

Leader:  John Howlett - ShortWalk@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 461774

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Fri 19th Oct10:00 amMeet at car park near St Peter's Church, StapenhillCynthiaWalk around the Burton Wetlands in Autumn

Friday 21st September. Willesley Woods from Oakthorpe picnic area

Seven of us met at the Oakthorpe picnic area car park. We studied the tribute to Thurtit colliery (Actually Oakthorpe Colliery but always known locally as 'Who'd have thought it') We then set of towards Willesley Woods and met up with two of our regular walkers. We stuck to the good path as it had been raining recently and went as far as the Willesley Woodside entrance. We discussed places of interest and decided to visit the Royal Legion Memorial glade. We then continued on the well-made path and left the Woods near the Colliery shafts and walked around to the shaft marker stones and read the panel about the Ashby Canal which the colliery had used for supply and removal of coal. From there it was but a short walk back to the car park. The weather had stayed sunny with cloudy patches until the end when it started to rain so we repaired to The Hub Cafe at Moira Furnace for refreshments.

Photos by Margaret Howlett

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