Following on from the appalling weather the ramblers have experienced so far this year, the new walking week saw some dramatic shifts, with Wednesday dawning into a beautiful walking day.
Geoff Bell was leader for a 5 mile Monday walk, centred on the Cordwell Valley starting from Millthorpe, with 15 ramblers joining Geoff for the occasion of the 2013 lunch walk. The route took in Millthorpe, Johnnygate, Moorhall, Shillito Woods, Car Road (via Hewetts Bank) and Bank Wood, prior to returning to Millthorpe. Following on from their walk, the group travelled to The Moorlands at Owler Bar for a carvery meal. The weather was mainly cold and dry with bright spells.
Ann Wilson led 17 of the Wednesday longer car ramblers on a walk of 11 miles from Kettleshulme, over to Lyme Park and the cage; regrettably, there was no Mr Darcy emerging from the lake. They then continued to Macclesfield canal where lunch was taken before climbing up to Bow Stones with a steep decent back down to Kettleshulme.
Eric Pick left the car park in Youlgreave with 18 ramblers for a walk of 8.5 miles taking in Middleton, Long Dale, Gratton Dale and on to Elton, prior to returning to Youlgreave. The walk over fields was surprising clean after the past few weeks, with the fields now becoming much drier.
Andrew Milne stood in for Tony Hunt on the longer bus ramble of 9 miles, starting with 14 ramblers from Alfreton Church for a linear walk covering the Amber Valley, Pentrich Mill and along the north side of Ripley to the Barnes Wallis Park and Butterley Reservoir. Once again, the conditions were much drier than recently experienced.
Barbara Hughes took 20 of the short bus ramblers from the Young Vanish for a 5.5 walk covering Glapwell, Hardwick Hall, and the Trails, with all the walkers enjoying the sunshine.
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