On one of the hottest days of the year, 11 members of Hasland Church Walking Group faced the full force of the heatwave, and with hats and sunscreen on and suitable liquid refreshments to hand, they set off from Timber Lane picnic site and car park, part of the Five Pits Trail, on a circular walk involving two separate walks joined together.
Leaving the car park they turned right onto the Pilsley walk, passing a farm and walking along the outskirts of Broomridding Wood in cool, welcome shade. They emerged with a gentle climb onto a grassy bank overlooking fields to Lower Pilsley.
Then they ambled over mown grass past Upper Pilsley and then down Dark Lane to their refreshments stop at the Hardstoft Road picnic site, but with tables in the sun they sat just long enough to take a drink.
Following down Hardstoft Road, they joined the Tibshelf Walk in Nether Pilsley and crossed the trail to join the second loop of the walk. They made their way to the Hardstoft road picnic site for their lunch break. Then they followed the trail north to pick up the second leg of the Pilsley Walk, via Locko Lane Farm to Timber Lane.