HASLAND: Church walking group steps out

Hasland Church Walking Group have continued with their programme of walks.

At the beginning of September, 16 walkers, accompanied by Benji the dog, set off from the Tideswell Dale car park and walked down the Dale to Litton Mill. They crossed the river, and a steep ascent brought them to the Monsal Trail. They walked through the tunnel and came out to a beautiful view of Water-cum-jolly below. They continued through the Cressbrook Tunnel, on to the old Monsal Station, and then on to the Monsal Viaduct, which was built in the 1860s. Several walkers took the opportunity of a great photo stop, while others also explored the Headstone Tunnel, before everyone returned to Monsal Station, where they enjoyed lunch. Those walkers who were walking through the tunnels for the first time expressed their enjoyment at the experience. They then backtracked as far as Cressbrook Tunnel, before descending a steep path to Cressbrook Mill, walked along the river through Water-cum-jolly to Litton Mill, and then retraced their steps to Tideswell Dale car park.

Later in the month, 14 walkers set off from Long Lane, Lea, to cross Littlemoor Brook before climbing to Dethick Church, where they enjoyed the excellent views. The path led them over fields to Tansley Village, then passed Daisy Bank Farm, and headed over fields towards the road at Riber, passing Riber Manor and Riber Hall Farm. They continued across fields, with excellent views of Crich Cliff and Crich Stand to arrive at Hearthstone Farm. The walkers climbed towards Bilberry Knoll, where they stopped for lunch, and to enjoy the view over Cromford Wharf and the River Derwent. After lunch a woodland path took them back to stepping stones over the Littlemoor Brook, whence they climbed back to their starting point at Lea.