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On Monday 16th October Philip and Liz Attenborough led 31 of us on a pleasant 7 mile walk, starting from The Bull’s Head in Breaston. We walked along part of the old Derby Canal to Draycott, where many of the villagers still proudly fly their flags. Apparently, seven years ago, the village received a local award for “best in bloom” and flag poles were provided for anyone who wanted one.

We carried on to St Chad’s Water via the River Derwent, where we stopped for lunch. From St Chad’s church we walked along the ‘Coffin Walk’ back to Breaston. Coffins had to be carried a long way prior to the consecration of St Michael’s church, in 1824. Thank goodness we only had a rucksack to carry! We enjoyed drinks in the pub after the walk.

Our next walk will be led by Sue and John Tedstone, on Monday November 20th.
We will be walking from The Village Hall carpark in Ticknall (Free).

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Mid-Length Walking September Update

September’s walk was a 6.5 mile walk from Poolsbrook Country Park, near Chesterfield, with 23 of us walking alongside the lake and through the Nature Reserve before proceeding past Arkwright Solar Farm and along footpaths and tracks. Refreshments were taken before embarking upon a woodland walk emerging at Ringwood Lake before the return to Poolsbrook. This was a new walk for our group and enjoyed by everyone.

Thank you to Lynda and Mark Jackson, our walk leaders.

And a special thank you to everyone who helped our injured walker, Janet.

Our next walk, to be led by Philip and Liz Attenborough, is to Breaston, on Monday 16 October

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Mid-Length Walking – August

Our August walk was from Trent Lock to the Visitor’s Centre at Attenborough Nature Reserve. Twenty Nine of us set off along the Cranfleet Canal to Cranfleet Lock and then along footpaths to Trent Meadows. We then walked alongside the River Trent to eat our lunch at the picnic benches outside the Visitor’s Centre – what a treat, not having to sit on the ground! After lunch we walked back to Trent Lock along the Trent Valley Way, picking blackberries as we went along!

This was an easy 7 mile walk, with lots of interesting things to observe on the way. We finished off with a welcome drink outside the Steamboat Inn.

Our next walk is on: Monday 18th September from the café car park at Poolsbrook Country Park, near to Chesterfield.

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Mid-Length walk around Hathersage

Our July walk took place on Monday 17th, with 27 walkers making the most of a beautiful day as we walked from The Plough Inn at Hathersage to Shatton village and back. The walk took us alongside the River Derwent, where we stopped by the stepping stones for coffee. It was then on through woodland and open fields before reaching the lovely village of Shatton.

From here our return journey took us up to a higher level overlooking the beautiful Hope Valley. After lunch we went back down to the River Derwent and onwards towards Hathersage. On reaching the stepping stones across the river, the group split up into two; one group crossing the river and returning through Hathersage village, while the others continued along the riverside path and back to the Plough Inn.

At the Plough we enjoyed a well-deserved drink in the beer garden before returning home. Thank you to Barrie and Sue Saunders for providing this lovely walk.
Our August walk, to be led by Steve and Anne Lawrence, will be from Hayton, near Retford, on Monday August 21st.

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Walking in Derbyshire

The June U3A medium walkers met at the lovely village of Litton, Derbyshire on Monday 19th June. This was the hottest day of the year so far, which meant that we chose not to walk quite so far as normal but it still turned out to be very strenuous on account of the heat. We started the walk looking at Litton’s well dressings before heading off to walk the two beautiful dales of Cressbrook and Tansley. Basically there were two downs and two ups, the first up affording us wonderful views as we rested at the top with our picnics. At the end of the walk we enjoyed liquid refreshments at the very pleasant village pub whilst we were treated to a Maypole performance by the pupils of the local primary school.

A great midsummer’s day out. Thank you to Paul and Steph.

Our next walk, to be led by Barrie and Sue Saunders, will be on Monday July 17th from Hathersage.

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