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Category Archives: Mid-Length Walking Group
Our November walk started from Underwood and followed a route across open country to Selston, over paths reputed to have been walked by the famous author D.H.Lawrence.
26 of us started from the Hole in the Wall pub, the name believed to have originated from the Civil War, when canons were presumably fired at the building. At one time, it was possible to count over 30 coal mines in this area, and there are views across the Erewash valley, although a bit limited on the day of our walk!
On return, we set ourselves up in the pub for our traditional before-Christmas lunch, which concluded our shortened, although very welcome, walking season this year.
We will resume in January, all being well, with a local walk in the Ravenshead area.
Our October walk began at Codnor Park Reservoir and twenty walkers set off along Cromford Canal in the direction of the Butterley Tunnel. We left the canal to look at a group of terraced cottages that were built to accommodate the workers who in the mid-1800s were employed in the Butterley foundries. Arriving at the tunnel entrance we climbed up 30 steps and entered the wooded tranquil site of The Golden Valley Woodland Burial Ground.
Returning to the valley, we followed the line of the Midland Railway before turning south, to cross the Golden Valley Light Railway and through Jubilee Wood heading towards Codnor. In this section we came across The Brittain Colliery, had our first sight (for some) of the Jessop Monument and several stiles! Upon reaching Codnor we turned east and headed towards Codnor Castle.
On a ‘slippery’ up-hill section we passed the Ormonde Fields golf course. Emerging onto a road we saw Codnor Castle in front of us; this medieval fortress is a shadow of its former self. The castle’s ghost didn’t make an appearance, but the hilltop elevation afforded us views to the south in the distance of The Misk Hills.
We then made the descent to the Erewash Valley Nature Reserve before turning north to meet Cromford Canal again, which we followed through Codnor Park and back to the reservoir. After this 6.8 mile walk a well-deserved picnic lunch was taken, eagerly watched over by a wide variety of waterfowl!
A very enjoyable walk, led by Ian Raynor and Dave Kay.
In September a group of 22 walkers enjoyed a pleasant walk in beautiful sunshine. We started at the Gallows Inn Field, then headed down the Erewash Canal, up through Trowell and along the Nottingham Canal to Cossall.
Those who wore shorts soon realised the error of their ways as the canal footpath was overgrown with brambles and nettles, but we pushed through and made it back to the Erewash Canal. We then enjoyed a picnic lunch back on the playing fields, which was our starting point.
A beautiful day to walk, in good company. Thank you to Philip and Liz Attenborough, our walk leaders.
Our next walk is on Monday, October 18th, 2021 when we’ll be heading to Codnor/Golden Valley. This walk will be led by Dave Kay and Ian Raynor.
We have now settled back into our routine of actually walking, and the most recent Monday found us starting off by the banks of a quiet River Trent. We set off towards Gunthorpe, then headed over the fields to Hoveringham village, coming back to the river at the site of the old Hazelford ferry. After a couple of stops to hear about some of the history of the area, we returned along the river bank. In the past, at times when the river was low, it was possible to cross with a horse and cart, although probably not recommended now.
Many thanks to Paul and Steph Haigh for organizing this walk, and for researching the history of the area.
Our next walk will be led by Philip & Liz Attenborough and will be near Ilkeston, taking in parts of the Erewash canal.
To contact John and Sue, the group leaders, please use the form below:-
Twenty-three of our group had a really good walk in June. Starting from Woodborough Village Hall car park we set off on the circular Lapwing Walk. This walk is quite short for our group (5 miles max), but we had plenty of time to socialise over coffee in Lambley churchyard and then in our picnic at the end of the walk.
John and I really enjoyed the chance to catch up with as many of the group as possible. We are now looking forward to our next walk, which is on Monday 19th July in Southwell. We will be doing the 6-mile Bramley Apple Walk, led by Mandy and Chris; more details will follow on our group email.
Walking in one group worked well in June and we should be okay to do the same in July.