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Category Archives: Short Walks
Many of us have been completing a lot of local walks so, for a change of scenery for our first short walk of 2021, we are starting from the car park behind Lowdham Village Hall, Main Street, Lowdham, Nottingham NG14 7BF.
The entrance is opposite The Ship Inn – please park at the rear of the car park
Meet at 9.45am for a 10.00 am start.
The walk is approximately four miles with one early uphill which provides good views followed by some downhill before walking by the Dover Beck and Lowdham Mill and back via the churchyard. It is basically all footpaths with one short quiet road section.
Fourteen members took part in our walk this month. The route was researched and led by Greg Umney who was well prepared with his anti viral spray gun and jumbo sized bottle of hand sanitiser.
The walk was an undulating 4 miles from Blidworth on footpaths heading towards Ravenshead from where we turned into the woods down to Friar Tuck’s Well before making a loop back to our starting point. The route included lots of kissing gates which received a liberal dose of spray from Greg’s gun before we went through them. En route we also met a large number of friendly horses who made a bee line for Roy Brown who was generously offering to feed them mints.
Now the bad news: the whole of Nottinghamshire is now in Tier 3. Unfortunately the limitations this imposes mean, that for now, the walks are suspended. We have future walks planned and they will restart as soon as we can.
Ten walkers braved the pessimistic weather forecast on Thursday September 24th. We started from St Mary’s Church Greasley which is Grade II listed by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport as it is a building of special architectural or historic interest.
By the time we set off at 10am the rain had stopped and, after a look at the grave of Captain Cook’s ship doctor and surgeon, we walked out of the churchyard across field footpaths to cross the Giltbrook stream into Watnall Woods. From there the route was out towards Kimberley then onto Watnall where we took a short detour to view the ‘Holy Well’ on Trough Lane.
We then crossed the main road heading for Narrow Lane past the farm shop to join a footpath to the aptly named Bogend –fortunately there are now duckboards which bridge the ‘bogs’. The footpath emerges at the bottom of Church Lane and a short uphill to our starting point a total distance of an undulating 4.3 miles with some good views.
Next Walk (Covid-19 situation permitting) is Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 – Route TBC
Short Walk Thursday August 27th 2020
Our first official U3A short walk started from the Hucknall tram stop car park (plenty of space currently).
15 members walked in 2 smaller groups with a 30/40m gap between them.
Our route took us through a short section of the Papplewick Green estate before taking the ‘yellow brick’ bridleway alongside the Leen Valley golf course before branching off to the footpath alongside the River Leen which emerges on Papplewick Lane.
The next 2 sections were Moor Pond Wood and Papplewick Dam Wood where we stopped for a group photograph. From 1782 to 1828 the power of the river was harnessed for cotton spinning at Castle Mill .Cutting edge technology in its day. A meander up a gentle slope took us into Papplewick Church for a look around and a drinks stop.
The final section was through Linby village and across to The Ranges, the former Linby Colliery spoil heap, now redeveloped as country/recreational park. At the top there are expansive views in all directions.
Next Walk: Thursday, September 17th, 2020 – details later.
The photograph background is the waterfall at Top Upper Dam. The group are standing apart or in households.
To contact David Rose, the group leader, please use the form below:-
The next walk on March 19th, led by Roy Brown, is to the beautiful Lumsdale Falls between Tansley and Matlock. It is 4.25 miles with a gradual walk up the falls and back down the other side with no stiles.
Our starting point is The Tavern at Tansley, Nottingham Road, Tansley DE4 5FR
Travel distance 18/20 miles, allow 45 minutes, and it is on the main road between Alfreton and Matlock. Meet at 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start. The Inn has a very large car park and they do a very good value lunchtime menu for anyone wishing to stay for a meal.
Please contact Roy or myself, on the form below, if you need a lift and car share is recommended.