For our October outing, the Medium Walks group ventured north to Mansfield Woodhouse. Sixteen of us had a lovely walk around Pleasley Vale, led by Paul Haigh and Mark Jackson. We started at the train station, and headed first to the path around the reclaimed pit tip, pausing at the wall in the photo, with various suggestions as to its purpose!
We then headed across open fields, with views across to the very tall chimney which survives at the site of Pleasley pit. Heading eastwards, we entered Pleasley Vale, a very secluded spot, where there used to be a water-powered textile mill. We also passed ‘Little Matlock’, a rock face used by climbers, and finally returned to the station.
Our last walk this year will be on Monday 20th November, starting at 10:15 am from the Idle Valley Nature Reserve Visitor’s Centre. Toilets and a café are available! This walk will be led by Steve and Anne Lawrence.
It is thanks to all of our willing volunteers that we have had some really good walks again this year. These have varied from two City walks, exploring lesser known parts of Nottingham, to more rural walks near Calke Abbey, Melbourne and Darley Dale, near Ilkeston.
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