Strenuous Leader: Jackie Gudgeon Distance: 11 miles
Buxton – Townend Farm – Red Gap Farm – King Sterndale – Deep Dale – Hillhead – Staker Hill – Fern House – Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.
No great height today, but lots of ups and downs. Coupled with expected sticky conditions underfoot this could be quite tiring. Good views, weather permitting.
Moderate Leader: Ruth Melling & Hazel Anderton Distance: 8 miles
To Poole’s Cavern then through the woods to Burbage, across fields and down the valley of Wildmoorstone Brook to Errwood Reservoir. Then back to town via the disused railway, the golf course and the park.
What a recce! We got lost several times. Ruth went up to her knee in a bog and we ended up in a field surrounded by barbed wire and an electric fence. Fatigue, darkness and panic were beginning to set in when suddenly we managed to find the right path to the golf clubhouse where we sank into the back of a taxi.
So, if you see us studying a map, hopefully we won’t be lost again, just amending the route to avoid the bog or checking the part of the walk we did not recce.
Leisurely Leader: Peter Denton Distance : 6-7 miles
This is a leisurely walk of 6-7 miles to King Sterndale. Mostly gentle gradients over pasture land and passing remote hamlets and farmhouses. After we stop for lunch there is a tricky descent down into Wye Dale, where we cross the railway, A6 and the River Wye. Then ramble on a pleasant path up Woo Dale (a typical dry valley). We then head gently down to Buxton for a much needed cup-a-tea and a scone. Well, maybe a pint. I have requested mud free but I think it is compulsory. Happy rambling.
Easy Leader: Bernie Platts & Denise Holden
See Bernie and Denise on the coach