Walk Diary Wednesday 20 December 2017 Weather, 9°C. Fine.
Ambergate Station Depart 10 a.m. 8 ½ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 27
Just so that no one feels short changed, you may recall that last Wednesday’s walk was shortened to six miles, well this weeks’ made recompense for it. A good walk with a sprinkling of hills to give us an appetite perhaps for the festive season ahead!
From the station at Ambergate we crossed over the A6, turning to pass by St. Anne’s church, then to cross over Halfpenny Bridge. Looking upstream over the bridge parapet you will immediately see that the River Amber joins the impressive Derwent at this point, its journey from Kelstedge now complete.
We took the lane on the right to walk through the old wire works complex, which I’ve just discovered is or was called Oak Hurst Mills, most of it on this side of the river, now derelict. We walked forward to take the main right of way through Shining Cliff Woods, a long singular path climbing up to Alderwasley Park. Great views from here, across the A6 corridor, towards Crich and Cromford.
Once through the park we joined Higg Lane, glad to leave it at Home Farm, where from the smell, they must keep a lot of swine. We stopped for our morning break at the five cross paths above Watergate Farm. After which we turned to go downhill re-crossing the A6 at Whatstandwell Bridge.
We crossed over the railway line to walk north along the Canal path for a short way, taking the footbridge to cross over and follow, what must have been a Tram way or quarry track all the way up to Wakebridge. Good walking through the trees and in places stopping to look at the sheer faces of cut rock. At Wakebridge we turned to walk along the Crich Road turning to take the footpath to Coddington, where we stopped for quick lunch by the side of the road.
We were soon on our way again following the road down and then up a track to Benthill, passing by the reservoir into the west side of Crich village. We walked through the newer part of the village to eventually find ourselves at Chadwick Nick, no, I’ve no idea either!
From here we entered into Crich Chase for the expected downhill stretch, muddy in places but this was more soggy leaf mould, than the seriously sticky stuff. We finished with another short stretch along the canal to Poyser’s Bridge, leaving the canal to return along the A6 to the station arriving there by about two fifteen. Festive greetings were offered and received with a reminder that next Wednesday there will be another walk, this time from Whatstandwell station car park to burn away those extra calories acquired over the preceding few days. Happy Christmas All.