Walk Diary Sunday 18 February 2018 Weather, 8C°. overcast.
Wirksworth train station. Depart 10 a.m. 10 ½ miles Leader: Jane H.
No. on walk 10
Some mist and murk to start and a slight guidance issue at the end, but overall a most enjoyable day out in good company. Our leader chose a route that avoided most of the dreaded mud issues suffered by some of us, whilst out and about in the countryside recently. We parked, with permission, in the car park of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, an ideal spot to start a walk in this area.
We crossed the road outside the station gates to follow a line-side path, south towards Gorsey Bank, turning right to pass behind the school and sports complex, crossing over the B5023 into Summer Lane. Near the edge of housing estate, we left the lane to follow field paths in the same direction, later to rejoin the lane, albeit now a holloway. At a path junction we took the left path to walk to the road and then along it, up to the summit of Stainboro’ Lane, bearing left on the path to Callow. Along this ridge we stopped for our morning break, still with a degree of mist stopping us from viewing the normally great sights that can been seen from up here.
We continued south to eventually walk Moor Lane and then Blind Lane. We then turned down Oldfield Lane, that in days gone by, would have led us into Carsington village, of course now the reservoir prevents this, so at Upperfield Farm we followed the designated western Reservoir path to Hopton, stopping along the way for our lunch break.
Whilst sitting beside the trail, we were amazed by the number of visitors who passed us by, bicyclists, dog walkers and family groups, runners and joggers, two motorised cycles and one powered wheelchair, such is the good surface, laid and managed by Severn Trent Water.
With lunch over we continued to the Hopton end of the water and crossed quickly over the busy B 5035, to take the up-field path north, crossing over the Wirksworth Road, to climb again to reach the High Peak Trail, with relief that the days climbing was almost at an end. We stopped briefly at Middleton Top Centre, making use of the facilities and then to go down the steep incline to break our journey at The National Stone Centre. It was here that the group split, four wishing to continue onward to the end and taking a direct path to Wirksworth, I would envisage that their journey was about ten miles. The rest of us stopped off at the aforementioned centre for some refreshment in the cafe and then continued on our way to Wirksworth.
Once in the town, we perhaps made the wrong choice and took the track passing the cemetery, crossing the rail bridge, at this point we realised our error but continued onward enduring some muddy patches and adding another half mile to our journey. Having said that we did have good views of the Railway station from both ends as you will see from the pictures attached.