Walk Diary Wednesday 28 February 2018 Weather, minus 2°C all day.
Hazelwood Puss in Boots Depart 10 a.m. 6 ¾ miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 11
A better than expected turnout considering the sub-arctic conditions, bitterly cold when the winds picked up. We were all well padded, although sometimes our cheeks became a little numb. It was somehow exhilarating to be out and somewhat alarming when blizzard conditions suddenly sprang up, fortunately not lasting for many minutes.
Briefly the route was from the pub up to Windyhill Farm, Gunhills and Moseyley, west as far as the 1944 bomber crash site in the fields of Leasow, where we took our first break, standing around the memorial. North from here to pass the Limekilns, continuing on to Turnditch Hall, down the fields to Postern House and returning via Postern Farm, following the Ecclesbourne Way as far as Windley Street.
After walking a little way south down the street we took the next path left, taking a very quick and breezy lunch break just into the field nearest to the houses. A diagonal then to walk the road passing Hall Farm to Hole Farm. Here we passed through the farm yard, cleanly, not a bit of mud to be seen, thanks to the snow cover.
We followed the track up to rejoin our outward track passing Windyhill Farm once more and would you believe it, the last quarter of a mile we endured the full force of a fine snow blizzard head on as we strode down the track to our cars in the lay by. Seven of us stopped off at the Ecclesbourne Garden Centre on the way home for a cuppa, I think we surprised them a bit by walking in out of the snow, especially as they were about to close up. Credit to them, they did serve us with cheerily. Well done to all.