Walk Diary Wednesday 11 April 2018, Weather, 6°C. Foggy
Bonsall Depart 10 a.m. 6 Miles Leader: Gerry White
No. on walk 15
A misty autumnal November morning you would think as we arrived in Bonsall, although it was near to the middle of April, but we couldn't really feel any difference.
The mist cum fog at this time of year usually burns off as the sun glides to its zenith, but today was to be different, in fact it appeared to become worse, then I realised that my glasses had become opaque with a covering of fine mist. You will see that some of the close up pictures are clear whilst any other shots have a shrouded atmosphere, particularly where the green moss covered walls and stark tree trunks presented an eerie presence.
Today, although only six miles recorded, was quite difficult over some of the terrain especially where limestone rocks were strewn underfoot, together with the days ascents totalling more than seventeen hundred feet.
We set off from the car park in Bonsall and made our way down Clatterway to the Via Gellia Mill, crossing over the A5012 and to walk parallel to it through Slinter Wood. On reaching the outskirts of Cromford we immediately turned right for the ascent up to and walk beside Dean Hollow, passing by Rose Meadow nature reserve as we did, noting the impressive new sign, erected close to the entrance. We walked the top edge of the quarry, taking our break, then turning to walk through the northern part of Middleton by Wirksworth.
We walked for some way down the B5023, before entering Middleton Woods, following a small, slippery in places, path down to the Via Gellia. The path, is usually adorned with Wood Anemones, Wild Garlic and Primroses, the Anemones were there but with furled petals, plenty of Garlic, yet to flower, but disappointingly, very few Primroses. On reaching the main road and a tricky descent to its edge, Dave kindly saw everyone across this busy road safely. After a few yards west, we left it in our wake as we made our way on a lengthy climb to Leys Farm, near to which we stopped for a quick lunch stop. At this level there was not much to see, in some places it was difficult to see the next stile across the field, good job our leader knew where they were.
We moved on passing above Leys Farm to follow the Limestone Way across what we know as Bonsall Moor, walking past the old mine sites and on to Horsedale Farm. A stroll down the road at Bonsall Dale led us back to the car park, where most, after changing, retired to the warmth of The Fountain Cafe for a cuppa, finishing the walk in a style to which we have now become accustomed. Although gaiters were a bit soiled, our boots were surprisingly clean, which always seems like a challenge won when we can claim that.