Amber Valley Ramblers Derbyshire

Leading the way in Amber Valley

Walk Diary Wednesday 7 November 2018 Weather dry early wet later.

Brackenfield Village Leader: Gerry White

No. on walk. 30

I was unable to be on this walk today, thankfully James has taken some good pictures of the area.

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The weather forecast was not great but 30 of us intrepid walkers met on Brackenfield green. Overcast sky, giving us a bit of rain early on, but actually the morning turned out quite nice and certainly not cold. We set off at a good pace along the road which goes past the Holy Trinity church. Then across the fields to the head of Ogston reservoir and the Hall, neither of which we could see. But the autumnal countryside was lovely in browns, oranges, yellows and reds on the trees and leaves, underfoot. We carried on up the right side of the reservoir, which again we could not see. It’s a shame there is no path around the edge of the reservoir. Coffee was taken in nice sunshine. Later we had some good views of Claycross and Hardwick Hall. We made good time and went through Handley village and the undulating countryside north of the reservoir, which we finally saw after turning south at the village of Woolley Moor. Unfortunately, by 12.15 the rain had started and got heavier and heavier. Sheltering beneath a yew trees we had a hurried and soggy lunch. Full waterproofs on now. The rain got heavier, a deluge, but we walked through it. So, the finish was a walk around the reservoir, on the road, as fast as possible. in torrential rain. The road was running with rain. Even getting back into the car back at the green was a soaking experience. Driving home was difficult as well with deep floods over the roads. But by 2.00 the sun was out again! Only 6.7 miles by my calculations but the weather was a challenge. Thank you Gerry a good walk if a little damp at the end. Jane H.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018