Walk Diary Sunday 25 November 2018, Weather 6°C. fair.
Brassington Quarry Depart 10 a.m. 9 miles Leader: Barbara B.
No. on walk 15
A good turnout for a walk offered by Barbara as a stop gap only a couple of weeks ago to fill a void in our programme, thankyou to all those who came. This walk followed the route of the Four churches walk, starting out from Brassington Quarry picnic car park. The walk is very adequately described on this web site under ‘Local Walks’, it has been revised twice since its inception.
St. James church Brassington where the lights were on, so presumably a service in progress, we walked the road here and made our way steeply up the path at the west end of the church yard.
All Saints, Ballidon, had now been restored to a good order, the door was open and it was clean and tidy inside and is cared for by the Friends of Friendless churches. It is no longer used for worship, but we did note the stoop of Holy water beside the entrance door. It is the first time we have been able to see inside as at other times when we have been here, there were always danger signs warning of falling masonry. We made a stop here for our morning break.
From here to Parwich was a quite easy stroll, just one small climb, before dropping down into the pretty former mining village. Sad to see a lovely orchard of about six trees, none of which had been picked. The magnificent parish church dedicated to St. Peter was our next short stop, we didn’t enter but it was good to see the Poppy memorial in the north corner of the west tower, pictured.
We climbed out of Parwich, usually plenty of mud here, but the dry summer seems to have given all paths this year a breather and some good walking was to be had. Lunch was taken on a rise south of Gorsehill Farm, with excellent views of Bradbourne church to the east. We visited All Saints, Bradbourne and was fortunate enough to find it open. A good lady there gave us a welcome and told us of some of the events that were taking place in the church and village over the coming weeks. Some had already gone especially a thanksgiving service, which celebrated the return of all soldiers of the village who served in both world wars. As the village sign says they are doubly thankful, I think that there are only about six villages in the whole country that can make this claim.
A walk along the road for a way out of the village, then to follow our leader across several meadows, before joining a concrete track, which we followed back to Brassington. We walked up the street, which is steeper than it looks, making our way back to the car park well before three. Thank you, Barbara.
Pictures by James W.