Walk Dairy Sunday 23 December 2018 Weather, 9°C. Wet.
Belper Derwent St. Depart 10 a.m. 9 ¾ miles Leader: David, D.
No. on walk 11
Considering the weather forecast and conditions, I wasn’t expecting anyone to take part in today’s walk. Three were already in the car park when I arrived and the rest arrived soon after. I forewarned them of pools of water, floods and muddy conditions and they all seemed keen to engage in this experience, so off we set.
A good pace to start, three miles in the first hour, this included waking the fields behind Morrison’s store, joining the A6 for a short way before turning to cross the River Derwent on the Sewer works bridge. This was followed by a walk along Chevin Road, climbing the steep rough path up to Chevin End and then walking the length of North Lane stopping for our first break near to Farnah Green.
We moved on after a short standing break to follow the Midshires way alongside Lumb Brook, crossing this at the footbridge, on to cross the Ashbourne Road and another path and footbridge to bring us out on Chapel Lane. We followed this past Chapel House Farm, walking through the waters of Black Brook which was flowing over the road, pictured, to take the next path right through Handley Wood. Turning left in the woods on a good track we eventually stopped for our lunch break at the small quarry at the western tip of the woods.
With lunch over, in the sheltered quarry, we once more braved the rain, this time heading north to reach The Sycamores on Wilderbrook Lane. We followed this lane east for the next mile, crossing over the Midshires Way, continuing on down to the newly refurbished Bulls Head pub. We joined Belper Old Lane for a few yards, taking the path to Wyver Farm, bad move, the farm yard through which the path passes, was not only a cattle yard but covered with a deep layer of, shall we be polite and call it mud? Once past the farm we made straight way for Wyver Lane, walking, no paddling this to go past the Nature Reserve and then bearing right on a path up to the Scotches. From here we made our way back down into the town via Belper Bridge, keeping to the main street and so back to the car park, finishing by aorund two fifteen, well done everyone and thanks for your support. At least we now have several days to dry out and clean our various bits of waterproof clothing. Happy Christmas to all.