Bakewell.

On Sunday the club visited Bakewell.

On Saturday the weather had turned a lot colder and there was a few inches of snow on the hills around Buxton. However, for us the ground was clear although visibility was poor.

The ‘C’ party did a linear walk led by Les Waller. The walk started at the intersect point of the River Wye and the A6 road, three miles east of Bakewell. We walk northwest, close to the River Wye at the base of Fin Cop and eventually move onto the Monsal Dale Valley section, before arriving at the Monsal Head viaduct bridge.Up and on the bridge we travel the Monsal Trail. the former railway track which takes us to the old Bakewell station on the outskirts of Bakewell.

This six mile walk is one of two halves, first along the slightly rough winding river track with the odd small climb, and the second along and down the gentle and curving pedestrian and cycle trail.

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The ‘B’ party was led by Allen Carter and was also a linear walk, distance 8 miles.

Starting from Ashford in the Water we climb up through Great Shacklow Wood and then descend to the picnic area close to the A6. After lunch we follow the winding path alongside the River Wye up Monsal dale to reach Monsal Head. We then walk through Little Longstone to pick up the Monsal Trail which we follow back to Bakewell.

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The ‘A’ party was led by Mike Duffy and covered 13.5 miles of undulating terrain going out towards Chatsworth House and Edensor.

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The rain held off until we were all back in Bakewell with time for refreshments. A pint of beer. or maybe a pot of tea and a Bakewell Tart, or should that be pudding?

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