Hartington

July 1st 2012.

Today the club visited Hartington.

Martin Murphy. Les Waller and Doreen Hunter led the walks. Here are their walk descriptions.

A party. Leader Martin Murphy.                                                              11 miles

The walk starts from the lovely village of Hartington. Coming out of the village we climb slightly up to Hartington Hall which must be one of the loveliest Youth Hostels in the land. From here we make our way south east across fields and lanes until we reach Biggin Dale Nature Reserve (All the Thyme in the world) and then we turn south down the steep sided valley of Biggin dale. Eventually we meet up with the River Dove continuing south along a very pleasant riverside path.

The path ends with our first ascent up and over Shinning Tor, which gives great views over the surrounding countryside, before dropping down to the idyllic little hamlet of Milldale. From here we climb again steeply up the path that leads us to the very grand village of Alstonfield.

From Alstonfield the path leads north back towards the start of the walk. We pass the tumulus on Narrowdale Hill before descending down through pleasant field paths to Beresford Dale. Here we meet the Dove again in full spate. Soon we cross the river and make our way across field paths to the start of the walk, where, for those of a more dissolute inclination, a lovely pint of Marston’s Pedigree awaits in the Devonshire Arms beer garden.

This is a lovely, mixed walk, with very pleasant scenery, and not too taxing. A large number of stiles and gates mean that the pace is a bit restricted. and the large amount of rain we have had has turned some of the paths into small rivulets which makes the going difficult in parts. A number of overgrown paths, rife with nettles will also make for an interesting experience for shorts wearers. Other than that, you’ll have a great time

Martin

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B Party. Leader : Les Waller                                                                9 miles

Our itinery commences out of Hartington northwards towards Moat Hall and along the minor road/path to the right of the River Dove. We pass Pilsbury Castle remains and join the field path still north before crossing the River Dove near Crowdecote. The next section is ascending by narrow steep road to arrive at Longnor where we will stop for refreshments. From Lognor we walk south in the Manifold Valley area before reaching the hamlet of Brund. Here we walk by minor road to Townend and finish back in Hartington.

Les

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C Party. Leader Doreen Hunter                                                         7 miles

This is a pleasant walk along limestone dales and green lanes between fields, passing through Beresford, Wolfscote and Biggin Dales.

After following the path through fields we reach the wooded Beresford dale. which runs alongside the River Dove. Leaving Beresford dale, but still following the river, we enter Wolfscote dale. This dale is very different, wide and open, with sides punctuated by scree runs. The vegetation is kept under control by the constant grazing of sheep.

Upon turning into Biggin dale the scenery changes again. The dale climbs gently up stony paths until reaching a National Nature reserve. This is an important piece of Limestone upland. Although dry at this time of year, in the winter the dale acquires a stream which bubbles up from underground and being slightly warmer than the air, giving the area the look of a hot volcanic spring. Hopefully we will not be witness to this,

Leaving the dale we return across several fields and through walled lanes to Hartington, where there are several places for refreshment and an excellent cheese shop.

Doreen

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The weather was not kind to us and it rained for most of the day. Not the weather for taking photographs.

I have written up my notes on the walk and added just two images. To view them go to

www.crosbyman66.wordpress.com

Alan

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If any other club members would like to send me their comments on the walk, any photos, or just let other members know what they are up to. Send them to me at

alan_humphries99@btinternet.com

without any contributions the website will die.

 

alan

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