Cromford, Lumsdale, Tansley and Dethick, 17th March 2018

The walk today promised "fantastic views, a wooded gorge, waterfalls and industrial archaeology". Well, the rain put paid to the views on John J's Monday recce, the route modified slightly from the original drawn up by Eileen, but three out of four was pretty good in the circumstances.

The walk (in blue) a bit shorter than the original route (in orange) due to the mud. Still a lot of climbing (500m)

Wet at the start, wetter at the end
But what's a bit of rain when you have the opportunity of braving the amber weather warnings and walking in wind chill temperatures of minus eleven degrees. So, come Sunday, three VBR members (not the same three as Monday) set out from Cromford, 4-wheel drive essential.

Heading up to Starkholmes in the drifts

Riber Castle - local ruin, now flats

Fine example of local stonework in Riber

Lumsdale Valley Scheduled Monument and Conservation area, property of the Arkwright Society

Waterfall from one of the mill ponds in Lumsdale

Bentley Brook in spate on a rainy day

Bentley Brook on a snowy day

Some of the remains of Richard Akrwright's Lumsdale Valley factory which stretched up the valley and utilised the power of water to drive a variety of mills

Lunch in Tansley on the recce

Heading down to Dethick

Thirteenth century, St John the Baptist Parish Church, Dethick

Distant view of Crich Memorial Tower

High Peak Junction

Back along the canal ...

... to Cromford Wharf

Calverton, Woodthorpe and Lambley, 11th March 2018

Fifteen on Sue's walk today from Calverton and over the hills to Woodthorpe and Lambley (just).
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The start in Calverton town centre
St Wilfrid's Church, Calverton
Coffee stop near St Swithun's Church, Woodborough
Heavy going - climb from Woodborough
I'm sure Sue went this way!
Signs of Spring at last

And back to Calverton

Denton and the Grantham Canal, 4th March 2018

The walk from Empingham was cancelled today due to the adverse weather conditions (snowdrifts in Rutland) so, instead, ten of us walked from Denton to the reservoir, across fields to Harlaxton Bridge, along the canal to Bridle Bridge, returning along the disused ironstone railway.
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The start next to the (closed) Welby Arms
Saint Andrew's Church, Denton near the start
Crossing the feeder to Denton Reservoir
Cormorants on the reservoir
Onto the canal at Harlaxton Bridge
Harlaxton Wharf

Grantham Canal Trust dredger - floating for a change
Frozen but beginning to thaw
Leaving the canal at Bridle Bridge
Returning along the disused railway

Farnsfield and the Halifax Bomber Memorial, 25th February 2018

An excellent turnout (twenty-five) for Janet's walk today, originally planned to pass through Hexgreave Park but instead heading along the Southwell Trail and then south towards Greaves Lane, a section of the Robin Hood Way, Combs Wood and Combs Lane, diverting to the Halifax Bomber Memorial.
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Coffee stop
The changing landscape - this part of Nottinghamshire saw a huge growth in the number of wind turbines in 2017
Combs Wood - muddy as always
Halifax Bomber Memorial
The Halifax bomber had been on a mission to bomb the V1 Rocket launch site at Croix-Dalle in France but on the way back crashed here near Farnsfield with the loss of the entire crew.

Maplebeck, Kersal and Eakring, 21st February 2018

John B lead a group of six on today’s 9½ mile walk over rolling farmland and woods starting at Maplebeck, taking in views of Eakring and visiting the hamlet of Kensal.  Here are Roger's and Bill's photographs.
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Toposcope at the viewpoint near the start of the walk

We passed through Mansey Common now managed by the Wildlife trust which has been grazed and managed for over 700 years ...

... and then through Dilliner woods.

The new design of electricity pylons at the National Grid test centre near Eakring
Practice for Sunday's Farnsfield walk
Looking back at Eakring
Lunch stop - and rain
Kensal's phone box - a rare sight these days
Looking back at Kelsal