Walk - post Christmas countryside jolly

Starting from Millers Dale in the Peak District, Between Bakewell and Buxton off the B6049.

After the sitting around of Christmas its time to walk off all that turkey, brussel sprouts and mince pies around the Monsal Trail.

A good scenic walk with lots of sights to see, including the old path called the 'Priest's Way' and also a couple of gorges, dismantled railway, the river Wye, stepping stones, valleys, old railway tunnel and passing a couple of caves too, its a good walk with a mixture of terrain by tracks and footpaths, mainly a flat'ish route but with 2 main hills along the route, first one is a gradual up hill over 3.5 km's and then slowly going down hill and onto the flat until we reach the 12 km point where we have a small peak to climb before head downwards and back to the start point.

                                          Monsal Trail

I would say this is for the average walker, as it is just under 9 miles and on different footings/terrain, 

So I suggest a reasonable standard of fitness would be suitable for walkers - for the distance and also consideration of winter walking daylight hours.

We will take Lunch approx at the half way point this will be along a footpath with no shops anywhere near the lunch point, so Please be self sufficient with a packed lunch and liquid refreshments  for lunch and the rest of the day. 

Highlights:

• The Limestone Way

• Village of Chelmorton

• Priest's Way

• Caves & Tunnel

• Deep Dale

• River Wye

• Chee Dale

• Monsal Trail

• Millers Dale 


Route Details:


Start:  10.00am

Finish:  4.30pm (eta) 

Distance:  8.66 miles (13.93 Kilometers)

Elevation: 

653.22 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point

[masked] feet [masked] metres) at the highest point

Footpaths: 50% 

Tracks:  35% 

Roads:  15%

                         Thirst House Cave, Deepdale

The Usual:

As always make sure you are prepared for this walk. 

You will need: 

• Walking boots are always the ideal footwear of choice - especially as its Winter now, where the ground can be wet and slippery so a good grip and ankle support is essential.

• Suitable clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren’t recommended as if they get wet they become heavy) lightweight breathable trousers are better, walking trousers or sports wear.


• Waterproofs are essential as it is now Winter

• Hats & gloves - worthwhile to pack just in case 


• Snacks, Sweets etc.

• Adequate water or soft drinks

As it's Winter the weather can change so you may need waterproofs but then again it can also still be sunny too so don't forget your sunglasses also useful to bring spare warm clothing such as an extra jumper/jersey and maybe a spare pair of socks.

There are numerous places that I have highlighted above, that may be of interest for photos - So a camera may be worth while as an extra item to bring.

Sense of humour is essential!!


PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH - we will stop along the route for Lunch, but please be self-sufficient for food/drink for the day before hand.

Please arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.00am

(I do have a cut off time that we WILL start walking by so if you arrive late I cant guarantee we will be there still waiting)

When I plan the route beforehand I have to calculate Winter daylight times for the safety of the group and benefit to you all.

Thanks

Andy



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  • Kev

    Thank you Andy for organising this and to Wendy for giving me a lift. A very enjoyable day, and even though my feet hurt now I am up for another one in the future. Great walk, great company!

    2 · December 29, 2013

  • Di

    Fab day! Walk was beautiful & interesting, weather was great and company was lovely. Thanks Andy - another winner! :)

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Tahir

    Great day and very lovely walk and great company. Thanks Andy!

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Emma T

    really enjoyed it... relaxed, lovely people, great walk & lovely weather. Thanks for all your sorting Andy

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Wendy

    Great walk, wonderful people, fabulous weather and now going to have a long soak in a hot bath. Thanks guys for a marverlous day, especially Andy who guided us so well. As a 'first timer' I can say I shall definity be doing it again xx

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Paul

    Would have loved to join you for this walk. Right nuisance that I've had to cancel.

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry cannot make this now. I was really looking forward to it but i am unwell

    December 28, 2013

  • Andy S.

    Theres a nice little pub after the walk to have a tipple in with some nice ales on offer - I have tried a couple this evening so far...

    1 · December 27, 2013

    • Andy S.

      Not really a recce - walked from bakewell to youth hostel today by the start point for the walk tomorrow

      December 27, 2013

    • Andy S.

      Anne there isnt any scheduled stops other than lunch but we do pause for a few minutes for the group to catch up from time to time, but depends on the pace on how many stops have

      December 27, 2013

  • Paul

    If anyone is travelling via Alfreton and would like to share transport/costs I'd be happy to help.

    December 27, 2013

  • Andy S.

    Update: Weather forecast for Saturday is Sunny spells, cool breeze and chance of showers - if any problems my mobile is[masked], please by ready to start walking at 10am, thanks see you Saturday

    December 27, 2013

  • Kev

    Right. Time to get the boots out! I would like to share transport please - either by sharing petrol costs in my motor or by contributing to someone else's.

    December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds fun. I will see if i can get the kit together for this. Used to do loads of walking in my teens around the same area.

    December 22, 2013

  • Annie

    Unable to attend as not moving to Notts until late Feb but hope you all have a lovely post Christmas walk. Looking forward to joining you in the New Year.

    December 22, 2013

  • Maggie

    Could you make the start time 10.30? Pleeeeaase!?

    1 · December 21, 2013

    • Andy S.

      As remarks have said above, if make the start time later then means will finish later - Sunset on the 28th is 4:01pm

      December 21, 2013

    • Maggie

      Timing is a bit tight for me and I know how strict Andy is with setting off! I didn't want to drive all that way to find everyone gone I have to drop my boys off first then do 1.5 hour drive will just have to see if I'll make it or not on the morning

      December 22, 2013

  • Andy S.

    Walk details updated

    December 21, 2013

  • Terri

    How far is the walk please? Thanks Terri

    December 19, 2013

    • Andy S.

      scheduled to be 8.66 miles

      1 · December 21, 2013

  • Claire

    Hi Sorry my xmas plans have changed. I won't be back in time for this now

    December 21, 2013

  • Sarah

    Maybe

    December 20, 2013

  • Wendy

    I could pick you up on my way Anne. I live in Nottingham so wouldn't be far off my route and you could help me find it too :-)

    December 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Wendy, that would be great. I will email you with my address.

      December 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a maybe

    December 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm without my car at the mo so unless someone lives near Ilkeston who could offer me a lift i will have to change my rsvp to no.i would of course contribute towards the petrol.

      December 20, 2013

  • Lisa

    Sounds wonderful! If only I were twenty again! I just can't do early mornings these days - I just haven't had the army training, you see!

    December 17, 2013

  • Wendy

    This sounds like a walk I'd like to do, but concerned about the 'caves' bit... Could you clarify, I'm not great with small spaces. Thanks

    December 9, 2013

    • Andy S.

      We will be passing a few caves along the route generally we dont go in them just have a nosey at the entrance

      1 · December 9, 2013

  • Natalie

    Might go, it depends on family/christmas arrangments yet to be confirmed ....

    December 8, 2013

  • susan

    No idea where I'll be then but if I'm here I'll be there!

    December 7, 2013

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