'I walk through the golden autumn wood
When the leaves are in their decay:
And my heart leaps into its solemn mood
As they wither and drop away.'
The Autumn Walk -Alexander Anderson
Autumn is a magical time of year, and one of the best times to go for a walk through the changing golden landscape.
Cromford is one of the significant sites in the development of the Industrial Revolution.
Cromford Mill is the site of the first water powered cotton mill and is an important site in the Industrial Revolution. now having World Heritage Status.
If we meet up in Cromford (the car park is on the right hand side by the rugby pitches just passed Cromford Mill) If we then Walk by the canal to High Peak Junction and then upwards to Black Rocks, passing the
National Stone Centre and onwards to Middleton where we can stop for lunch. After lunch head down passed the Quarry to Groaning Tor and onwards and upwards where we will see Matlock Bath from an elevated position and also Cromford as we make the last leg back to where we began.
Route planned is 8 miles long.
For anyone that would like to learn or improve their map reading skills, I can along the walk show all those interested how to read a map easier.
(If anyone is interested in improving their navigation skills please leave a comment below, so I can add this into the walk and plan ahead)
As always make sure you are prepared for this walk.
You will need:
Walking boots - as being Autumn the ground could be wet and slippery in places,
Warm clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans arent recommended as if they get wet and become heavy, lightweight breathable trousers are better)
Waterproofs are essential,
Snacks, Sweets etc.
Hats and gloves are always useful and worth packing in the cooler months,
A reasonable level of fitness (the route is partly on an established path but also we will be travelling along footpaths across fields where we will also be doing some inclines and declines along the way so a sense of humour is useful,
Please bring a packed lunch - we will stop in Middleton for Lunch which does have a shop and a pub but I can't guarantee that either of these will be open!!
Camera, Binoculars, Walking Sticks