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Walkies - First Walk of the New Year

New Year, New Challenges and New Walks Ahead.

Starting at Youlgreave Youth Hostel, this walk will take us North and through Lathkill Dale where we will pass a waterfall, several weirs and numerous caves as we walk in the wooded valley by the river Lathkill, then onwards onto Fern Dale and continuing onto the Limestone way crossing Cales Dale and heading easterly past calcite workings and Lomberdale hall before passing back through the village of Youlgreave and back to the start point where as usual there is a nice pub for a refreshing drink and chatter to finish with.

                                  Lathkill Dale Waterfall

The route is mainly well trodden footpaths with some smaller parts of the circular route being minor roads. The 14 km's consist of 3 inclines over the day the first hill rises 60 metres over 1 mile, the 2nd hill incline, starts around the 6km point and rises over 2km's and climbs 80 metres, the 3rd hill is a shorter climb 700 metres in length and climbing 104 metres in height, this point we will of reached the 10.5 km point and from here we gradually walk down hill until we finish the walk back in Youlgreave by the hostel.

I would say this is for the average walker, as it is just under 9 miles and on different footings/terrain, with 3 main inclines overall.

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:

• Youlgreave

• Cairn Circle

• Lathkill Dale

• Lathkill River

• Caves

• Weir's

• Waterfall

• Fern Dale

• Limestone Way

• Cales Dale

• Lomberdale Hall


Route Details:

Start:  10.15am

Finish:  4.00pm (eta) 

Distance:  8.78 miles (14.14 Kilometers)

Elevation: 

538.71 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point

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

Footpaths: 75% 

Tracks:  10% 

Roads:  15%

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

• Torch for looking in the caves (optional)

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 10.15am 

(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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  • Fay K.

    first walk of the new year,lovely it blew all the cobwebs away from overindulgence at Christmas,great company

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Suzie E.

    Thanks Andy for a great walk met some lovely people

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Tahir

    Great walk again! Thanks Andy.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Marcia

    Thanks for a wonderful walk in beautiful countryside with great company (and good weather) and lots of mud! - thanks Andy

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Di

    Really lovely day! Great walk and fab company :) Thanks Andy

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Jane

    Beautiful walk, good conversation. Thanks Andy.

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Sally

    Really good walk, even if I ache all over! Lovely to meet some great new people as well :-)

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Emma T

    another lovely walk with lovely people, thank you

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • John B.

    Great day out beautiful countryside, great company and conversation. Nice one Andy

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • susan

    Great walk, will probably be asleep soon!

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Sarah s.

    Really enjoyed it great walk....and great bunch of people look forward to next one :))

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Emma B

    Brigitte - where were you?!

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Emma B

    Lovely walk and lovely weather! Thanks. Even quite good people :)

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Kay

    Really enjoyed theroute today... a new perspective on a favourite place. Thanks Andy

    2 · January 11, 2014

  • Gary

    Sorry I'm now unable to make it ~ have a great day!

    January 11, 2014

  • John B.

    Got delayed, no hope of getting there by 10 :15

    January 11, 2014

  • Sarah s.

    Is there anywhere to go to the loo before and after the walk? It's a woman thing :))

    January 10, 2014

    • Andy S.

      There are toilets at the youth hostel and afterwards at the pub

      January 10, 2014

    • Sarah s.

      Thanks :)

      January 10, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Ok for tomorrow, the weather is forecasted as sunny but it is winter so will be cool, lot of rain past week or so which means could well be muddy in places - my mobile as usual if any problems is[masked] - please be ready to walk at 10.15 the latest - see you all tomorrow - Andy

    January 10, 2014

  • Suzie E.

    I'd like to join but haven't any walking gear, if I heat away from work early I'll shoot across to Decathlon & kit myself out. New to Meet Up, will let you know later

    1 · January 10, 2014

    • Suzie E.

      Am hoping to come along, is it still the same meeting place? As aiming to try get there for 10 am presuming all will just be hanging around, keep an eye open for me have been known to join in with the wrong parties ha ha

      January 10, 2014

    • Andy S.

      There will be a big group outside the youth hostel which will be hard to miss, but I am tall with goatee beard and prob being wear my green waterproof or blue fleece

      January 10, 2014

  • Gary

    Hopefully

    January 10, 2014

  • Di

    Sorry I haven't been able to offer lifts this time but I'm not actually travelling to the start point from Nottingham on this occasion. Looking forward to seeing everyone there :))

    January 10, 2014

  • David

    i'm too lazy to get up that early or walk that far. See you at the end for a drink though! :-)

    1 · January 9, 2014

    • Emma T

      I don't think he's honest... really he's going to John Lewis shopping... or at least that's what he did last time!

      2 · January 9, 2014

    • Di

      Yes I think the calling of John Lewis is the real reason too lol! Can understand the temptation ;)

      January 10, 2014

  • Kay

    I'll most probably join this... and will have room in my car from Beeston.

    January 3, 2014

    • steve w.

      Hi Kay,

      January 10, 2014

    • steve w.

      sorry for the short notice but I have been caught up with work now and I won't be meeting you. I'll send a text as well to confirm.

      January 10, 2014

  • John B.

    Looks fun, got 2 seats free at a push if you dont mind roughing it in the van. traveling from Notts city centre, ring me on[masked]

    January 10, 2014

  • Jenny P.

    Bringing my dog and a few friends now as well :-)

    January 9, 2014

    • Jenny P.

      Mmm its now a small group of us from stroll on...I hope you dont mind us joining your walk. It looks really good and few of us were free :-)

      January 9, 2014

    • Andy S.

      More the merrier,

      1 · January 10, 2014

  • Jos

    A good excuse to break in a new pair of boots! Look forward..

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anybody have a place for 2 in his car?

    January 9, 2014

  • Tahir

    I'm driving from Mapperley Park (1 mile north of City centre) and can offer a lift or car share. BTW, the last walk was fabulously enjoyable!

    January 8, 2014

    • Emma T

      Thx for sayin you'll give both Ross & me a lift :-)

      January 9, 2014

  • susan

    I'm a maybe. Depends how many times my feet get trodden on at the ceilidh! Will let you know Saturday Andy.

    January 8, 2014

  • Lynda

    Hi, I'm looking forward to the walk and I can take 1 other person if you are in Sandiacre/Ilkeston area

    January 7, 2014

  • Jenny P.

    Bringing my dog...hope thats okay. Let me know if not

    1 · January 7, 2014

  • Gill

    Sadly I can't come due to my son having an away football match. Hope you all have fun.

    January 6, 2014

  • Jenny P.

    Bringing my dog...hope thats okay. Let me know if not

    1 · January 6, 2014

  • Fay K.

    i need a lift from Nottingham please wherever its convenient

    January 5, 2014

    • Fay K.

      im in the meadows or can be picked up somewhere else

      January 6, 2014

    • FEDERICA L.

      Hi there, I am in town too if you are coming...I live in the lace market but can meet somewhere else

      January 6, 2014

  • Di

    Really looking forward to this - sounds a fab route :)
    Guess we'll need to bring a change of footwear for the pub afterwards as usual Andy? ;)

    January 5, 2014

    • Andy S.

      Best to bring a pair of spare footwear with you just in case or alternatively take boots off or bring 2 poly bags and put over boots while in the pub

      1 · January 6, 2014

  • FEDERICA L.

    Hi there. I would love to attend as I have never been on one before but I don't have a car. Anyone can offer a lift from Nottingham City centre?

    January 6, 2014

  • Emma B

    Maybe

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Route Updated with all details needed.

    1 · January 4, 2014

  • Lynda

    Hoping to go. I will know later in the week :-)

    January 4, 2014

  • Gill

    Maybe Andy, depending on my son's football commitments.

    January 4, 2014

  • John B.

    A strong maybe

    January 2, 2014

  • Mel

    Sorry, due to commitments on this date I won't be able to go on this walk, enjoy the walk :-)

    December 31, 2013

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