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Mapleton Walk - Easter Sunday

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On a cool and cloudy Easter Sunday, April 13, June had organised a walk from the public car park near the Isaac Walton Hotel in Dovedale. We started off walking along the lovely River Dove.

 

 

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After a little while we crossed over the famous stepping stones, under June’s careful supervision.

 

 

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We then climbed up the hill towards Thorpe.

 

 

 

 

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After a long steady climb we then headed through woodland before reaching a spot with a view, where June decided to stop for our coffee break.

 

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Occasionally on our walks, we do a bit of standing around to regroup, admiring the view in the meantime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our lunch was taken at the beautiful St Mary’s church in Mappleton, where we inspected the interior before exiting to peruse the graveyard.

 

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Although a church here was first mentioned in records during the reign of Edward 1 (1272 – 1307) the current building was built in the mid-18th century to the design of James Gibbs, a pupil of Christopher Wren. Among his most important works are the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and the Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University.

 

 

 

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After that we returned to Dovedale via the river and the scenic countryside near Ilam, having crossed over the impressive Coldwall Bridge near Thorpe.

 

 

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This is a Grade II listed monument dated 1726 and was originally the main coach road across the River Dove, between the counties of Derbyshire and Staffordshire. When the motor car became popular, it was used less and less because the steep gradient was too much for the first cars. Today, the bridge is only used by farmers and walkers (and sheep) and is really peaceful.

 

 

 

 

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We then returned through the beautifulvillage of Ilam. Despite the weather, we all felt this had been an excellent walk – thanks June!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures of Mapleton Church and Ilam are taken from Wikipedia. The photo of Coldwall Bridge is courtesy of Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.o

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 08:20
 

Brereton Work Party

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On a sunny Tuesday 11 April, the latest work party took place off Coalpit Lane in Brereton, where a narrow pathway had become overcome with brambles and low overhanging branches.

 

Arriving at around 10.00 in the morning, the team had a short walk to reach the path.

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We soon got to work with loppers, shears, and secateurs to clear the vegetation and keep the right of way open for walkers.

Phil even shed blood doing so!


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 After two hours or so of hard work, we’d cleared around 200 yards of pathway over two sections of the path. Time for a well deserved break for the team members, l to r: Tony B, Pete, Ed, Phil , Tony G and (behind the lens) Jean.

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:32
 
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Walking Etiquette

At the recent AGM, different aspects of walking etiquette were raised by several people.  Just to make sure that things go smoothly in future and that we all look after each other:

1) Leaders – PLEASE don’t make walks significantly longer or harder than they are shown in the programme. If you don’t know how long or hard they are ask Phil to check them for you with Memory Map.

2) Leaders – When you stop to allow people at the back to catch up after a hard stretch PLEASE give those people a chance to rest before starting again.

3) PLEASE DON’T walk in front of the leader, unless you’ve asked first. The leader has to make sure that the slowest walkers are in sight, so can’t always go as fast as you’d like.

4) When you reach a turning point PLEASE make sure that you can see the people behind you and that they know where you’re going.  If possible the leader should post a ‘sentry’ to make sure everybody follows.

5) Similarly, when you pass through a gate in a field with animals in PLEASE DON’T leave it open, relying on people far behind to close it.  Wait, or post a sentry to look after it.

6) Finally, PLEASE be prepared to use your car when you go on the short walks.  The success of the scheme is going to rely on this.

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