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Bakewell Walk

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On a crisp and clear St George’s Day, Tom and Carmel (left) led us on an energetic 10 mile circular walk from the pleasant Derbyshire market town of Bakewell – famous for its puddings and its tarts – across the tops to Ashford in the Water and back. On the way, we had a coffee stop in Over Haddon, whence we walked up to the Magpie Mine at Sheldon, a former lead mine which operated from the 18th century until the 1950’s (below) although the heyday of the mine was in the 19th century.


 Lead mining was a speculative business, with big profits to be made sometimes and huge losses at others – so the mine changed hands frequently. It was closed from 1846 to 1868 and when it reopened, a large Cornish pumping engine was installed in the engine house, which is now the major building on the site  (right).


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As it was rather breezy up there, we decided to take lunch in the lee of the buildings, in the company of a sheepdog called Rupert, who played ball with some of us. 21 Small 












After lunch, we continued climbing upwards, with cars on the main road below looking like dinky toys until we came upon a fabulous view of the beautiful village of Ashford in the Water below us. 25 Small














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Situated on the crystal clear River Wye, with  the famous Sheepwash bridge for us to walk over,  Ashford in the Water is real ‘’chocolate box’ village. 

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 We had a very pleasant stroll along the banks of the river back to Bakewell, passing the weirs which created Ashford Lake and powered Lumsden Mill (Arkwright,1777), then Holme Hall of 1626 (photo courtesy of the Historical Houses Association) and the odd couple of llamas.


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Holme Hall



Last Updated on Friday, 28 April 2017 20:00  


Walking is Healthy

A recent study of 250,000 commuters showed that walking 6 miles a week is good for you, cutting the riskof cancer and heart disease. See BBC Health News

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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