8 members and one dog, in staggered parties of 4, started off in good weather from Ashford.
Surprisingly, after the previous day’s rain, we experienced very little mud alongside the river Wye.
Also the expected slippery limestone, on the descent through woods to the A6, proved to be a non event. Even
the stream bed we crossed was dry.
Coffee in our group was taken in warm sunshine beside the path just prior to the A6 crossing.
After the crossing, the walk along Monsal Dale was again relatively mud free though reasonably busy with various groups of folk taken advantage of the great scenery in warm autumn sunshine.
Arriving at Monsal Head we caught up with our first group, obviously delayed by taken advantage of the ice cream van! Luckily the huge amount of seating did allow us to be very socially distanced though! Lunch here is always pleasant with the fine view down the dale albeit a little windy.
The rest of the journey back was great with continuing warm sunshine and wondrous views.
Thanks to all who came, especially to John H who led the first group and for the time he spent in doing a recce.
Great company and great conversation. Small groups are definitely very convivial!