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    Peter Hammond
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    12 of us, plus Poppy the dog, set of from Wingerworth on a beautiful Autumn sunny day – firstly through
    fields and then past the old sheep dip before heading over to Salem Methodist chapel built in 1849 by
    Joseph Fletcher, a local colliery official. We then ascended the track past Stubbing Court farm encountering
    some muddy fields, passed on a footpath through someone’s back garden then descended on a track
    through the newly built smelly chicken rearing complex. After crossing the ford further down the track we
    then had our coffee break on a roadside wall near some old oak trees. Pathways then led us up to and
    across Swathwick Lane. After descending past stables and horse fields we entered Walton Woods eventually
    stopping for lunch near the edge of Chesterfield golf course making use of a newly sawn tree trunk to sit on.
    After lunch we climbed up through the golf course, passed the golf house, crossed through more woods and
    down to Langer Lane. From here we entered Speighthill Woods exiting on to Longedge Lane and so back
    to our starting point at Pear Tree Avenue. To our delight we found that Jane had baked an apple cake in
    our absence with apples kindly donated by Marian which was consumed along with homemade flapjack
    washed down with cups of tea in the garden. Many thanks to all who came and for your company.
    Pete

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