4th January 2018 New Years Walk Report

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    Peter Hammond

    9 hardy souls plus Coco the dog set off in clearing skies from Curbar Gap. After walking down the road a short distance we headed westwards into Curbar woods. Extreme mudness was soon encountered which prevailed until we took the downward path towards Froggatt bridge. Just after turning east along the Derwent we found a good spot for coffee overlooking the fast flowing river. The really hardy soul amongst us then had a swim (Coco of course). We then saw a spotted woodpecker attacking an old dead tree opposite. The forecast rain didn’t materialise but previous rain had formed a huge lake at the campsite we past where several caravans had become rather soggy house boats! Later on we came across a newly created stream across our footpath resulting in a loss of “walk points” due to some wet feet. Luckily these were redeemed at our lunch stop due to seating for all in Baslow churchyard. Here we enjoyed the sun and watched ducks surf the fast flowing river. The walk up through Baslow led us to Baslow edge where we were hit by a squally wind but managed to escape the rain which only hit us as we returned to the cars. Lady Luck had smiled on us as apart from the initial mudness we were blessed with a dry and very pleasant walk. Thanks to all for your company.

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