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    Andy Smith
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    CMC Thursday Walks 22 October 2015 Report
    3RD ANNIVERSARY WALK & PARTY

    13 of us assembled for the anniversary walk, at our house in Bradwell. After some
    parking issues had been sorted and boots put on, we set off down to the Dale and
    through the Hills (the posh end of Bradwell). We walked up Edge lane and the
    following muddy bridleway and footpath onto Bradwell Edge. The lower section of
    this is shown yellow on the OS map, i.e. a driveable road, but I think you
    would be struggling even in a 4WD. A group of deer were seen halfway up the
    bridleway. Northerly progress along along the ridge brought us to the
    mysteriously named Rebellion Knoll, a superb viewpoint, although not as superb
    as it might have been, in view of the damp windy cloudy weather. A planned coffee
    break here was postponed until we had dropped down to Brough Lane in the shelter
    of the Edge. The weather was by now starting to improve, with patches of blue sky
    appearing.

    Refreshed after our break we set off across the moor, crossing the top of
    Overdale Brook to arrive at the top of Duper Lane. A short stroll along Brough
    Lane was followed by a delightful walk across Abney Moor to Abney Grange, with
    several gliders flying overhead. The route then was through fields down to the
    old pump house at the top of Bretton Clough. This used to be locked but no
    longer, and we entered to look at the remains of the old machinery. After a short
    but steep ascent we were back on the road, above Great Hucklow Wood. A descent
    through the wood and past the school led to the village of Great Hucklow where
    we enjoyed our picnic seated on the Jubilee Benches.

    The final leg of the walk was via Little Hucklow, Coplow Dale and Top Hole Road
    back to Bradwell. At Little Hucklow we passed the now sadly derelict Bulls Head
    historic pub (12th century) which closed in 2005. According to the Sheffield
    Star, this was believed to be the “fifth oldest boozer in Britain”. My GPS
    navigator said that we had covered 7.6 miles and ascended 1260 feet, with an
    average moving speed of 2.8 mph.

    The walk was followed by a tea party, with a great range of contributed food and
    nibbles, washed down by copious mugs of tea. The spread featured Rosy’s famous
    ginger cake and a chocolate Malteser cake, also baked by Rosy, with three
    candles which were duly blown out. By the way, who nicked the Maltesers off the
    top without taking the underlying cake? We now have half a Malteserless Malteser
    cake.

    Rosy who is now taking over as Thursday Walk organiser, thanked Linda for
    setting up the walks and persuading people to lead them for the past three
    years.

    Andy Smith

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