Report on Thursday 26th April walk from Millthorpe

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    vanda boyd
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    A slightly delayed start to allow late arrivals Linda and David to join us, to make up a group then of 11 people [and Poppy of course] for another walk in this area around Millthorpe. We headed north as planned, through Cartledge before turning northeast on ‘new’ paths towards the outskirts of Dronfield. A brief coffee stop before rain encouraged us to move on, through Cowley and Barlow Lees to Common Side for lunch. Four benches provided comfortable seating for all in warm sunshine [brownie points?] watching two not-very-successful fishermen casting lines, but then rain curtailed a prolonged lunch break Lin also had to contend with two large dogs trying to steal her lunch. There were some planned variations on previous walks that I’ve led here, and no deviations today, only occasional hesitations when the path through the grass became very faint or the next stile was well-hidden in a hedgerow. But then back on familiar paths after Oxton Rakes [stunning peacock!] through Rumbling Street to return to Millthorpe with two fords to allow boot/wellie-washing [more brownie points?] just before arriving back at the car-park. Thank you all for your company: David, Linda, Kathy, John Murton, John Barnard, Dave C. Tracy, Lin, Sean and Pete [thank you for your back-up map-reading when I was uncertain!]. Just under 8 miles according to Sean’s GPS.
    Vanda Boyd

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