Thursday walk 13 February 2020 Report

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    Andy SmithAndy Smith

    Earlier in the week the forecast had been for horrible
    weather but in the event it was rather nice: some blue sky
    and sunshine. No rain or snow, very little wind, and not
    too much mud! There were good views in all directions on
    different sections of the walk. 17 members assembled at
    Shatton and headed through fields, across Townfield Lane,
    past Townfield Barn and through Elmore Hill Farm to reach
    Brough Lane. Good views from here were to the cement works and
    down to Bradwell. A gradual ascent of Brough Lane brought us
    to a rather fine coffee break stop, equipped with wooden and
    stone benches and stone tables. The views north were towards
    Bamford and Yorkshire Bridge, and the Ladybower Viaduct was
    clearly visible.

    Break over, we continued round Brough Lane towards the
    Shatton mast, but soon turned off on the path overlooking
    Abney. The Barrel Inn could be seen across Bretton Clough,
    with Abney Low and the Sir William Hill mast to the left. At
    a crossroads of paths, we turned left toward Offerton. A
    superb lunch spot was found just below Offerton Edge. From
    here was perhaps the best view of the day, across the Hope
    Valley and Hathersage, with the skyline dominated by
    Stanage Edge.

    After lunch we dropped down to Offerton Hall and took the
    gradually rising bridleway heading west and eventually
    ending on Shatton Lane at the top of the tarmac, now
    liberally strewn with debris brought down by recent rains.
    It just remained to walk down the road back to Shatton.
    Shortly before the reaching the cars, some took the
    opportunity to wash their boots in the conveniently
    located ford.
    Andy & Rosy

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