We gathered under the huge Horse Chestnut tree outside The Rising Sun as the weather decided if it was going to really rain or offer only a short shower. Fortunately, we only got the later. Our departure was slightly delayed as The President found she was missing her boots on arrival, requiring a quick trip back to her official residence and the execution of several aides. The route quickly left Abbey Lane into Ecclesall Woods which were traversed to emerge at Whirlow and a coffee/tea stop. We walked up the Limb valley to Ringinglow and hence into the Porter Valley and down to Forge Dam for lunch. On the way we stopped at Oliver’s Bridge. a small packhorse bridge named in memory of Oliver Gilbert, a stalwart of the Friends of the Porter Valley and club member.
After our lunch stop it was up to Castle Dyke, Wirlow Hall Farm, Whinfell Gardens and Little Common Lane to our start. Some of the group knew the area well and some hardly at all, but for all there was something new or unexpected. David