11 of us met at Mytham Bridge just as the sun broke through the cloud cover – a portent for a beautiful day with a cool breeze to stop us overheating. We walked up the lane to Offerton Hall and then, with skylarks singing overhead, over the moor to Abney. By this time it was apparent that the planned route would have us back a little early for such a fine day and a siren voice coming from someone with the initial S (and I don’t mean the little red chap with the forked tail and toasting fork) suggested a possible diversion. So, after a brief flirtation with democracy (‘you’re the leader, you decide’), the leader changed course and we headed down into Bretton Clough. Lunch was taken at a convenient bench and grassy bank with curlews calling nearby. Suitably refuelled, we made the steep climb out of the clough and up to Bretton. The isolated farm of Stanage House was passed before we descended into the clough once again at Stoke Ford. A final climb brought us to the Abney road and the oddly named Highlow Hall before following the lane back to Offerton Hall and the descent to the Derwent. The walk back along the river was accompanied by courting mandarin ducks and bobbing dippers. 9.9 very enjoyable miles.