Thursday walk 19 Oct 2017 Report

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    Andy SmithAndy Smith

    23 people plus a dog assembled at our house in Bradwell.
    There was a mixture of current members and former members
    who were here for the 50th Anniversary Weekend. With this
    number, perhaps it was just as well that several of the
    regulars were away in Kalymnos. The first task was to get
    everyone’s car onto our drive, a record of 10 (including
    ours which was in the garage). We set off up Hungry Lane
    onto Tophole Road in drizzle, and then across fields to
    Coplow Dale and Little Hucklow where we paused for the
    putting on of waterproof trousers. After a short walk up the
    road (Castleton Lane) we reached High Rake where we paused
    for lunch among the ruins of High Rake Mine. There are great
    views from here usually, but not today. After everyone had
    finished their sandwiches (except JB who thought it was the
    coffee break) we continued east along the rake to Windmill.
    A little farther on was Great Hucklow where we split into
    two groups. The short distance walkers (party of five) headed
    directly back to Bradwell (5.5 miles). The rest of us (a
    party of 5) ascended through Great Hucklow Wood. Down,
    across a muddy stream and up to Abney Grange. It was then a
    walk in the mist across Abney Moor to Brough Lane where we
    paused for a drink and a snack. We continued down the lane
    before double backing past Bothams Farm and across the Grey
    Ditch (thought to be a sixth century defensive earthwork) to
    Bradwell traffic lights. A short pull up a snicket (known
    locally as the Yeld) returned us to the start – a total
    distance of just on 8 miles. After removing some very wet
    waterproofs we were able to enjoy tea and delicious cakes
    – a great start to the 50th Anniversary celebrations.
    Andy & Rosy

    Andy SmithAndy Smith

    Arithmetic failure! 23 – 5 = 18 in the main party, of course. Andy

    Andy SmithAndy Smith

    Tea and cakes

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