16 members and Poppy, our usual canine participant, set out from Curbar Gap with a moderate south
westerly blowing. A chilly breeze followed us along Curbar Edge and the start of Froggatt edge before
the descent through the woods towards Froggatt bridge provided some respite from the wind.
After crossing the Froggatt/Sheffield Road we encountered our first quagmire where nimble footsteps were called for. Luckily we were soon tramping down tarmac to cross the Derwent at Froggatt bridge. A delightful path along the river followed leading us to some sawn up logs from a recently felled large tree. We took advantage of these for our coffee break seating. Further on the static caravans on the campsite, usually sitting in a flooded field, were actually on dry land. Our previous visits had seen them as houseboats! The riverside section that followed, albeit muddy, was not as bad as predicted although just prior to the lane to Baslow bridge we did have to tip toe across barely visible rocks placed in a swollen stream.
Lunch was taken on seats at the rear of Baslow church – we also utilised the rear entrance alcove. Very cosy! After a loo stop along the main road we then started the long up hill section to Baslow Edge. Darkening skies looked ominous but luckily no rain came albeit the chilly wind, now behind us, had picked up again. Good views down to both Baslow and Calver villages were had plus further afield to Sir William Hill, Bamford Edge and Win Hill.
Returning to the cars Andy’s GPS noted a distance of 7.4 miles. By the number of members turning out it was evident that putting on this first Thursday walk of the year, the day after the New Years Day walk, was worthwhile.
Thanks to all who came and for your wonderful company as always.
Happy New Year, Pete and Jane