Thursday Walk 3 Oct 2013

Andy Smith
Oct 3 9:56 AM
CMC Thursday Walk 3 Oct 2013.
Nine of us gathered at Shatton. The views on the walk would
have been delightful had there not been thick low mist and
cloud. But at least it was warm and dry. Two cars took
everyone up the steep lane above the village to the end of
the tarmac, in order to avoid a one-mile slog uphill. From
here we first made a detour to the little-known Queen’s Seat,
a grand bench chipped out of the side of a large boulder,
and not visible from the path. A group photo was taken.
Regaining the public footpath we dropped gradually to
Offerton Hall. The lane contouring round above the Derwent
Valley (not visible today) brought us to the reputedly
haunted Highlow Hall, where we paused for a coffee break.

After a brief walk along the road towards Abney, we headed
up past Oaks Farm onto Abney Moor. Near the highest point on
the path we stopped for our picnic. Alas still no views,
except for a few horses in the next field. After a short
stroll we arrived at the junction of Shatton Lane and
Brough Lane. We turned left towards Brough, round the head
of Overdale then downhill past the back side of Bradwell
Edge and Rebellion Knoll. We took a path through Elmore Hill
farmyard and down to the top of Townfield Lane. A path
beside the lane eventually led back to Shatton; we arrived
just as the rain began to fall. After retrieving the cars
from the top of the hill, we gathered in the Scarlet Rose
Cafe in the garden centre for a cups of tea (various types)
etc. 6.8 miles, 680ft of ascent. Andy.

Andy Smith – Bradwell, Derbyshire, England; andy@…

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