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The Walking Group

Leader:  Bob Baxendale - walks@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 481435

The leader will be at the meeting place whatever the weather and only cancel the walk in consultation with those who turn up on the day. All dogs must be kept under control at all times. Walking boots or strong shoes are recommended. Be prepared for bad weather by taking warm WATERPROOF clothing. Leaders act in a voluntary capacity. All ramblers walk at their own risk.

Future programme

Tue 7th Aug09:45 for 10:00 startThe Hurt Arms, Ambergate DE56 2EJ. 50mins drive.Tony SmithCrich and the Cromford Canal
Tue 21st Aug9:15 for 9:30 am startThe John Thompson Inn, InglebyColin Ellis7.5 miles around Ticknall, Foremark and Anchor Church. Not necessarily in that order.
Tue 4th SepLeader required please
Tue 18th SepLeader required please

Tuesday 3rd July. Elvaston Castle and River Derwent

A group of 21 walkers gathered on a glorious sunny and warm morning at the Harrington Arms,Thulston, for a walk through Elvaston Castle Country Park and along the River Derwent. Walking north through open fields we entered the Country Park at the Golden Gates and continued on to the first of many ornate Grade 2 listed structures, a 'Moorish Temple'. From here we walked to the well-manicured yew hedges with a good view of Elvaston 'Castle', a Gothic Revival country house dating from the early 1800s. We skirted around the house, through the courtyard and then followed the path around the lake, stopping to view the Pump (water-driven) House and a Boat House. After the lake we stopped on a small bridge where we were lucky enough to see several herons perched high in trees overlooking a small pond. Outside the country park we stopped for a drink near Alvaston Church before continuing over a foot-bridge to reach the banks of the River Derwent. Turning right onto the Borrowash/Elvaston road we entered the country park once again along a shaded path to reach the Walled Garden. Here was a brick tower that housed a water tank that was originally fed from the Pump House we saw earlier at the side of the lake. We had time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the magnificent floral displays in the Walled Garden before retracing our steps via the Golden Gates back to the Harrington Arms. 7 miles

Photos by Joan and Paul

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