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Cath’s June Walk Report

We learned some interesting things on last Sundays walk around Thurgoland and Silkstone Common.

It was a pleasant summer’s day with the clouds and the sunshine taking turns to dominate, and a refreshing warm breeze kept it from becoming too hot. We walked alongside the River Don, which was in the shade of trees at coffee break, but that just made the fish that jumped out of the water look bright by contrast. The dappled shade was very attractive.

A highlight of summer is always the flowers, and we passed many lovely cottage gardens. Towards the end of the day, across the valley ahead we saw a
whole field of orange-red poppies standing out against all the nearby green fields – a beautiful sight!

Rumtickle old railway viaduct was the usual Victorian style, but we were intrigued to see a memorial stone, high up, to a worker who was killed during its construction.  At lunch time in Nabbs Wood  we sat beside the memorial to the Huskar Pit mining disaster in July 1838, when 26 children were drowned. The sculpture is of two children crawling out of an underground cave. Both are poignant reminders of working conditions in times past.

It was good to have leaders who could help me to learn more about the area, it certainly added to the day’s walk. ”


Cath & Malcolm’s 70th birthday bash 22/5/17

What a fantastic evening we had at Wetherspoons celebrating Cath & Maclom’s joint 70th birthday. There was a lovely buffet, amazing cake and Ros organised a quiz. Any photos can be forwarded to me for putting on the site.


Cath’s Walk Report

Sunday 23rd April was a beautiful Spring day in the Peak District, we had warm sunshine with a cool breeze and clear blue sky. Who could ask for better walking conditions?

The landscape was really waking up after winter; leaves on trees were partly open so we could see through them to the blue sky beyond, masses of pink or white blossom were everywhere,(There was a stunning example near the river in Bakewell), carpets of blue forget-me-nots and white wood anemones added extra colour.
Birds were singing all around us at lunch below Monsal Head. I identified chiff-chaffs, wood warblers and great tits, and a robin hopped around as we sat in the sunshine on the Monsal trail.
The water in the River Wye was so clear, and it sparkled like a gem as we concluded our walk at Ashford-in- the-Water. We spent a few minutes watching trout from the bridge.
It was all done at a speed that allowed us time to enjoy the treasures of Spring, and have time for ice-creams as well!  Do come and join us, it is a really good way to experience all that nature has to offer.
( Sounds like a fab day Cath. Forward anymore reports back to me and I will add them. Remember photos also welcome)



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22.4.17- Lovely evening and Gary & Ann’s wedding at Whirlow Hall. The band, food, company and venue were all excellent. We wish them all the best for the future and hope they have a fantastic time in Italy on their honeymoon. Did anyone have any photos they could forward as I was too busy talking!

Fantastic Christmas meal at The Little John Inn, Hathersage. Over 35 members went for a lovely meal, everything was well organised and the food fab. Thanks for organising Ros, did anyone take any pictures as I forgot! Jackie






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