Wed 13 December Christmas walks & Buffet. Summer Walks programme

December 11, 2017 by

Following the severe weather over the weekend, Ann Constable has confirmed that the roads to The Lodge at Brascote are clear.  Ann advised that the best approach to Brascote Lane is from Newbold Verdon, as the road from the other direction is not completely clear as of today, 11/12.

Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

We now have dates for summer walks programme and we will be looking for Leaders to volunteer on the day.  please bring your diaries!

Kind regards.

Pete & Rob


Tuesday Walk 12th December

December 11, 2017 by

Please note

The walk WILL take place at the normal time but modified to suit the conditions.

This is the pre – Christmas Dinner walk and those not walking should arrive at The Shires at 11.45 am

Long Walk Wednesday 20th December 2017

December 5, 2017 by

Please note that this walk will now start from
Stonehurst Farm Park, Bond Ln, Mountsorrel, Loughborough LE12 7AA
and not the venue shown in the printed program.

Robert H & Pete C

13 December 2017 Wednesday Christmas walks and buffet

December 3, 2017 by

Please note that both walks will start from the Lodge at Brascote (LE9 9LE). Leaving at the normal times. There is plenty of parking in the field to the left of the house. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served from 9.30am so arrive in time. The Buffet will be sreved at about 13.00hrs when everyone has returned.Wine, Beer and Juice are available, Beer will be charged at £1.00 a bottle. There is no need to bring food, but if you would like to add something to our exciting eclectic mix mention this to Roger C, Averil and Greg, Tom, Brid, Hilary, Janet or Anne.

As part of the Christmas festivities we pass a bucket round for LOROS.

We hope that you will be able to join us.

Posted on behalf of: Anne C.

Right to Roam – underground?

November 19, 2017 by

This one is new to me but looks like it has been doing a rounds for a while. It was in The Times today but as that’s not available online free here’s a bit from The Guardian 2016.

From The Sunday Times

From The Sunday Times

“Cavers fight to take the right to roam to new depths” Cavers are calling for the government to extend the rights that allow access to mountains, moors, heaths and downs to the subterranean systems that lie beneath some of Britain’s best-known landscapes. (read more)

New Venue A.G.M. Preliminary Notice.

November 16, 2017 by

The A.G.M. will be held on Saturday, February 24th 2018 as given in the walk programme.

Contrary to the venue given in the walk programme it will be held at The Elms Social & Ex Service Club, Bushloe End, Wigston Magna, who will also supply a buffet lunch.

Formal Agenda, lunch booking forms and reports will be sent to everyone nearer the time, as usual.


Makeney Hall Hotel – weekend

October 30, 2017 by

This can only be a snapshot of the weekend because I didn’t fully participate only joining the group to lead a walk on Saturday.

I did pop over on Friday evening to announce my walk which was planned to be the  middle distance of the three on offer. I invite the other leaders or a participant to submit a report from their walk.

Perhaps influenced by the filling meal the group had just taken the majority opted for the shortest walk so I’m grateful to those who agreed to join me on an adventurous bus walk.

On Saturday morning we set off to Milford and the bus stop, being a little early gave an opportunity to for a brief history tour of Milford. Today we could only see the building that houses the wonderful 1937 hydro electric generator (read more) but here’s what we missed.

MIlford Hydo-electric plant

We caught the bus to Belper the original plan being to stock up with lunch but all were fully provisioned so we used the bus to take us high above Belper then walked down Long Row to the East Mill having looked down on it over the rooftops. We also popped into the pleasant Riverside Gardens. Hundreds of birds were on the river and discussion took place as to their name. (Chris provided the answer – Black Headed Gull see RSPB website)

While waiting at the next bus stop who should we spy approaching but the long walk group. Well, when I say group it was leader and one follower. They had already done 4 miles and we were yet to start.

Waiting for the bus

Waiting for the bus

Our walk started at Cowers Lane half way along the Ecclesbourne Way a walk from Duffield to Wirksworth of 11 miles. It follows the river of that name and the Ecclesboure Valley Railway.  It was pretty wet underfoot but the rain held off as we headed up the valley. Late coffee or early lunch was taken at Idridgehay station where there is a seat. We were also pleased to see a passing train.


Idridgehay station

Idridgehay station

Because of heavy going and low cloud it was voted that we miss Alport Height. Little point in climbing to a viewpoint when we knew the views were hidden. Closer views were very much appreciated so no great loss. At Wirksworth station a loop around town paths was on offer but a tea shop and earlier return bus gained most votes. I believe that a beer festival at The Holly Bush in Makeney may also have been an influence.


Wednesday 15/11/17 short walk: Change of start point

October 26, 2017 by

This walk will now start from The Three Crowns Pub, Main St, Barrow On Soar.

Pete & Robert

Wednesday, Rambles Organisers


Dog attack on member of our Association

October 18, 2017 by

On Sunday 15th October, a female member of our Association was attacked by a husky dog on footpath V35.  This right of way leaves the Sapcote Road and crosses a camp site before entering Freeholt wood at grid reference SP462939.

Using her mobile phone to contact emergency services an ambulance arrived and she was taken to hospital.  Two pints of blood had been lost from a flesh wound on her left calf.

The police attended hospital and took details of the attack.  The police helicopter assisted in the search for the dog.  No trace of the dog was found on the camp site or in the surrounding area.

Best wishes are extended to our member and for a full recovery from this unfortunate and distressing incident.

Wanted -New Walks Co-ordinator

October 13, 2017 by

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