Autumn Footprints 2017 - Week Two
w/e 24 September 2017
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
In the second week of the Walking Festival I planned
on doing at least five guided walks. There were over forty in
the entire programme so I had a choice on most days of two or
three from those that were scheduled.
On Monday I opted for a walk with the Denby Footpaths Group over
Amber Valley Routeway number 21. This started at the John Flamsteed
Memorial Park and proceeded to the highest point in the parish
from where this view was taken. The Memorial Park for Flamsteed,
the first Astronomer Royal, is across the road from the church
in the centre of the picture.
To reach the high point we had passed over
reclaimed opencast workings and through an area known as Copper
Yard. Copper ore was once brought from Staffordshire to be smelted
here but the area has now reverted to nature. As we descended
to return to the Memorial Park (right) we passed a property bearing
a plaque (left) that marks Flamsteed's birthplace in an earlier
property on this site in 1646.
Tuesday was probably the best weather of the week and I joined
the Heanor Walking For Health group for an extended route in
Shipley Country Park. Walking For Health routes are normally
no more than three miles but this extended version stretched
to about four.
There was an unplanned
and unexpected bonus on this walk for as we reached Smalley Lodge
(left) on Bell Lane the owner of the house pulled up in his car
and asked if we had seen the well (right). He then offered to
unlock the covers and brought out a large torch for everyone
to peer at the water below. He jokingly suggested we each throw
a £1 coin in but we all politely declined, thanked him
and moved on.
Wednesday's walk took me to Belper for another extended Walking
For Health route with the Belper WFH group. This too had an unexpected
diversion when we found a footpath had been closed. making it
even longer than anticipated. It was on this walk that we passed
at least three locations where fruit was on sale with payment
being made by honesty boxes.
diversion led to Ashbourne Road and some fine views of Belper
(left) before dropping down to Bridge Foot and a choice of ending
the walk or continuing to Wyver Lane Nature Reserve (right).
Choosing that option made the planned three mile walk being five
but I still had time to visit Draycott later to support the MacMillan
Cancer Charity arranged to coincide with another Wednesday walk.
Thursday morning was another fine day for walking in ideal conditions
but later in the day it did cloud over. There was a choice of
three walks but I was dissuaded from the one at Lower Hartshay
with painful memories of a fall there five years ago and the
Nightingale Family walk at Holloway said that booking was essential.
That left me with only the Risley - Ockbrook Circular with the
Risley Conservation Group. I thought I had done this walk last
year or the year before but although it started the same and
headed for the board giving the story of the Risley Lanx ( see
the Risley PC site) it then followed a path that
I had not been on previously behind Hopwell Hall and into Ockbrook.
It was on this path behind the Hall that
we caught a fleeting glance of a deer (left) in the field below
on the edge of a wood but that was the only one and we saw no
more as we continued to Ockbrook. The return to Risley was along
an almost parallel path but passed in front of Hopwell Hall (right).
This again was a path I had previously walked but with a different
group in an earlier Autumn Footprints Festival.
The weather forecast for Friday was not
particularly good and it did rain in the afternoon. I don't mind
if you call me a fair weather walker but I decided to give it
a miss and for my last participation in this year's Festival
I waited until Saturday to join the Erewash Ramblers for a walk
along familiar paths (left and right) around Dale Abbey and Locko
Park. The views are permanent but the fungi only transient.
When the Festival started two weeks ago the leaves on the trees
were all green but during those two weeks it has been noticeable
how autumn colours have become more and more apparent. These
leaves were in Locko Park and soon the whole area will be displaying
the hues of the season and before you know it, we'll be into
The Festival closed with two more walks on Sunday with another
Historical Walk at Risley and the final of the five in the series
of walks In The Footsteps of the Pentrich Rebels, two of which
I had enjoyed in Week One. For now though it's back to walking
the dog and looking forward to next year's Autumn Footprints.