Autumn Footprints 2021 - Around Crich Stand continued
w/e 17 October 2021
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
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the first part of the walk.
At the top of the hill we paused to survey the surrounding countryside
and over to the south west we could see the masts on similar
high ground at Alport some five miles distant.
Our route though continued a little further north down the hill
again to follow Shuckstone Lane for a short distance to the buildings
at Shuckstone Fields Farm.
Passing the farm we admired the flower displays and then turned
off the road to walk in the fields behind the buildings to the
location of the stone after which the farm is named.
We gathered briefly for a group photo at the Shuckstone and learned
a little of its history. It was the base of a cross and letters
C and A on it are thought to show the boundary between Crich
and Ashover. It is thought to have been moved during the passage
of time from its original position but is mentioned in the Domesday
Survey and near here an earthen pot of copper Roman coins was
found in 1788. If you are interested in finding out more about
the Shuckstone there's a feature about it on the Crich website
Resuming our social distancing we continued past the stone across
the open countryside to start the return to Crich Village.
Zooming across the fields this shot makes the Sherwood Foresters
Regiment Memorial (Crich Stand) seem much closer than it was
but shows its prominent position on the high ground above the
Not quite sure how the vehicle arrived at this point but at the
boundary between two fields, two men were hard at work repairing
a dry stone wall.
Our route then took us alongside Wakebridge Wood to pass Wakebridge
Farm which stands on the site of an old Manor House.
The track we were following brought us out onto Leashaw and after
passing a few properties at Wakebridge we turned off to head
towards Crich Carr.
Leashaw continues to reach Cromford Road at the entrance to the
Tramway Village but our route towards Crich Carr took us to more
open countryside before returning to Crich Village Market Place
to conclude the walk. The cottage we had passed at the start
of the walk can be seen here behind the row of cars on the left.
For images from another Autumn Footprints 2021 walk, click
here for "Codnor Park Reservoir".