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On Sunday (21st September 2008) the members of the Sutton Rambling Club will be enjoying a steady 10 mile circular ramble in the Eyam area of the White Peak. This is a golden opportunity to view wonderful moorland scenery.
The ramble will start from the centre of Eyam (grid ref 215766). The village is well known as the plague village but it is also the first village in the country to have piped water in 1588. We will ease into the day with a stroll to the west across farm tracks until we reach Stanley Lodge where we will probably have a mid-morning coffee stop. The morning section of the walk is then completed with a gradual ascent to the village of Great Hucklow via the top of Silly Dale.This will be our lunch break with various refreshments available at the Queen Ann Inn.
The first part of the afternoon route takes us north-east towards Abney Grange with panoramic views over the hills with Bretton Clough cutting in deeply on our right.. Just before Abney Grange we head north for a delightful walk across Abney Moor. We eventually turn east across the northern fringes of the moor and drop down by Oaks Farm and then south to Stoke Ford for our mid-afternoon break.
The final section of the walk takes us south, with more breathtaking views, and we pass through Gotherage and Big Moor Plantations until reaching the Sir William Hill Road.The very energetic members of the party can then take the option to visit the Barrel Inn at Bretton but the main party will take the shorter route following the road to the hamlet of Highcliffe and then descending into Eyam for a 6.30 departure home.
New members are, as always, most welcome. The leader of the ramble is John who can be contacted on 01623 796396.
The McEwens coach leaves the "Staff of Life" pub on Hack Lane in Sutton-in-Ashfield at 9.15 am and Bancroft Lane end, Stockwell Gate (near the Netto supermarket) in Mansfield at 9.30am.
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