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On Sunday (2nd November 2008) the members of the Sutton Rambling Club will be enjoying very varied scenery namely river, ravine, moorland and "mountain" in the heart of the Peak District.
This will be a steady 11 / 12 mile hike with a shorter option in the mid-afternoon.
The route starts at Calver village (grid ref 247745) and heads along the footpath by the River Derwent until the picturesque village of Froggatt is reached. We then take a gently sloping path up through delightful oak woodland to be rewarded by great views on attaining Froggatt Edge. There will be panoramic views of the Derwent Valley with dramatic autumn colours. After enjoying this edge section the ramble drops down through Nether Padley and onto the famous Grindleford Station where we can have a break and enjoy lunchtime refreshment. This morning route will be approx 4.5 miles.
After lunch we walk along by Burbage Brook, a very pleasant ravine, and then continue north into the Longshaw Country Park which is excellent walking country with its ancient woods and tumbled rocks. There is the opportunity for a short tea stop at the National Trust cafe at Longshaw Lodge. The second part of the afternoon takes us north again through woodland to Toad's Mouth which is a distinctive rock formation. It is then out onto the open moorland past the Iron Age fort of Carl Wark up to Higger Tor.
The enthusiasts can now continue along past Burbage Rocks but the more direct route now heads south to Millstone Edge with its spectacular quarry edge before we drop down to our finishing point, Grindleford Station (grid ref 250788) for a 5.00 pm departure home.
New members are, as always, most welcome and will be rewarded with healthy exercise, great scenery and convivial company. There is no requirement to pre-book your place on the coach.
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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