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On Sunday (9th August 2009) the members of the Sutton Rambling Club will be enjoying a scenic walk in the very popular Matlock Bath area, including the Heights of Abraham. Please note that the main walk is a distance of 11 miles but there will be the option of a shorter route in the afternoon.
The ramble will start at Cromford Wharf (grid ref 300568) and follow the Cromford Canal south down to High Peak Junction. We then head west on the High Peak Trail and continue along to the pumping station which will be a good location for the mid-morning coffee break. A good opportunity to take in beautiful views of Cromford village.
The route then proceeds towards Black Rocks before moving north-west past Dene Quarry and along old stone footpaths into Bonsall village where we will have our lunch stop. The Kings Head will provide adequate refreshments. Bonsall is an interesting old village attractively situated at the head of limestone valley.
After lunch there will be a choice of routes to our final destination, Matlock Bath, pictured below.
The longer route will head west to Upper Town before continuing in a north-west direction past Bright Gate Farm and onwards to Wensley Dale. This section offers a delightful variety of views and wildlife. After Wensley Dale we turn south-east to the hamlet of Snitterton and continue south through Leawood Farm and Jughole Wood. We then ascend the famous Heights of Abraham, according to local belief named by an officer who fought under General Wolfe at Quebec in 1759. Rewarding viewpoints-full of charm and grandeur. The walk is completed via a woodland path down to Matlock Bath.
The shorter walk after lunch will follow the Limestone Way north-eastwards from Bonsall and then heading off south past Massons Hill and ultimately reaching the Heights of Abraham and then the same route back to Matlock Bath. The coach will leave Matlock Bath car park (grid ref 294582) at 6.30 pm.
This is a great opportunity for potential new members to come along and enjoy very popular Peak Distinct scenery, healthy exercise (choice of distance) and friendly company. There is no need to pre book your seat on the coach.
The McEwens coach leaves the "Staff of Life" pub on Hack Lane in Sutton-in-Ashfield at 9.15 am and the Bancroft Lane end, Stockwell Gate (near the Netto supermarket) in Mansfield at 9.30 am. There are other pick-up points available en route.
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