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Sutton in Ashfield Rambling Club
On Sunday (4th October 2009) the Sutton Rambling Club will be continuing their spectacular series of walks in the north-western fringes of the White Peak. This is a very attractive ramble taking in high level ridges, moorland, forestry and a picturesque valley. The main walk is a distance of 11 miles but there is an alternative 8 mile option when the group splits after lunch. Please note this is a picnic ramble, no refreshments en route.
The walk starts at the village of Burbage (grid ref 042729) and heads initially westwards across Goyt's Moss and the veers north across Wild Moor. We continue to Bunsal Cob which commands fantastic views overlooking Errwood and Fernilee reservoirs. This will be our picnic lunch stop and we will have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. Public conveniences here.
After lunch the longer route takes us further north along the Goyt valley and by the edge of Fernilee Reservoir. This reservoir was completed in 1938 and hold 1087 million gallons of water. The route then takes us further north past Overton Hall Farm and then west onto Taxal Edge. We follow the ridge south past Windgather rocks and onto our tea stop at Pym's Chair.
This is another excellent viewpoint. Originally a natural chair shaped rock stood here, it was subsequently broken up to provide hardcore for road repairs. The word Pym derives from the Celtic words pi,pin or pen which mean a "lofty position". The final section of the ramble continues south along Cat's Tor and Shining Tor which at 1834 ft is the highest point in the area and treats us to yet more fine moorland views. We finish at the famous Cat and Fiddle pub (grid ref 003718) ready for a 6.30 coach departure home.
The shorter option after lunch tracks west from Bunsal Cob along The Street,an old Roman road, and eventually reaches Pym's Chair and then follows the identical spectacular route down to the Cat and Fiddle.
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. Other pick-up points available en route. Please note there is no requirement to prebook your seat on the coach.
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