Cartledge and Barlow Lees (13th December 2016)

Tuesday 13th December…. by David Blackburn

We gathered at St Andrews Church in Dronfield Woodhouse for coffee and toasted teacakes before 19 of usset out on our 4.5 mile morning walk. Weather was bright at first , but turned to drizzle later on . Our route took us through Kitchen Wood and past the splendid old halls at Cartledge, then down the fields to Brindwoodgate – though the usual wide ranging views were hidden in the mist. We continued to Peakley Hill then took the steep path up the steps to Barlow Lees. This group would not have been able to use the path until relatively recently , but thanks to the work of Ramblers’ Association volunteers, there’s now a long flight of sturdy steps up the previously very slippery bank. Our route continued on to Cowley and back to Dronfield Woodhouse in time for lunch.

Thanks to Graham Gill for these photographs. He also told me “On the way round, I saw approx. 200 Fieldfare and a Dog Fox between Cartledge Lane and Brindwoodgate. Also Bramble, Bittercress, Gorse and Nipplewort still in flower – not bad for December.”

Our next Tuesday walk is on 13 January. We shall gather at Coal Aston Wesley Reform Church on Cross Lane from 9.30am, where drinks and toasted teacakes will again be available before we commence our walk at 10am. Before then, however, we have one other walk……  Saturday 7th January starting from Pentland Road shops. Details on the programme page….All welcome