Moss Valley circular (16th January 2018)


report and pics thanks to Graham Gill
After an early morning of quite heavy snow, and a gloomy weather forecast, eleven brave souls still turned up at Coal Aston Wesleyan Reform Church for today’s walk. After hot drinks and toast kindly provided at the church, at 10.00am Graham Gill led the party on a four and a half mile circular walk into the Moss Valley. The outward route took in Nor Wood, Hazlebarrow Farm, Newfield Spring Wood and Bridle Road Wood before the coffee stop at Dowey Lumb. The going underfoot was quite boggy in places and the weather was a mixture of snow showers and hazy sunshine. After the coffee stop we descended Dowey Lumb and followed the route of the Dronfield Round Walk, crossing the Moss and up to Sicklebrook Farm. There were good views of the valley in between the showers as we paused at the Rotary Bench. The return to Coal Aston was via Sicklebrook Lane, Eckington Road, Barnard Avenue and Drury Lane and was chosen to avoid more muddy footpaths. Still a pleasant walk despite the conditions, we arrived back at the church at 12.40pm.