First walk of summer (17th April 2018)

First Walk of the Summer Season: Tuesday April 17th

14 of us set off from Dronfield Woodhouse on the first Tuesday  walk of the summer season – we start half an hour earlier and walk a little further (up to 6 miles)

 Our route took  us over or beside several golf courses into Sheffield. Although we have had drier weather over recent days, a couple of fields were pretty squelchy and quite hard work to  negotiate. Once over the boundary things improved underfoot and we descended down to Beauchief Hall , followed the path around the boundary of the deer park, through Ladies Spring Wood and on to Beauchief Abbey .

We had our coffee stop in this lovely peaceful oasis. Having got our breath back , we walked up the long hill & into Low Edges then back over the golf course. No sooner were we back on a Derbyshire path than we encountered more mud  and as we approached Stubley Hollow, the path had been badly cut up by horses hooves and was so wet that we had to take avoiding action and finished our walk with some unplanned pavement walking . Weather was dull and breezy , with the occasional spell of light drizzle

 David Blackburn