Lower Moss Valley (20th October 2018)


Today’s walk saw a party of 24 walkers, including our Town Council leader Angelique Foster, complete a five and a half mile figure of eight walk around the Lower Moss Valley.  Led by Graham Gill, the walk started at 10.00am from The Swan Inn at Ridgeway, the route headed towards Eckington via Kent Wood, Plumbley Lane, Never Fear Dam and Twelve Acre Wood. Graham provided some snippets of local history along the way, showing us an old wartime bunker after we crossed The Moss at Packhorse Bridge. This was used as a command and maintenance post for a system of decoy lights to confuse German bombers during WW11. We crossed Gas House Lane and came up past Eckington Church to our main stop of the walk at Church Farm Tea Garden.A leisurely stop of around 40 minutes was taken as everyone ordered tea, coffee, scones and cake. After a big thank you to  Jenny, the proprieter, we were on our way again. The return leg took in Ince Piece Wood, a brief look at Seldom Seen Engine House, Cadman Wood and up to West Mosborough. From here we followed Bridle Stile, an old packhorse trail, and had a look at the Mosborough Through the Ages circle. Carrying on up to Highlane, the highest point on the walk, it was then a gentle downhill stroll back to The Swan, arriving right on time at 2.00pm. Fourteen of the party then took the opportunity for lunch at the pub, all washed down with a well earned drink. A lovely walk with many fine views along the way – and very pleasant weather for October.

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