Ouzle Bank and the Peak Resort (10th August 2023)

Twenty three walkers gathered on the Dronfield-Unstone long lay-by on a hot and sunny Thursday evening in readiness for one of Richard’s walks. This was the group’s penultimate evening walk.

We started out by crossing the road and ascending a steep field. Here we encountered what has become the group’s nemesis in recent times, a herd of cows. The cows were young and frisky but with Graham staring them down whilst the rest of us sneaked by, we passed them without incident. We then made our way through the estate to emerge onto Highgate Lane which soon becomes a track, taking us all the way to Ouzle Bank farm. We waited awhile here to let two horse riders pass us and to admire the extensive views over towards Hundall.

Continuing along one of the new footpaths constructed for the Peak Resort development, we descended to the main road which we crossed and thenturned back towards Dronfield, walking alongside the river Drone. Did you ever wonder what happens to river Drone? Well according to Wikipedia It merges at Sheepbridge with the Barlow Brook and then flows south-east till it merges with the River Rother at Brimington Road North

In a field alongside the Drone, we met a very cute sheep which ran towards us from the far side of the field and kept scraping the wire fence with its hoof a bit like dogs do when they give you their paw. The remainder of the walk took us past Ramshaw Lodge and the Unstone Line, returning along Half Acre lane to our start point.

Thanks to Richard for leading us on this very scenic walk.