Moss Valley Circular (29th August 2023)

Angela led a glorious walk in the fields and woods behind Coal Aston. The skies were grey but we had the occasional bursts of sunshine to improve the views. Many thanks to Angela for leading us round. Here’s what Angela had to say about the walk.

I lead a walk for Dronfield Footpaths & Bridleways Society this morning. Eighteen of us set off from Coal Aston village hall rear car park towards the Moss valley to walk through woods along the riverside. We stopped for tea / coffee at Bridle Road Wood before climbing the only stile on the route to walk past fields of organic produce to get to Hazelhurst Lane. Lots of oak trees had artichoke galls, where wasps develop from grub to adult, they are the prettiest galls I’ve ever seen.

At the end of the lane we went through Povey farm, saw a pig in a sty, then walked down the track back to the river. Just before we got there a Roe deer leapt across the track in front of us, causing a bit of excitement. I got a photo of it looking back at us, not very close but its outline shows up well against the sky.

We walked up a gentle slope to get back to Coal Aston, with good views over the valley and the pig farm. At the gas installation I took a photo of the footpath which leads into the field with the Rotary bench. Can’t see the path for all the nettles and brambles and burdocks, but it is in there somewhere.

Thanks to everyone who came along today, you were excellent company.