Moss Valley Circular (13th February 2024)

Nineteen walkers met at the Wesleyan Reform Chapel in Coal Aston in readiness for Peter’s walk in the Moss Valley. Tea and toast was available in the chapel from 9:30, an option which around half of the group took advantage of. Peter had promised us mud but thankfully there were only a few short sections that reminded us of the wet weather we have had.

The first part of the walk followed the route of the Dronfield Round Walk, taking us all the way to Dowey Lumb. The naming of this lovely pasture nestling between three woods is unknown but Peter and Graham thought the most likely was a link with the making of Dowels in the area. After a brief stop we skirted Bridle Road and Newfield Spring woods on our way to Hazelbarrow farm where we stopped for our coffee break.

At this point we turned the corner and started our journey back but rather than pass straight through Nor Wood we turned westwards through Coal Pit wood and emerged out onto the Jordanthorpe Parkway. After walking through the green spaces adjacent to the road we took the path alongside the now demolished sports venue back up to Coal Aston.

This was a lovely walk with a good turnout, thanks to Peter for leading.