This Wednesday sees the return of the popular Midsummer Dovedale evening walk, the most spectacular evening adventure of the summer.
Starting from the main Dovedale car park at SK147509 www.tinyurl.com/ND010715 we plan to head up Thorpe Cloud for a bird’s eye view of the dale and far distant vistas, followed by one or two other climbs and ending with a sunset over Ilam from Bunster Hill, so this is a different proposition to most Wednesday evening walks. Do try to be there for the start time of 7 and bear in mind I rarely get a signal from the car park. Proper ankle-supporting boots recommended (we have had a sprained ankle on Thorpe Cloud before – that pesky wet limestone).
N.B. Route subject to change (i.e. lower level) if the rain / thunderstorms arrive in the evening or if my legs are not functioning properly on the day (I am not liking stairs right now). In the latter case, bring your OL24 or borrow mine if you fancy going up the hills and I’m still limping.
Après-walk in the Old Dog (formerly the Dog and Partridge), Thorpe, recently refurbished and re-opened.
See you there
p.s. It’s my birthday on Wednesday and I’ll be in the middle of a busy week, so might be slightly grumpy ;-)
p.p.s. Yes, you will be able to get out of the car park. The barriers that come up around 7.30 only stop people coming in. Just drive up to them and wait for them to come down on your way out.
As things stand, Sunday's long walk has no leader so if this remains so there will only be my short walk of 8 miles.
The start point (SK195582)is a small car park so please try to arrive early and car share where possible as I suspect it will fill up with walkers and cyclists quite quickly. It's free parking but note there are no toilets. There's a fairly early pub stop in the lovely village of Parwich (recently named as one of the best places to live in the country) and lots of lovely summer fields and meadows. Skylarks were numerous by sound and sight on my recce so I can only hope for more of the same. A lovely walk on what could be a hot summers day (bring plenty of water, hat and sunscreen, if so). So what else could you need? Get yourself there and have a beautiful walk.
My phone signal was poor for much of the walk and the car park wasn't great either so if you need to contact me on the day, it would be good to try me before 9.30am.
Joanne on 07738812173.
Hi. Does anyone have a Landranger 119 that they would be willing to scan an area of and email to me? I was hoping to recce a walk in the next couple of days but have discovered that I don't have the map that I need.