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Special Occasions


John McMillan Funeral Details.

John's funeral will take place on Tuesday 22nd October at St. Botolph's Church, Barton Seagrave at 1.30pm.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 15, 2019 19:38  under Special Occasions

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Club Weekend 4th to 6th October 2019 Report

Club Weekend  4th to 6th October  2019

The annual club weekend was held at Newton House Hotel near Ashbourne in Derbyshire.  26 members  attended and we were joined  by four leaders from Secret Hills the organisation who arranged our accommodation and led the walks.

When most people had arrived after lunch on the Friday we set off for a 5 mile walk which  left from the hotel along the Tissington Trail down to the pretty village of Parwich , through Alsop en le Dale and back to the hotel.  It certainly proved quite a challenging walk as after all the rain  the gateways and stiles were very muddy. 

  The stiles came in a range of shapes and sizes and the squeeze ones being particually troublesome to those with short legs!

On the Saturday we split into two grades of walk.  The more adventurous (or daft) did a circular walk of just over 9 miles which included 1900 feet of ascent. They headed from the hotel down to Milldale which is a pretty valley with a packhorse bridge. From there they crossed the river Dove  and up a sharp ascent to Ilam Rock. A packed lunch was very welcome after the climb and the views from Bunster Hill over the Manifold Dale were beautiful.  They then dropped down to the river again at the popular tourist spot of Dovedale, enjoyed an ice cream before making there way to the Stepping Stones. 

Not only was the water quite high it was also very busy with anxious children and dogs causing a bottleneck. 

Our leader Keith eventually crossed the stones and picked up a nervous dog carrying it back to the side.   Everyone completed this challenge successfully and after a walk up Lin Dale arrived back at the hotel.

Group B meanwhile covered a distance of just over 6 miles taking a slightly tricky descent down Nabs Dale to Milldale. By the time they arrived  there a tiny coffee shop was open making a welcome  break. They then walked upstream and enjoyed their lunch at Coldeaton Bridge. Following the ascent out of the valley they reached the Tissington Trail before descending to Alsop en le Dale. A short climb brought them back to the hotel and a welcome cup of tea.

The weather forecast for the Sunday had been dire but the day dawned reasonably bright if a little breezy.  Two levels of walk were again organised.  Group A  covered similar ground as the B walk the day before with a few extra twists whist the B walk headed off to Tissington for morning coffee before using farm tracks to return to the hotel.  A roast lunch was laid on by the hotel with such enormous portions we could all have done with another walk to burn it off!  It was then time for goodbyes with people setting off in different directions. Some were staying another night, some having a holiday elsewhere and others straight home.

An excellant weekend.  Looking forward to Cromer next year!

Thanks to Sue H form organising this very successful weekend. Even with the help of Secret Hills it stiill involves an enormous amount of work on her part. Sue also provided this report and several of the photographs. 

Also a special thanks to Sue C for handling all the financial matters associated with the weekend.

Thanks also to Teresa M and Judith E for providing additional pictures many of which are shown below. 

 (Apologies for not including every picture but it is one of the drawbacks with our current website is that loading pictures takes an inordinate amount of time. I have tried to show a representative sample of people and scenery. David H.)

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 10, 2019 10:36  under Special Occasions

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MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019

Derbyshire Walk on 22nd June Pick up Time.

If you are booked in to do the Derbyshire walk on Saturday 22nd June please be advised that pick up will be from the Corn Market Car Park at 7.15a.m. prompt.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 27, 2019 7:40  under Special Occasions

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SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019

2019 London Walk Pictures.

Below are all the pictures received from Julie S, Vonnie Mc and Carna B in hopefully the right sequence.

At the cafe in the Italian Gardens

                                     Not him again!

                                             Italian Garden Fountains

                What won the 2.30 at Kempton Park Jem?

Kensington Garden Allotments

With the Parakeets

Peter Pan Statue

Albert Memorial

Rotten Row

Diana Fountain

Lido Cafe.

Water Fowl 

Chairman with carers.

At the hotel.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  May 05, 2019 10:58  under Special Occasions

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2019 Club Weekend Reminder.

Just to remind members that the annual club weekend takes place Friday 4th October for two nights. This year it is being held at Newton House Hotel in Derbyshire, near Ashbourne.. The cost is £198pp for a double or twin and £218 for a single.. All meals and three guided walks are included.
A deposit of £25pp is needed by the end of January. For more details contact Sue H.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 16, 2019 9:35  under Special Occasions

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 Items Left at The Red Lion at Crick. 

-November 15, 2019

 Saturday 9th November 2019 Walk Report. 

-November 12, 2019

 Re Saturday 9th November Walk. 

-November 06, 2019

 Thursday 31st October Wak Report. 

-November 02, 2019

 Saturday 19th October Walk Report. 

-November 02, 2019