Latest update from Biddy at Rumpus Media. I think they have discovered that Northamptonshire isn't somewhere 'oop North and now think they will be at Welford around 11.00/11.30 on Monday rather than 2.00ish as previously
I would suggest we meet in the Wharf car park no later than 11.00 and if they are running late we can adjourn to Tiny Teas Tea Room while we wait. She was asking if it would be possible to walk to the aqueduct just after the end of the Welford Arm which would be about 1.5 miles. I'm still not sure they have grasped that at this stage the Avon is only a stream so be prepared for changes on the day.
I have just spoken to Imogen from Rumpus Media and she has confirmed that filming will be on Monday 13th starting around 2.00pm(ish) I have given her a couple of possible stretches to be walked. One starts at Welford and the other at Naseby itself so no long drives involved.
I will keep you posted as more info is received.
We have been approached as per the message below about being involved in a new series on Channel 5. If you are interested in being involved let me know. David H.
"My name is Biddy and I am contacting you from London-based television production company Rumpus Media. We are producing a six-part documentary to be broadcast for Channel 5, that will explore the history and story behind some of Britain’s rivers as we travel along from the source to the mouth.
One of the rivers we will be featuring is the River Avon where we will begin our journey in Naseby. I have come across Shakespeare’s Avon Way which I believe begins near the source, a brilliant walking route following the River Avon. It would be really interesting to include some of this ramble with some lovely ramblers! I wondered whether we could discuss the possibility of filming a little group of walkers along a part of the route please?
We do not have a confirmed date yet but will be filming in the week commencing Monday 13th January 2020. We are also a very small crew of just two people, myself and my director.
Please do let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to hearing from you very soon.
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.)