Long Walks in June 2024

5 June 2024 Waterhouses Leader: Beryl, Length of walk: 9.25 miles, Driving Distance: 26 miles, Number walking: 15

Parking is at Waterhouses car park ST10 3JS

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The weather was very suitable for walking. The sun shone most of the time but didn’t have the power to make the temperature rise much. There were several slight showers during the walk, which required waterproofs but those who had prepared for heavy rain were forced to remove layers to stay comfortable.

The route left Waterhouses along the road that runs alongside the (now empty) River Hamps but after a mile, the leader decided to take a path up some hills to the west of the river. The group rejoined the River Hamps shortly before it joins the River Manifold and passed through a less than luxurious caravan site before climbing again.

The leader’s intention was to have a lunch stop at Throwley Hall (remains of) but, when she saw the pinched faces of the hungry walkers, she decided to stop on the side of Oldpark Hill looking into the valley of the River Manifold.

This meant that the walkers had to climb over the hill to reach Throwley Hall (remains of) just after eating, but they managed it without complaint.

Throwley Hall (remains of) was last used as a dwelling in the mid-19th century and the years have not been kind to the structure. It has no roof or floors and some parts have disappeared altogether as the stone blocks proved tempting to more recent building projects. The walkers studied the remains trying to establish what the different parts were used for, but nobody considered making an offer.

Further climbing was required to reach the village of Calton, but an access crisis occurred when a cow, offended by the group entering the field she occupied with multiple calves, stood bellowing in the opening to the field. Paul H stepped forward and coolly persuaded the cow to move and allow the group to pass. The leader was most grateful.

As the group climbed, the sunshine allowed extensive views around the area which includes the striking flat-topped hill of Thorpe Cloud near Ilam.

The group paused by the locked church in Calton then took the road down to Waterhouses. Before the group reached the busy A523, the leader donned a striking hi-vis hat and issued a hi-vis vest to the back marker to make the group visible as they negotiated the narrow footpaths by the Ashbourne road.

All survived

© Sandbach U3A 2024