Hall’s well walk­ing on hottest day of the year

Macclesfield Express - - RAMBLING -

ANN THOMPSON WALK LEADER

A TU­DOR man­sion that has been in the same fam­ily for more than 550 years was the his­toric fo­cus of a re­cent 13-mile walk in deep­est Der­byshire by 19 East Cheshire Ram­blers.

Led by Ann Thompson on, so far, one of the hottest days of the year, the walk linked the vil­lages of Al­sop-en-leDale, Par­wich, Tiss­ing­ton, Fenny Bent­ley and Thorpe, partly us­ing the Lime­stone Way. Come­back Spe­cial and the epic Ve­gas years. Play­ing at Gawsworth

In Tiss­ing­ton the in­for­ma­tion boards with de­tails of lo­cal build­ings and wells were closely stud­ied, es­pe­cially the vil­lage’s Grade II listed Ja­cobean hall which has been in the Fitzher­bert fam­ily since 1465 when John Fitzher­bert ac­quired it by mar­ry­ing heiress, Cicely Fraun­cis.

It was re­placed by the present mag­nif­i­cent Ja­cobean build­ing in 1609 and is now the seat of Sir Richard Ran­ulph Fitzher­bert Bart.

A pic­nic was taken on Hall with new songs and stun­ning cos­tumes, One Night of Elvis re­mains the vil­lage green in Thorpe where some man­aged to es­cape the blaz­ing sun by tak­ing refuge in a bus shel­ter, be­fore mov­ing on to Dovedale – and re­sist­ing the temp­ta­tion to join other visi­tors who were en­joy­ing the fine weather pad­dling and swimming in the river.

Af­ter walk­ing up Dovedale and ad­mir­ing its won­der­ful lime­stone fea­tures, in­clud­ing Ilam Rock and Dove­holes, the party ar­rived in Mill­dale where wa­ter bot­tles were Date: Time: Venue: Web: re­filled and ice creams pur­chased.

It only re­mained to climb out of Mill­dale on a panoramic track to Al­sop sta­tion and fin­ish via the Tiss­ing­ton Trail at Al­ston Moor – by which time most of the cy­clists had gone home and there was a welcome re­fresh­ing breeze af­ter what all agreed had been an ex­cel­lent walk.

For de­tails of more great East Cheshire Ram­blers walks to come, go to ram­blerseastcheshire.org. uk.

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●● Ram­blers pic­tured out­side his­toric Tiss­ing­ton Hall

●● Lee Mem­phis King is play­ing Gawsworth Hall

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