Hall’s well walking on hottest day of the year
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.
●● Ramblers pictured outside historic Tissington Hall
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