Ram­blers’ stately progress at Peak

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THE Hal­ton Ram­blers trav­elled to the White Peak area of the Peak District Na­tional Park and to the charm­ing mar­ket town of Bakewell.

One of the oldest mar­ket towns in the area, dat­ing from at least 1300, it is still pop­u­lar for its mar­ket to­day although Bakewell is prob­a­bly most fa­mous for its pud­dings or tarts.

The Rut­land Arms over­looks the town square and is where the Bakewell pud­ding was in­vented in 1859.

The hostelry’s other claim to fame was that in 1804 Jane Austen vis­ited the Rut­land Arms, and in her novel Pride And Prej­u­dice she has El­iz­a­beth Ben­nett stop­ping here to to meet the Dar­cys and Mr Bin­g­ley.

The town is a good base to ex­plore the sur­round­ing area with its many at­trac­tions, no­tably Chatsworth House, Had­don Hall, the Mon­sal Trail and the many dif­fer­ent routes which can be walked from the town.

All the walk­ing groups started their walks from the town.

John Nick­son led a 16-mile walk and headed out to Baslow for their climb to Baslow Edge, pass­ing by Ea­gle Stone and Welling­ton’s Mon­u­ment.

Af­ter cross­ing the A621 the group climbed to Gar­dom’s Edge and onto Dobb Edge.

Walk­ing along an es­carp­ment for sev­eral miles they de­scended into the val­ley fol­low­ing paths through Beesley and Cal­ton Lees be­fore reach­ing Bakewell.

The B walk of 13.5 miles was led by Phil Gre­gory, who had planned a route which went through the Chatsworth House es­tate.

Chatsworth House is home to the Duke and Duchess Of Devon­shire, with beau­ti­ful vis­tas of the area, over­look­ing the River Der­went.

The group climbed be­hind the house be­fore drop­ping to take the river­side path to Rowsley.

The next climb was to Stan­ton Moor where they passed the Nine Ladies Stone Cir­cle.

Le­gend has it that nine ladies were turned to stone for danc­ing on the Sab­bath, and that the King Stone was the fid­dler.

From here the group passed through Stan­ton Peak and Al­port for their re­turn to Bakewell.

Alan Roberts led his mod­er­ate C walk out of Bakewell to cross the golf course.

The golf course has a bell that walk­ers ring when cross­ing so the golfers know peo­ple are there.

Then there was a climb through Man­ner woods to the grand­stand view of Chatsworth House and deer park.

The walk­ers then de­scended to Edensor.

The vil­lage had been re­lo­cated from the banks of the River Der­went in 1840 by the sixth Duke Of Devon­shire be­cause it spoilt the view from Chatsworth across the val­ley.

The group con­tin­ued along the river­side path to Rowsley, then tracks and pas­tures back into Bakewell.

Richard Cage guided his group out of Bakewell and joined the pic­turesque river­side path along the River Wye to Had­don Hall. The hall is prob­a­bly the finest ex­am­ple of a for­ti­fied me­dieval manor house in ex­is­tence, the ori­gins dat­ing back to the 11th cen­tury.

The group had a short climb then to Over Had­don, and af­ter a short break they headed back to Bakewell through fields and tracks.

It was a driz­zly start to the day and a driz­zly fin­ish, but in-be­tween the weather was great – so once again the ram­blers were lucky to be able to en­joy the area’s de­lights.

Don’t sit at home, come and join us on our ram­bles by con­tact­ing the book­ing sec­re­tary on 07842 160 944 or look us up at www.nmc-ram­blers.org.uk

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