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Wirksworth/Idridgehay - 3 May 2015

A Bank Holiday weekend, so obviously the weather was appalling as we made our way for quite an unusual walk, led by Brian Marshall. The weather, combined with the fact that quite a few of our regulars were away for the weekend, meant that only 11 were walking – but that didn’t stop the enjoyment.We met at Wirksworth Railway Station, on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway (see http://www.e-v-r.com), and caught the 10.15 to Duffield. A small preserved railway, mostly using diesel railcars, it is odd that the train has to stop at level crossings for someone to get out and open the gates!

We got out at the first stop, Idridgehay, and walked back – a lovely walk in a combination of rain (not pouring!) and bright sunshine. And very good it was too, taking in some lovely countryside between Idridgehay and Kirk Ireton.

We got back to Wirksworth and went through just a few of this town’s streets – real hidden gems, and well worth a longer visit – and as we arrived at the car part a thunder storm struck – just in time! Brian hopes to do this walk again next year, but not on a Bank Holiday weekend.

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An Ecclesbourne Valley Railway poster, extolling the virtues of Wirksworth.

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