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Erewash Ramblers

Linby and Newstead -

16 January 2015

The icy weather didn’t stop 33 walkers turning out for a 7 miles walk led by Robert Mee.

Starting at the Horse and Groom, we went along the old railway line from the village, then turned onto the Newstead estate road, leading to the Abbey. The home of an Augustinian order from the twelfth century, this was turned into a residential house after the dissolution of the monasteries, and is, of course, best known as the home of Lord Byron.

Whilst we have organised previous walks in the area, on this occasion our route included a stroll through the ornamental and formal gardens and grounds of the Abbey - beautiful even in mid-winter. While we were at the Abbey, it started snowing a little, but this didn’t last.

After leaving Newstead, our route went along part of the Robin Hood Way, until we came to Papplewick. Papplewick Hall dates from the 1780s, and was built by Frederick Montague; it is privately owned. Papplewick church is also from the eighteenth century, but with a fourteenth-century tower.

Then back to the lovely village of Linby, past the second of its two ancient crosses, and a welcome ending at the pub/tea rooms.

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Our start (and end) point - the Horse and Groom - a lovely old pub with a good range of beers and food.

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