Cromford and Riber -
Unbelievably stunning weather greeted a large turn out on a Monday walk -
Our leader for the day was Trevor Bamford. You can see more photographs on our Facebook page.
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A steep climb up from our starting point at Cromford to begin with, but, around halfway up the first hill, we emerged from a wood into the glorious sunshine.
And although it is firmly autumn, the hillside above Cromford is still decidedly green once you get away from the woods.
On days like this, you can really appreciate the beauty of the central Derbyshire
You can see blue plaques all over the place (if you look for them), but this one is strictly for those on foot.
Castle Top Farm, in the hills above Cromford, was the birthplace of Alison Uttley, who still delights so many young children with the tales of the Little Grey Rabbit.
Well, we got to the top of that (first) hill, and this was a good spot to take a break for a coffee or whatever, with views down into the Derwent Valley and across to Black Rocks.
Thanks to Tom Dutton for this photograph.
Trevor, our intrepid leader, rises to a vantage point and draws our attention to something. (It must have been good, as everyone else is looking too!).
As well as leading, Trevor gave us snippets of local and historical information throughout the walk.
Our first proper view of Riber Castle, built for John Smedley.
Over the years it has been a palatial home, a school, a military storage depot, a zoo, a ruin, and now (still in development) a number of separate apartments.
Apparently when it was first built, the issue of a water supply was overlooked!!!
An unusual little find in the village of Riber.
This is an Ordnance Survey Datum point. It shows that Riber is 797.28 feet above “datum”, which is the average sea level at Newlyn in Cornwall.
We stopped for lunch next to Riber Castle, and now the sunshine was masked by ever-
But still there was a good view of Matlock -
Then down the hill into the valley.
Standing on a train line to take a photograph is not to be recommended, but the next train was not due in for well over an hour!
From the valley bottom at Matlock Bath, we then climbed again along Lovers’ Walk, giving these views down into Matlock Bath, with the pavilion on the left.
Another view down into the Derwent Valley, this time looking away from Matlock towards Whatstandwell.
A lovely collection of greens and other autumnal shades.
Descending through the woods to the river again -