Wednesday 7th May 2008

It was far too nice a day to stay at home, so this afternoon I headed out for a local walk. It really was a case of just following my nose and seeing where it took me, which turned out to be, along the Chevin, to Duffield and back. The Chevin is the hill which overlooks Belper from the west and which I can see from my study window.

Start: Firestone lay-by (SK 3355 4634)

Route:

Firestone - North Lane - Chevinend - Midshires Way - Duffield - Midshires Way - Hazelwood Hall Farm - Firestone

Distance: 4 miles     Ascent: 100 metres      Time Taken: 2 hours

Terrain: Easy paths.

Weather: Hot and sunny.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>

 

The trees are finally starting to get some leaves on them

Old bomb crater

Bright yellow gorse greets me as I approach the site of the only  bomb dropped on (well near to) Belper during the Second World War.

The Dalley

Looking towards the valley known as The Dalley.

North Lane

Heading along North Lane, which runs along the top of The Chevin.

A bank of bluebells is visible, over a wall, to the right of the lane.

North Lane

Further along the bluebells start to appear on the lane.

A close-up of the bluebells. Not quite at their best just yet.

Chevinend

Approaching Chevinend with Chevin Golf Club on either side of the lane.

Some Forget-Me-Nots on the path into the golf course.

Sighting Tower

The Sighting Tower, used when they were  constructing Milford Tunnel.

Chevinside

Looking back up to Chevinside just as I am about to reach the edge of Duffield.

Midshires Way

Heading back along the Midshires Way.

I think they are oak leaves. 

Midshires Way

It was the flowers that caught my attention .................…

........................ they were so bright. No idea what they are.  I have since been told by fellow OFC members that they are Greater Stitchwort.

Duffield

Looking back to Duffield as I approach Hazelwood Hall Farm.

Duffield Bank

Duffield Bank in the distance.

Previous walk Dragon's Back Tuesday 6th May 2008 <> Next walk Monsal Dale Thursday 8th May 2008

 

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