Tuesday 21st April 2009
I have been waiting for the trees to turn green in order to do this walk as it will be the summer walk for a local magazine I write for. It also has to be said that isn't the type of walk I would normally do which maybe goes to show that you shouldn't ignore what is on your doorstep.
Start: Belper Lane End (SK 3337 4937)
Belper Lane End - Longwalls Lane - Midshires Way - Alport Heights (TP) - Chequer Lane - Hillside
Distance: 5.75 miles Ascent: 245 metres Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes
Terrain: Fields and quiet lanes.
Weather: Warm but hazy.
Pub visited: None Ale Drunk: None
St Faiths Church where John and I were married. Our marriage meant the church stayed open for another week as its final service had been planned for Easter Sunday 2005. When we received permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury to be married there the following Saturday the closure was delayed and so the final service was the day after our wedding.
Looking across to the Derwent Valley and Ambergate from the climb to Longwalls Lane.
Longwalls Lane, with some greenery on the trees.
The Forget-Me-Nots were out but the bluebells in the nearby woods will be another week or so yet.
Looking back towards Longwalls Lane from the the Midshires Way.
The first view of Alport Heights, sadly
now best identified, from a
The haze meant Crich Stand was only just visible.
Approaching Alport Heights and the views
become more extensive,
Moving round Matlock and Middleton
Crich Stand as seen from the front of the trig point at Alport Heights.
Alport Heights' trig point, which is inaccessible
as it is
The topograph at Alport Heights, where on
Sadly none of these landmarks were visible today.
The first view of Alport Stone and the Ecclesbourne Valley.
The only view of Alport Stone that wasn't
adorned with too much bright yellow paint.
Looking across the Ecclesbourne Valley.
A final look at Alport Heights.
Looking towards Hillside and the final ascent of the day.
The Chevin seen across Handley Wood.
Belper. My home (and lunch) is somewhere amongst that lot.
The haze has started to lift as this view
of the Derwent Vally and Ambergate shows.
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