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)

 

Route: Belper Lane End - Longwalls Lane - Midshires Way - Alport Heights (TP) - Chequer Lane - Hillside
            - Longwalls Lane - Belper Lane End

 

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   

Route Map

 

St Faiths church

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.

 

Ambergate

Looking across to the Derwent Valley and Ambergate from the climb to Longwalls Lane.

 

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.

 

Hillside

Looking back towards Longwalls Lane from the the Midshires Way.

 

Alport Heights

The first view of Alport Heights, sadly now best identified, from a
 distance, by the radio masts that are on it.

 

Crich Stand

The haze meant Crich Stand was only just visible.

 

Bolehill

Approaching Alport Heights and the views become more extensive, 
here looking across to Bolehill and Cromford Moor

 

Middleton Moor

Moving round Matlock and Middleton Moor 
(above the quarry) come into view.

 

Crich Stand

Crich Stand as seen from the front of the trig point at Alport Heights.

 

Alport Heights' trig

Alport Heights' trig point, which is inaccessible as it is
 enclosed within the compound containing the masts.

 

Topograph

The topograph at Alport Heights, where on a different
 day the views are far more extensive.

 

Sadly none of these landmarks were visible today.

 

Alport Stone

The first view of Alport Stone and the Ecclesbourne Valley.

 

Alport Stone

The only view of Alport Stone that wasn't adorned with too much bright yellow paint. 
You may recognise it from the BBC's drama of the book 'Stig of the Dump'.

 

Ecclesbourne Valley

Looking across the Ecclesbourne Valley.

 

Alport Height

A final look at Alport Heights.

 

Hillside

Looking towards Hillside and the final ascent of the day.

 

The Chevin

The Chevin seen across Handley Wood.

 

Belper

Belper. My home (and lunch) is somewhere amongst that lot.

 

Derwent Valley

The haze has started to lift as this view of the Derwent Vally and Ambergate shows.
 Compare it to the second picture of the day, they are taken a couple of feet and 3 hours apart.

 

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