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Hope - Derbyshire, February 18th, 2018.


'A' Walk - 10.5 miles.   Leader - Dennis Neal.    Grade - Moderate +.  Ascent - 1580 feet

We start our walk in the pretty village of Hope where the River Noe and Peakshole Water meet.  The village church, famous for its gargoyles is mentioned in the Doomsday Book.

We begin by heading North along a minor road before crossing the railway line towards Fullwood Stile Farm and Harrop Farm. This is a steady ascent of some 400 feet before we turn southwards at Wooler Knoll, but still continue to climb for another, yes, another 300 feet to around 1200 feet. Continuing along Hope Brink we should have good views over Ladybower Reservoir below.

Eventually, with a fair wind behind us, we reach the top of Win Hill, 1450 feet, and the nearby  Plantation, before heading southwards and downwards via Thornhill Carrs to Thornhill village where we re-cross the Sheffield to Manchester railway line. We will have our lunch break around here.

After lunch we go eastwards into the village of Shatton and on to the old Roman base of Brough, soon passing the remains of the fort on the outskirts of Hope.  This section is still as muddy as it must have been in Roman times!

A final short stretch of road walking will take us back into the village with its very good pub and café.

'B' Walk - 8.5  miles.   Leader - Barry Osborne.    Grade - moderate/strenuous.   Ascent - 1550 feet.  

Our walk today starts in the Derbyshire village of Hope. At the last census the population of Hope was 864.  It lies where Peakshole Water flows into the river Noe. The church of Saint Peter dates back to the early 14th century and is famous for its gargoyles.  It also features a Norman font and a Saxon stump of a cross in the church yard.  I'm sure you will all be pleased to know there is a selection of pubs. 

Our walk starts from the centre of Hope along  the A6187 before turning south into Pindale street. From here it is a short walk before we cross a stile into a field heading east.  We then continue east crossing a few fields which can be a little muddy. On reaching the village of Brough we cross a minor road before progressing through more fields eastward until we cross the main A6187 road. From here we head North to Thornhill, where we start a long generally muddy climb up Win Hill.  A long climb, however have no fear as we shall take our time and take a few rests as required. 

The rewards of this climb are tremendous views of the Hope Valley and the reservoirs of Derwent and Ladybower. As most of you will know it is where the Dambusters practised before the now famous raids on the German dams. On reaching the summit of Winn Hill we will reward ourselves with lunch.

Leaving the summit we head east on Thornhill Brink and along Hope Bank until we turn south down to Fullwood Farm. From here it is a short walk back into Hope and some well deserved refreshments .

 C' Walk - 4.5 miles.   Leader - Rosemarie Leetham.   Grade - moderate.   Ascent - 450 feet.

After refreshments at the Bamford Garden Centre we pass under the railway line and head for the Quaker House. From here we follow a section of the Trans-Pennine Trail to take us to Thornhill, a small hamlet. We then follow a quiet lane to the hamlet of Aston. We then head for Fairfield Farm and after reaching Killhill Bridge we walk along the River Noe to Station Road. At this point we are ¼ mile short of Hope. Although this road is quite busy it does have a pavement.

This walk is on mostly good tracks and lanes. Alternatives are possible if the weather is really bad.



Forthcoming Walks

                     2018    March 4th - Bolsterstone, Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire.

                                 March 18th - Golden Acre Park

The new Walks Programme for 2018/2019 will be published after the AGM on February 15th.