THE WALKING GROUP
We parked in Baslow and set off for our walk to Chatsworth. The weather was dry and mild with not even a hint of breeze, so perfect for a Sunday ramble. We passed through the Cannon Kissing Gate and into Chatsworth Park where we were greeted with the sound of many sheep and lambs calling to each other. Further on the White Lodge came into view, its white, scalloped roof edging appearing like a line of lace stitched onto the building. After walking along a wide gravel path, with acres of lush grassland to our left, some if it waterlogged, we eventually spied Chatsworth House peeping out from a copse. We bypassed the Farmyard area and entered the woodland, signed “The Dell”, which resulted in a tortuous climb up to the various waterfalls and the aqueduct and had wonderful views over part of the estate. At a pool here, we spotted quite a few frogs and pointed them out to two children walking behind us with their parents. Mercifully, we had a flat pathway to stroll along before emerging at the Hunting Tower and more great views.
We gradually descended on grassy paths, remarking at not seeing any deer, but plenty of cute, tiny lambs, before negotiating the kissing gate once more and returning to the car park. Thanks to Steve and Julie for leading a very pleasant walk once again.
Next month’s walk on Sunday 6th May will be led by Eric and Helen, the area to be confirmed at a later date. Any newcomers will be welcomed. During the summer months, we meet at the church gates at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable walking gear. Transport will be arranged.