Heavy rain and a cold wind didn’t put our small group off and on the November walk, after eating our sandwiches in the cars, we began our trek towards Holmewood. As we passed between woodland on our right and the cricket and football pitches on the left, we spotted a kestrel hovering in the air and a varied assortment of brightly coloured fungi at our feet. A short time later, as we gazed at a large expanse of water, known as Williamthorpe Ponds, our ‘birder’ Trish, informed us that we were looking at tufted ducks, coots and black-headed gulls.
Our walk , down pathways and without any stiles was ideal for wet weather, but soon the rain moved away and we were treated to the sight of blue skies and sunshine.
A yellowhammer was spotted by the more observant of our group and also a jay (yours truly was too busy talking).
It is always good to walk with friends, in our Derbyshire countryside, putting the world to rights and enjoying each others company. I urge any of our readers to take the plunge and join us. We meet on the first Sunday of each month outside the church gates at 12 noon.
On December 1st the 5 mile walk will be led by myself from Rowsley Post Office towards Edensor and Chatsworth. Please bring a packed lunch, boots (or wellies) and don’t forget the hats and gloves.