These are a little more challenging (longer and/or harder) than the normal Sunday ‘A’ walks. The walks vary from very hilly to very wild to just plain long and all combinations in between! You will be guaranteed an exciting day in areas you may not have walked before. The walks will normally be held monthly on Saturdays usually starting at 09.00 with details posted on the web site or
available from the ‘A-Plus’ Walks Organiser. As the walks are more challenging
and to ensure you have an enjoyable and rewarding walk, please read the notes below before booking on a walk.
12 October -
PORTWAY (2nd part), Ambergate Station to Hemlock Stone, Bramcote
Leader: Alan Hart
Distance: approx. 20 miles
OS maps: OL24, 259, 260
We depart Nottingham Midland Station 08.20 for Ambergate, arriving 09.10.
Please arrive at the station in time for us to obtain group tickets, discounts etc.
Also note that this walk is one-way so should you choose to park at Ambergate Station, you will need to make arrangements to get back there at the end of the walk.
The Derbyshire Portway is a little-known ancient trackway connecting the Bronze Age fort on top of Mam Tor to the North Sea via the port (as was) on the River Trent at Nottingham. People have walked it for at least 3,000 years. We shall be walking the second half, climbing from Ambergate Station onto the ridge below Alport Heights, following secret holloways to the River Derwent at Milford, stopping briefly for refreshment at the wonderful Holly Bush Inn at Makeney (opens 12.00), with its exceptionally rare barrel snug.
We then travel south-east to Dale (with its ruined abbey, tiny church and hermit’s cave), with a final ridge walk along ‘No Man’s Lane’ where (weather and daylight permitting) we catch a glimpse of the Trent valley, before descending over the M1 and crossing the River Erewash to reach our destination, the mysterious Hemlock Stone. We return to Nottingham by public transport via the A52.
Some parts of the Portway have been incorporated into the modern road system, so we shall be walking both on and off-road.
Just in case we are still on the road into dark, it might be a good idea to pack a headtorch and, if you have one, a reflective vest.
There is a new cafe that has recently opened at the end of the walk. The elderly gentleman owner has kindly offered to stay open to serve us tea, coffee, cakes and a selection of single malt whiskies when we finish the walk, whatever the weather.
16 November -
STANTON MOOR, Derbys.
Leader: Roger Tanner
14 December -
XMAS WALK & MEAL
Leader: Andy Watts
Sunday 27 October 2019Starting at 09:15A moderate 0 mile / 0 km walk
Saturday 2 November 2019Starting at 09:45An easy access 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Sunday 3 November 2019Starting at 11:00A moderate 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Wednesday 6 November 2019Starting at 10:30A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Sunday 10 November 2019Starting at 09:15A moderate 0 mile / 0 km walk
Sunday 17 November 2019Starting at 10:15A moderate 7 mile / 11.3 km walk
Friday 25 October 2019 at 19:30Social
Sunday 3 November 2019 at 14:00Conference/Meeting
Sunday 15 December 2019 at 09:15Social