Ashbourne & District

Strollers

Leader: Karen Tallant
Telephone: 01335 345122 mob.07411 430763
Email: Click on the blue envelope

The Strollers Group, now in it's third year, was established to provide easier walks than those offered by the main Walking Group. The aim will be to walk between 2 and 3 miles each time, trying to use routes that don’t involve any significant climbs and crossing as few stiles as possible. Walks usually start at Waterside or the group uses the Derby Connect Bus or we car share. Not all walkers have cars. It is much appreciated if those who do own cars are prepared to offer lifts to others in the group. On the occassions when the group car share it would be appreciated if walkers could bring a change of footwear for after the walk to save taking mud into the cars. The group is fortunate to be able to sometimes use the Derby connect bus service - free to bus pass holders. When this service is not available we use Moorlands Connect which, due to lack of funding, charge £3 single journey and £5 return journey. This is a fifteen seater bus so please reserve your seat before the day of the walk. Once the bus is full it is appreciated if car owners would be flexible in helping with transport.

Karen Tallant has kindly agreed to be the co-ordinator of the Strolling Group but it must be emphasised that her offer is dependent upon at least some of the potential members of the group being prepared to support her by periodically suggesting & leading strolls. Quite reasonably, she is not able to undertake the task of frequently being the leader. She is willing to organise a rota, & then by email to publicise the programme of strolls which members have suggested.
Nevertheless strollers are not unwelcome to participate in strolls even if they are not willing to ever devise & lead a walk. However, it is a fact that strolls will not take place if sufficient leaders are not forthcoming to relieve Karen from merely occasionally leading.

The U3A's insurance does not cover personal injury or accident except where there has been proven negligence on the part of the organisation. It is recommended walkers carry a record of any medical or contact details which may be useful in an emergency. Fellow walkers will hopefully try to be good Samaritans but neither they nor U3A can accept responsibility for actions taken or not taken.

It must be emphasised that neither the U3A nor Karen nor the walk leader for the day can accept responsibility towards strollers, who must take care of themselves. Unexpected hazards or livestock can be encountered. The attitude of the group will be to cooperate together to overcome them.

Dates for your Diary
Mon Apr 22nd Easter Monday. No Stroll.
Mon May 6th Denstone Farm Shop from Alton

3 mile walk from Alton Village Hall car park to Farm Shop along The Staffordshire Way. Fantastic views. Level walk apart from descent onto trainline. You may like to bring poles for this. Meet at Waterside to CAR SHARE and depart for Alton at 1.30p.m. prompt.
Contact details: Karen Tallant 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411430763
Mon May 20th Minninglow

3 mile circular stroll along level trail and lane from Minninglow car park. Opportunity to go on footpath through field up to Minninglow for those who would like to.
Tea at The Sycamore in Parwich. Meet at Waterside to CAR SHARE and depart for Minninglow at 1.30p.m.
contact details: Karen Tallant 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411430763
Mon Jun 3rd Cromford

3 mile walk led by Louise and John Sykes along canal tow path.
If strollers have binoculars they should bring them to Cromford
because there is a good chance of seeing water vole.
Meet at Waterside to CAR SHARE and depart at 1.30p.m. prompt.
Refreshemnts at Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe.
Contact details: Karen Tallant 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411430763
Louise and John Sykes 01335 348544
Mon Jun 17th Mayfield Village

Circular walk along river bank, through Church grounds and along Slack Lane.
Tea at Brambles.
Service bus from Ashbourne 1.00p.m. Return service bus 3.12p.m./4.12p.m./5.12p.m.
Contact details: 01335 345122 Mobile 07411430763
Mon Jul 1st Swinscoe to Blore

Walk along gated road from Swinscoe hill to Blore Church.
1.00p.m. service bus from Ashbourne to Swinscoe hill junction with road to Blore.
Return to Ashbourne by Moorlands Connect bus (£3). Tea at M & S.
Please reserve your seat on the 15 seater bus by Sunday 30th June.
Contact details: 01335 345122 Mobile 07411430763
Mon Jul 15th Darley Park

3 mile walk kindly lead by Margaret Marsden and Margaret Newberry. This lovely walk means an earlier start than usual. Travel by service bus/car or those who prefer in the morning to Derby City Centre. Walk to Darley Park for snack lunch. Hydrangea may be out or just beginning. Travel times and arrangements advised later.
Mon Jul 29th Kniveton - Atlow

Approx 2 1/2 miles. Once out of Kniveton village there is a steady climb for 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile but worth it for the stunning views. Then tarmac path, descent through field, then descent on tarmac track to Atlow Village Hall for refreshments. Walk kindly led by Jane Harland. Meet at Waterside to take Derby Connect bus leaving 1.00p.m. prompt for Kniveton. Returning from Atlow by Derby Connect bus. Please reserve seat on 15 seater bus by Sunday 28th July.
Contact details:Tel: Karen 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411430763
Mon Aug 12th Calke Abbey

3 mile walk on the Calke Abbey estate led by Louise and John Sykes.
Refreshments at Calke Abbey cafe.
Meet at Waterside to CAR SHARE and depart at ????p.m. prompt for Calke Abbey.
Contact details: Karen Tallant Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411430763
Louise and John Sykes 01335 348544
Mon Sep 9th Volunteer leader needed
Mon Sep 23rd Mayfield to Ashbourne

1.00p.m. Service bus to Mayfield. Walk back to Ashbourne through Mayfield Mill and over fields.
Tea at M & S.
Contact details: 01335 345122
Mon Oct 7th Hurdlow/Crowdecote

3 mile Circular walk in Hurdlow/Crowdecote area from High Peak Trail. Part of a 9+ mile walk in the Times Weekend! Yet to be checked out.
Tea at the Royal Oak Hurdlow. Also yet to be checked out!
Contact details Karen Tallant 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411430763
Mon Oct 21st Blue Bell Tissington to Tissington Village

Circular walk 3 miles from Blue Bell along lane to Thorpe then join the Tissington Trail into Tissington village. Tea at the Tea Rooms.
Meet at Waterside to catch Derby Connect/Moorlands Connect bus to depart at 1.30p.m. prompt. Return on bus or service bus if you prefer.
Please reserve your seat on 15 seater mini bus by Sunday 20th October.
Contact details: Karen Tallant 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411430763
Mon Nov 4th Milldale to Dovedale

3 mile walk along the banks of the river Dove. Tea at the Izaak Walton.
Meet at Waterside for Derby Connect/ Moorlands Connect bus to depart at 1.30p.m.
Please reserve seat on 15 seater minibus by Sunday 3rd November.
Contact details: Karen Tallant 01335 345122 Mobile 07411439763
Mon Nov 18th Thorpe to Ashbourne

Stroll along Tissington trail from Thorpe to Ashbourne. Tea at Impromptu.
Meet at Waterside for Derby Connect/ Moorlands Connect bus to depart at 1.30p.m.
Please reserve seat on 15 seater minibus by Sunday 3rd November.
Contact details: Karen Tallant 01335 345122 Mobile 07411439763
Mon Dec 2nd TBA

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