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 sixth 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. The group allows for the members to walk at their own pace. The group can get spread out but there is always a back marker and the routes are straightforward. 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 occasions 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.

See latest guidelines below.

Advice to Members Participating in Walks (including Strolls & Hikes) taking place during Covid-19.

During the Covd-19 pandemic, scheduled walks may have to be cancelled at short notice which will be issued on this website.

Please read the current "Covid Advice" on the Home Page.

Dates for your Diary
Mon May 30th Ashbourne to Sturston Goal and return

3 mile level walk through fields and woods. Some stiles. Meet at SHAWCROFT CAR PARK BY THE SHROVETIDE PLINTH to start walk at 1.30p.m. Please bring own refreshments. Please let Karen know if you wish to join the walk.
Contact Karen Tallant: Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Jun 13th Ellastone

Circular walk from Ellastone Village Hall car park. 3 mile level walk round the village and then on a track through fields via Calwich and return to Ellastone. Meet at Homebase end of Waterside car park to car share and leave prompt at 1.30p.m for Ellastone. Please bring bring your own refreshments for after the walk. Please let Karen know if you wish to join the walk.
Contact Karen Tallant: Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Jun 27th Cowers Lane

3 mile level walk at Cowers Lane close to the Ecclesbourne Railway. Refreshments at The Railway Inn. Meet at Homebase end of the Waterside car park to car share and leave at 1.30p.m. prompt for Cowers Lane. Please let Karen know if you wish to join the walk.
Contact Karen Tallant: Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Jul 11th Ilam Hall

2.6 mile circular walk kindly led by Brian Birch. From NT car park across the fields to riverside walk to Lodge Lane up slight slope to Musden Grange returning across fields to the footbridge across the river Manifold joining Paradise walk back to NT car park. Refreshments at Ilam. Meet at Halfords to take Derby Connect bus to Ilam Hall (bus passes) and depart at 1.30p.m. prompt. Please let Karen know if you wish to join the walk.
Contact details: karen Tallant Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Jul 25th Mayfield Walk

Delightful walk round the village. 3 miles. Some stiles. Along the River Dove to Mayfield church then along Slack Lane, an old drovers road. Refreshments at Brambles. Please let Karen know if you wish to join the walk.
Contact Karen Tallant: Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430 763
Mon Aug 8th Tissington

Circular 3 mile walk from Tissington Village across A515 then through fields to Spen Lane then join the Tissington trail at Thorpe. Refreshments at Tissington Tea Rooms. Meet at Halfords to take the Derby connect bus to Tissington. Please let Karen know if you would like to join the walk.
Contact Karen Tallant: Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Aug 22nd JCB Lake

Walk from Denstone Farm Shop round JCB Lake. Refreshments at Denstone Farm Shop. Meet at Homebase end of Waterside car park to car share and depart at 1.30p.m. prompt. Please let Karen know if you wish to join the walk.
Contact Karen Tallant: Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Sep 5th Wetton Mill

3 mile circular walk from Wetton Mill towards Hulme End along the lane through the tunnel returning on the opposite side of the river to Wetton Mill for refreshments.
Meet at Halfords to take the Derby Connect bus departing at 1.30p.m. prompt. Please let Karen know if you would like to reserve a seat on the bus.
Contact: Karen Tallant Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Sep 19th Rudyard Lake

3 mile walk along the lake shore. Refreshments at cafe by the lake.
Meet at Homebase end of the Waterside car park to car share and depart at 1.30p.m. prompt.
Please let Karen know if you would like to join the walk.
Contact Karen Tallant: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Oct 3rd Swinscoe - Blore - Ilam

3 mile walk along the gated road from Swinscoe Hill to Blore then descend to Ilam for refreshments at the Manifold Tea Rooms. Note there are often cattle on this walk. Meet at Halfords to take the Derby Connect bus to start of the walk departing at 1.30p.m. prompt. Please let Karen know if you wish to join the walk.
Contact Karen Tallant Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Oct 17th Churnet Valley Railway to Cheddelton Flint Mill

3 mile walk along the canal tow path from the Churnet Valley Railway to the site of the Cheddleton Flint Mill and return. Refreshments at the Railway Inn. Meet at Homebase end of Waterside car park to car share and leave at 1.30p.m. prompt. Please let Karen know if you wish to join the walk.
Contact details: Karen Tallant Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Oct 31st Farnah Green

3 mile walk from The Bluebell Inn at Farnah Green along track overlooking valley across to Belper. Path uneven in some areas wear stout boots & bring poles. Refreshments at The Bluebell. Meet at Homebase end of Waterside car park to car share and depart at 1.30p.m. prompt. Please let Karen know if you wish to join the walk.
Contact details: Karen Tallant Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Nov 14th Idridgehay

Circular 3 mile walk around the village of Idridgehay starting at the Black Swan.Meet at Homebase end of Waterside car park to car share and leave prompt at 1.30p.m. Please let Karen know if you would like to join the walk.
Contact details: Karen Tallant Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763
Mon Nov 28th TBA
Mon Dec 12th Carsington

Walk from visitor centre to Sheepwash car park and return. 3 mile level walk. Refreshments at Mainsail Restaurant. Meet at Halfords to catch Derby Connect bus to leave at 1.30p.m. prompt. Please let Karen know if you wish to join the walk. Contact: Karen Tallant: Tel: 01335 345122 Mobile: 07411 430763

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