Sunday, 26 April 2015

This Weeks Group Walk :: Was Amazing

Hello Lovelies,
back in November I started walking with a local group. Some of you may recall I wrote about that first walk HERE.  Oh, and my nerves before that walk are recorded HERE :0)

On that walk the thing that I was struck by was just how friendly and welcoming the group were. They are also very well organised. On that first outing the treasurer handed me a neatly printed list of all the walks in their programme for the following six months. 
They all looked interesting but one stood out as potentially outstanding.....and this week it finally arrived.


It was misty when we arrived in Derbyshire, but oh so pretty walking beside the Cromford Canal.

Everybody was enchanted by the Ducklings...........


As we climbed the first of many hills I loved the views over the stone walls ..........


The world is so pretty at this time of year, full of fresh greens and colourful flowers.........


It was still hazy but the distant views looked wonderful...........


Here we entered the first of several woodland sections....all of which were enchanting....and so different to each other............


I was very happy when I realised the sun had now come out....making this view of a chimney across the valley even prettier............


And I loved the glimpse of blue skies and hills............


We descended the steep slope carefully into the valley and passed romantic ruins..........


then joined the canal tow-path again..........


Oh look, that chimney we had spotted earlier.........


And  more of this stunning canal............


It really made a perfect stopping point for our morning coffee.
 And it was idyllic, sitting on a bench, quietly watching the wildlife and the scenery.........


 I just couldn't believe our luck with the weather........


Soon it was time to start climbing again. Along the former railway incline that is now part of the high peak trail...........


It was a steep climb, warm work in the sunshine....but the views were stunning...........



and after a while we turned off into even more delightful woodland..........


The light was soft and warm, making every corner look pretty.......


How I loved these holiday homes beside the footpath.........


Down we trekked, then steeply upwards again..........


And into another wooded glade, where the new Beech leaves were the brightest green.........


Every valley was different and seemed even more perfect than the last.........



In the bottom of this one we walked beside a glittering stream, lined with Marsh Marigolds.......


 and nearby I loved the pretty Wood Anemones........


By now I was getting peckish and at the top of this hill I was glad we had reached our lunch stop......


On such a lovely sunny  day it was a really beautiful place to have a picnic..........


After lunch the walk continued to delight , with far reaching views........

Looking towards Crich Stand

Waterfalls!.........


Rocky outcrops........


Pretty Woodland........


And babbling brooks........


Around every corner was another delight. I know the lovely day and the time of year helped, but it really did seem like heaven.

Here we stopped for another drink and a short rest.........

It felt like the most perfect picnic spot. Like a different world.

I  sat on a rock, enjoyed my  favourite  chocolate treat.........

And thought how very lucky I was to be there.

The final part of the walk was along the Cromford canal again. The afternoon light was magical....How I loved the reflections..........


And the bird-life.........

Coots

the water was so clear you could easily see the Ducks heads as they dabbled.......

 This sight always makes me think of THIS cheerful verse

This tranquil, gentle wander was the perfect end to a tiring but amazing walk 11 mile walk through such beautiful countryside.........


And all with such lovely company...... It was a day will remember for a long time.

Jacquie x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A Perfect Morning Walk

Hello Lovelies,
Yesterday I was working a late shift. I generally prefer to get up and go to work, not go later in the day. But there is a lot  to be said for the chance of a morning walk in the sunshine. 

It was such a perfect spring morning too. I was walking with a friend somewhere new. Somewhere local, but  a little bit too isolated for me to brave it alone..........

The doggy was just passing by.....in case you thought I had a four legged friend :0)


Suddenly everywhere you look leaves are unfurling...............



And the lanes draw you onward, wondering what's around the next corner..............


how we loved this glade of towering pine trees...........


The filtered sunlight was so beautiful, illuminating the fresh green leaves...........


And the forget-me-nots were still damp with dew............


Above our heads the sky was clear blue and the birdsong was delightful...........


Though the birds are already getting harder to spot now the trees and hedges are coming into leaf.
This Chaffinch was easy to see at least, happily singing on the power line.........


Here were were treated to far reaching views across the fields.........


Just look at that sky.

A little further along  we were back into the woods again........


Where I loved the mass of pretty yellow Celandines............

and all the green..........now I've missed the green this winter.

It was an idyllic morning for a walk in the woods. I even spotted a few early Bluebells.....

such a special spring flower.

The world looked wonderful at every turn.........


And the blossom in the lanes was a frothy delight..........


 It was hard to head indoors when the time came.....but I was delighted to be able make the most of the perfect morning.

Jacquie x