Crich, Sherwood Foresters & Cromford Canal Walk - August 31st

Posted 1/9/2019

Occasionally DVWG re-visit a walk which we’ve completed previously and it becomes clear that we had forgotten how nice the walk was. Our Crich & Sherwood Foresters walk was no exception and it was a great day out for DVWG completing our circuit of Crich and the Cromford which we originally did back on July 11th 2015, way before most of our regular walkers were with DVWG.

Our party met at High Peak Junction just outside Cromford where the Cromford Canal and the High Peak Trail meet, it was a belated start as Peter Bentley had difficulty both finding the start point and knowing what his left and right are. Peter has kindly agreed to wear a pair of Jimmy Cricket style wellingtons in order to make his navigation easier in future.

The say started with a quick presentation as Shelly and Kate Summerell received their seasonal prizes for 2018/19 season.

The walk commenced with climbing from High Peak Junction through Lea Bridge and climbing steeply through the village of Holloway finally crossing fields and emerging in Wakebridge.

From here we started climbing once again through the woods to emerge at the edge of Crich Tramway Village, (well worth a visit), here we paused for a while to admire a passing tram before taking the final path up to the Sherwood Forrester’s Memorial Monument. The highest point in the area, where there were some great views.

The plan was to ascend the tower, however after starting our lunch break, there was a torrential downpour and we hastily put on waterproofs and continued our walk in rather poor conditions.

Descending into Crich village we stopped at the Black Swan for refreshment, this led to Diane Marshal encountering a rather unfriendly local, however after a quick drink the rain had stopped and the sun was out making pleasant conditions to continue our walk and more importantly to dry out!

A descent through the stunning Crich Chase was next to reach the historic Cromford Canal. Our final part of the walk was a 3.5 miles walk along the towpath of the disused canal back to High Peak Junction.

The canal basin is quite fascinating. Nature has taken over and there are some beautifully picturesque sections of the canal. This is coupled with quite a few artefacts and buildings remaining from the canal’s industrial past still in evidence. This made for a very pleasant stroll back to the end of the walk.

Well done to the nine adults and one child who completed this beautiful walk. Special congratulations go to Audrey Brownridge who completed her DVWG 500 miles on this walk and quite rightly was treated to a congratulatory round of applause by the assembled group at the end of the walk. Well done Audrey from everyone at DVWG and we hope your Spork Worm clears up soon!