A White Peak Fashion Walk? Saturday June 3rd From Ashford In The Water

By Brian Richards

The start time was 10a.m. but sabotage by the Gas Board closed the A6 at High Lane, diverting traffic but not redirecting. Further on the police repeated the exercise by closing the main road at Disley. This provided a navigational challenge for members not acquainted with the local lanes and byways. However by 10.30 six members (or seven?) had assembled, no one admitting to the use of an in-car G.P.S.

The sun shone, the sky was blue and conditions were ideal for Bill M (our much travelled ex treasurer) to display his latest outdoor all-weather headgear. It was generally considered that there were design flaws in that (a) the open weave was not rainproof and (b) the lightning conductor should be pointed and made of copper. A request from a lady passer-by if she could purchase it for use as a lampshade was vigorously rejected.

The walk from Ashford in the Water to Over Haddon proceeded smoothly, except for the multitude of stiles. Few cattle or sheep were viewed and certainly no bulls. Later in the day Vanessa M was attacked by a horse but because Dave M and the organiser were several stiles ahead no eye witness account is available. No injuries resulted but Vanessa was not happy.

Along Lathkill Dale to lunch at the footbridge leading to Cale Dale and then on to Monyash and the Magpie Mine near Sheldon. Here a pause was made to explore the surface workings and enjoy another snack in the sunshine.

The intended finale in Ashford was to have been in a pub garden enjoying a pint in the sun but neither hostelry in the village was open until 6 o'clock - so much for catering to the tourist trade on a busy weekend. A short drive to the Cock & Pullet in Sheldon solved the problem.

The organiser takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the above account.