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The courtyard at our holiday cottage
The courtyard at our holiday cottage

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Route No 252 - Sunday 15 June 2008
Winster, Limestone Way, Wensley,
Clough Wood circuit - 7km
Derbyshire

Map: OS Explorer OL24 The Peak District White Peak Area at 1:25000
Route Map on 'Landranger' base map from OS Open Space service
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Winster village street leading up towards the Limestone Way
Winster village street leading up towards the Limestone Way

We arrived on Friday afternoon to find that there was a Morris dancing festival in progress in the village.

We are spending this weekend with a group of friends in a holiday cottage in Winster near Matlock in Derbyshire.

Looking back over Winster from the path near Luntor Rocks
Looking back over Winster from the path near Luntor Rocks

Climbing up from Winster to the Limestone Way
Climbing up from Winster to the Limestone Way

When they arrived we set off to climb out of the village up the street past the pub and along a footpath to Luntor Rocks.

Today we are planning a short walk from Winster and then a meal at the village pub to round off the day. Some friends who live in Buxton joined us today.

Climbing up from Winster to the Limestone Way
Climbing up from Winster to the Limestone Way

Looking north from the Limestone Way east of Winster
Looking north from the Limestone Way east of Winster

Trying to identify some of the flowers in this hay meadow
Trying to identify some of the flowers in this hay meadow

Hay meadow full of wild flowers
Hay meadow full of wild flowers

At the road we turned left to leave the Limestone way and follow the road for about 300m. almost to Brightgate.

From there we continued up to the Limestone Way which we joined a few hundred metres to the east of Winster.Just over a kilometer beyond Luntor Rocks we came to a minor road.

On the path from Brightgate to Wensley
On the path from Brightgate to Wensley

Rock rose
Rock rose

Yellow Rattle
Yellow Rattle

Looking up the Derwent valley from the path above Wensley
Looking up the Derwent valley from the path above Wensley

In the little valley just south of Wensley we turned left for about 100m and then climbed up to the road at the western end of the village.

Here we turned left to follow a footpath down a farm road to Tearsall Farm. We continued along the path beyond Tearsall farm heading down the hillside towards Wensley.

Approaching Wensley village
Approaching Wensley village from Brightgate

Goats on the edge of Wensley village
Goats on the edge of Wensley village

Ox-eye Dasies
Ox-eye Dasie

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Helicopter low overhead near Wensley
Helicopter low overhead near Wensley

Dropping down into the wooded valley north of Wensley
Dropping down into the wooded valley north of Wensley

Leadwort - only found where there is a high lead content in the soil
Leadwort - only found where there is a high lead content in the soil

Wild orchid
Wild orchid

Horses tails - avery primitive but successful plant from the Jurassic period
Horses Tails - very primitive but successful plant from the Jurassic period

Wild orchid
Wild orchid

Foxgloves
Foxgloves

We continued down the wooded hillside to a stream in the bottom of a little valley at map ref. SK257616. We crossed the stream and walked along the path through the woods following the stream upstream towards Winster.

We crossed the road to follow the footpath opposite and had to use a short diversion which the notice said was around a collapsed mine shaft.

Heading southeast towards Winster along a wooded valley
Heading southeast towards Winster along a wooded valley

Chicken-of-the-Woods fungus on an oak tree
Chicken-of-the-Woods fungus on an oak tree

Heading southeast towards Winster along a wooded valley
Heading southeast towards Winster along a wooded valley

When we reached the road at the eastern end of Winster we turned left to walk into the village and back to our holiday cottage.

After about 1km we emerged from the woods into some pasture land and began to climb out of the valley.

Heading southeast towards Winster along a wooded valley
Heading southeast towards Winster along a wooded valley

Starting to climb out of the valley up to Winster
Starting to climb out of the valley up to Winster

Now we had a good pub meal to look forward to at the end of another very pleasant day.

The walk had been about 6.5km and had taken us almost four hours including our stops for a drink and to look at the wild flowers and lovely views.

Ragged-Robin in a damp patch in the meadow
Ragged-Robin in a permanent damp patch in the meadow

Starting to climb out of the valley up to Winster
Starting to climb out of the valley up to Winster

Looking back towards the Derwent valley from the road at the edge of Winster
Looking back towards the Derwent valley from the road at the edge of Winster