Local residents with a desire to enjoy and explore the area surrounding the village of Alstonefield, formed our Walking Group in 1995. We meet weekly on Tuesdays (normally at 9.15 am. outside the Village Hall) and our walks provide a great opportunity to meet and socialise. Our walks vary in length and difficulty, but are generally not overly challenging for anyone with a reasonable degree of fitness. For further information, see our programme by clicking on it below, or contact Tony Spybey on 310442. You can view photos of memorable walks on the gallery by clicking here. You may also like to know that we have written a booklet with ten of our best walks - ‘Favourite Walks Around Alstonefield’ – which can be bought from the George Pub, Polly’s Cottage at Milldale or the Tea Junction at Hulme End. Alternatively, it is possible to purchase a download on this website. Please click here. Funds from the sale of the walking booklet are currently being used to support St. Peter’s Church Water Project.
April 9th 2013 – Minninglow
The Alstonefield Walking Group had an unexpected surprise just 10 minutes after setting out on their morning’s walk to Minninglow. Snow drifts, some as high as 6 feet were blocking their path! They were expecting some snowy parts of course, but nothing like this. The most picturesque drifts were found on the High Peak Trail, where snow literally clung to the cliff tops. In true walking group style they took this in their stride and climbed up and over everything that got in their way. The ancient burial ground of Minninglow can be seen for miles around because of its distinctive “oasis” of trees on its top. The Walking Group had been there many times before, but had never experienced such a challenging route to the top. It was amazing to see so much snow hanging around from the year’s worst blizzard over two weeks previously.
Walkers end with a “Sloegasm”
The all-day walk from Blore to Mayfield on a Tuesday in November 2010 ended in a surprising way. On returning to Blore, walkers were invited to join a toast with a group from North Wales who had just completed a day’s shooting. Sloe Gin mixed with a liberal helping of Champagne (commonly known as a Sloegasm) was merrily consumed by all. Meg, Cathy and Carol are pictured enjoying their tipple amongst the pheasant and partridge.
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