Saturday, May 26, 2007

Ticknall Leg-stretch

  • Walked: 23rd May 2007
  • Distance: 6.5m
  • Terrain: fairly flat
  • Summary: Foremark Reservoir using the straight bridleway, Calke Abbey, Ticknall
  • Time: 2 hours start to finish
  • Notable views: Looking back over the Trent Valley before Ticknall.

This is one of my most regular after-work walks. It starts on the long straight bridleway alongside Foremark Reservoir. Tonight it looked particularly green.

Something which really put a spring in my step was seeing elderflower for the first time this year. Just a bit longer, it'll all be out in flower, and I'll be back to collect some for this year's elderflower wine:

There aren't many flowers out right now, but this is the first poppy that I've seen this year:

This is one of my favourite spots. Just past Bendall's Farm and up a hill. It's marked on the map as Hangman's Stone. The drystone wall which I like sitting on is in the middle of the nettles on the left, so when in shorts as I was this evening, that's out of bounds.

This route continues to Ticknall via Seven Spouts Farm, through Calke Park (using the footpath parallel to the driveway) and across fields to Scaddow's Farm and back to start.

The route above was generated using Meander.

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.


dive said...

Beautiful as ever, Pea.
A green and pleasant land indeed.

dive said...

Just been over to your brass blog, Pea.
Wow! The flower duet for cornets! That sounds wonderful. Even in illicit coloured socks.
And a cool reference to Gormenghast, too.
Good luck with the weather at Aston and Moira.

peahen said...

Thanks Dive. It is beautiful arrangement, if a little perilous. The 'middle 8' (about 32 bars) goes into 6 flats. The arrangement we have is for one Bb cornet and one Eb (soprano cornet), which I have yet to hear - we played the alternative which is transposed for 2 Bb's.