That strange time between Christmas and New Year, when no-one seems to know which day of the week it is, was a great opportunity for some of the members of Nuneaton Mountaineering Club to get out for exercise, fresh air and chat.
There was patchy fog and sub-zero temperatures for much of the journey but when we met up at the car-park by Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire, we were greeted by blue sky and sunshine, albeit still with a crisp frost all around.
We immediately headed uphill and then across the open country to the rock formations, known as Alport Castles. The cold winter’s day afforded us wonderful views in all directions. We waited till we had dropped into the valley slightly, to be out of the chill wind, before stopping for elevenses. The walk then continued south, along the Alport Valley before crossing the Snake Pass and the River Ashop. The area by the river was looking beautiful, with it’s frosty/icy crust. We then headed uphill again at Blackley Hey, where we found a sheltered sunny spot for lunch,before dropping down again through the picturesque woods to re-cross the river at Haggwater bridge. There was one final hill to go over before we were back at the cars. A Grand Day Out!