21st: New Mills walk
On Sunday 21st March, after a couple of changes to this walk (the date and also the leader), 26 of us met at New Mills station and Chris H led us on a walk over to Mellor church. Near the start, a few of us were discussing my recent blog and Chris said that it was probably him that kept losing walkers (see "Notes from the Archives" 15th March for details). This did not bode well but undaunted we carried on, marvelling at the wonderful weather following the previous day of cold, rain and gloom.
When we had climbed the first hill, we sat for a tea/coffee stop and I sent the walks report to Joan (walks secretary) who was at home waiting to update her statistics. Almost immediately three new people left the walk and returned to their car - I am not sure why this was, although I know that they had been hoping to go to Youlgreave which was the original destination on the printed programme and they had not seen the change on the website.
So I sent another text to update Joan - the numbers were down to 23. We carried on but Sue & Pete announced that they would not be staying for the whole walk due to family committments but they would stay until Mellor church. I am sorry to report that they did not even make it that far - after a while Pete's map came out and they took a short cut back to their car. We carried on and had lunch at Mellor church where I sent a further report to Joan back at base.
Down at the Roman Lakes cafe, Campbell called for an ice-cream stop and that was very welcome.
Thankfully we suffered no further losses and 21 of us made it back to tthe cars after a very nice sunny day, not too much mud and plenty of good views.
Thankyou Chris for an enjoyable walk
your reporter today was Sue T