Saturday, 18 May 2013

Farley Moor and more ...

On Farley Moor, above Matlock, you can wander through the Forestry Commission plantation ... and lose yourself, metaphorically I mean.

Park along the road from Sydnope Stand, pass through the gate and head straight away from the road ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

In this woodland, we found a Chinese Lantern that had run its course. There has been talk about these being fire starters ... it makes you wonder.

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

Keep straight on ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

 ... until you see a wall in the distance ahead of you ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

Benjamin stood at the wall as I explained that my father, his great grandfather, had reclaimed the fields beyond the wall from the surrounding moorland. Dad's hard work still fills me with awe as well as pride ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

It's not the best of land but Dad grew crops on this ground and kept sheep and cattle. I used to be able to wander these fields until he died and the farm was sold.

The only livestock we could see were some Highland Cattle ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

 We left the past behind us and headed into the future ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

 Farley Moor is still a working environment and we took due note of this sign ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

 A largish area had been cleared ... ready for replanting ? If so what with ? Broadleaf trees ?

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

 We were soon back into the trees. You can almost feel the warmth in these photos ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...
  
We reached the boundary of the access land ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

 We looked across the ugly barbed wire fence towards Darley Dale where I live ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

 We had a coffee at this point sheltering under the trees rather than in the glare of the sun. We headed back towards the start though the path was vague ...
 
   

Once we'd found the path it was plain sailing all the way back ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

Farley Moor, Matlock ...

  This walk was followed on the 23rd April 2011
 
Length of stroll ~ 1.93 miles *
 
Total mileage walked so far in 2011 ~ 131.05 miles
 
Total mileage between the 1st September 2009 and the 23rd April 2011 ~ 659.10 miles

  29 of 2011 [which means in 2011 I was averaging just over 4.5 miles a walk.]
 
* distance calculated on Ordnance Survey's Getamap 

30 comments:

  1. Lots of happy memories for you there Charlie,what a lot of hard work to reclaim the land.Would this be a Government order?.As for the lantern they should be banned as they cause lots of fires,some times landing on thatched houses,and the wire can also kill cattle.Ann

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    1. Dad reclaimed the land just after World War II I suppose Ann. I've got a article from a farming magazine somewhere. It's a bit technical for me !

      Yes, the Chinese lanterns cause problems as you say.

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  2. Wonderful to be able to touch the past but focus on the future, as you said ... I've started walking again, Charlie ... although nothing as romantic as your walks!

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    1. Thank you Pet. Sometimes I think the past can drag me down a bit so I try and look forward with a bit of a bounce in my step. I hope you'll be posting something of your walks ...

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  3. Ban the lanterns, they are a hazard.

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    1. They seem to be very popular ~ it would be interesting to know how much damage they have actually caused.

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  4. A really enjoyable walk, Charlie. Woodland and forest walks are amongst my favourite types, although I don't get much chance here in Pembrokeshire, as there is relatively little forested area.

    I agree, those lanterns are a real fire hazard.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Mitch. I really love woodland too. We seem to be quite lucky in Derbyshire with our woods.

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  5. Hi there,
    This is a lovely account of a walk with your grandson.
    I've dipped into this blog because my family comes from there, and although I've never lived there, I love the place. I do lots of walking, but mainly around the Northants, Leicestershire areas.
    I also have some long distant Wildgoose blood, so your name caught my eye.

    Alison

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    1. Thank you. We don't get out quite as often as I would like ... well, the weather tends to put him [and me] off a bit. Are you a Matlock Wildgoose ... or one further up the valley ?

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    2. The ones I know about came from Crich - I'm descended from the illegitmate daughter of Elizabeth Wildgoose 1771 - 1861+
      11 Oct 1771 baptised in Crich, Derbyshire, dau of Anthony W b. 1746, Darley, and Mary Holmes, b. 1750, Crich.(m. 5 Jan 1769).

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    3. It sounds as though we may be distant cousins at best then ... my family were in Darley Dale having flown down the valley from Over Haddon [near Bakewell] at the end of the 20th century. Anonymous [Ann] the first to comment above is a Wildgoose descendant too.

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  6. from Derbyshire I mean, not Farley.

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    1. Thanks for commenting ~ it's always good to know people are actually reading what I'm am waffling on about. You will see I have commented on three of your blogs which IO enjoyed reading. Hope to hear from you again sometime.

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    2. Thanks, Charlie - good to know communication happens! I'm having an indoor day today - the weather is foul.

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    3. I've not been out either ... too much heavy rain. It sounds like the weather will pick up though for the weekend. Hope you have a good few days.

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