Clays Cloggers is a group of enthusiastic walkers from the “Clays” group of villages – not just Wheatley, Members walk on circular routes throughout the year on various days of the month and in different areas. Membership is free, but a nominal charge of £1 per walk is made to cover administrative expenses. Non-members are invited to join the walks on an ad-hoc basis.
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Unless otherwise stated all walks depart from Wheatley Village Hall Car Park
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Creswell Crags Walk Wednesday 27 April 2016
Ten Cloggers set out from Wheatley on a bright sunny morning, arriving at Creswell Crags Visitor Centre for the start of the walk. The ﬁrst part took the group through the old mining village of Creswell and then through the restored Victorian model village of Creswell, 281 houses around a vast green space, which were originally built by the pit owners to house the miners. The walk then continued through the magniﬁcent gorge, up along part of the Robin Hood Way to the outskirts of Holbeck Woodhouse and then through part of the Welbeck Estate, returning to the car park at the Crags, a circular walk of 6.9 miles.
A welcome lunch was then taken at the Old School Room Tearoom at Carburton on the return journey where 4 non-walkers joined the group. The sun shone for most of the walk with a sprinkling of snow for a few minutes !
Wednesday 5th August 8 ‘Cloggers’ enjoyed a sunny, sometimes challenging, walk in the Chatsworth Estate. The steep ascent up to the Hunting Tower for views of the surrounding countryside, and a coffee break, was followed by a sharp descent down 163 steps and a stroll across to the beautiful model village of Edensor.
The Cloggers visited the Church and the Churchyard containing the Cavendish family graves and then tackled the long ascent out of the village and enjoyed a picnic lunch overlooking Bakewell and the neighbouring hills. The return to Edensor took in the teashop and the party travelled to the Hardwick Inn for a well deserved early tea.
Thursday 9th July– On a fine sunny day,10 walkers enjoyed a 5 miles Cloggers classic walk around Alkborough, taking in Julian’s Bower with great views across the Humber and river Ouse, (spotting 3 Cargo boats moving up the river Trent while on the walk). Afterwards lunch was taken at
The Paddocks tea room with 3 non walkers joining our group.
A popular walk around North Wheatley proved to be an attraction for members and friends as we were led by Roy Bennett and Anne Smith on the evening of 25th June. Lots of interesting local points, and anecdotes by the dozen. To be repeated to include additional village features at a future date. Dinner at a local pub concluded a fascinating evening’s walk.
21st May. A group of eight Cloggers joined Tony & Jean for a very enjoyable walk, of approx 51/2 miles, in and around the local villages of Everton, Scaftworth , and Harwell. It was a beautiful sunny day to explore the lanes and byways. The walk took us through farmland, and woodlands of Barrowhills, which were carpeted with bluebells. We were also thrilled to see a very healthy herd of Jersey cows, and their very own very large bull. Thankfully, all behind wire fencing. We completed the walk with a welcome beer in the Blacksmiths courtyard, before we had an excellent fish and chip lunch.
Wednesday 16th December, on a mild morning 13 Cloggers led by Eric enjoyed a short walk around Clarborough and along part of Chesterfield Canal before returning to The Kings Arms Pub to enjoy a Christmas Lunch along with another 14 non walkers. A good time was had by all.