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Saturday 14th January
RAR 255
COVENTRY'S GBG

Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop, 12 noon
Sunday 5th February
HW 55
SNOWDROPS AT ALLESLEY

Meet at The Brooklands, Kingsbury Road, 12 noon.
Saturday 18th February
RAR 256
STATFORD TO WELFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am (X18 takes 1 hour 35 mins!!)

The No.27 bus leaves Welford at 3:16pm and arrives Stratford 3:29pm (opposite Maypole)
5:50pm arrives 6:12pm
6:09pm arrives 6:46pm

The X18 bus leaves B439 (Binton turn) at 3:19pm arrives Stratford at 3:56pm. This stop is supposedly 20 mins walk from Welford.
3:49pm arrives 4:26pm
4:24pm arrives 5:01pm
4:54pm arrives 5:31pm

The 6:30pm No. 460 National Express arrives Coventry 7:00pm
Saturday 18th March
RAR 257
WELFORD ON AVON TO BIDFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives B439 (Binton turn) at 12:07pm
Saturday 15th April
RAR 258
BIDFORD ON AVON TO HARVINGTON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives Bidford 12:11pm
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Youlgreave or Youlgrave is a village in the Derbyshire Peak District, lying on the River Bradford, four kilometres south of Bakewell. Both spellings are used on different local signposts and on different maps. The name possibly derives from 'yellow grove' (the ore mined being yellow in colour), though it was historically called 'Giolgrave'. The village is locally known as 'Pommie'.

Youlgreave is a large village in the White Peak area of Derbyshire. It stands above Bradford Dale. The best place to start this walk is at the George, opposite the parish church. The George sells Theakstons and Caledonian ales and provides meals and accommodation (phone 01629 636292). It is also a stop on the No 171 bus route from Youlgreave to Bakewell.
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The George at Youlgreave. Photo © GF Luckett
Leaving the George we walk past the church of All Saints and down Mawstone Lane.
photo Youlgrave All Saints Church. Photo © Adrian Channing and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
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Take the left fork and after a few yards a walled bridleway is the next fork left. This takes us down to a packhorse bridge over the River Bradford in Bradford Dale.
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Packhorse Bridge over the River Bradford. Photo © Mick Garratt and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
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River Bradford with footbridge and crag almost overhanging. This is real limestone scenery, easily accessible on foot, and enjoyed by many visitors to Youlgreave. Photo © Andrew Hill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
With its steep rocky sides and rushing river this is as good a place as any to look for dippers, fish and ducks in the river. The riverside path here is an old coaching road and a little left along it a path leaves on the right to wind up the steep valley side, in a grassy slope between the rocks.
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River Bradford in the valley at Youlgreave. Much of the village is up the hillside, but there are houses immediately behind and also further upstream. The path slants up to the shops at the centre of the village. Photo © Andrew Hill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Then a little to the left a footpath winds up the steep valley side. At the top a stile takes us into fields, which we cross keeping the wall to our left. From here we get views of the small reservoir below and back to Youlgreave. We pass a mortared cairn and reach a track with the caravans at Lower Greenfield in sight. We turn left and follow the track through woodland and past Millfield Farm. This section can get very muddy. A little way past Millfield Farm the track leads to a junction of lanes. Straight on here leads past two small caravan parks, the second one being Harthill Hall Caravan Park. A little further on you can see Harthill Hall to the left, an imposing large farmhouse come small country house, that appears to have been converted to holiday accommodation.
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Harthill Hall, near Alport, a dream hideaway waiting for you in the depths of the Peak District.
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On the right a path starts at a stile and cuts across a field, keeping a stone barn to the left. This brings us, over another stile, to a junction of two lanes. We take the lane that winds uphill towards Stanton in the Peak
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Stanton stands on the hillside above us and as we approach we see the imposing edifice of Stanton Hall to the right of the village. The village belongs to the Stanton Estate and this explains why the Flying Childers is such an excellent, unspoilt, pub.
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Fine views from the edge of Sheepwalk Wood over Stanton in the Peak. Photo © Chris Heaton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
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The Flying Childers at Stanton in the Peak. Photo © GF Luckett
The Flying Childers is named after a racehorse and stands at the first junction you come to in the village. A little further up the hill is the parish church of Holy Trinity It presents an understated exterior without all the flashing lights and gaudy signs of most pubs. Inside there is a lounge and a cosy little local's snug and also something of a village shop in the entrance porch. Customers are trusted to take their purchases and pay for them at the bar. Because of its independence from pubcos and breweries the pub can sell a range of ales from local microbreweries.
photoThe Holy Trinity Church at Stanton in Peak. Photo © Geoff Pick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
To return we retrace our steps downhill and across the first footpath, which brings us to the lane at Harthill Hall Caravan Park. A little further along this lane on the right a footpath leads through the caravan park. The path is well signposted through the park and at a wooden fence on the left we turn to follow to the right of the fence and pass through a gate into a field. After two fileds we pass through another caravan park. Then the path becomes enclosed between walls and leads to a road at Alport.
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This is a charming riverside village which is unfortunately publess. We turn left at the road and a path leads down to a packhorse bridge over the river. We go left again and through the village to the main road. Left here and uphill we come to a stile on the left hand side of the road above a group of cottages.
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Bridge Over the River Lathkill Carrying the Youlgreave Road. Photo © Mick Garratt and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
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This path follows the contours above the River Bradford through fields to return to Mawstone Lane, close to where we started. Right and back up the hill returns to the George Hotel. Then we can explore the pleasures of the village of Youlgreave, that is the other two pubs; the Bulls Head, a Marstons pub, opposite the cistern in the centre of the village, and the Farmyard Inn, a little further on through the village, selling Greene King ales.
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The Bulls Head at Youlgreave. Photo © GF Luckett
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The Farmyard Inn at Youlgreave. Photo © Row17 and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
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The Cistern at Youlgreave. Photo © GF Luckett
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