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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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Youlgrave from Over Haddon
Photo © Copyright Tom Presland and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
It is thought that the village name derives from 'yellow grove', a grove (or groove) in this case being an old term for a mine or open working, and yellow refering to baryte or barium sulphate which occurs in the local rock. There are any number of alternative spellings of the name, notable Youlgrave, used by villagers and Youlgrave Waterworks; Youlgreave, which is the county council's spelling, or Youlegreave, which occurs on the road sign at Newport. We'll settle on using 'Youlgrave' as it's good enough for the locals!

Youlgrave is a sizeable village standing on a ridge above Bradford Dale. The skyline is dominated by the Co-op and the Church.

Youlgrave YHA (the old Co-op)
The youth-hostel used to be the former Youlgrave Co-operative society. Photo © Copyright Adrian Channing and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
The Co-op is now the Youth Hostel and is probably the largest building in the village after the church. Its size is accented by its position at the highest point in the village. The church of All Saints stands opposite the George.

Youlgrave All Saints Church
Photo © Copyright Adrian Channing and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
It is large and hansome and dates from the 12th century. There are painted windows designed by Edward Burne Jones and William Morris. The 96 foot high belltower is perpendicular in style and contains the second largest peal of bell in Derbyshire. It is a landmark for miles around.

Youlgrave - Conduit Head
Conduit Head is the main feature of Youlgrave's former Market Place. It is a large circular tank which was once an integral part of the village's water supply. Photo © Copyright Dave Bevis and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

One unusual feature of Youlgrave is the fact that it has its own water supply, piped from springs in the surrounding fells since 1839. These pipes feed a cistern in the village square, called the Fountain or Conduit Head, from whence it is piped to the houses. Formerly it was piped to 9 taps around the village, called

1 Reading Room
2 Fontain or Conduit Head
3 Old Hall Croft
4 Bankside
5 Caldwell End
6 Upper Bradford
7 Lower Stoneyside
8 Lower Bradford I
9 Lower Bradford II

As marked on the map of Youlgrave. There is an information board outside the George and the water is still distirbuted by the Youlgrave Waterworks Ltd. When Youlgrave has its well dressing every June it is not wells or springs that are decorated, but the taps.


Youlgrave: the George Hotel
A pub in the centre of the village, just opposite the church. Photo © Copyright Chris Downer and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
This ramble starts with the walk from the George down to the River Bradford at Bradford. Here we turn right to follow the right bank of the river upstream.

Ford and Packhorse Bridge at Youlgrave
This is the second of the two fords on the River Bradford at Youlgrave. Photo © Copyright John Walton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
At the first bridge we cross to the opposite bank, then through Bradford Dale to the next bridge, where we cross again and then take the path on the right which climbs the dale side back towards Youlgrave.

Ford and Clapper Bridge at Youlgrave
This is the first of the two fords on the River Bradford at Youlgrave. This one is found at the foot of Holywell Lane which runs down the hill from the centre of the village. Photo © Copyright John Walton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
This reaches the road at the far end of the village, when we walk back through the village calling at the FARMYARD INN and BULLS HEAD to return to the GEORGE.

The Farmyard Inn at Youlgrave
Photo © Copyright mauldy and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Bulls Head Hotel in Youlgrave
Photo © Copyright Row17 and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
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