Walks in Derbyshire

My wife and I recently joined The Nottingham Wayfarers Walking Group, to get out of the house and meet more people, and to get more exercise. The Wayfarers walk mainly in Derbyshire, but also occasionally in Notts and Leics also. The walks are centred on a lunchtime stop at a pub that serves good quality / real ales, where some of the group sample a pint or two before the second part of the walk in the afternoon (back to a coach, bus or car).  

We’ve found The Wayfarers to be very welcoming and friendly, so much so that we joined up on the day of our first walk.

To date, we’ve been on four walks with the group, which have been brilliant, despite the mud we been through on parts of the walks. The walk from Clumber Park to Sherwood Forest, and then on to Rufford Abbey was a lot drier, as we kept to good footpaths rather than crossing water-logged fields. We’ve been very lucky with the weather so far … the only bit of rain we experienced was on the Horsley Woodhouse walk last weekend, when it was showery on occasions.

I’ve put about 120 photos of the walks onto my Flickr site, which you will see in two sets, if you go to the Sets page of my site. 

Here are two of my photos, both of which I took with my small Canon G15 camera. I’m learning to take photos very quickly (paparazzi-style), as the A group we walk with, walk at a medium to fast pace. So I’m using mainly a shutter-speed priority setting (1/400 sec), with the ISO set on Auto, turning up the exposure compensation when necessary when the light is not so good. I’m also using a mono-pod occasionally, when the group is having a break, for extra sharpness.

Near Matlock, Derbyshire

                                                            Walking up a hillside near Matlock in Derbyshire.

Snowdrops near Horsley Woodhouse, Derbyshire

Snowdrops near Horsley Woodhouse, Derbyshire

 

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