WALX Activity: August Explorer WALX - Three Norman Treasures

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Pace: Medium

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Intensity: Low

  • 2

Gradient: Low

  • 2
Explorer WALX (no discount)

Price: £12.50

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WALX Derwent and Dales

Hosted By:

Sam Armstrong

Walk Description:

A delightful walk that takes you through undulating countryside, often with extensive views in all directions, and into three pretty Derbyshire villages. There's a church in each village, starting with St Peter's in Parwich. This was substantially rebuilt in the 19th century but carvings above the west door attest to its Norman origins. The large unbuttressed tower and carvings above the south door at the church in Bradbourne also date back to Norman times, and in the churchyard you'll find a Saxon cross depicting scenes of the crucifixion. Your final stop is the church in Ballidon, also Norman in origin, which served as a chapel-of-ease for people who lived far from the main parish church. The decoratively carved font appears to have survived the Reformation by being covered in thick plaster and whitewash, which weren't removed until well into the 19th century. 

Lunch: https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/pubs/the-sycamore-parwich/ please confirm your request to stay for lunch, I will not book until I have definitive numbers.  

Distance:  10.5 km 3.30 hours  

Gradients: Total ascent 251m

Stiles: Yes, many

You are asked to contact your WALX Guide by phone, leaving a voicemail or sending an SMS text to the number listed below, if you are likely to be delayed. Whilst we do understand that sometimes it is not possible to make a walk, please be aware that we do operate a no refund policy if you give us less than 24 hours’ notice on weekend walks. 

Please do not self cancel without contacting the Walk Leader in the first instance as the refund will be at the discretion of Sam Armstrong.  

Please ensure your PARQ is up to date and notify us in writing if you have any change to your medical records or physical or mental wellbeing. This should include any surgery, falls, knocks or accidents.