Saturday 16 May 2020
Join us for a walk to identify a range of wildflowers that grow in our beautiful limestone dales. Our walk takes us through Gratton Dale and Long Dale where flowers including a variety of orchids, wild pansies, cowslips and less common flowers grow in amongst the limestone slopes and streams.
We will be guided by Rachel Bolton and Sally Smith, an organic plants consultant and a Holiday Fellowship Walk Leader who has a wealth of experience giving talks for the Royal Horticultural Society and supporting BBC gardening programmes. Please take a look at Sally’s web site
Our walk starts at the pretty village of Elton. We descend down to Gratton Dale and follow it along exploring the banks for flowers. We then turn into Long Dale with a short detour to explore the site of Mouldridge lead mine. Long Dale gives many opportunities to hunt out more flowers as we make our return route to Elton.
You will be part of a small group of no more than 12 people plus your two guides. The cost to join this walk is £38 per person. Please book and pay below. You are booking with Rachel Bolton.
We meet on Main Street, in the village of Elton, outside the church. Post code DE4 2BW. That post code covers quite a wide area, so a sat nav might not take you to the exact point. There is free roadside car parking available nearby.
The meeting time is 9:15am to be ready to set off at 9:30am.
If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the villages of Elton, Winster, or Birchover are all nearby, or the towns of Matlock and Bakewell are only a short drive away.