On Sunday (4th) the Sutton Rambling Club continue their wide-ranging series of summer rambles in rural Staffordshire and explore a rarely visited area for the club. The walk will be a steady 11 miles and cover delightful hamlets/villages, Croxden Abbey and numerous woodland /farm tracks.
It will be a linear walk and will commence at the village of Ellastone (grid ref 119433) and then head south west through the hamlet of Stubwood and north to the village of Denstone. There will be an early lunch break at Dove Lees where there will be a cafe open for refreshments. The route heads west and there will be time to view Croxden Abbey, an English Heritage property. Here there are impressive remains of the abbey of Cistercian "white monks" and towering fragments of its 13th century adjoining church and 14th century abbots lodging. The ramble continues west through the hamlet of Great Gate and then continues on for another two miles to the finishing point, the tiny hamlet of Newton on the B5032 (grid ref 033429). There will be a picnic tea stop in mid afternoon. The coach will depart home at 6.30pm.
We continue to welcome new members who will be able to enjoy a day of healthy exercise, attractive scenery and friendly company. The McEwens coach leaves the "Staff Of Life" pub on Hack Lane in Sutton-in-Ashfield at 9.15am and the Bancroft Lane end, Stockell Gate (near the new Asda supermarket in Mansfield at 9.30am. The fare is £9, accompanied juniors free. Although the walks are very popular there is no need to prebook your seat on the coach.
If you would like further information please phone John on 01623 796396 or Bernard on 01623 648879. Alternatively you could visit our regularly updated website (which shows additional pick up points) at www.suttonramblingclub.com