Spring Break Willersley Castle

Date: April 12, 2018


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The hotel address is Willersley Castle Hotel, Cromford, Matlock, DE4 5JH; Telephone 01629 582270.  If approaching from the north on the A6 pass through Matlock and Matlock Bath to Cromford.  Turn left at the traffic lights on to Mill Road.  Immediately after a bridge over the River Derwent turn left into the hotel driveway.  The Google drive time from Northwich is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.  Average speeds achievable on this route are low.

If approaching Cromford via the A5012 , as will be the case if taking part in the walk en route, the traffic lights in Cromford referred to above will be reached from the west.  Turn right on to the A6 then immediately left into Mill Road.

Andy has planned a walk on Thursday starting from Gotham at 11 am.  There will be a choice of 5.5 or 7.5 miles.  We will meet at Cobbler`s Nook car park and picnic site, O.S. Grid Ref. SK 194582, Post Code DE4 2PN.  To reach it turn off the A5012 at Pikehall and proceed for 1 mile.  Google drive time from Northwich 1 hour 35 minutes.  If you intend to walk please let Andy know by 7 pm the previous evening (Wednesday) via telephone (01606 737893) or email (16wyattp@gmail.com)

Walks on Friday and Saturday will start from the hotel and go up and down the Derwent valley respectively.  Sunday`s walk will be a 6 or 8.5 mile circuit of Carsington Water.


Our 2018 Spring Break will be based at Willersley Castle Hotel, Cromford near Matlock from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th April – please note not the usual Friday to Monday.  The cost will be £180 per person for 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast irrespective of room type.  Room options are single, double and twin.  All are en suite with shower, bath or bath with shower.  Some rooms are classed as “superior” and some have a view of the Derwent valley.

Although within a shorter driving distance than usual, Cromford is beyond our range for Saturday walks and will give us access to an area not visited previously by the club.

If you want to go, please pay a deposit of £25 per person by Saturday 18th November.  Payment can be made by electronic transfer to Vale Royal RC, Sort code 30-90-16, Account number 03038363.  Please inform Helen Brewin by email to helen@pgstraining.com that you have done this.  Cheques should be posted to Helen Brewin, 15 Bramhalls Park, Anderton, Northwich, CW9 6AH.  In both cases please say who you are booking for, room type required and whether a shower or a bath is preferred.  Also, if you are a car driver, it would be helpful to indicate if you have spare spaces for additional passengers.

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Latitude / Longitude: 53.111402, -1.5585446

Members intending to walk should telephone the leader to confirm the venue, starting time and Map ref. before 7 P.M. the previous evening.

  • Walks will start at the stated time; only a few minutes grace will be allowed.
  • Guests are normally welcome but members should consult the Chairperson or leader before inviting them.  Guests should be advised about adequate clothing and footwear before embarking on any walks.