M: Hay Wood and Coombs Dale, Derbyshire
July 27 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Leader: Henry Folkard.
Please note 11 a.m. start
This is a joint meeting with Bradford Botany Group. Hay Wood is an ancient woodland on acidic soils with a good variety of ferns, whilst Coombs Dale (near Calver) is a classic Derbyshire limestone dale, with many calcicole species. All the paths through the wood are informal and unsurfaced, though we will try to avoid any that are too rough. Calver (situated between the two locations) provides a suitable place for a lunch break. There is an excellent Alpine Nursery there, a pub, a café, a SPAR shop and a garden centre, wherein conveniences can be found, though there are no public ones. A surfaced track leads up Coombs Dale, though we depart from this to see the Limestone Fern, and search for some other delights.
Meet in the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate Hay Wood car park at SK256776 at 11.00 am. This is on the A625, slightly south the Grouse Inn. An oak leaf symbol and a P on a small sign indicate the bumpy track leading into it from the A625. There are toilet facilities near the main Longshaw Woodcroft car park and at Calver Sough, as above. The slightly later start allows anyone who needs these, time to use them. There are no facilities at Hay Wood, which is a Pay and Display car park (though roadside parking on the A625 is possible, as it is at Calver). If approaching from the A623 Chapel en le Frith to Baslow road, the A625 is signed to Froggatt from Calver (just east of Stoney Middleton). Hay Wood is about 2 miles up the A625, on the left, just after you leave a wooded area, and some bends.
If approaching from the main Hope Valley (Sheffield to Castleton) road, the A6187, the A625 is signed along Stoney Ridge Road near the top of the hill coming out of Sheffield. If you miss the turn, you can turn left in half a mile at the Fox House Inn, along Owler Bar road, and past the Woodcroft car park entrance. If you are taking the A 6187 from the west, towards Sheffield, the Fox House Inn is very obvious about a couple of miles after Hathersage. Owler Bar Road is on the bend, and signed for Froggatt (after another road signed to Grindleford). Hay Wood is about two miles from Fox House and /or Stoney Ridge Road.
For field meetings members must abide by the BPS Code of Conduct BPS-Code-of-Coduct-Jan-2020.pdf (ebps.org.uk) and BPS-Safety-Code-Jan-2020.pdf (ebps.org.uk) – the Safety Code which covers responsibilities, clothing and equipment etc. but for avoidance of doubt members must bring adequate warm and waterproof clothing, walking boots and sufficient food and drink for field trips unless otherwise indicated.