Smisby WI Walks : Smisby Striders
Smisby Striders are the Smisby WI walking group, which was set up in 2011.
Members take it in turns to organise and lead the walks on the 2nd Thursday of each month., Each walk is on average about 4 miles in length and may range from 3 to 6 miles
The walk finishes with lunch! Members can just join in for the walk or the lunch, if they don't want to do both activities. Members are notified of each venue by email and are asked to reply if they are attending.
Well behaved dogs welcome on lead.We meet at 10:15 am for a prompt 10.30 start.
Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the time of year.
Walking Dates are circulated to members by email, normally a week before the walk.
Bluebell Nursery and Arbouretum Walk October 2018
Aston on Trent, September 2018
Eleven members enjoyed a beautiful autumnal walk round Aston-on -Trent, in South Derbyshire. We followed a history trail leaflet put together by the SDDC and Aston-on -Trent local history group. The three mile walk took us to Aston Hall, now apartments. The very interesting Saxon church with a stone set into the wall which has a carved design resembling early Christian crosses. We found a fire-mark plate on the side of a cottage, then on to the octagonal shelter, built to house the village pump.
After walking across several ploughed fields we joined the path back to the Malt public house for lunch. A very interesting walk and a lovely day, there are several information boards located in the village which were very useful and the display of old photographs in the pump shelter where very interesting.
Our next walk in October will be to the Arboretum at Smisby to see the Autumn colours.
May 2018 walk and 90th birthday lunch
The open bluebell walk in May 2018 was from Smisby to Hartshorne via Sharp’s Bottom. It finished with a meal at the village hall, which was planned as a 90th birthday lunch for Jean Statt. As well as the walkers and some of their partners, other WI members came to this special lunch, which was prepared by Suzanne and Pat.
Jean has been a member of Smisby WI for 30 years. She has photographed many WI functions, e.g. parties and craft mornings. She has also photographed most of the changes in the village too and produced albums showing the village history. The guests were able to browse these wonderful albums to remind us of these events.
Thirty three people welcomed Jean to the party. Barbara Ball gave the congratulations speech. Sheila Heap had made a birthday cake, decorated with a camera and calendar on to celebrate Jean’s photography and aa a reminder of her many photographs published in the DFWI calendars over the years. Jean took home with her many birthday cards, a planter full of plants that will last all summer and the cake to share with her family.
Chris led the 4.7 mile walk from Conkers car park, taking fourteen members along easy tracks with no stiles. We walked round the Mushroom Lane pond and through Gresley and Tunnel woods, following Sustrans route 63 for some of the way. We returned beside the railway line to Spring Coaatge and back into Conkers. We. then drove the short distance to Lakeside tes Rooms at Short Heath water for lunch. As usual the hospitality and food was excellent.
13 July 2017 Dovedale circuit
Overseal Health Walking group.
Some WI walks have been jointly organised with Dot Morson. She leads regular walks on a Tuesday for the Overseal Health Walking group. To see their schedule of Tuesday walks, select from left hand menu