Dale Abbey - Hagg Lane
w/e 12 February 2006
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
In the coming weeks you don't
have to be a fortune teller to anticipate that much traffic will
pass through the gate in this picture for it marks the entrance
to Dale Abbey Plants and many keen gardeners will be visiting
the nursery to restock their gardens.
Far fewer vehicles however will pass down the adjacent Hagg Lane
on the right of the picture.
But it is from down Hagg Lane that the remainder of the pictures
on this page were taken. Parking in a lay-by on the main road
near the nursery, we carefully negotiated the grass verge keeping
a wary eye on the traffic that passed by at high speed and within
just a few steps into Hagg Lane we seemed to be in a much quieter
world. We passed this signpost pointing across the fields under
the power lines. It was to be by this path that we returned to
The lane provides access to, and leads only to a couple of farms,
the first one being Upper Hagg Farm.
Turning to the left
at Upper Hagg Farm, the lane continues down a slight incline
(inset) and soon reaches the second farm that is unsurprisingly
called Lower Hagg Farm. At the end of the lane we were faced
with a choice of three footpaths. One continues in the same northwesterly
direction to Stanley Village; another leads to the west and to
a network of paths that will eventually take you to the long
distance Midshires Way, Locko Park or Dunnshill and the third, which was the way
we chose, leads via a number of stiles back to Hagg Lane. The
whole area is crossed by a network of paths but despite the sunny
conditions we caught sight of no other human beings throughout
the duration of our walk.
We did however see plenty of livestock comprising mainly horses,
most of them wearing coats as protection against the chilly wind
but also a number of hardier cattle.
About half way back to Hagg Lane, five of the aforementioned
footpaths meet under the power lines where the towers appear
to be taking giant steps across the landscape. We followed the
line of the transmission line to regain Hagg Lane at the signpost
we had passed earlier from where we returned to the main road.
On the way we were afforded some more views across the field
of the horses at Upper Hagg Farm (below).