Last August I was privileged, in my capacity as Ramblers’ president, to join the Derbyshire Ramblers on a walk to celebrate the lives of two Ramblers’ stalwarts who died in 2011, Arthur Osborne and Keith Walkerdine.
The walk has been created in their memory, using paths local to their homes in the Derby-Allestree Area. Arthur was Derbyshire Area chairman and Keith was acting chairman.
To commemorate these two activists, we met at the southern end of the walk, outside Derby cathedral, on the morning of Sunday 5 August. I was delighted to see the peregrine, which had nested on the side of the cathedral, was still about.
Arthur’s widow Joy and her family were there, as well as Keith’s niece and nephew, Suzanne Stubbs and Martin Walkerdine. The Area president, John Beadle, also joined us.
Before we set off I told the gathering how Arthur and Keith had worked tirelessly for our cause, campaigning for better paths and public access, and helping to secure the exellent walking opportunities in the fine landscapes around Derby. It was fitting that this memorial walk, from Derby to Duffield, is accessible to so many people and will open their eyes to the delights of walking from your doorstep.
The walk is six miles and can be divided into two sections, Derby to Allestree 3.4 miles, and Allestree to Duffield 2.5 miles. Allestree is well served by public transport. There is an attractive leaflet produced by the Ramblers and Derby CHA & HF Rambling Club.
At first the walk is through the town, but once you have crossed the A38 (on a rather circuitous route over a bridge) you are in the attractive Markeaton Park.
The midpoint of the walk is Allestree Park, which provided an excellent lunch stop for our group.
For me the highlight was towards the end when, unexpectedly we came out of suburbia onto Bunker’s Hill with a magnificent view over the Derwent valley.
From here it is an easy downhill walk to Duffield.
This is a splendid memorial to two splendid gentlemen.