Five walkers set off from the Gate on a grey misty morning. We walked via Owler Carr Wood to Coal Aston and then headed over to Bowshaw and up to the edge of Dore & Totley Golf Course.

The aurumn colours were outstanding with many leaves still on the trees even now towards the end of November.

On leaving the golf course at Bradway we took the public footpath through the car park of the now boarded up Bradway Pub (very sad), crossed the recreation ground, through the woods to the edge of Abbeydale Golf Course.

A couple of hundred yards down the lane we rejoined the golf course via the main enterance and followed the public footpath through Ladies’ Spring Wood to Beauchief Golf Course.

The sky was blue with a bright sun and great views over to Millhouses and beyond.

Crossing Bocking Lane into the woods at Bole Hill we were soon at Meadowhead where we crossed into Greaves Park and made our way the cafe` – sandwich and drinks time!

What a change back to mist and no sun; time of zip up coats for the walk back down the Moss Valley via Hazelbarrow Farm and Long Wood to Troway.

No sun but back to the wonderful colours of the mild 2011 very late autumn.

Back at the Gate boots off and time for a pint.

We are looking at having a shorter Festive Walk of about 5/6 miles starting at the Gate Inn at 10.00 am Tuesday 27th December 2011. All welcome – look out for more information.

Cheers – Bob.