The long path to recovery – Ashbourne to Edlaston

Ashbourne to Edlaston

6 miles at not very fast moving

Petes view -

The long path to recovery had already ended for me before todays walk had begun. My recovery form the knee replacement has been fine for the operated knee, apart from some nerve damage that takes quite a while to repair itself. But the other knee is a different story and my surgeon had already warned me I’d need that replacing. I tried to see how I managed over the year, which was the original purpose of this walk, but it became apparent to me that it wasn’t getting any easier and after the last couple of walks I made the decision to get my other knee done later this year in October. But it’s become increasingly painful of late so I decided that I was just putting off the inevitable and brought the operation forward to August. I can’t praise the NHS highly enough and they have been fantastic right the way through this process – I couldn’t have had better treatment if I’d gone privately.

Todays walk took us across country through the village of Mayfield, passing some fine old buildings along the way. The focus across all the pasture and lanes changed from landscape to smaller features of architecture, field patterns, spring flowers and flowing water once more. It also involved a little walking along quiet country lanes. Todays lunch spot was a delightful church bench near the village of Snelston, sat in the sunshine knowing that the end of the flasks of soup was coming, as was spring. Thoughts now were of finishing the long path back at the start point, now not many miles away. We passed through Snelston Park with some fine Monkey Puzzle trees planted in a copse. The remainder of the walk into Edlaston was along lanes, and to be honest the end couldn’t come quick enough now as we’d left the landscapes that are such a joy to travel across.

Kerrys view -

We could’ve done the Ashbourne to Derby stretch in two walks but decided to add one by twisting the route over to Mayfield. I have a tendency to gravitate towards hills, so does Pete and Upper Mayfield sat sprawling on one. But his knees were suffering so rather than go higher onto the Limestone Way we directed the route back down over the River Dove to Snelston. The charming church resting in an abundance of daffodils and sunshine was the perfect lunch stop. From there it was short distance through the parklands of Snelston Hall and along a good route with delicious views looking over to the bigger hills. Sigh! Pete was in considerable discomfort on this walk. I was slowing my pace down but looking round to realise there was a gap between us. The car was parked at Edlaston and the relief on Pete’s face was telling of a man needing a new knee
Walk Nineteen

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