Words by Gary Carter
HARDY Carrbrook folk braved snow and ice to take part in the first of the community hikes organised by local resident Danny Maley.
Danny dreamed up the idea after spending years exploring the local area since moving there three years ago, and he decided he would like others to share it with him.
After floating the idea of a social walk, the first was organised by Danny, a 29-year-old service manager in the welfare industry.
But with the weather far from ideal, he opted not to cross the moors and had devised a back-up route for the inaugural walk on Sunday, January 21.
He said: “The community walk was a great success and more than 20 people turned up, despite the arctic conditions.
“It started snowing heavily around 30 minutes before the walk and did not ease up the whole way round.
“However, we had a fantastic time and met people we had never spoken to before which was lovely.
“We ended up walking a six-kilometre circuit and made it back to Buckton Vale Institute for mulled wine, warm Ribena and a couple of pints. It really was a great day.”
The route took walkers from Carrbrook village over the Roman road towards Greenfield. They then dropped down opposite Hey Farm and worked their way back to Carrbrook past Micklehurst Cricket Club.
Danny explained how he came to set up the community hike that he hopes will take place regularly.
He said: “The initial idea came from a Facebook post on The Carrbrook Community Village page where a member stated they would love to do some walking up over the moors but did not feel confident going alone.
“Both Myself and Matthew Garlick, who also lives in the village, have done lots of walking and felt confident to lead a walk over the moors and around the quarry for anybody who wished to join and we have since decided to make this a regular event.
“The initial response was
really positive to a community walk and a good few people registered interest.
“Unfortunately on the day the weather turned and it was icy cold with driving rain and I think this put a number of people off.
“However there were still a few that turned up which was nice, and we ended with a drink in the Buckton Vale Institute, a hot mulled wine to warm the cockles.
“We will look at varying routes each time,” Danny added.
“The routes can depend on what people would like to do, so we can vary the length, difficulty etc to suit the people doing the walk.
“And I really have no expectations on the amount of people who will attend.
“I really enjoy the wonderful walks we have available to us here and also love meeting new people so of course the more people who attend the merrier but if it just ends up being myself and Matthew it won’t stop me enjoying the walk!”
Danny is one of the driving forces behind the Carrbrook Village Community page on Facebook, where people in the area can either alert others of things going on in the area or organise events.
And he feels the spirit that exists in the area is rare and needs nurturing, with other ideas in the pipeline.
He added: “In the three years I have been in the village I have seen more community spirit than anywhere I have previously lived and really think this needs to be embraced as it seems to be getting rarer and rarer.
“I try to be as involved in the local community as much as possible and to encourage this I have set up the Carrbrook Village Community Facebook page to try and bring people together.
“I am also now on the committee for the Buckton Vale Institute and actively try to meet as many neighbours as possible and also support as many local businesses as possible.”
uu The next community walk will be on Sunday, February 25, 11am start from the car park opposite Buckton Vale Institute.
For more details see the Facebook group for ‘Carrbrook Village Community’ or email Danny: email@example.com