Intrepid members of St Marie’s Walking Group braved the elements to complete a five mile hike from Whirlow to Norton.  They climbed 500ft through Ladies Spring Wood, a piece of Ancient Woodland, before visiting the remains of the medieval monastic Beauchief Abbey, founded around 1175 by Robert FitzRanulph, Lord of the Manors of Alfreton and Norton, and now an Anglican Church.

  The Group also visited Graves Park Animal Farm, seeing the farm’s most recent addition, a baby llama barely three days old.  The walk was concluded by visiting St James the Great Church in Norton, believed once to have been the site of a Saxon church and with evidence of parts of the current church dating back to 1180.