Tom's Golden Mile Walk 2017
Well, what a day it was! As everyone gathered together in Baslow we knew we were in for a great day - and we weren't disappointed!
The atmosphere was tremendous as we walked through Chatsworth, onto Edensor and then up over the hills into Bakewell for a picnic lunch by the river in Scot's Garden. Our afternoon walk took us on to Ashford for a drink stop at the Bull's Head before heading over to Thornbridge Hall where we met the fabulous cyclists who had ridden the Golden Miles route.
Together we walked up the drive to the strains of 'Ain't no Mountain High Enough' before meeting Alex the Bagpiper who piped us over the finish line where we were greeted by cheerful well-wishers and the moving sight of Tom's face smiling at us from the Golden Miles banner.
The 'after' party was a real occasion to remember in the beautiful setting of the hall where we ate and drank and danced the evening away!
Our thanks go to everyone who took part in the event: the walkers, the cyclists and those who came to help us celebrate, to all those who kindly sponsored people to take part, to the many helpers who put such a lot of effort in to making it such a special day and to Thornbridge Ales, Moss Valley Fine Meats, Bradwell's Ice Cream and Bullion Craft Chocolate for their support. We'd also like to thank Vicarage Farm for the loan of their mobile hoist which helped us to create a 'pop-up' Changing Space for the event, Brian Westlake for his fabulous DJ sets, and Philippa Hanna and her band for giving us such a stunning performance.
The auction on the night raised an astonishing £2180 so a massive 'THANK YOU' to all the companies who donated auction items and the many generous bidders who bought them!
The raffle raised £250 so again a huge 'THANK YOU' to all those who donated prizes, particularly Calver Garden Centre who were extremely generous, as well as all those who purchased raffle tickets on the night.
We particularly want to thank Emma and Jim Harrison for opening up their stunning home for the event as well as Stoneface Creative who crafted and donated a beautiful, tactile sculpture depicting rainbows and bluebells.
This very special piece of art will be found a very special home in memory of a very special young man: Thomas Scotford, without whose inspiration none of this would have happened.
Thank you Tom
Tom's cousins Alex and Olivia Westlake have produced a video of this year's walk. Take a look below at some of the fantastic highlights!
June 25th, 2015
ESTIMATED TIMINGS OF THE DAY
Leave Baslow NCP car park at 10.30am (Bring water, picnic, suncream and a bright, colourful hat if you have one!)
arrive at Chatsworth House approx 11.20am (Toilets available).
We will walk towards the Bridge and have a special photo with everyone throwing their hat in the air on the steps of Queen Mary's Bower.
- 11.35am walk from Chatsworth to Edensor (Toilets available)
- 11.50 leave Edensor Village and climb up and take the footpath with stunning views over the Chatsworth Estate.
- 1.15pm we meet the lane at Ballcross Farm that descends towards Bakewell.
- 1:45pm we will eat our picnic at Scots Garden next to the famous bridge in Bakewell.
At approximately 2:30pm we will all head towards Ashford-in-the-Water and make our way through the village and across the fields to arrive on the drive leading up to Thornbridge Hall at approximately 3.30pm.
At this point the walkers will be met by a group of people who are cycling the Golden Miles route, led by Charlie Last. The walkers and cyclists will head up the drive to the sound of bagpipes from our very own bagpiper, Alex Ritchie, to meet with the party-goers up at the Hall.
This year marks the 10th anniverary of Tom's Golden Miles walk and to mark the occasion we are holding a celebratory event at Thornbridge Hall in memory of Tom.
If you would like to join us at the BBQ, Beer and Boogie party please click here for event details and to purchase your party tickets. Everyone attending the event will need to purchase a ticket as numbers are limited at this very special private event. The ticket price of £10 for adults and £5 for children includes a burger, a drink and entertainment from the incredible Philippa Hanna who has supported Lionel Ritchie, Little Mix and many, many more!
If you are able to promote the walk and the finale party please save and print the poster below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email a poster to you.
All monies raised will be shared equally between Bluebell Wood hospice and Accessible Derbyshire.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE A SPONSORSHIP FORM TO HELP RAISE FUNDS PLEASE EMAIL email@example.com AND WE WILL EMAIL ONE OUT TO YOU.
A huge 'THANK YOU' to Emma and Jim Harrison for their continued support and kindness in allowing us to use the grounds of their beautiful home.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ALL ARRANGE YOUR OWN TRANSPORT BACK TO BASLOW/HOME WHENEVER YOU WISH TO LEAVE. The party finishes at 7.30pm.