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The Ramblers
Saturday 19 August

Kath reports ;

Fifteen of us, which included six visually impaired, braved the wind and the squally showers on a lovely scenic 5.5 mile walk around Fox House.
From the car park we headed along Houndkirk Road towards Lady Canning’s Plantation, and then cut across Burbage Moor to Upper Burbage Bridge, returning to Longshaw on the Sheffield Country Walk.
The moors were just one mass of purple heather – it was so dense in places you could even smell it was a little bit like honey.
Everyone was able to appreciate the atmosphere, sighted or not.
The Walk Leader was Kay.

Lorraine led the Saturday strenuous walk of 18 miles ;

Two records were set on the long Saturday walk this week.
The first award came for a turnout of 18 hardy walkers. These included visiting members from Nottingham, Derby, Alfreton & Derbyshire Dales.
The second award was given to the number of times we switched from short sleeves to rain jackets.
We set off from Birchover with a day of showers but mostly sunshine ahead.
A visit to Robin Hood’s Stride before continuing along the Limestone Way to the River Bradford and on to Over Haddon – for a wet coffee break.
Leaving the shelter of the trees, the sun duly returned for our traverse across Haddon Fields, offering splendid views of Haddon Hall and Bakewell.
We climbed our way behind the Hall towards Rowsley, leaving the rain down on the A6.
Following lunch, we picked up the Derwent Valley Heritage Way towards Darley Bridge before hitting Wensley Dale, Cambridge Wood & Clough Wood on our return to base.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 16 August

Michael writes ;

There were 13 of us on my circular walk from Fox House ; 7 travelled by bus, 6 came by car.
We took the path of the Sheffield Country Walk almost to Totley, returning via Lenny Hill and Blacka Moor.
Fine weather on the day as well as dry weather on previous days ensured that there were hardly any wet, boggy patches to negotiate.
Arriving back at Fox House there was ample time for most of us to sample welcome refreshments before returning home.

For the second week running, the ladies outnumbered the men 2 to 1 on the Wednesday Long Car Walks.

Lorraine had led one walk, her first as leader, on 9 Aug when 9 members walked from Elton to Clough Wood, Wensleydale, Darley Bridge, the Heritage Way to Matlock, climbing to the Heights of Abraham and then onto Jughole Wood – returning to Elton via the Limestone Way. A good 12.5 mile walk.

The walk today was led by Liz, an 11.5 mile walk with 10 members taking in the delights of the Goyt Valley.
The route to Windgather Rocks, Pym Chair, Errwood Hall and the dismantled Cromford High Peak Railway was a true highlight.
Another excellent walk.

The Ramblers
Saturday 5 August

We try to cater for all tastes, and today’s two walks were completely different.

The choice of a strenuous 18 mile route in the Peak or a leisurely four mile stroll from the Chesterfield Visitor Centre along the Chesterfield Canal to the Hollingwood Hub.

Five plus a dog favoured the Canal route.
We would have gone on to the Barrow Hill Roundhouse close by, but unfortunately it’s not due to re-open until September.
So it was a repeat of last November’s route but at a slower pace of 2 hours 20 minutes on a warm sunny morning.
The Canal is increasingly popular with walkers and cyclists and we encountered old friends from the group en route.

Another strenuous Saturday, described by John ;

Eight of us started this 18 mile walk in fair weather (no mud,no rain).
We progressed along the River Derwent to Curbar and climbed out of the valley and along to Baslow – then it was on to Chatsworth Park and the Hunting Tower, the Emperor Lake, the Warren, Hell Bank Plantation and Beeley.
Lunch was at Calton Houses.
An afternoon route on to Manners Wood and Bakewell, where unfortunately the new member of our group had a problem with his knee and decided he could not continue.
He took a bus/taxi back to Calver and his transport.

From Bakewell we continued on to Rowland and climbed toward Longstone Edge, Hassop Common, Back Dale Wood, Peak Pasture and a return to Calver and the Derwentwater Arms.
All happy as usual – an excellent walk in good, mostly clear weather.

So, now on to the next one on the 19th August to be led from Birchover by Lorraine. Another 18 miles.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 2 August

A bit of a damp day for Val’s Hope Valley train walk ;

Despite the threatening weather forecast, 11 members arrived at Sheffield station in dry conditions to take the train to Bamford.
Alas on reaching there the weather had deteriorated and it was time to don our waterproofs.
Light rain lasted until the end of the walk.
Our route took us north-east to reach Stanage Edge, then along to Upper Burbage Bridge and, crossing the bridge, pursuing the well surfaced path below Burbage Edge to Lower Burbage.
We then followed Burbage Brook south through #PadleyGorge to Grindleford Station.
A total distance of about 9 miles.
Not being a day to linger on the edges, we had time for a welcome mug of tea in the always welcoming station café before catching our train.

The Ramblers
Saturday 29 July

A circular from Rushup Edge, via Hayfield, Mount Famine, and South Head with guests from other groups         Photos: John

Cathy, Pat, and Hilary on a Jacob’s Ladder and Grindsbrook circular

The Ramblers

Saturday 22 July    

Foolow, Great Hucklow, Abney & Offerton Moors         Leader: Mike    Photos: Mel

The Ramblers
Wednesday 19 July

Bamford Edge

Walking the Edges        Leaders: Hilary & Tony    Photo: Mel

The Ramblers
Saturday 15 July

The Wellington Monument, Baslow Edge

Kath reports on the walk with the visually impaired ;

We did about a 4.5 mile circular from the Curbar Gap car park.
Over towards White Edge and then on to the Wellington Monument ; down the track towards Baslow and then we turned off to return under Baslow Edge.
15 in total, which included three visually impaired walkers and one guide dog.
Leaders were myself and John.

The next visually impaired walk is with Kay
on 19 August from Fox House.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 12 July

Wensley Dale

12 ‘long bus’ walkers, led by David took a linear route from Matlock to Birchover, via Wensley and Winster.
For the second consecutive week we encountered a group from Derbyshire Dales Ramblers on our travels.
A beautiful walking day and a good drink outside Bakewell’s Red Lion whilst waiting for a bus back to Chesterfield.

Severe path blockage near Wensley
(already reported to the County Council ; an update to FixMyStreet posted)

Lunch by a Winster ‘story chair’

A perfect summer’s day for the ‘long car’ group ; warm and sunny after a chilly start.
24 ramblers, led by Sue, tackled the 11.5 mile round walk from Upper Burbage Bridge.

Our route took us along Burbage Edge, through Longshaw and Hay Wood to Grindleford.
From there we walked along the river to Leadmill Bridge looking out for dippers; one was seen.
After Hathersage we returned through fields and woods and over moorland via Over Owler Tor and Higger Tor, where a coach-load of orange helmeted children had spent the day rock climbing, supported by rangers and instructors.
Our total ascent was 1837 ft.

The Ramblers
Sunday 9 July

Derwent Edge walk  

Leaders: Eileen & Terry    Photos: John

The Ramblers
Wednesday 5 July

Bamford Station

Another trip up the Hope Valley for a group of 16, led by David.
An anti-clockwise circular route from Bamford Station via Bamford Moor and Ladybower.
We had a chance meeting on the Thornhill Trail with a group from Derbyshire Dales Ramblers on their Win Hill circular.

Our route was billed as a megalith walk, but since a prior reconnoitre had failed to find the
Bamford Moor Stone Circle, perhaps hidden by heather and bracken, we simply enjoyed the views from Bamford Edge instead.

Ladybower from Bamford Edge

The Ramblers
Monday 3 July

A walk in the afternoon from Dronfield for a change.
A route of 4.5 miles around the Frith and Metapic Woods, led by David.
One of the walkers was Sue, who has recently completed 100 miles in 48 hours as part of a
LDWA challenge.
She came for David’s guide to the industrial history of the area rather than the length of the walk.

The Ramblers
Sunday 2 July

A Monyash based walk, down Lathkill Dale – back by Bradford Dale and the Limestone Way.
Leaders: Jackie & Alan    Photos: John

The Ramblers
Saturday 1 July

Into July, after a topsy-turvy month of June weather.

A report on the first strenuous walk of the month by John ;

The decision to walk looked dubious, as the weather was awful at the start, foggy and wet.
I nearly missed the turn off at Flask – it was that bad.
Five starters, two from Chesterfield Ramblers and three from Derbyshire Dales group.
We began in misty conditions, but the weather was improving all the time as we approached Lud’s Church – and when arriving at the Hanging Stone Rock, things were much better.
Arriving at Swythamley Hall we were greeted by intermittent sunshine and on towards The Gun and Gun End it was superb with views towards the Roaches, Hen Cloud, and Five Clouds. Brilliant sun and extensive views.
Walking back towards Gradbach Mill it was pleasantly warm and we all completed the walk in good spirits, having walked 17 miles and covered about 800 metres of ascent.

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