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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.


The Ramblers
Friday 30 June


Another short morning walk of 3.5 miles today for the regular followers –
a circular from Eckington bus station via Bramley.
Michael the leader.


The Ramblers
Sunday 25 June




A Buxton circuit, led by Robert.
Photos by John.






The Ramblers
Saturday 24 June


Mel writes ;

Starting from Hope School, our group of nine meandered along the riverside to pause briefly in Castleton before commencing the gentle climb through the visually stunning Cave Dale.
From here we followed gently undulating paths to Mam Nick before the short steep climb to Mam Tor for lunch, in brilliant sunshine.
After following the ridge to the base of Back Tor the group split for a short time with five members making the climb to visit the GHB Ward memorial plaque at the summit of Lose Hill.
Regrouping at the base of Lose Hill the route was completed via the traditional path back to Hope.
Four of the group took the opportunity to enjoy tea cakes and ice cream in the Grasshopper Café.


The Ramblers
Saturday 17 June


Foolow Cross


The beginning of a hot week for walking as Barbara reports ;

Ken and I led today’s walk on a very warm day
– with 3 visually impaired, 4 dogs, and 7 sighted guides.
An easy walk from Foolow down to Eyam.
We stopped for lunch under shade on seats opposite Eyam Hall. As the day got hotter, and to prevent the dogs getting distressed, the group decided not to venture further into Eyam centre and the Plague Cottages, but to return via fields and open ground back to Foolow.



The Ramblers
Thursday 15 June



Hardwick Row Ponds


A group of five and a dog named Flynn for the latest short morning walk, led by David.
Meeting at Stainsby Mill the walk of just over two hours took in the village of Astwith, with its fine views of the two Hardwick Halls across the motorway, before returning via the Row Ponds on the Hardwick Estate.
Another warm and sunny June morning.


The Ramblers
Wednesday 14 June






A 13 mile circuit of the Holymoorside Parish Boundary Stones was Basil’s themed walk.
A lovely warm June day for the group of ten, excellent views, and a code to unravel on the Millennium Stones along the way.


Into the Wigtwizzle Woods


High Bradfield is noted in ‘Look North’ @Hudsonweather circles for its windy weather – and we had a taste of it on our last walk there in November 2016.
Today’s June weather could not have been better, with just a warm breeze.


Isobel led ten on an 11 mile circular intriguingly entitled ‘to Wigtwizzle and beyond’ which began in Low Bradfield and went in a clockwise direction via the Agden Reservoir, the Wigtwizzle woods, Broomhead Reservoir, Onesacre, and High Bradfield.
Quite a few ups and downs, but a good walk with very attractive views.



The Ramblers
Saturday 10 June

John describes today’s long walk ;

We began at Chelmorton in wet conditions, but fortunately the weather forecast was right on the money and the rain stopped just as the walk began – and stayed away.
The route covered 18 miles of stunning countryside, lots of spring flowers, and young animals and birds.
We had seven attendees, with Andrea as leader and the walk was completed in 6.5 hours with a pace of just under 3 mph.
All were happy and finished in good spirits !

The next long Walk is scheduled for the 1st of July from Gradbach, starting at 9:30.

David writes ;

Today’s walk was billed as ‘Surprising South Yorkshire’, which turned out to be true in unexpected ways.
The start, from Elsecar Heritage Centre, was delayed as all nine participants managed to get more or less lost thanks to unexpected major roadworks and a lack of road signs.
An alternative return route I recommended then proved to have a road closure and diversions in place, but fortunately not too difficulty to negotiate.
Despite the problems in reaching the meeting point, we were all in good spirits and determined to enjoy ourselves despite the heavy rain.
Fortunately that eased by coffee time and we then were able to gradually shed cagoules and over-trousers.
Our route took us past several of the Wentworth estate follies, with coffee at the ‘Eye of a Needle’ – and then a walk down through the park and past magnificent Wentworth Woodhouse, the stately home with 365 rooms and the longest frontage of any house in the country.
Thanks to a recent Government grant of £7.5 million this stunning building now looks to have a more secure future.
We continued through the parkland, past the Doric Temple, over a bridge between two of the large lakes – and then over the fields to our final folly, the 115 feet high Keppels Column.
Our return to Elsecar was via field and woodland paths through the villages of Scholes and Wentworth.


The Ramblers
Thursday 8 June

The latest in the short walks programme was a circuit to the north of Barlborough today – with attractive dams, woodlands, and meadows.
Good weather, but five rights of way problems reported by Basil en route.







The Ramblers
Wednesday 7 June



A tougher than average trip for a group of twelve, led by David.
Starting from Edale Station the climb on to Kinder was via the Crowden Brook,
which is not the easiest access.
Following lunch the route crossed the plateau to Kinder Downfall, which on a breezy day such as this, fails to live up to its name and provides a shower to everyone in the area.
The return to Edale Railway Station was via Kinder Low and Jacob’s Ladder.


A tree grows on Kinder


Kinder Downfall


The Ramblers
Sunday 4 June


Monyash circular

Photos: John

We’re never far from a well dressing in the summer months.
Well Dressing list for 2017
















































The Ramblers
Thursday 1 June


A great opening to June with a short morning stroll on a beautiful day from Holme Hall to the Bulls Head at Holymoorside, via Old Brampton



























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