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Wednesday 18 July

A still warm, if more cloudy day of late, saw Kay lead nine on a linear route between two of the Hope Valley Line Stations.
Leaving Grindleford the walk went via Padley Gorge, Burbage Moor, the Limb Brook, and Ecclesall Woods to Dore and Totley – a nine mile trip.

Lunch at the Ox Stones on Burbage Moor

In the Limb Valley

The Ramblers
Saturday 14 July

John comments on the ‘strenuous’ Saturday walk ;

A 16.5 mile circuit from Gradbach, taking in the Roaches, Hen Cloud, Meerbrook, The Foulds, the Gun, Turner’s Pool, Dane Bridge, Hanging Stone, and Lud’s Church.
It was fine warm weather all day – a welcome change in this area.
We had five takers – and collected two more at Dane Bridge with two young ladies trying to navigate from Dane Bridge to Lud’s Church using Google Maps on an iPhone – a forlorn hope as they only show roads and not paths. They joined our group and returned safely to their car park at Gradbach Mill, thanking us for our help.
The walk was completed in six hours with all happy and thirsty, leading to a stop at the Red Lion at Litton.

Leader: John      Photos: Simon

Mam Nick circular

Leaders: Maureen & Dorothy     Photos: Mel

Edale Valley from Rushup Edge

The Ramblers
Wednesday 11 July

The Hardwick Story

Leader: Collin   Photos: Mel

Apparently 26 million watched England’s World Cup semi-final with Croatia in the evening.
Alternative activities were available.

A parched Deep Dale

Another hot day for a group of 22, led by Liz, on a Monsal Head circular.
A dry Deep Dale was unfortunately rather short on its plant life, but the River Wye at Ashford in the Water provided a cool, green spot for lunch. The afternoon return was via the edge of Bakewell and Great Longstone.

The descent from Sheldon into Ashford

Ashford’s Sheepwash Bridge

Ashford in the Water

The Ramblers
Sunday 8 July

A 12 mile circular from Fox House, led by John, followed some traditional landmarks well known to the group.
Padley Gorge, on to Hathersage along the River Derwent, Stanage Edge with a lunch at Burbage Bridge ; then on to Burbage Rocks before a return to Fox House.
Hot weather and clear skies made for memorable views as the dry spell continues with no end in sight.

The Ramblers
Friday 6 July

You perhaps don’t appreciate the significant growth of trees and hedges on the
Five Pits Trail until a hot day gives walkers regular shade from the heat.
David led the latest short leisurely ‘step’ walk on a beautiful morning which set off from
Grassmoor Country Park and covered a northern circuit that took in part of the Trail as well as Williamthorpe Ponds and Holmewood Woodlands.

The Wolfie Pond on the Five Pits Trail

The Ramblers
Wednesday 4 July

David led the Wednesday evening walk ;

Nine of us set off from Hundall on a perfect summer evening, with our four mile walk taking us to Middle, and then then West, Handley.
It could be called the oilseed rape walk, as we went through or alongside no fewer than nine fields of this crop…. but very pleasing to report that there were wide clear paths through – and also through the several cornfields too.
Not all field paths though – we did also visit a couple of woods.
At West Handley, I took the group to see a (very!) old friend – though he (or is it a she) did not have much to say (see below).
Towards the end of the walk there were splendid views over Dronfield and across to the Eastern Moors.
Earlier paths gave good views across to Bolsover Castle and Hardwick Hall.

Val reports;

Another hot sunny day and the ‘long bus’ walk was shortened a little to find more shade and cope with the heat.
From the Matlock park we went to Lumsdale and climbed through the old mill ruins past waterfalls to reach the first reservoir for a welcome break.
We then took lanes and field paths to Tansley and Dethick – and on to Lea.
The lunch stop was beside the playground with a choice of either picnic table or shade. The lure of swings and see-saw proved irresistible to two (nameless) members of the group, before we went on to pass Lea Gardens and then through Coombs Wood and a long ascent to Hearthstone Lane.
A return to Matlock via Starkholmes, High Tor, and the riverside path into Hall Leys Park.
A walk of generally quiet paths until finding a large school party on High Tor, apparently just looking at the view of Matlock.

Photos by Mel

A double lunch for the ‘long car’ walkers.
Lorraine writes ;

It was over the border to Cheshire today for 13 long car walkers on this glorious sunny day.
Setting off from the Standing Stone car park in the Macclesfield Forest we headed to
Lamaload Reservoir via Forest Chapel and Higher Ballgreave Farm.
After topping up our fluids, we soaked up the splendid scenery across to Vale Royal before picking up a concessionary path to Ash Tree Top, offering views of Tegg’s Nose to our right & Croker Hill ahead.
Heading back into the Forest, the original route should have taken us to Higher Ridgegate. However, due to storm damage in March several footpaths are still closed. A pre-planned diversion took us back to Forest Chapel before following a path through Bollin Brook to Trentabank Visitor Centre. Here we were treated to a superb picnic area & facilities for
lunch (part 1).
Fuelled & in good spirits, we made a steady ascent to the summit of Shutlingsloe where a gentle breeze and a rest for lunch (part 2) awaited us. A fantastic clear day to take in the extensive views across three Shires (and the Welsh Hills).
From Clough House, an option to take a shorter route back to the start was dismissed by all, so it was onwards and upwards along Cumberland Brook towards the Cat & Fiddle.
Dropping back down the valley to Chest Hollow, we followed Clough Brook towards base.
Altogether, with a total of 14 miles due to the path closures, we all finished happy.

We’re beginning to get used to hot weather walks.
On another glorious day in the current protracted heatwave, Judith led 26 on a 9 mile circular from Calver Sough.

Coombs Dale

Beginning with a steady climb through
Coombs Dale the route then swung north towards Middleton Moor and the Glebe Mine before crossing the busy A623 for a lunch by the Foolow Duck Pond – where we met a couple from Queensland similarly surprised by the UK weather.
The afternoon return was across the fields via Eyam (boosting ice cream sales) and Stoney Middleton.

An idyllic Foolow lunch stop

Dropping down to Stoney Middleton

The Ramblers
Saturday 30 June

The bridge at the foot of Jacob’s Ladder

Photos by Mel on the Chinley to Edale train walk

Cotton grass approaching the Jacob’s Ladder end of Brown Knoll

The Ramblers
Wednesday 27 June

Heage Windmill
No sign of Don Quixote in this Spanish weather


Ripley AV 23 / 9 – heading towards Heage Windmill on the horizon

Crich – the end in sight on a hot day

A rare gorgeous week for weather saw 17 set off from Crich market place on a 10 mile circular, via the Heage Windmill, Cromford Canal, and Whatstandwell.
The final path between Whatstandwell and Crich is stunning, but the steps are fairly demanding at the end of a hot day.
Bob was in charge.

A Windmill pose

The Cromford Canal in green

Press Fisheries on the evening walk from Wingerworth

The Ramblers
Sunday 24 June

A Beeley circular, led by Terry and Eileen.
Originally planned for March, it hit on much warmer weather today.

Photos: John

The Ramblers
Saturday 23 June

John led the latest stretching Saturday walk ;

A mixed band of seven walkers arrived at 9:30 at Baslow’s Robin Hood to start this very strenuous walk.
A beautiful summer’s morning and off we went through deep bracken, shoulder high in places (well over five feet), up to Baslow Edge and on to Bee Wood and Froggatt.
A steep climb then to Froggatt Edge and on to Tumbling Hill for a quick drink.
Continuing to Millstone Edge via Bolehill Quarries, we circumnavigated Higger Tor and reached the Burbage Rocks for lunch.
Passing speedily through Longshaw, it was on to White Edge and the Hurkling Stone – and then Gardom’s Edge and the Three Men before a return to the Robin Hood.
19.5 miles completed in seven and a half hours.
A fair old pace, excellent company, and great views.

The Ramblers
Thursday 14 June

Michael led the latest in the programme of short, leisurely ‘step’ walks ;

There were five of us who arrived in Eckington (three by bus, two by car) for a four mile walk which took us over a golf course, the river Rother, a railway line and across the Trans Pennine Trail – from where we walked the overgrown towpath – the Cuckoo Way – of the now disused section of the Chesterfield canal.
This took us in a wide loop to the outskirts of Renishaw and on to a car park on the
Trans Pennine Trail.
Continuing on the Trail we made our way back to Eckington, turning off onto a footpath skirting Boiley Farm.
Storm Hector had chosen to operate in Scotland rather than the environs of Eckington – so our walk took place in warm sunshine and a mild breeze.

An Eckington Heritage walk

Our next ‘step’ walk starts at 10:00 from Birkin Lane, Grassmoor on Friday 6 July.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 13 June

On the evening walk from the Robin Hood Inn            Leader: Sara   Photo: Mel

A trip to Ashford in the Water by 15 walkers (including a guest from New Mills) for a 12.5 mile circular led by Lorraine.
The clockwise journey went via Monsal Head, Great Longstone (for coffee), a busy Bakewell (for lunch), Over Haddon above Lathkill Dale, and Sheldon.
Some tough stiles over the many stone walls en route, but three public conveniences still open to greet the walking tourist.
A fine and completely mud-free day for such a good walk.

Monsal Head

Magpie Mine, near Sheldon from footpath Ashford in the Water WD 5 / 6

The Ramblers
Saturday 9 June

David writes ;

It was an ideal summer day for the 14 of us on our 11 mile walk along the eastern border of Derbyshire.
We started at the car park at Whitwell Wood.
Our route took us past Whitwell and Hodthorpe villages, through the hamlet of Belph, and then briefly into Nottinghamshire and on to Creswell Crags.
We walked over the old colliery site at Creswell, noting that the footpath has been temporarily moved as house building has now started on this long derelict site.
We continued to Elmton and had lunch on the village green.
Some of our group were sat straight in the path of a flock of around 100 sheep being moved from the farm, where they had been sheared, back out to the fields.


Photos by Mel

Passing through a magnificent field of poppies, we paused to look at the attractive parish church which was built in 1773 after the original one had fallen down.
We also learned a little about
Jedediah Buxton, an illiterate farm labourer and mathematical genius who had lived in the village in the early 1700s.
Skirting the edge of Clowne, we continued over the fields, through Whitwell village – and back to our cars.

It’s pleasing to report that most of the footpaths were in excellent condition – clearly defined through growing crops and with wide, mown,paths along the hedgerows.
Much of the land in the area we walked is part of the Chatsworth estate and we had several reminders, with the familiar blue paint on gates and doors.

Another summer Saturday and another long walk, this time led by Lorraine and Andrea.
Beginning at Chelmorton Church it was on to Horseshoe Dale, and Deepdale – a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Then to Brierlow, Hindlow – and a return via Monyash, Deepdale, Taddington to Chelmorton.
Sunshine all day and very warm – lots of wild flowers and the expected pollen count was high.
A finish in the pub for an extremely welcome refreshment after seven hours and a route of over 16 miles.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 6 June

 Robin Hood’s Stride

 Leaders: Pauline & Clive  Photos: Mel

An excellent first walk from Lesley as a leader.
A dozen ‘long bus walkers’ followed an 11 mile local circular from Holme Hall, via Linacre Wood, Birley, Moorhall, Unthank, Millthorpe, Cartledge, Barlow, and Cutthorpe on a warm, but very cloudy, day.
Quite a few of our NE Derbyshire footpaths checked en route.
It also marked a welcome return of a group stalwart after a long illness.

Holmesfield footpath NE 11 / 45

Barlow footpath NE 2 / 38

The Ramblers
Sunday 3 June

Narrowdale and Narrowdale Hill on today’s final walk in the Ramblers ‘hidden gems’ Festival

Leader: Robert     Photos: John

The Ramblers
Saturday 2 June

Simon led the Saturday strenuous walk ;

Six steadfast souls set out, despite the threat of rain, to complete the Edale Horseshoe.
The 18.5 mile route started out from Hope up to the first trig point on Win Hill.
On then along to Hope Cross before ascending to the southern flank of Kinder via Crookstone Moor.
Navigation was put to the test as we picked our way through the mist westwards to Ringing Roger, past the top of Grindsbrook Clough, before snaking through the Woolpacks where we stopped for lunch.
A slight descent then followed to the top of Jacob’s Ladder before striking out for the trig point on Brown Knoll. The flagstone path took us then to Chapel Gate before a short hop over to Rushup Edge. We emerged from the mist to enjoy some afternoon sunshine as we returned along the Great Ridge to take in our final summit of Lose Hill.

…. previously on chesterfieldramblers

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