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The Ramblers
Wednesday 21 February



John led a group of 13 bus walkers on a ten mile route from Heath ;

We followed the footpaths across the fields to Astwith, from where we headed down to the Park Centre on the Hardwick Estate.
After a short break, it was a climb up to Hardwick Hall to join Lady Spencer’s Walk through the woods to the old mining railway tracks on the Treversal Trail.
Now in Nottinghamshire, we stopped at the Teversal Visitors Centre for lunch.
Suitably refreshed we took the link path towards Skegby and then onto the Skegby Trail – until we crossed back into Derbyshire and switched onto the Rowthorne Trail back to Rowthorne.
A finish in Glapwell for the bus back to Chesterfield.


Lunch at the Needle’s Eye – just above Elsecar and Wentworth
(A sort of Yorkshire equivalent to Nottinghamshire’s Greendale Oak ?)

Leaders: Pauline & Clive          Photos: Mel          


The Ramblers
Tuesday 20 February


More action today from the volunteer maintenance team, reported by Mel ;

A clear-up of the extensive growth impeding the path through Upper Loads, part of the Chesterfield Round Walk
Additionally the group realigned the path to the correct line and at the same time provided a stone surfaced section – removing the need to walk through the now deep mud as you leave or enter the enclosed section of the path.
All work was carried out with the agreement of the landowner, who was on site at the time, using tools and transport provided by the County Council Countryside Services.
The landowner kindly provided the stone for the surfacing part of the project.


The Ramblers
Saturday 17 February


Kath reports on the monthly walk with the visually impaired ;

We had a turn out of 15 which included six visually impaired and four guide dogs.
A very pleasant but rather sludgy five miles from the centre of Eckington.
The route took us down by the church, then up to Windmill Road, and eventually over the fields to the River Rother.
The return was via the Trans Pennine Trail
Kay did the leading.


Rights of way in urban / semi-urban areas are far from a comprehensive network.
(Open Street Map / Rowmaps data – recorded rights of way footpaths in red)


The Ramblers
Tuesday 13 February


As walkers know, it’s impossible to avoid winter mud – but rights of way infrastructure makes it easier.
Weekly maintenance jobs with a Countryside Ranger ceased last winter due to Derbyshire County Council budget cuts, but our volunteers are trying to compensate a bit with independent working to make our valuable rights of way navigable.
Extra help always welcome.

A few February photos from the team ;


The Ramblers
Wednesday 14 February


A South Yorkshire border walk, led by Chris today ;

16 walkers gathered at Wales Church with a frost in the air and bright sunshine – but with rain forecast for 1 pm we didn’t hang about.
On the way to Harthill we took the path over Kiveton pit tip to see the striking steel sculpture of a
pit pony pulling a coal tub ; the 360 degree panorama was a bonus.
We carried on to Harthill Ponds for coffee and then walked on towards Barlborough where the Hall made an imposing sight through the trees.
Following the path down under the motorway we then turned north.
The wind was getting up, but fortunately it was on our backs so it made progress easier.
We had a quick lunch in the shelter of the woods at Upperthorpe and then kept up the pace through Killamarsh to Rother Valley ; then along the Cuckoo Way back to Wales.
The forecast heavy rain never materialised and we had a great walk without the anticipated soaking.


The Ramblers
Thursday 8 February

Valentine’s Day attractions on the Chesterfield Canal this year again involves a slow boat to Staveley.
Basil however led 12 on a more energetic five mile canal walk to Staveley from Chesterfield Railway Station as part of our ‘step’ programme.
These walks are geared to the membership who welcome a more relaxed ramble, as well as any Walking for Health participants who want to move on to something slightly more energetic.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 7 February

Val writes about the ‘long’ bus walk ;

Nine members took a walk in the Amber valley roughly following the river Amber from Ogston Reservoir towards Ambergate and the Derwent on a bright sunny day.
A heavy frost made the walking easier but it was still necessary to take some detours to avoid mud and flooded fields.
The sixth crossing of the river (and railway) took us to Sawmills and a short walk along the dry section of the Cromford Canal, where volunteers were doing a good job of clearing vegetation, to Bullbridge, and a bus back to Ripley.
More potential to explore in that area sometime?

A cold, bright February day (like we used to have ?)       Leader: Graham    Photos: John

On a sunny winter’s day with a light dusting of snow, 23 walkers set off on a
10 mile circular walk from Fox House down to Padley Gorge, on to Millstone Edge,
Higger Tor.
The views over to the Mam Tor ridge and Kinder were superb.

A new member of the group joined us and Mike may have a new footpath maintenance volunteer ?

       …. and more photos from Mel


The Ramblers
Wednesday 31 January

The day after ITV revealed Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies Stone Circle as one of the UK’s 100 favourite walks, John led a group of 11 across it.

It was winter muddy with occasional wintry showers / blizzards keeping a lid on temperatures.
The X17 bus to Matlock was on time – so we had almost 30 minutes to connect with the 10:29 Bus 217 from the Railway Station Terminus to take us to Beeley for the start of the walk.
In sunshine we walked up to Smeltingmill Wood, through the remnants of Burntwood Quarry, and down to Rowsley.
From Rowsley we continued to Stanton Woodhouse and up on to Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies circle for lunch – by which time the hail/snow showers had started.
Dropping down near Birchover we headed for Winster but turned off to follow Clough Lane down to Darley Dale and buses back to Bakewell or Matlock – and onward to Chesterfield, etc.
In all a pleasant 8 mile walk, mainly following
Stage 12 of the Peak District Boundary Walk.

A journey to the ‘south’ for Mel’s group ;

Encouraged by a bright winter sun 16 ramblers left Ironville walking alongside Codnor Park Reservoir, with its early morning fishermen.
Following a steady climb to Butterley and Ripley a short break was taken at the skate park, before moving on to Codnor Gate, with excellent views over the Erewash Valley along the way.
Lunch was taken at Codnor Castle, then on to Woodlinkin – before dropping back into the valley to cross the river Erewash at the northern edge of the Aldecar Flash nature reserve.
Following a short climb to Brindley Hall the group turned north for the return journey to Ironville, finishing the walk along a short section of the Cromford Canal.


The Ramblers
Sunday 28 January



Lorraine led this week’s Sunday walk ;

Six of us (including two visitors) set off from Cromford Meadows in dry, mild conditions for a 10.3 mile route.
We headed through Bow Wood towards Lea Bridge and Lea Wood, before descending to the Cromford Canal by the Pumphouse.
A quick coffee break at High Peak Junction before we joined the Midshires Way.
Despite the pleasant weather, we failed to see any climbers on Black Rocks as we made our way on the High Peak Trail to the National Stone Centre.
Arriving at Stoney Wood, a community woodland on the site of the old Stoneycroft Quarry in Wirksworth, we stopped to appreciate the Labyrinth and Peace Tree on the short (but steep) climb to the top of the woodland. Here sits the Star Disc, a 21st century stone circle and celestial amphitheatre.
Perfect timing for a well-earned lunch stop.
After refuelling, we headed across fields to briefly rejoin the High Peak Trail before crossing Middleton Moor.
Through the village, we descended by Groaning Tor and Slinter Woods, making our way back to base.
An enjoyable, dry day with great company and a little mud?!

Star Disc, Wirksworth


The Ramblers
Saturday 27 January


Mel comments ;

Starting from Poolsbrook Country Park, 13 members completed a 9 mile walk taking in the recently formed wildlife area along the Pools Brook.
After a short climb to Duckmanton we followed a route through Long Duckmanton, Sutton Hall and Sutton Spring Wood before taking lunch in the White Hart car park at Calow.
From here it was a short hop to join the path along the now defunct mineral rail bed that stretched between Arkwright and Ireland collieries for the return to the country park.


David Blunkett was elected President of the South Yorkshire & NE Derbyshire Area of the Ramblers, at the Annual General meeting which was held today in Rotherham.
In responding to his election Lord Blunkett said ;

I’m very pleased to have been asked to be president of the South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Area of the Ramblers.
I take great pleasure in walking in the countryside and appreciate what Ramblers do to help people enjoy the wonderful network of footpaths we have in this country.

Area Chairman, Allen Pestell responded that ;

David was ideal for the position and hoped that his involvement would help to raise the profile of the Ramblers’ work in encouraging people of all abilities and backgrounds to enjoy the pleasures and benefits of walking …. the Ramblers have a proud tradition of joining with others to protect and enjoy the countryside.
Our involvement has led to the development of various sub groups with both physical and other disabilities.
We have three formal groups of visually impaired members and some groups work with others on a less formal basis.
Interacting with visually impaired walkers brings benefits to us all.

The Area Secretary, David Gadd added ;

All nine local Groups in this Area of the Ramblers work hard to offer a full and varied walking programme as well as working to further the Ramblers’ other charitable objectives. We are all aware of the benefits of walking to our physical, as well as to our social and emotional health.
Regular walking is a wonderful way to keep fit and enjoy the company of others.

Added encouragement no doubt for our own walks with the visually impaired, with the next one from Eckington on 17 February.


The Ramblers
Monday 22 January



A group of 17 Monday walkers on Stanton Moor today             Leader: David    Photos: John


The Ramblers
Saturday 20 January



Kath comments on the first walk with the visually impaired in 2018 ;

25 walkers + 4 lively guide dogs set off from the Carnarvon Arms on a four mile route along the Teversal trails, before returning to the pub for a New Year lunch.
The weather was on the miserable side but fortunately it wasn’t icy underfoot, so the walk went without incident.
32 sat down to the lunch which included 3 guests from the Derby group and several old friends who no longer walk with us.
So a pleasant time was had by all.


The Ramblers
Friday 19 January







Having recently walked Brampton with an old map, it was time to do Newbold with the same.
A dozen walkers, a mixture of Ramblers and Walking for Health, set off on a bright morning to follow some of the old footpaths and remind ourselves of features from previous times and how the area has developed over the last century.


Deceptively sunny and unfortunately some treacherous black ice resulted in only three completing the full course.
It can perhaps be repeated on a better day.





    1898 local map




Our disappearing urban rights of way (data from rowmaps and routino)


The Ramblers
Wednesday 17 January

Sue writes ;

A day of sunshine and hail showers for the longer car walkers today.
From Rivelin Mill Bridge, six hardy souls trekked through several inches of lying snow to Wyming Brook via Rivelin Edge and Redmires conduit.
The original plan was to head across the moors from Redmires Reservoirs, but the further we went, the deeper the snow got – so we decided drop down Wyming Brook Drive to Rivelin Dams instead, before returning via a very wet and muddy path through the woods to our starting point.
Just under 8 miles with over 1000ft of ascent.


A short taste of the 190 mile Peak District Boundary Walk.
Millthorpe to the Robin Hood pub for a dozen bus walkers, led by David. Part of Section 11 from Millthorpe to Beeley.
Rapidly thawing snow made for difficult conditions at low level with footpaths turned into streams, but a bit higher up the snow made for some good walking.
With deteriorating weather conditions the group quit at lunchtime while they were ahead, and caught the Hulleys bus back to Chesterfield.

Fox Lane, near Shillito Wood


The full Section 11 on a better day

Today’s walk


The Ramblers
Saturday 13 January


Company for the Killamarsh statues


The Ramblers
Wednesday 10 January


Overnight rain fortunately cleared for Ann’s Holymoorside circular.
A dry, mild day, with a touch of sun in the afternoon.
18 followed an 11 mile clockwise route from Holymoorside Village Hall via Harper Hill, Stone Edge, Wadshelf, and Frith Hall.
A fair amount of mud resulted in relatively slow progress, but it is January after all.

The Ramblers
Friday 5 January



The last of our seven contributions to the Ramblers’ ‘Winter Walks Festival’ repeated one of the Chesterfield Walking Festival routes of last May.
A group of 12, armed with an old map, ventured into deepest Brampton to discover what remains of its industrial heritage.
The 4.5 mile circular route from Chesterfield Town Hall was again led by David.
A pity about the constant morning rain and the muddy conditions, even within an urban area.
Now we know why the Chesterfield Walking Festival is in May.



1898 local map


The 1898 map will again be dragged out on Friday 19 January for the venture into the past of Chesterfield’s northern suburbs.








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