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The Ramblers
Wednesday 21 August


Somersall, Brampton, Linacre, Wigley

Leader: Dermot   Photo: Mel     

Climbing out of Linacre

21 walkers assembled in Holymoorside for a 10.5 mile ‘long car’ walk on a dullish August day.
The walk followed the river to Somersall and then the paths to Linacre Reservoirs, where we stopped for coffee and ‘rocky road’.
The sun then started to shine.
We then headed on to Cutthorpe and doubled back to take lunch by the top reservoir at Linacre where we were treated to lemon drizzle cake.
After lunch we made our way back to Holymoorside via Frith Hall and Ladywood Farms.
A good time was had by all.

Robin Hood

Leaders: Bob & Anne                         

When Chatsworth House is absolutely inundated with cars it’s remarkable how few people venture into the Estate.
A quiet route for 12 from the Robin Hood Inn, via the Hunting Tower, Stand Wood, Beeley, and the Hell Bank Plantation.

The Ramblers
Monday 19 August

Barlow Well Dressings

Barlow Commonside, Barlow Fishery

Leader: David  

A beautiful morning for a leisurely ‘step’ tour of the three Barlow wells and the Fishery – ending with lunchtime refreshment at the Peacock

The Ramblers
Sunday 18 August


Wheston, Hay Dale, Flag Dale, Chee Dale Nature Reserve, Monks Dale Farm

Leaders: Terry & Eileen   Photo: John

Coffee break at Hay Dale

The Ramblers
Wednesday 14 August



Leader: Basil          

On our group walks we count them out and we count them back ….

Only three of us on today’s Whittington circular, probably due to forecast thunderstorms and torrential rain.
As usual we were fortunate and only experienced light drizzle and wet muddy boots.
The route was largely a County Council promoted route but it is now lacking regular maintenance.
A circuit of around ten miles completed in a good time.
Highlight was the impressive display of tree carvings, metal sculptures, and humour at Manor Farm, Handley – well done to them.
Pleased also to find Unstone Footpath 16 now follows the correct cross field definitive line – and that this had been cleared but lightly.
Good grey views, a welcome in The Miners Arms in Hundall – what more do you want from a good day out?

The Ramblers
Saturday 10 August

Gringley on the Hill

Wiseton, Clayton

Leader: Collin   Photo: Mel

        Gringley Village

Gringley Lock

The Ramblers
Wednesday 7 August

The descent into Winster


Leader: Basil

Some ominous black clouds on this Matlock circular, but serious rain was avoided.
A route following the Limestone Way to Bonsall and Winster, with an afternoon return through Clough Wood and Darley Bridge
– and time for a pint in the Matlock Wetherspoons awaiting the bus.
14 on the walk, which followed a similar route to that of November 2017

Bob’s Birthday Bash

Ashford in the Water, Churchdale Hall, Monsal Head, Taddington Field, Little Shacklow Wood

Leader: Bob   Photos: John

Foxstone Dam

The Ramblers
Thursday 1 August

Foxstone Wood & Dam

Leader: Michael

Two guests met me in Eckington for
today’s short walk.
They were husband and wife who belonged to Mansfield Ramblers and live in Crystal Peaks.
It was clear they were keen walkers and they told me they used the internet to find walks whenever they were in different parts of the country.
The reason they came on this walk was that, although they were familiar with walks from Eckington, they had never been to Foxstone Wood & Dam.
It is one of the Eckington Heritage Walks.
The walk went very well and it was no problem keeping the conversation going, and very worthwhile in being able to introduce my companions to an area new to them.
The weather behaved itself and we finished in plenty of time before the heavens opened.

When doing the walk about a month ago a bridle way leading off from the Staveley road was severely overgrown and almost impassable in places.
This was reported to Derbyshire County Council, who replied that the bridle way in question was due two cuts.
I am pleased to report that it had been cleared and was easily walked. Glad that the problem was acted upon.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 31 July

Derby to Mickleover

Leader: Jean

Basil writes ;

Our final July walk for the public transport section began with seven members taking the early train to Derby to meet our local resident member, Jean, at the Station.
This took place after a wet week with more rain a strong possibility – but that did not deter the regulars.
Setting off from Derby Station we admired the swollen River Derwent as we headed north before turning to join part of the
Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk and then on to Mickleover.
All eight survived pretty much dry and enjoyed seeing a different part of the county before returning by train.
Once again the Derbyshire Wayfarer proved its value.

Water, Water Everywhere but Bring a Drop to Drink

Derwent Edge, Back Tor, Lost Lad, Fairholmes.
Lockerbrook & Crookhill Farms

Leader: Mike

The title of Mike’s walk from Ladybower should have been a description of the reservoirs, not the weather.

I heard on the radio, driving home, today’s weather described as Biblical.
I would not disagree with that, nor, I think, would the seven who came with me.
Nevertheless a round trip of 11 Miles, starting from Ashopton Viaduct and going via Whinstone Lee Tor, Back Tor, Fairholmes, Lockerbrook & Crookhill Farms, was enjoyed (or so they told me) by all who came.
Thanks to Gore Tex and all the other Texes for making the day as dry as possible.

The Ramblers
Thursday 25 July

Heath Well Dressings

Leader: David

A short morning walk from Sutton Scarsdale to Heath to view the Well Dressings / Flower Festival.
The idea was to continue on to Grassmoor, but with the temperature soaring above 30 degrees the mission was aborted.

The Children’s Well
Monies to go to the Helipad Appeal at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Heath Church Flower Festival with its theme of ‘Famous Derbyshire People’

The Ramblers
Wednesday 24 July

Ups & Downs in the Moss Valley

Leader: David

Must be a long time since I last started a walk from Troway, as few of our party of ten had been there before.
On a lovely sunny evening we used several of the many bridleways in the Moss Valley for our four mile walk.
Our route took us through woods and over fields – with the farmer out late harvesting the corn in one of them.
From Troway we walked past Geer Lane Farm, Litfield Farm and up to Carterhall Farm – on the boundary between Derbyshire and Yorkshire (and East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber).
We then returned past Povey Farm and Sicklebrook Farm.
Owler Car Lane was just passable through the encroaching brambles – sad to see this broad track in such a state, especially as our own volunteers used to clear it so effectively before Derbyshire County Council withdrew its support.
Most of us then went and enjoyed a drink in the garden at the welcoming Gate Inn – a real country pub.

Three Churches & Three Dales

Wardlow, Tideswell, Millers Dale

Leader: Andrew   Photos: Mel                       

                   Three guests from London, Essex, and Somerset

The Ramblers
Wednesday 17 July

Around Chatsworth

Leader: John

A fairly comprehensive clockwise circular around the Chatsworth Estate, from the Calton Lees car park – taking in Calton Pastures, Ballcross, Edensor, Chatsworth House itself, the Hunting Tower, and Beeley.
25 in the group, which included five welcome guests from Lincoln as well as one from Derbyshire Dales. Another lady joined us in training for a forthcoming walk along the (flatter) streets of London.

Calton Pastures


Leader: Steve

Steve’s first walk as leader today around his home area of Killamarsh covered the Westthorpe Hills, Hut Lane, Norwood, the Chesterfield Canal, and the Rother Valley Country Park.
A good route of about 10 miles in fine, warm weather for ten walkers, including two guests.

The Ramblers
Wednesday 10 July

Mi Amigo

Leader: Basil

A linear walk from Sheffield Market in the heart of the city, via Sheffield Cemetery and the
Botanical Gardens with its Bear Pit to Endcliffe Park, where we had a chat with the ‘ever present (?)’ Tony Foulds at the ‘Mi Amigo’ crash site.
After lunch in the Park it was a steady climb up the Porter Valley to Porter Clough – followed by a descent of the Limb Valley to Whirlow Brook and a bus into Sheffield City Centre – for a quick connection to the Chesterfield bound X17.
Seven in the group.

The Ramblers
Friday 5 July


Leader: David

A morning stroll today from the 16A bus stop at Linacre, around the three reservoirs, and finishing at the Corve Way bus stop in Holme Hall.
Linacre Reservoirs are a gem right on Chesterfield’s doorstep, especially so on a warm day like today when a breeze from the water and the shade of the woods cool things down.

Linacre Reservoirs

The Ramblers
Wednesday 3 July

Around Hardwick

Leader: Kathryn   Photo: Mel

Dragon’s Back

Longnor, Barrow Moor, Hollins Clough, Chrome Hill

Leaders: John & Tricia   

Alport (2)

Leader: Val

The second of Val’s three ‘Alport’ walks this summer began in Bakewell on a beautiful warm day.
An anti-clockwise circular via Over Haddon, Youlgrave, and the River Bradford – with a lunch stop by an ice cream van in Alport.
The afternoon return to Bakewell, with the weather hotting up, was via Conksbury.
A dozen in the group.

Alport swimming baths ?

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  1. Julie permalink

    My limit at the moment is 10 miles round trip due to health problems ..but would like to make it a challenge for myself to push further ..I’m 61 so an older group would be more suitabless for me ..any advicentre would be appreciated ..I would also like my dog to accompany me if possible …

    • Hi Julie. Thanks for your message. We have a range of walks from 3 or 4 miles up to a dozen miles and you’re very welcome to join us on one you think suitable. They are all listed under ‘Walksfinder’ on our website. Happy for anyone to try us out for 2 or 3 walks without commitment. A dog is certainly acceptable as long as it is under control where any livestock are involved. Just turn up at the start of any walk and introduce yourself.
      Best wishes David (Chair, Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Ramblers).

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