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Chesterfield Area Walking Festival (11-19 May 2019)




Our group is leading nine walks in the Festival, including the Chesterfield Round Walk from Calow, the GHB Ward walk from Holmesfield, and an evening stroll from Killamarsh.
Donations will be gratefully accepted as usual on behalf of the Air Ambulance and Mountain Rescue Services.



The Ramblers
Wednesday 20 February



Ilkeston

Leader: Val

Armed with the Derbyshire Wayfarer, a dozen walkers took the train to Ilkeston, a station less than two years old, built to cater for a town which reportedly was the largest in England to have a passenger line passing through it without any station at which trains could stop.
A circular route took the group up the Erewash Canal, before cutting across into Shipley Country Park.
At lunchtime, a brief spell of sunshine at the site of Shipley Hall, sadly a victim of coal mining subsidence.
A return to Ilkeston via the Nutbrook Trail.


The Ramblers
Wednesday 6 February


Stanton Hill to North Wingfield



Leader: Val

Memorial to the Sutton Colliery disaster   

The ‘Spira’ bus from Chesterfield to Sutton-in-Ashfield is due to end in March – another chapter in the ‘chicken & egg’ downward spiral of
public transport.
We took advantage of it while it lasts and 14 of the group filled the 10:00 bus to Stanton Hill in Nottinghamshire.
A linear route to North Wingfield took us via
Brierley Forest, Tibshelf and Pilsley to catch a return bus to Chesterfield at North Wingfield.


No hard border here – a signal gives frictionless walking on the Silverhill Trail back into Derbyshire

Monsal Head,  Tideswell,  Cressbrook



Leader: Mel   Photo: Mel    Report: Mel

Starting from Monsal Head, 24 members descended into Monsal Dale to be treated to sightings of dippers accompanied by bright sunshine, the sound of fast flowing water passing over stones, and the gentle lapping of waves along the banks of the River Wye.
Following a short climb to Brushfield, coffee was taken before traversing High Dale to reach the lead rakes above Litton Mill.
Lunch was taken in Tideswell Dale before moving on to Tideswell and Litton village.
After skirting Litton a stretch of field walking, with excellent views created by the superb limestone walls, leading to the woods above Cressbrook Dale.
Descending into the Dale the group crossed the Wye again at Cressbrook before climbing up to the trail for the return to Monsal Head.

Coffee at Brushfield


The Ramblers
Wednesday 30 January

Crich Carr,  Dene Quarry,  Cromford



Leader: Bill    Photo: Mel

Winding House at the top of Sheep Pasture Incline

Arkwright to Chesterfield

Leader: David      

Poolsbrook Country Park



A bright, cold day for the 13 who ventured to Arkwright for an 11 mile flat walk to Chesterfield, via Staveley.
Flat because it covered the southern spur of the Trans Pennine Trail, a circuit of Poolsbrook Country Park, and the Chesterfield Canal.



The Ramblers
Friday 25 January


Hasland circular



Leader: David

The fountain in Eastwood Park


The advantage of urban or semi-urban walks is that it can lead you to reflect on what was once there.

A four mile route around much of the perimeter of present-day Hasland began in Eastwood Park at the site of a ‘lost’ house, built in the 18th century but demolished in 1935.
An anti-clockwise route took the group of six via Hasland Green, Winsick, and Corbriggs on to the
Calow Brook before a lunchtime return to
Eastwood Park.


Footpath NE9 18/1 leading to the Calow Brook


A ‘walker-friendly’ route between the Broomfield Estate and Hasland Church.
(Not recorded as a right of way)





Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival (14-22 September 2019)




Anyone willing to lead a Ramblers’ walk which covers part of the Canal in the above festival, please download, complete, save, and email this
walk-leader-form-2019.pdf



The Ramblers
Wednesday 23 January


A Walk in the Park



Leader: Gordon    Photo: Mel

A side view of Chatsworth House


The Ramblers
Wednesday 16 January

Padley Gorge, Higger Tor, & Burbage Edge



Leader: Paul    Photo: Mike

Welcome shelter at  Padley Chapel  on a 10 mile circular from Fox House

Whatstandwell to Belper



Leader: David



A walk starting and finishing in the Matlock Wetherspoons to cover Section 7 of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, from Whatstandwell to Belper.
A route along the Cromford Canal from Whatstandwell to Ambergate before turning off at Shining Cliff to follow Whitewells Lane and Wyver Lane into Belper for the Trans Peak bus.


A group of 15 survived a damp day without getting too wet.

A little shelter for lunch.
The footpath sign has been replaced by a not too obvious waymarker since the Google car passed this way.


Eyam Moor



Leaders: Barbara & Ken


Twelve ‘short car’ walkers out for an Eyam Moor circular, via Stoke Ford.
7.5 miles on a rather wet and muddy day – but it is January after all.














The Ramblers
Wednesday 9 January

Walton to Clay Cross



Leader: Basil

South Chesterfield Way


A late addition to the printed programme by Basil, who led a group of ten from the Blue Stoops at Walton to Clay Cross, covering much of the South Chesterfield Way on a fine, sunny, but cold day.
There will be a further Saturday walk along this flagship route on
26 January.

Rowsley circular

Leader: Dermot    Photos: John   

Calton Pastures


Love Lock Bridge, Bakewell


The Ramblers
Wednesday 2 January


Matlock to Whatstandwell



Leader: David



14 made the journey to Matlock to cover Section 6 of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, returning on the Trans Peak from Whatstandwell.
A steady climb over High Tor before descending to a fairly busy Matlock Bath and Cromford Canal.

The A6 from High Tor





Legs over High Tor (1975)


Section 7 on to Belper comes in a couple of weeks



Froggatt Edge, Baslow Edge and Curbar



Leaders: John & Tricia    Photos: John


Not quite the glistening snow of the Winter Walks Festival logo, but no doubt a relief to re-discover fresh air and exercise after Christmas excess ….



Coffee break on Froggatt Edge




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